The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
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From the Author
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.
About the Author
Georg Feuerstein was an internationally recognized yoga scholar who began studying yoga at the age of fourteen. He is the author of "The Essence of Yoga", "Lucid Waking", "The Philosophy of Classical Yoga", "Sacred Sexuality", and "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali".
Ken Wilber is one of the most influential and widely read American philosophers of our time. His writing has been translated into more than 20 languages. Ken Wilber is the author of many books, including "The Spectrum of Consciousness; The Eye of Spirit; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; A Brief History of Everything; Boomeritis;" and "The Marriage of Sense and Soul". Ken Wilber lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.)
Holm Press should update the kindle edition urgently and Amazon should release a free update.
Amazon need to introduce some quality control into the release of kindle editions. Both Holm Press and Amazon's reputation are damaged by releases like this. This book has been in kindle edition for quite some time without any effort to correct it.
The author is both a scholar and a seeker and his research shows real fascination and dedication along with a quiet respect for his subject matter.
The book covers a huge scope of history and leaves many new pathways open for discovery through further study.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very readable book synthesising years of Feursteins work and study in an accessible wayPublished 7 months ago by Helen
Really hard going on Yoga history, hard to read/ take in.
Could be used more for reference
This is one of those "must have" resources for yoga teachers! I really enjoyed learning about the roots of yoga and the many different yogic paths. Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by George A. Watts
A must read for every Yoga teacher and an amazingly comprehensive book on the history of the oldest spiritual practice in the world. Highly recommendedPublished on 14 Sept. 2010 by Philipp