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Patanjali Yoga Sutras, as PDF and ePub

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akaruna 10 years, 11 months ago

Swami Dayananda's Recommendation of Aruna's Patanjali Yoga Sutras

The <em>Patañjali Yoga Sūtras</em> cannot be looked upon as a book on the philosophy of Seśvara Sāṅkhya. Ādi Śaṅkara, in his <em>Brahmasūtrabhāṣya</em>, had discussed the Yoga school quoting certain sūtras, which are not found in Patañjali's book. Perhaps the <em>Patañjali Yoga Sūtras</em> formed a part of the syllabus for the people given to traditional Vedanta study. Even today, jijñāsus, who study at Kailash Ashram, study the <em>Patañjali Yoga Sūtras</em>, with various Sanskrit commentaries.

I am very happy that Sri Aruna, one of my senior students, is presenting the <em>Patañjali Yoga Sūtras</em> with a commentary in keeping with the Vedanta tradition. Very good in Sanskrit, Aruna's word for word translation of the meaning of the sūtras does not leave anything to be desired. With his commentary, the overall vision of Patañjali comes alive.

There are no authentic books in circulation on this important work on Yoga discipline. Aruna's book meets with the need in admirable measure. I congratulate him for his contribution to the pursuit of spiritual discipline.

Sw. Dayananda, 18-8-2013
(This recommendation can be seen on the author's web site at UpasanaYoga.org)