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How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali

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A major work on the practice of yoga and meditation. Learn how you can control your mind and achieve inner freedom and peace through methods taught for over 2,000 years.

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This book is widely used in yoga classes as an important introduction to Raja Yoga. The 2008 edition has been reset and now has an extensive index for reference.

"A rendering at once lively and profoundly instructive of a world classic which... remains as vividly topical, as realistically to the point, as when it first saw the light."    ~Aldous Huxley

"Patanjali's rules compel the student not only to acquire a right knowledge of what is and what is not real, but also to practice all virtues, and while results in the way of psychic development are not so immediately seen as in the case of the successful practitioner of Hatha Yoga, it is infinitely safer and is certainly spiritual, which Hatha Yoga is not.

In Patanjali's Aphorisms there is some slight allusion to the practices of Hatha Yoga, such as 'postures,' each of which is more difficult than those preceding, and 'retention of the breath,' but he distinctly says that mortification and other practices are either for the purpose of extenuating certain mental afflictions or for the more easy attainment of concentration of mind. In Hatha Yoga practice, on the contrary, the result is psychic development at the delay or expense of the spiritual nature. These last named practices and results may allure the Western student, but from our knowledge of inherent racial difficulties there is not much fear that many will persist in them.

This book is meant for sincere students, and especially for those who have some glimmering of what Krishna meant, when in Bhagavad-Gita he said, that after a while spiritual knowledge grows up within and illuminates with its rays all subjects and objects. Students of the mere forms of Sanskrit who look for new renderings or laborious attempts at altering the meaning of words and sentences will find nothing between these covers."     ~William Q. Judge, 1889


"The mind is merely a tool, instrument, or means, by which the soul acquires experiences and knowledge. In each incarnation the mind is, as it were, new. It is a portion of the apparatus furnished to the soul through innumerable lives for obtaining experience and reaping the fruit of works performed.

The notion that the mind is either knower or experiencer is a false one, which is to be removed before emancipation can be reached by soul. It was therefore said that the mind operates or exists for the carrying out of the soul's salvation, and not the soul for the mind's sake. When this is fully understood, the permanency of soul is seen, and all the evils flowing from false ideas begin to disappear."

Author Patanjali
Translator Prabhavananda, Swami
Cotranslator Isherwood, Christopher
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 256 pp.
Publisher Vedanta Press 2008
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