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The Yoga-sutra Of Patanjali

A New Translation with Commentary
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Paperback Book
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Shambhala
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April, 2003
ISBN:
9781590300237
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Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness.

Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature.

In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. Compiled in the second or third century C.E., the Yoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousness—and a particularly helpful guide to the mind states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: How we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering.

The form of yoga practiced in third-century India bears little resemblance to the yoga with which most people are familiar today—the hatha yoga consisting of sequences of poses. The word yoga as used by Patanjali means simply “yoke” or discipline—the discipline needed to work toward liberation. Chip Hartranft’s fresh translation and commentary rescues the text from its identification with hatha yoga, and makes it beautifully accessible to people following any path of meditation practice. Hartranft himself leads retreats that blend yoga movement, breathwork, and Buddhist mindfulness practice.

In addition to the extensive, lucid commentary, the translator provides useful auxiliary materials, including an afterword on the legacy of the Yoga-Sutra over the past 2,000 years and its relevance for us today, making this volume unique among Yoga-Sutra commentaries both in its scope and broad accessibility.

Once all the layers and imperfections concealing truth have been washed away, insight is boundless, with little left to know.

Then the seamless flow of reality, its transformations colored by the fundamental qualities, begins to break down, fulfilling the true mission of consciousness.

Publisher’s Description: 

In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. Compiled in the second or third century CE, the Yoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousnessand a particularly helpful guide to the mind states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: how we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering. Chip Hartranft's fresh translation and extensive, lucid commentary bring the text beautifully to life. He also provides useful auxiliary materials, including an afterword on the legacy of the Yoga-Sutra and its relevance for us today.In just 100 short, pithy aphorisms, this classic of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly what happens to the mind during meditation and how to use the mind to attain liberation. Today’s Hatha Yoga-mostly sequences of poses-bears little resemblance to what Patanjali’s 3rd-century contemporaries practiced as Yoga. Hartranft’s fresh translation and commentary rescues the text from identification with hatha yoga and makes it beautifully accessible to people following any meditation path.

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