The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Integral Yoga Publications
- Publication Date: 14/09/2012
- Category: Exercise & workout books
- ISBN: 9781938477072
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Review by Tobias.Bruell
This text seems to be a transcript of a series of lectures given by Satchidananda (henceforth called "Commentator") to his students. Each verse of the Yoga-Sutra is first given in various forms (devanagari, sanskrit, english, word-by-word) and then a commentary is provided. The commentary on the final parts (i.e., three and four) is much shorter than the commentary on the first two parts.The style is informal/anecdotal and contains a lot of rhetorical questions. The anecdotes are interesting/inspiring and make for a light/convenient reading. Nevertheless, some suggestions (like detachment from sensual pleasures) are everything else than light/convenient to digest, let alone, to realize.Although, the commentary is sometimes esoteric (especially chapter 3!) I found many statements quite scientific, even from todays points of view. Although, the commentator claims not to belong to a particular religion (p.41) the text is heavily colored by the commentators apparent hinduistic background (and, of course, the hinduistic background of the underlying text).I think, a bit more structure would have benefited the text since it would make remembering easier.