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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on…

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri… (1978)

by Swami Satchidananda

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This text seems to be a transcript of a series of lectures given by Satchidananda (henceforth called "Commentator") to his students. Each verse of the Yoga-Sutra is first given in various forms (devanagari, sanskrit, english, word-by-word) and then a commentary is provided. The commentary on the final parts (i.e., three and four) is much shorter than the commentary on the first two parts.

The style is informal/anecdotal and contains a lot of rhetorical questions. The anecdotes are interesting/inspiring and make for a light/convenient reading. Nevertheless, some suggestions (like detachment from sensual pleasures) are everything else than light/convenient to digest, let alone, to realize.

Although, the commentary is sometimes esoteric (especially chapter 3!) I found many statements quite scientific, even from todays points of view. Although, the commentator claims not to belong to a particular religion (p.41) the text is heavily colored by the commentators apparent hinduistic background (and, of course, the hinduistic background of the underlying text).

I think, a bit more structure would have benefited the text since it would make remembering easier. ( )
  Tobias.Bruell | Apr 23, 2014 |
A must read for anyone who wants to know yoga deeper than the poses. Keep your highlighter handy and mark what moves you. Then practice it, and then read the Sutras again and see what else pops out at you. This is an excellent reference. ( )
  yogiclarebear | Aug 31, 2010 |
Sri Swami Satchidananda's excellent translation and commentary of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
  Saraswati_Library | Nov 12, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0932040381, Paperback)

This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new deluxe printing of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life.

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