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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007145160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007145164
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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“Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is the bible of yoga…”
Godfrey Devereux

“BKS Iyengar is renowned throughout the world… his inspired commentary on the ageless treatise by the ancient sage speaks to the soul of every dedicated yogi."
Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal

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Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the world’s most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.

The Sutras are short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers.

The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practise.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.

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As the first reviewer states the yoga sutras are extremely terse, giving the appearance of notes taken by a student attending a lecture. Consequently most of them can be and are, perfectly legitimately, interpreted differently by different people. Sometimes translations can be so variant that it is difficult to believe that they are translating the same text. Check two or three online translations to see what I mean.

Naturally, each translator will bring their own frame of reference to their translation given the amount of scope they have. However, I'm afraid Mr Iyengar has not just done this but actually added his own material to the translation. The first sutra is a good example. The Sanskrit is clear and means "Now follows instruction in yoga." Mr Iyengar translates this as " With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga." Other sutras, too, are 50% Iyengar and 50% Patanjali, as well as many sutras with a lesser degree of interpolation.

This may be fine for Mr Iyengar's followers but those seeking to know exactly what Patanjali was saying should exercise caution. This book's saving grace is that it does provide a word by word breakdown of the Sanskrit, so you can spot the interpolations if you are inclined to go through the breakdown.
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Ok, I'm a mad fan of yoga and bought this book as I have another book written by the same author which is great, and I wanted to learn more and deepen my knowledge about the sutras. Now, I'm by no means stupid, but this book is so complicated I can't make any headway with it at all. I think it would be useful if I had a teacher to go through the sutras and explain in a clear way what they mean, and how to think about their application. Maybe I will try to pick this book up again in the future but for now I've given up!
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This is by far the best book on the Yoga Sutras that I have seen, I have bought a few copies previously but they have been so difficult to read and get my head into but BKS Iyengar makes this book really inspiring and interesting, I would recommend this version of the Sutras to anyone who is thinking of buying a copy of them.
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Among the many translations and commentaries on the Yoga Sutras, this one stands out for its depth of insight and inspirational text. It is true that the translations are more adaptations of Patanjali's original but they are the comments from the greatest yoga teacher of modern times. I have read and thought about his commentaries for many years and every time I go back to this book there is something new to find. One translation of a sutra stands out for me as I practice the asanas: "Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is reached." (YS 2:47). That to me sums up yoga, an endlessly inspirational and concise statement about Yoga. It is a fitting example of the excellence of this commentary.
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One of the most accessible translations of the sutras I've come across
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