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The Essential Yoga Sutra

Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga
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Doubleday
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December, 2005
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9780385515368
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$15.00 CAD
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The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a classic Sanskrit treatise consisting of 195 threads, or aphorisms, describing the process of liberation through yoga. Although little is known about Patanjali (most scholars estimate that he lived in India circa 200300 b.c.), his writings have long been recognized as a vital contribution to the philosophy and practice of yoga. This new, expert translation of the original Sanskrit text of Patanjalis best-known work presents his seminal ideas and methods in accessible, plain-language English.

Patanjali organized the sutra into four parts: Samadhi (absorption), Sadhana (practice), Vibhuti (supernatural powers), and Kaivalya (liberation). Each represents a step in breaking free of our limited definition of consciousness and training the mind to achieve oneness with the universe. Geshe Michael Roach, one of the most respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in America and a renowned scholar of Sanskrit, provides authoritative commentary on each of the sutras. His notes and clarification are straightforward and highly readable, untainted by obscure, academic terminology or New Age jargon. The first edition of the Yoga Sutra to present a Buddhist perspective, this paperback original will be welcomed by students and spiritual seekers alike.Scholars know little about Patanjali beyond that he lived in India, probably around 200-300 B.C., but The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali remains a yoga classic. It consists of 195 aphorisms describing the process of liberation through yoga, organized in four parts: Samadhi (absorption), Sadhana (practice), Vibhuti (supernatural powers), and Kaivalya (liberation). This expert translation of the original Sanskrit text presents his seminal ideas and methods from a Buddhist perspective, with commentary on each sutra by respected teacher Geshe Michael Roach.

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