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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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."

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By A Customer on 24 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the translation, with comment, of Patanjali's Yoga sutras. The commentary is by the Tibetan and also incorporates other translations when the clarity given is of use.
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a8d6b04) out of 5 stars The Science of the Path 26 Dec. 2002
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Format: Paperback
The Light of the Soul is a very able translation and commentary on the teachings of one of the greatest spiritual teachers the world has seen - Patanjali. The book will be of vital interest to those who have found the reality of the spiritual path within themselves.
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.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6e7c48) out of 5 stars This is the true path if one seeks enlightenment. 19 Nov. 1999
By Prairie Kestral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've reread this work several times in the last 20 some years and of all the religious and philosophical inquiries I've pursued this really is the method by which a human can find peace, wisdom and the right approach to humankind and spirituality in this era. This coming from a rather grounded worker in engineering, and part time intellectual.
Why have traditional religions not revealed this mystery?
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6d22d0) out of 5 stars The Science of Union (with the Higher Self) 22 July 2000
By Dr Geo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The priceless, disarmingly simple statements in this book are translated from the original sanskrit of the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali". These statements (sutras, or seed-thoughts) may be interpreted at different levels of understanding. However, they were written to provide the spiritual aspirant, disciple and initiate with their own personal keys to liberation from the cycles of rebirth. Included in these keys are insights into the reason our human world is a world of pleasure and pain, and how we all have the capability to rise above limitations. Then, once we do rise above them, we learn about different kinds of enlightenment and the features of the new consciousness attained when we become One with our Soul.
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.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6deedc) out of 5 stars Looks like a consistent framework for finding your Self 25 April 2006
By J. J. Landheer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My first commented version on The Yoga Sutras.

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.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aaa8444) out of 5 stars Contains the ancient wisdom about the soul and chakras 12 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, the Tibetian Master Dwal Kuhl explains the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is one of my favorite Alice Bailey books, explaining what is the nature of the soul, of this reality, and how one advances on the spiritual path through awakening the chakras, light in the head, and much, much more.
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