This book is a Study Guide for the first of the four books of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It contains the original Sanskrit text with transliteration, English translation, and a word by word breakdown of the translation. There is a thorough commentary on each sutra, which is based firmly in classical yoga, yet written with the Western student in mind. There is an introduction and a comprehensive glossary of the Sanskrit terms used in the text.
What relevance does the wisdom of the ancient and timeless practice and philosophy of yoga have for us today? Has the world qualitatively changed such that the principles of life and the dynamics of consciousness as observed by the seers and teachers of ancient times are no longer relevant? Is modern culture’s aim of freedom to pursue desires and experience the world through the senses a sufficient explanation and justification of life? In Sadhana Pada the ageless methods for achieving freedom from desires are presented. These life changing principles and practices are offered here so that they can be tested and experienced in the setting of modern life; the experience of peace that they bring can then be measured against the experience of a life spent fulfilling desires.
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This new edition and e-Publication uses the IAST format for all Sanskrit terms. Intended for those interested in correct pronunciation of all transliterated Sanskrit terms and those who want a convenient way to carry the book to classes, enjoy leisure reading, and engage in research.
In the final book of the Yoga Sūtras called Kaivalya Pāda, Patañjali reveals the nature and implications of liberation (kaivalya). Kaivalya means complete isolation: the isolation of puruṣa or higher consciousness from prakṛti or nature or matter. This is the isolation of the Self in itself, free from ignorance and dualistic notions.
The book is published as an e-Book using the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST).