Demystifying Patanjali

Demystifying Patanjali : The Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms)


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What happens as we grow spiritually? Is there a step-by-step process that everyone goes through all spiritual seekers, including those of any or no religious persuasion as they gradually work their way upward, until they achieve the highest state of Self-realization? About 2200 years ago, a great spiritual master of India named Patanjali described this process, and presented humanity with a clear-cut, step-by-step outline of how all truth seekers and saints achieve divine union. He called this universal inner experience and process yoga or union. His collection of profound aphorisms a true world scripture has been dubbed Patanjali s Yoga Sutras. Unfortunately, since that time many scholarly translators with little or no spiritual realization have written commentaries on Patanjali s writings that have succeeded only in burying his pithy insights in convoluted phrases like becomes assimilated with transformations and the object alone shines without deliberation. How can any reader understand Patanjali s original meaning when he or she has to wade through such bewildering terminology? Thankfully, a great modern yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi has cut through the scholarly debris and resurrected Patanjali s original teachings and revelations. Now, in Demystifying Patanjali, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda, shares his guru s crystal clear and easy-to-grasp explanations of Patanjali s aphorisms. As Kriyananda writes in his introduction, My Guru personally shared with me some of his most important insights into these sutras. During the three and a half years I lived with him, he also went with me at great length into the basic teachings of yoga. I was able, moreover, to ask my Guru personally about many of the subjects covered by Patanjali. His explanations have lingered with me, and have been a priceless help in the [writing of this book]. "

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Crystal Clarity,U.S.
  • CaliforniaUnited States
  • English
  • 1565892739
  • 9781565892736
  • 90,412

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The Yoga Sutras has generated almost as many translations and commentaries as there are sutras in Patanjali s masterpiece. Inevitably, the takeaway for readers is different in each instance because the nuances of interpretation lead the student in radically different directions. Many versions were written by the gurus who brought the ancient tradition to the West, but one important voice, Yogananda s, was missing. We will never have a Yogananda translation, but now we have the next best thing: a direct disciple s interpretation of the master s perspective. Because Yogananda s role in bringing Yoga to the West is unsurpassed, Demystifying Patanjali is a welcome and illuminating contribution to the ongoing transmission.--Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West "January 2013 ""

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About Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda was a great yoga master and world teacher of the twentieth century. His spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, has inspired millions worldwide. Previous ISBN's: Autobiography of a Yogi (9781565892125); The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (9781565892262); The Essence of Self-Realization (9781565892392)"

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