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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The

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Written almost two millennia ago, Patanjali's work focuses on how to attain the direct experience and realization of the purusa: the innermost individual self, or soul.

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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.

“Edwin Bryant unpacks the layers of history and traditional commentaries that are in the suitcase of the Yoga Sutras. Through his depth of understanding and research rendered in this detailed map, we are able to travel a little closer to our soul. I will be reading and referring to his text for a lifetime.”      ~Rodney Yee, Yoga Instructor

“The greatest strength of Edwin Bryant’s work on the Yoga Sutras is that he has taken the most abstruse commentaries and made of them a fluidly readable work. He has made an academically serious study into a presentation of most symmetrical beauty. He has brought together the views of different schools of philosophy and made them rhyme as though in poetry. We need more of such works of serious and yet readable philosophy.”       ~Swami Veda Bharati, D. Littl, Chancellor, HIHT University, Dehradum, India

“A superb contribution to the secondary literature on yoga. Critically grounded in the scholarship on yoga and the rich textual history of the tradition, Bryant nevertheless succeeds in transcending both the excessively technical approaches to yoga scholarship as well as much of the popular nonsense about yoga in the proliferating ‘schools’ in the New Age marketplace. Bryant impressively communicates the essentials of yoga philosophy and practice to the thoughtful but non-specialist general reader. His translations from the Sanskrit are precise and well-grounded, and his interpretations are provocative and persuasive. His book will surely be welcomed by both serious scholars and responsible practitioners.”         ~Gerald James Larson, Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus of Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

"At the end of The Time Machine, Rod Taylor takes three books back to the future to reboot Humanity. Indubitably, Patanjali's masterwork, The Yoga Sutras, would have to be one of them. A singular source book, it amalgamates the breadth and depth of Hinduism's luminous 5,000-year-old metaphysics. Yet not until Edwin Bryant's labor of love has this sacred scripture been explicated with such clarity for Westerners. As such, Bryant's authoritative commentary and painstaking translation dispenses with all previous editions, presenting the English-speaking world a new classic of wisdom literature. Although Prof. Bryant respectfully tolerates B.K.S. Iyengar's caustic Foreword, it only serves to demonstrate the generation gap that exists between old-school Hindus practicing simple asanas (postures) with samadhi as their goal, and Self-realized Western Yogis who, guided by a careful exegesis of Sri Patanjali's sutras, can learn to differentiate between the solitary Self (purusa) and the distinct Isvara, thereby practicing true Bhakti Yoga."     ~Mandala Books

1.24  Klesa-karma-vipakasayair aparamrstah purusa-visesa Isvarah

"The Lord is a special soul. He is untouched by the obstacles [to the practice of yoga], karma, the fructification [of karma] and subconscious predispositions. 'he is untouched by the deposits of samskaras, fructification of karma, karma, or the obstacles to the practice of yoga, the klesas of II.3: nescience, ego, attachment, aversion, and the will to live.'

He is a distinct and special purusa, in a different category from all enlightened beings. Isvara is active but only for the purpose of all living beings, a benevolent God, purposed to uplift all beings from samsara. Isvara is the teacher to all ancients and all 'ages' because he is not subject to time, or the configurations of the gunas. Isvara is designated by the syllable om not as a cultural changing linguistic name but as eternal and timeless designation. As he is unchanging and eternal he can invest this might into a vibration, a syllable, and that is om. By illuminating the vibration om with his presence, by his grace isvara allows aspirants in prakritic life to meditate on and experience his being through this vibration."

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.

Author Patanjali
Commentary Bryant, Edwin F.
Translator Bryant, Edwin F.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 672 pp.
Publisher North Point Press 2009
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