- Paperback: 458 pages
- Publisher: Lucis Press Ltd; New edition edition (Dec. 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853301123
- ISBN-13: 978-0853301127
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Light of the Soul: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Paperback – Dec 1972
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The books of Alice A. Bailey, written in cooperation with a Tibetan teacher between 1919-1949, constitute a continuation of the Ageless Wisdom-a body of esoteric teaching handed down from ancient times in a form which is always suitable to each period. Intended to precede and condition the coming era, the Alice A. Bailey writings offer an unparalleled spiritual approach to such subjects as the teaching on Shamballa and the Path of spiritual evolution; the spiritual Hierarchy; the new discipleship and training in meditation as a form of service; the teaching on the seven rays and the new psychology of the soul; the teaching on esoteric astrology; and the new world religion, which emphasizes the common thread of truth linking all the major world faiths.
From the Author
An extract from the Tibetan teacher, written in 1934 briefly explains the intent of these teachings: "The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They may, or may not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right practice and by the exercise of the intuition. Neither I nor A.A.B. is the least interested in having them acclaimed as inspired writing, or in having anyone speak of them (with bated breath) as being the work of one of the masters. If they present truth in such a way that it follows sequentially upon that already offered in the world teachings, if the information given raises the aspiration and the will-to-serve from the plane of the emotions to that of the mind (the plane whereon the Masters can be found) then they will have served their purpose. If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of the intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let not the student accept what is said."See all Product Description
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In these sutras Patanjali is dealing with the soul, explaining how we can receive the higher mind and soul light. There is the very clear outline of the 'means' of soul attainment which are based around adopting an attitude of harmlessness, yet active harmlessness, rather than being affraid or avoiding things. For me this book clarified things alot, I had a basic esoteric understanding of, 'the path' but this makes everything exact and precise. There is also the explaination of the effects that should come eventually from development so as to prepare and make ready our awareness. I would recommend this translation as it comes with much clarity enabling greater understanding of the original text.
Eventually the teaching is pointing towards the 'isolated unity' or detachment from the many form, through the realisation of the One Spirit or soul in all. It manages to be very exact about this and has been and will continue to be of much benifit to me.
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The Light of the Soul consists of 4 books of sutras, each book being a continuation of the teaching of the last book. The teaching covers the greater part of that path, starting from when we first recognise its existence. The entire approach of the sutras is a mental and deeply spiritual one. It outlines the practical, though inner, steps that the spiritual seeker must take in order to move from one point to the next. Much of the text is about how to spiritualise the mind (and our entire self using the mind correctly) and prepare ourselves for this spiritual transformation.
That all this is in abbreviated form in one book is a test for those who would study it, as it takes a great sense of proportion, discipline and gentle patience to tread the path with care and a sense of direction and purpose at each point. It is too easy (and fruitless) to flit here to there, grasping some interesting ideas, and then moving on again.
The sutras are to be taken as objects for our deepest contemplation and by no means should the reader limit themselves to the commentary given. The commentary is there as a guide only, for those who find it helpful.
The Light of the Soul is an explanation of how to make this divine light a living, practical reality in our lives. No spiritual person, truly interested in treading the spiritual path, should be without this book.
Why have traditional religions not revealed this mystery?
This version of the sutras was first published by The Tibetan Master through Alice A Bailey, yet there are many other translations of the Yoga Sutras. This one is my favourite as it truly brings insights that make us stop and reconsider our life, and shift it up into the context of our true and eternal Life of our Higher Self or Soul.
Sure, the statements in this book are priceless, but the real treasure is to understand and live them. Raja Yoga is the name traditionally given to this "Kingly Science of the Soul". This book is the perfect platform for us to reach into our Soul realm.
I enjoyed it very much. It gives a very structured overview of the process of "Union with the Soul". Your Soul.
Yes, I guess it is from a western point of view only using some Hindu terms. Yes, I guess it is from a "Theosophy" source.
But frankly, up till now I am not worried by that.
For one, Ms. Bailey gives quotes from several other (probably old) commented translations mentioned in her bibliography. This paints a picture consistent with my earlier experiences: "who the hell are we to say which one is the right one"? Among Hindu you also have numerous "sects" with very subtle differences of opinion. Can you tell? I can't. By all means: read multiple versions if you want to get in and pick the one that gives you the best feeling.
I am not worried by the Theosophy part.
Yes, it's in there, but I don't think it is substantial.
I can read and I am not stupid. Several statements refer to Theosophy internal history (or when reference is made to "Christian Science") and I am sorry to say I just skip these as "irrelevant". There are statements in there about "Atlantis" and the like, but again I am not worried yet. My "Inconsistent!" bells have not started ringing yet, so I take these as "a statement" and I go on. But again, this is not substantial.
There is plenty of value in the Sutras, but don't expect a checklist with steps numbered 1 - 51. Work has to be done.
This is the only thing that counts: work done by you.
Respect for Patanjali.
And for Alice Bailey and D.K.