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The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali by Satchidananda Review

Title: The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

Author: Satchidananda

First published January 1, 400

263 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780932040381 (ISBN10: 0932040381)

Rating: 4.36


This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the practice of Raja Yoga- the path of concentration and meditation. With its timeless teachings, this book is a valuable manual for seekers who are treading the spiritual path.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a classic text at least 4,000 years old and covers yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures. It provides guidance for dealing with situations in daily life.

The Sutras are presented here in their purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda- one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this book, Sri Swamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind, achieving physical, mental, and emotional harmony.

This new deluxe printing of the book is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by anyone seeking spiritual growth.

About the Author

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Sri Swami Satchidananda, or Sri Gurudev, is a renowned figure in the interfaith movement and a highly respected Yoga Master. His teachings and spirit inspire us to live a life of peace and religious harmony among all people.

In 1966, he was invited to come to the West and quickly gained popularity among young Americans seeking lasting peace during the turbulent 1960s. In 1969, he even opened the Woodstock Festival, where his message and blessings were credited for the peaceful atmosphere.

Sri Gurudev founded Integral Yoga® International, which combines various methods of Yoga, including Hatha Yoga, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and a 5,000-year-old philosophy to help one find inner peace and joy. Integral Yoga is the foundation for Dr. Dean Ornish’s landmark work in reversing heart disease and Dr. Michael Lerner’s noted Commonweal Cancer Help program.

Today, more than 50 Integral Yoga Institutes and Integral Yoga Teaching Centers throughout the United States and abroad offer classes and training programs in all aspects of Integral Yoga.

In 1979, Sri Gurudev established Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville®, a place where people of different faiths and backgrounds can come to realize their essential oneness. Yogaville is the home of The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS), a unique interfaith Shrine that honors the Spirit that unites all the world religions while celebrating their diversity.

Many people from all over the world come there to meditate and pray.

For over fifty years, Sri Gurudev sponsored interfaith worship services and conferences and advocated respecting and honoring all faiths. He was invited to share his message of peace with many world leaders and dignitaries, receiving numerous honors for his public service.

Sri Gurudev is the author of many books, including Integral Yoga Hatha, To Know Your Self, The Living Gita, and The Golden Present, and he is the subject of three biographies, Apostle of Peace, Portrait of a Modern Sage, and Boundless Giving.

In August 2002, Sri Gurudev entered Mahasamadhi, which is a God-realized soul’s conscious final exit from the body. Chidambaram, his Mahasamadhi shrine in Yogaville, is open for prayer and meditation.

Many famous people have praised Sri Gurudev, including President and Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton, Dean Ornish, MD, The Very Rev.

James Parks Morton, Richard Gere, and Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB. He enriched the lives of countless others and made a positive difference to our world and our future.

Editoral Review

The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda offers readers a timeless perspective on the practice of yoga and how it can help individuals achieve inner peace and enlightenment. The book, first published on January 1, 400, is considered a classic in the field of yoga and has been widely admired for its simplicity and clarity.

The author, Sri Swami Satchidananda, was a renowned yoga master who was instrumental in popularizing the practice of yoga in the West. He was a disciple of Swami Sivananda, a revered spiritual teacher, and was known for his deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and his ability to relate these complex ideas to a modern audience.

His teachings have been influential in shaping the modern yoga movement and have helped to bridge the gap between the ancient wisdom of yoga and the modern world. At its core, The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali is a guidebook for living a virtuous life, free from suffering and negative emotions.

The book is structured around a series of aphorisms or “sutras” that outline the principles of yoga philosophy, including the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which are intended to help individuals achieve spiritual liberation. The text also explores the nature of the mind and the role of meditation in cultivating inner peace and clarity.

One of the strengths of The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali is its accessibility. Satchidananda’s writing is clear and concise, making complicated concepts easy to understand even for the novice reader.

Moreover, he is able to draw upon real-life examples to illustrate his points, making the text relatable and relevant. His language is poetic and evocative, making the book a pleasure to read from start to finish.

Another key strength of the book is its relevance to contemporary issues. Despite having been written nearly 1,700 years ago, The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali still has relevance to modern society.

The text speaks to issues such as stress, anxiety, and the search for meaning in our lives. Satchidananda’s insights help readers to understand their own mental and emotional states, and to develop practical tools that can be used to achieve greater levels of happiness and fulfillment.

Overall, The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali is a must-read for anyone interested in yoga philosophy or the intersection of spirituality and self-help. The book is beautifully written and packed full of practical insights that can help readers achieve a greater sense of inner peace and fulfillment.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner of yoga or simply looking for inspiration on your own personal journey, this book is a valuable resource. We would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in living a more fulfilling and meaningful life.