The Shiva Samhita
This affordable, authoritative edition of the Shiva Samhita contains a new introduction, the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, nine full-page photographs, and an index. It includes beautiful teachings found nowhere else. This is the first edition of this classic Yoga text to meet both high academic and literary standards, the first to be based on a truly critical study of the Sanskrit manuscripts. It's for people who practice Yoga, and for anyone with an interest in health and fitness, philosophy, religion, spirituality, mysticism, or meditation.
From the Introduction
Affectionate toward his devotees, the Lord, having cast aside opinions born of the ignorance of sophists, shall now pronounce a Yoga teaching that bestows liberation on the selves of all beings, so that beings whose minds are set on no other destiny may have knowledge of their selves.
Some praise truth and others asceticism and purity. Some praise patience and others equanimity and honesty.
Some praise charity and others ancestor worship. Some praise action and some absolute indifference.
Some wise men praise the rites of the householder and some say that rites such as the fire sacrifice are the best.
Some praise Mantra Yoga and pilgrimage. In this way, many means to liberation are taught.
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While it is true that S.C. Vasu's translation is incorrect in many places as also his edition of the text, the present one cannot said to be perfect either, though it is a good attempt by Mallinson. Also the various readings are not given, as one would expect in ciritical edition of a text. The foot notes for concepts, technical words etc. and a brief comparison with other important texts would have enhanced the value of this text. Good to see a Yoga text with English translation.