The Yoga Sutras of Pata˝jali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 27, 2015 - Religion - 672 pages

A landmark new translation and edition

Written almost two millennia ago, Pata˝jali's work focuses on how to attain the direct experience and realization of the purusa: the innermost individual self, or soul. As the classical treatise on the Hindu understanding of mind and consciousness and on the technique of meditation, it has exerted immense influence over the religious practices of Hinduism in India and, more recently, in the West.

Edwin F. Bryant's translation is clear, direct, and exact. Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration, and precise English translation, and is followed by Bryant's authoritative commentary, which is grounded in the classical understanding of yoga and conveys the meaning and depth of the sutras in a user-friendly manner for a Western readership without compromising scholarly rigor or traditional authenticity. In addition, Bryant presents insights drawn from the primary traditional commentaries on the sutras written over the last millennium and a half.


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Title Page
The History of Yoga
The Subject Matter of the Yoga Sūtras
Concluding Reflections
The Present Translation and Commentary
Chapter Summaries
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms and Names
Word Index

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About the author (2015)

EDWIN F. BRYANT received his PhD in Indology from Columbia University. He is a professor of Hindu religion and philosophy at Rutgers University, and also teaches workshops on the yoga sutras and other Hindu texts in yoga communities around the world.

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