The Gheranda Samhita Illustrated Edition
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“Smooth and accurate, this translation of the Gheranda Samhita is a very welcome addition to recent work on Yoga.”
—George Cardona, University of Pennsylvania
“Mallinson’s translation of the Gheranda Samhita includes the Sanskrit Devanagari script paired with clear, succinct English verses. The translation is lucid, making the threads of the teaching easy to understand. . . . For illumination, Mallinson includes a collection of full-page photographs demonstrating the asana or mudra as described in the text. These photos are an asset to this version. . . . This new translation of the Gheranda Samhita is invaluable for students seeking an accessible entry into the written tradition of Yoga practice.”
—Felicia M. Tomasko, LA YOGA Magazine
“A first-rate primary source for anyone seeking to better understand the teachings and postures of Yoga.”
—Midwest Book Review
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From Chapter Six
The yogi should visualize a sublime ocean of nectar in his heart, with an island of jewels in its middle whose sand is made of gemstones. In every direction there are kadamba trees with abundant flowers. Bees and cuckoos buzz and call there. He should steady himself and visualize a great jeweled pavilion . . .
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About the Author
Residing in Oxford, England, James Mallinson is a graduate of Eton and Oxford, holds a master's from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and returned to Oxford University for his doctorate.
"Smooth and accurate, this translation of the Gheranda Samhita is a very welcome addition to recent work on Yoga."
--George Cardona, University of Pennsylvania
"Mallinson's translation of the Gheranda Samhita includes the Sanskrit Devanagari script paired with clear, succinct English verses. The translation is lucid, making the threads of the teaching easy to understand."
--Felicia M. Tomasko, LA YOGA Magazine
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The Ghermanda Samita, as translated by James Mallinson, is a valuable reference for serious students of yoga. There are the seven chapters, corresponding to the seven ways to perfect onself, from physical practices and health to meditation and enlightenment (samahdi) at the end.
In addition to photos of the asanas next to the text that discusses them, the chapter on Dhyanas (meditations) has some visually stunning paragraphs. These could be of help to someone who is meditating and needs a kernel of something to focus on, or even an artist who wants to tap a side of the unconscious with visual meditations.
There is also a chapter on yogi breathing, and from what I am told, one can never have enough information on this important aspect of practicing yoga.
This is a relatively late work of Hatha Yoga (from the 1800's?) and is translated as directly from the Sanskrit as the author was able, while retaining the meaning and beauty of the passages. If you are a student of yoga, this is a valuable source book and quite interesting reading, as well.
Top international reviews
As trainee teachers, we are very much encouraged to read and become familiar with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika but not really any of the other ancient hatha yoga texts.
I like this version because it is a simple, clear and easy to understand translation without any of the usual often complex and sometimes biased commentary. The only embellishments are the introduction which has a brief, but helpful background and synopsis, and a few photographs of the asana.
I thank James Mallison and YogaVidya for this and have ordered a copy of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika which I look forward to exploring in a different translation.
Direct translation with no waffling.
Great insight into the traditional teachings