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An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
An Annotated Translation of the Yoga Sutras




ISBN 9780754605249
Published October 27, 2001 by Routledge
120 Pages

USD $175.00

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Book Description

With its promise of personal improvement, physical well-being and spiritual enrichment, yoga is enjoying a resurgence in popularity at the turn of the third millennium. To unravel the mystery of the discipline, its philosophies and relevance in contemporary life, the original text of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali must be explored. This book offers the first accessible translation and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. An introductory section examines the multidimensional aspects of yoga as philosophy, psychology, science, and religion, as well as exploring popular versions of yoga in the West. The core of the book offers a new translation of the entire text of the Yoga Sutras, in a language that is clear and comprehensible to students. Commentaries are presented to highlight the meaning of various statements (sutras) and key themes are outlined via sectional summaries. A full glossary of key words and names is also provided. Concluding chapters look at yoga in contemporary life, revealing the popularity of yoga in the 21st century through Star Wars, and exploring yoga's connection to health and science, contrasting yoga's holistic view of healing with that of the limited view of present day medical science. Sample physical, breathing and meditation exercises are provided. An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy offers a comprehensive introduction to the Yoga Sutras text of Patanjali to all students and interested readers of Indian philosophy and religion, world religions, east-west psychology, and mysticism.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The multidimensionality of Yoga: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding Yoga; Yoga as philosophy; Yoga as science; Yoga as psychology; The varieties of Yoga in the West; Patanjali: founder of the Yoga system; The four pillars of the Yoga Sutras; A new rendition of the Yoga sutras with commentary: Samadhipada: total mental stillness or tranquillity as the goal of Yoga; Sadhanapada: the method of Yoga; Vibhutipada: accomplishments of Yoga; Kaivalyapada: total liberation or salvation as the final goal; Yoga and Health: Yoga and healing: the medical connection; Practical aspects of Yoga; Yoga and Yoda: The Star Wars connection; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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'... this book already does widen the usual presentations of yoga. Malhotra's translation of Patanjali's aphorisms [...] seems in line with current scholarly translations and is eminently readable... Particularly enjoyable and well suited to the rising metaphor paradigm is the comparison of Star Wars and Yoga.' Australian Religion Studies Review 'Students of Philosophy will appreciate the clear analytical style of the book that I found easy to reference even weeks after my initial reading. Students of Yoga and the casual reader will enjoy the lucid explanation of the Sutras and the ideas surrounding them. Of special interest is the easy to follow section on the practical aspects of Yoga that includes the author in several different postures via black and white photographs.' Academia