The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary
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 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. 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.
The Yoga Sūtra with Commentary
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a¯sana abhya¯sa activity actually aham.ka¯ra appear arise aspect aversion avidya becomes body bodymind Buddha Buddhist cause and effect causes of suffering cease Chögyam Trungpa citta citta-vr.tti coalescence sama¯patti cognitive conceptual cultivating darśana dharma dhya¯na discrimination distinction distractions effortlessness energy entity existence experience external feel Focusing with perfect freedom fundamental qualities gun.as hatha yoga ideal of pure indivisibility integration internal disciplines ı¯s′vara latent impressions luminosity meditative absorption mental ness nirodha niyamas nondual nonreaction observing one’s Patañ Patañjali Patañjali’s view patterning of consciousness Pema Chödrön perceived perception perfect discipline perspective phenomenal world posture practice prajña prakr.ti pure awareness purus.a qualities of nature reality recognize reflect regard sa¯m.khya sama¯dhi Samādhi sāmkhya Sanskrit sattva sciousness seeds self-study sensations sense Siddhartha Gautama store of latent stuff Su¯tra subtle objects sva¯dhya¯ya tapas things Thomas Cleary thought tion transformations Translated transparency true nature unfolding vaira¯gya viveka wisdom yields insight Yoga-Su¯tra yogi yogic path yogic process yoking