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on 12 October 2010
I have read this book over and over again. Although there are many commentaries on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali this one is perhaps the best for anyone who originally comes from a Christian background and practises yoga. It might even rekindle your faith. Looking at the faith you are brought up in from a different angle is often quite enlightening and it is worth reading deep Christian literature as much of what is said there is very much along the same lines as the sutras but perhaps not expressed quite so succinctly! Christopher Isherwood gives a deep insight into how the practice of yoga can aid a spiritual aspirant to purify body and mind in order to pursue the spiritual journey and it is fascinating how the commentary refers to the Catholic tradition and draws parallels. The commentary provides guidance on stilling and controlling the mind in order to roll back the veil of illusion and discover the Kingdom of God within ourselves. This book stimulated me to a spiritual search which I might not otherwise have undertaken. Ever grateful to my yoga tutor for recommending this particular commentary. I am now more convinced that yoga is a universal set of tools for the spiritual journey in any tradition. Vedanta appears to be the key.
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on 25 July 2012
This book is beautiful in tying Patanjali's classic with modern commentary. The latter includes expositions and explication of the theosophical Hindu background, drawn from the Vedas, the Gita, Sankhya and even Buddhism. It also includes metaphors, anecdotes and practical examples while also explaining differences between various strands and in reference to christian script and practice too. If you have delved in Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoga, meditation and so forth, this is a must. You get to the core of what Yoga is all about and how to achieve it.
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on 4 September 2016
This is an excellent translation and commentary on the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Very clear explanations of philosophies and practices which are essential to the student of yoga. Clear print and layout. This paperback version is a faithful reproduction of the content of the original hardback, though I have to say I preferred the hardback format.
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on 5 January 2018
Very interesting, something I will come back to again & again to meditate & connect with the Atman .. .
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on 2 December 2014
Best book about religion that I have read so far as it has a way of connecting with the audience and really gets into teaching techniques to remain balanced and connected with God. Some holy books are sometimes quite tricky to interpret and techniques and teachings and general application of the teachings and principles are often lacking. This book helps bridge the gap. The buddhist eight fold path is also a good read on this note. Highly recommended.
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on 24 July 2014
There are many different translations of the Aphorisms and an equal number of approaches to them, this one is particularly clear and very readable whether one is interested in the Samkhya Philosophy from which it stems or Yoga in the more general sense.
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on 15 September 2016
Reading for part of my Foundation Course for Yoga.
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on 1 April 2016
is by Johnstone. refund please
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on 2 March 2016
a classic
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on 26 April 2016
An interesting read..helps to unravel the sutras
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