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The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice [Paperback]

PhD Feuerstein Georg
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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Hohm Press,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890772186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890772185
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 2.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the foremost living authority on Yoga comes the most comprehensive and reliable treatment of the subject available today. This is a work of impeccable scholarship by a person who has dedicated his life to the understanding and practice of yoga. The book offers a complete overview of every Yogic tradition, from the familiar to the lesser-known forms. It also covers all aspects of Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina Yoga, including history, philosophy, literature, psychology and practice. In addition, included are translations of twenty Yoga treatises and the first translation of the Goraksha Paddhati.

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Summary of over 30 years of research
This heavily illustrated 720-page book is my most important work to date. It is a comprehensive overview of the Yoga tradition (covering the Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina, and Sikh forms of Yoga). It includes complete translations of the Yoga-Sutra, Shiva-Sutra, Narada's Bhakti-Sutra, and Goraksha-Paddhati, as well as partial renderings of many other Yoga scriptures ranging from the ancient Rig-Veda to late medieval works and covering Raja-Yoga, Hatha-Yoga, Jnana-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Tantra-Yoga, and a great deal more. This volume is based on the long out-of-print "Yoga: The Technology of Ecstasy," which was a favorite with many Yoga students. In its present form, it is safe to say that this book contains something for everyone. I welcome reader's feedback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! 30 Nov 1998
By A Customer
This is a historic publication that will for decades be the most authoritative source for anything on yoga, ranging from its roots to its nurturing within the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It is written in a very readable style, has a lot of illustrations, and it presents the translations from the originals of some key texts. Simply magnificent! This is a book everyone should have on their personal library shelves. It has also been nicely printed and designed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reference rather than a guide 30 Jan 2008
This book deserves the 5 stars for the sheer expanse, the research behind it, and the approachable explanations of a very difficult, convoluted, and relatively undocumented subject. I especially enjoyed the historic context and perspective behind the various systems of yoga, and commend the author's serious attempts to provide a wealth of translated texts from the relatively unknown and mind-bogglingly large library of Hindu scriptures. His love of the subject shines through the effort he must have invested in documenting this knowledge.

The one missing bit which makes this book more an anthology - than a definitive guide for seekers - is that it doesn't come from author's own experiential understanding of the subject. This great work therefore does not speak with authority of a realised master - but is just a pointer on where to look.
However, it did help my own understanding greatly - therefore the 5 stars - and those who look at it for understanding rather than guidance will definitely enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goldmine of Yoga philosophy and history 30 April 2006
By miraum
A must-have book for Yoga teachers and students who are seriously interested in the subject of Yoga and its development.

With illustrations, easy to read layout - a comprehensive survey by a renowned Western scholar. A book which will always enrich and inform, a treasure of a reference book on Yoga - a much-needed antidote to the dumbing down of Yoga as a physical exercise and self-improvement trend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK 10 Jun 1999
By A Customer
It is very refreshing to see a westerner who really understands the heart,soul,and original pupose of all yogas. Most westerners assume Yoga to be a merely stretches and postures. In reality, there are many different paths of yoga--all invented to ultimately lead the soul to complete liberation, although a lot of people (even some self-designated "gurus") don't know or lose sight of this. I was very sceptical as to whether a westerner giving an honorable representation of this majestic science, and to give an honorable IN-DEPTH presentation at that!
As Ken Wilber states (in other words) in the foreword...we DO have in Feuerstein the perfect and necessary blend of a scientifically minded scholar and devoted practitioner.
HUGE BOOK!!! The size of an actual encyclopedia. But, if you have any clue as to how deep and rich the yoga tradition is, and if you also appreciate it's beauty...or even if you think it's a bunch of hooey and want to know whether you are right or not, it is an immensely scholarly--yet readable sourcebook. MUST HAVE!
(p.s.--I like old george now.)
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I bought a copy of this book (softcover) and then gave it to my yoga teacher and bought the hardcover. We both love the book. It clearly explains many topics better than most other sources and has a clear organization for such a substantial reference. My first literary source now for Yoga guidance and clarity. thx & namaste
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent book! 18 Nov 1998
By A Customer
This book is sure to become a most valuable resource for all people who are interested in yoga, be it as scholars or laypeople. Feuerstein in the world's foremost authority on yoga and we much thank him for this magnificent book. It is clearly written and it incorporates the most recent insights from archaeology and literary analysis. Contains an important section on chronology!
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