The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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" Extraordinarily clear. . . . Hartranft makes Patañ jali's complications seem somehow obvious." — "Shambhala Sun" " A Yoga Sutra for the twenty-first century . . . translated into plain (but not boring) accessible language. . . . If there's a more succinct explanation of the enduring value of Patañ jali's work, I'd sure like to hear it." — "Yoga Journal"
"Extraordinarily clear. . . . Hartranft makes Patañjali's complications seem somehow obvious."—"Shambhala Sun "
"A Yoga Sutra for the twenty-first century . . . translated into plain (but not boring) accessible language. . . . If there's a more succinct explanation of the enduring value of Patañjali's work, I'd sure like to hear it."—"Yoga Journal"
"Chip Hartranft has given us a fresh, authoritative, and brilliant new translation of and commentary on the "Yoga-Sutra," and an entire generation of American yogis should be deeply grateful. His work successfully combines intellectual precision with emotional accessibility—a powerful marriage seldom even attempted with this notoriously difficult text. Hartranft is careful always to leave Patañjali's own genius in the foreground, and as a result the astounding intellectual architecture of the "Yoga-Sutra "shines through. Bravo!"—Stephen Cope, author of "Yoga an
-Extraordinarily clear. . . . Hartranft makes Patanjali's complications seem somehow obvious.---Shambhala Sun
-A Yoga Sutra for the twenty-first century . . . translated into plain (but not boring) accessible language. . . . If there's a more succinct explanation of the enduring value of Patanjali's work, I'd sure like to hear it.---Yoga Journal
-Chip Hartranft has given us a fresh, authoritative, and brilliant new translation of and commentary on the Yoga-Sutra, and an entire generation of American yogis should be deeply grateful. His work successfully combines intellectual precision with emotional accessibility--a powerful marriage seldom even attempted with this notoriously difficult text. Hartranft is careful always to leave Patanjali's own genius in the foreground, and as a result the astounding intellectual architecture of the Yoga-Sutra shines through. Bravo!---Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
-Much of contemporary yoga in the West has emphasized breathing and the body. These invaluable practices have been separated from the comprehensive ethical and meditative approach of the great teacher Patanjali. Recently there has been an increased interest in correcting this limitation. Chip Hartranft's brilliant new translation of and commentary on Patanjali's masterpiece moves interested yogis decisively in this direction. It is a clear and inspiring work of immense value for all serious practitioners.---Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death
"Extraordinarily clear. . . . Hartranft makes Patanjali's complications seem somehow obvious."--Shambhala Sun
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In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. Compiled in the second or third century C.E., the "Yoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousness-and a particularly helpful guide to the mind states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: How we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering. Chip Hartranft's fresh translation and extensive, lucid commentary bring the text beautifully to life. He also provides useful auxiliary materials, including an afterword on the legacy of the "Yoga-Sutra and its relevance for us today.See all Product description
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"Hartranft," I repeated patiently. It was not, after all, a very English name and this was a very English bookseller, Watkins, no less.
"How do you spell that?" he asked disinterestedly. I spelled it slowly and he went away mumbling to either himself or another employee something about 'stupid bloody name...'
It took him a while to find the title and - presumably after perusing some of the text - returned in an improved, deferential way saying it had been a new name to him but was clearly a very good translation. It sounded like an apology and I was gratified that my bookseller's consciousness had expanded a little from the encounter,
That was ten years ago when I was twenty years younger and practised an early morning demanding yoga regime. Hartranft's translation made Patanjali very accessible and studying it was part of a life changing experience. I cannot honestly say I have read it recently but its wisdom has sunk into my soul and wrought a gradual change so that I am not the person I used to be wrapped up in the nugatory preoccupations that chained me.
I have read other translations - and there are many - of Patanjali but this is the best I have come across. The thing about Eastern philosophy and spiritual practises is that they are designed for the Eastern temperament. The Western character is very different and needs a somewhat different approach. Hartranft's book takes this difference into account and brings the original text brilliantly to life for us Occidentals. You could get a word-for-word translation of this classic that would leave you cold. This one won't.
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