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The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali


Book Overview: 

Yoga sutras by Patanjali is a seminal work in yoga, this book is more about control of mind and the true goal of yoga. The sutras are extremely brief, and the translation in neat English makes it very easy for people to understand the ancient Sanskrit text. It starts with the birth and growth of spiritual man through the control of mind. In all, this is a "all in one" book for yoga philosophy written by the master himself.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is called the Book of Spiritual Consciousness. The second book, which we now begin, is the Book of the Means of Soul Growth. And we must remember that soul growth here means the growth of the realization of the spiritual man, or, to put the matter more briefly, the growth of the spiritual man, and the disentangling of the spiritual man from the wrappings, the veils, the disguises laid upon him by the mind and the psychical nature, wherein he is enmeshed, like a bird caught in a net.

The question arises: By what means may the spiritual man be freed from these psychical meshes and disguises, so that he may stand forth above death, in his radiant eternalness and divine power? And the second book sets itself to answer this very question, and to detail the means in a way entirely practical and very lucid, so that he who runs may read, and he who reads may understand and practise.

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Community Reviews

I so loved the Yoga Sutras and can't wait to read them again. This is like a manual for life and I only wish I would have read it before. This translation is extremely accessible and a pretty quick read. Book 2 was my favorite, and Book 4 gets a bit esoteric but still offers lessons for everyday lif

Audio version, libravox community. This was difficult to listen to with the commentary by the translator. I had a bit of difficulty figuring out what was commentary vs the sutras. I need to find just the translation. But, it is fascinating how similar ancient religious texts are to each other. Defin

Though Patanjali deserves all the stars in the sky for a rating, the edition I've read this time (DODO PRESS) is of low quality because of many misprints and lacking the original text.


A very concise copy that is good to carry around when entering into deeper study of the sutras but the wording of the translation and even the expanded interpretation can become overwhelmed by wordiness and outside referencing to appease the western philosopher mind.

As a reference, the original San

I really liked this audiobook, but if I may suggest you don’t listen while getting ready for bed if you want the full benefit.
Lulled me to sleep so very nicely, I didn’t want to get up in the morning

A must read. This is a synthesis of the method for spiritual fulfillment. Whether you are Sufi, Hindu, Catholic, Neo-Platonist, Peripatetic, in fact, any believer in a higher power you will find guidance here and confirmation of your faith or philosophy. I will read it again and again.

I need to read this again, again and again

poor translation: horrible interpretation of a Masterpiece

Do not buy this book! There are many better versions. This one will create more struggle and confusion. The person who wrote it never even edited it. That person just went to meaningless sources to find useless tidbits of poems...not even giv

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