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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: An Analysis of the Sanskrit with Accompanying English Translation Paperback – Dec 1990

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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: South Asia Books (Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8170302447
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170302445
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Pan on 31 Mar. 2015
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A useful addition to the field.
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Great Appeal for the Right Audience 18 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Review from BLACK PEARL: The Journal of the College of Thelema (Vol. I, No. 5, March, 1999). Copyright 1999, College of Thelema (permission by editor granted Amazon Books to use). I must confess to a distrust of translations. Something important is nearly always lost from the origi-nal. Ever since my fourth year of high school French, when I learned first hand how much sensual power and beauty Guy de Maupassant wielded in his native tongue, I have been drawn to study the greater works, where possible, in their original language. The situation worsened when, as an adult, I found various respected, able translators giving widely divergent renderings of works from The 32 Paths of Wisdom to The Yoga Sutras. Over the years, this has nudged me to increase and broaden my language skills. As you may guess, I'm not thrilled to tears over adding one more translation of Patanjali to my library. This one is quite fine, seems perfectly sound, and reflects some understanding of the subject. What really excites me about this edition, though, is that every verse is given in the original Sanskrit (in English trans-literation, for those who have not mastered the Sanskrit alphabet). Each word is translated individually, with attention to its etymology. Since each verse of this book was (apparently) designed to be an object of meditation, these language tools are quite sufficient to give just about anyone the ability to begin appreci-ating the text in the language in which it was written. For the definition of Yoga in I(2), it matters little that Vivekananda rendered it, "Yoga is the restraining of the mind-stuff from taking various forms," while Johnston wrote, "Union, spiritual consciousness, is gained through control of the versatile psychic nature," or even that William Q. Judge paraphrased a bit with his, "Concentration, or Yoga, is the hindering of the modifications of the thinking principle," if you understand yogaq citta-vrtti-nirodhaz. Of course, this will only appeal to a particular audience; but if you are in that target group, this book comes with our easy recommendation. -- YOGI PRANAVANANDA
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There are better ones 17 May 2012
By Ari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This isn't the best translation and commentary on Patanjali. I've read better. It isn't terrible and is worth reading if you can't find better ...
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