- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vedanta Press & Bookshop (December 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874810418
- ISBN-13: 978-0874810417
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
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How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali Paperback – December 12, 2007
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A rendering at once lively and profoundly instructive of a world classic which ... remains as vividly topical, as realistically to the point, as when it first saw the light. --Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World...The Soul does not love; It is Love Itself. It Does not Exist; It is Existence Itself. It does not Know; It is Knowledge Itself.--- Patanjali --Quoted by George Harrison in his final album. A beautiful translation, and our personal favorite by far. --Books for Inner Development
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
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 fulfills 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. --Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
About the Author
The translators have written numerous books on Indian philosophy that speak directly to the western audience. Swami Prabhavananda founded the Vedanta Society of Southern California
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I just happened to find this book stuck in the crack of the backseat of my fathers car one day. Took it home and read it and it just blew open the doors. Finally something that felt authentic and real in religion/mysticism. Thereafter I spent all my teen years studying yoga and meditation and read hundreds of books on the subject. But none I felt were as clear and compelling as this. I really loved the clear eyed understanding and writing style of Christopher Isherwood, and read a number of his other books.
I'm so glad to see this is in print still and am about to download the Kindle version to re-familiarize myself. Obviously this book has had a more profound affect on my life than any other. The fact that it's still in print along with all the great reviews means it's probably aged well.
Patanjali Yoga Sutras point the way. They are divided in four chapters. The first chapter defines the goal - samadhi - the absorption into undifferentiated consciousness, and gives an idea of what it means to practice and experience yoga. The second chapter describes the practices which help to overcome the obstacles to full spiritual realization. The third chapter gives insight into different abilities that may arise through dedicated practice of yoga. And the fourth chapter describes the states of consciousness preceding the Self-realization and indications of the full spiritual liberation.
The essence of the entire practice is - to know God, hold only God in your conscious awareness.
Different commentators of Patanjali Yoga Sutra share different insights, so reading different version of Patanjali Yoga Sutra is helpful. Some commentaries may be clearer than others, and this one is very good, insofar that it uses simple language.