The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali is a major work on the practice of yoga and meditation.
- 256 pages US paperback 978-087481-047-7
- 256 pages US hardback 978-087481-010-3
Our most popular title, this book is widely used in yoga classes as an important introduction to Raja Yoga. Promoted by George Harrison and featured in his last album.
You can view a lecture by Swami Prabhavananda titled The Eight Limbs of Yoga that is based on this book, and is a good companion to understanding the message.
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Gems of wisdom
A thorough introduction to the subject of Vedanta. Very concise yet so explanatory. This wonderful book deals with spiritual guidance for any person who expresses interest in religion and its many aspects. No one who attempts to read this book need belong to a particular religion or community. It encompasses a wide range of spiritual words of wisdom. Ideal for the skeptical mind! Excellent way of representing the Personal and Impersonal divinity.
Gives Much Food for Thought
“No matter what his religious belief, a person can only be the richer for having studied this translation of the famous Aphorisms of Patanjali. The language is simple so that anyone can read it and derive spiritual benefit from it if they are open-minded. I can recommend it both for the one who has become familiar with Hindu religion and philosophy and for the one who has not. For the first it is a new and fresh presentation of an old theme; for the second, it is dear, understandable and easy to grasp. It should do much to bring about a meeting of Eastern and Western thought.... There is much in this book to give food for thought and inspiration for spiritual practice.” The Awakener
Eminently Readable for the Modern Mind
“It is in the fitness of things that one of the celebrated monks of the Ramakrishna Order in collaboration with the well-known writer Christopher Isherwood undertook the task of translating the Yoga-Sutras in English and also providing an illuminating commentary thereon, avoiding the technicalities of the system and putting it in a very lucid manner suited for the modern mind.... This makes the book eminently readable for the modern mind and thereby fulfils the great mission of interpreting the East to the West.... The book should be widely read by all spiritual seekers who want to know ‘what yoga is, what its aims are, how it can be practiced, what powers can be attained by it and finally what liberation of the soul consists in'. When yoga is being so much misunderstood today both in the East and the West and is also being misused for physical ends and worldly gains the value of this publication cannot be over-estimated.” Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
Read this Forty years ago. It raised my awareness of my true essense and understanding of all questions.... Why? It's a wonderful journey.
A Simply Amazing Book
This title was my first introduction to Eastern Religion. It changed my life forever and was everything I needed to take up the path: Intelligent Logical Deeply Spiritual Common Sense HTKG was George Harrison's favorite book. He was constantly giving copies away to his friends. His last album quoted from the book right in the middle of the lead song.