- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: O Books (27 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846941512
- ISBN-13: 978-1846941511
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sivananda Buried Yoga Paperback – 27 Jun 2008
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Panning the one-dimensional keep-fit view of yoga in the west and advocating a return to the depth and breadth of yoga s true roots, yogi manmoyanand s controversial new book exceeded all expectations and will become an instant bestseller not only at Watkins, but across the globe. --Watkins Books, London
This book is like a light, if you stand behind it, it will illuminate your path as far as you can see, but if you confront it, it will surely blind you. --Swami Achutanand, Ashram at Kamet, Himalayas
From the Inside Flap
I would not interfere with any creed of yours,
or want to appear that i have all the cures.
There is so much to know, so many things are true.
The way my feet must go may not be the best for you.
And so i give a spark of what is light to me,
to guide you through the dark, but not tell you what to see. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yoga and spirituality is so globally fashionable nowadays that it's peddled. Any charmer who's read some of the classic Yoga tomes can simply regurgitate the words of 'realised' others and the spiritually famined masses will swallow whatsoever is offered, 'hook, line and sinker', and lo and behold, a star is born!
Swami Manmoyanand has done the world a huge favour by detailing the crimes that have been perpetrated upon spiritual traditions and the phenomenal science of Yoga by fakes, charmers and forceful personalities, as well as the errant legislativs requirements imposed by governments. After explaining in the first part of the book how his own hunger for answers to pressing questions were not answered, revealed by practises or even respected by the numerous and various spiritual groups and Yoga masters that he cut off totally from his quest. Then after a chance meeting on a train with a group of sadhanas the book follows a different course and the reader is guided along an incredible journey as the author learns the real science of Yoga from Masters of Vedanta, Tantra and Yoga living in the Himalayas.
The 2 star reviewer may have thrown aside the book before this time. A very sad ending, because if they had persisted they would have found many wonderful gems of Yogic wisdom kindly offered up by S. Manmoyanand.Read more ›
If you are a seeker, buy this book! If you are not, buy it anyway!
This is an extremely profound yet very lucidly and engagingly written book, which, however, is likely to be misunderstood.
The author of the book, a young and accomplished Yogi (born in 1969, so he is only 37), before taking a final stage of Samadhi is told by his guru to go back to the mundane everyday life, become a householder and to prepare at least one disciple who is to become a true Yogi. What is a true Yogi?
The book provides an answer. A gist of the answer is the following. A follower of a (very cryptically written and, if only for that reason, misunderstood) Yoga Sutras of Patanajili, who completed a series of very precise procedures such purification of nadis, followed by completion of Yoga postures, followed by Pranayama etc. In the end, one quite literally rather than metaphorically becomes a universe, a state called Samadhi. Which makes any Western style Yoga just a set of engaging and useful but mostly physical exercise, almost totally unrelated to the true Yoga as an arduous and long progression towards Samadhi?
This is an extremely rare book for three reasons. First, a true Yogi almost never communicates with us, mortals (I am saying this without even a trace of irony): quite literally there is no common theme for a conversation. Even if accidentally there are common terms, like meditation or pranayama the meaning of these words for a true yogi and for a `fitness Yogi' is quite difference. Thanks to the author' Guru request, we are fortunate to have unique glimpse at `Yogi's kitchen' - procedures of achieving `purity of body, clarity of mind and divinity of heart' Again, this is not a metaphor, the book explains, in very precise terms what it all means.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is worth while for all those who are interested in the yogis and aesthetics of India. It tells the tale of one spiritual seeker in particular and his journey to becoming... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. G. UNIT
I strongly recommend reading this book. If you want to understand yoga and get a feel for the different steps that are required, this book will help you.Published 14 months ago by hugo556
The author has presented his experience, views and opinion into what is meant to be Yoga. May be difficult to reationalize for a modern reader. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by Gopalakrishnan
Very interesting book on the development or otherwise of yoga in the west. The author has made a lengthy spiritual quest and has made very thought provoking conclusionsPublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by Bridget Reader
This is an Excellent book and it shows you what human beings are capable off, I gave the book four stars because i beleive what the yogis do to be true but it is not practical for... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2012 by Sivanada buried yoga
If you practice any "style" of yoga, if you teach yoga then you need to read this book. As I read I could feel my eyes opening to the real practice, this sort of information is... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2011 by CourtUk
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