The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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 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.
Could be used more for reference
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.)
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