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The Science of Yoga: The Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali in Sanskrit with Transliteration in Roman, Translation & Commentary in English [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

I.K. Taimni
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Nesma Books; illustrated edition edition (1 Dec 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8170592119
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170592112
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patanjali's Yoga-sutras is considered to be the most authoritative treatise on Yoga. Condensed in one hundred and ninety-six aphorisms or sutras are the essential philosophy and technique of Yoga. Over the centuries, scholars and teachers of Yoga have attempted to expand these sutras with commentaries and explanations. This is a comprehensive work giving the text of the Yoga-sutras in Sanskrit, transliteration in Roman, followed by a translation and commentary. It covers the fields of evolution, the unfoldment of consciousness, the practical approach to a spiritual way of life, the unravelling of the great mystery of existence, and the culminating experience of samadhi, the goal of the kingly science of Yoga. Presents to the serious student the fundamental teachings of Yoga, its science, philosophy and technique, in the light of modern thought.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patanjali - excellently interpretted. 10 July 2011
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Anyone who knows anything about Patanjali will be delighted to have this book that clearly translates his magnificent work. It is a good over view of exactly what yoga does. It may not be necessary for anyone on a spiritual path that incorporates Patanjali's teachings, however it was recommended to me by someone who is on such a path because she is the type of person that needs to study for herself the reference points. For me it is a book to read a little and often. It is like fruit - necessary to have a portion each day. It is rich healthy food for the mind. It is not always comfortable and it does not advocate an easy life but, for those who are serious about how to live, it needs to be taken seriously!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is the best book on the yoga sutras 27 Jun 1999
By Thomas Valone - Published on Amazon.com
Taimni was a biochemist and his scientific viewpoint helps aid Westerners to understand the subtleties of Patanjali's yoga sutras. The author also starts each sutra with the Sanskrit and the translation before the commentary. He even includes diagrams to help the reader. The yoga sutras are a roadmap to spiritual progress. Taimni makes them exciting and useful to yoga practitioners and meditators, no matter if they are beginners or advanced. A sample set of quotes on pranayama are: "Deep breathing has nothing to do with Pranayama", "Real Pranayama begins when the breath is stopped for some time between inhalation and exhalation." For the advanced meditator who is interested in the last three stages of the eight fold path (dharana, dhyana, and samadhi), Taimni's commentary shows he is well-versed in those states of mind. For example, "In practicing Dharana, it is found that as the depth of abstraction increases and the grip over the mind becomes stronger, the frequency with which the distractions appear becomes smaller." The last half of the yoga sutras dwells on the advanced states of samadhi (including samyama) and here Taimni shines with detailed advice, unlike most other authors of similiar commentaries. "When the Yogi performs Samyama on any quality his mind becomes one with that quality for the time being as has been explained in I-41. The positive qualities like courage, compassion, etc. are not vague nebulous things as they appear to the lower mind but real, living, dynamic principles of unlimited power which cannot manifest fully in the lower worlds for lack of adequate instruments." For me, Taimni's Science of Yoga has been a life-long companion and a handbook to higher consciousness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sutras 5 Jun 2009
By John Carley - Published on Amazon.com
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Good translation, the commentary is extensive and often over wordy but an interesting take, also available free online
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga-Sutras Translation by I.K.Taimni 13 Sep 2010
By sferguso - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear and concise translation. Appropriate for Western understanding. Deals well with spiritual, mystical, and scientific ideas which, in most translations, tend to get mixed-up and vague because of the subject matter. I orginally owned a paper-back version, and it became so worn that I had to find a hard-bound version. I looked first for a digital version, but I could not find one for my Kindle. Mr. Taimni has done a great service for those interested in Spiritual Enlightenment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and enlightening translation for study 9 Nov 2012
By courteousneighbor - Published on Amazon.com
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My yoga teacher recommended this book which is not easy to find, so I was thrilled to locate a new, hardcover copy. A physical book is a useful tool if you are studying a thousands-year-old tradition. You can keep a book mark in a page/pages you want to come back to while reading another translation and won't feel like you are in danger of wearing our a paperback. The contents are something I will want to refer to for decades as yoga sutras, like the Tanach/Hebrew bible and Talmud, offer a tradition for learning and seeking to better oneself as ancients have done before you. The print is easy to read, and the book is not too heavy. The sanskrit will be an obstacle unless you have heard the words pronounced by teachers many times, but you can become familiar with how it looks, even if you are not sure of pronunciation, to come back to the essential words in the Hindu tradition which must be used to understand the philosophy. There are few books that I receive which inspire me to study; this is one of them. Very grateful to have the teachers who have inspired me and study group with whom I learn and this book as one of the tools/translations that inform me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Classic 28 Jun 2014
By fenghuang - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb book, by far the best commentary on the Yoga Sutras available so far in the English language, or any language for that matter.
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