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The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Morning Light Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596750251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596750258
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra is yet another exposition on Patanjali's yoga sutras and one that merits not only being reread but reread more than once. I absolutely was blown away by the scholarship of Ravindra who draws on his own broad ranging spiritual knowledge, sprinkling his book with quotes from a variety of spiritual paths including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.

However, this is not light reading. In fact, as I was reading it I experienced familiar ache, that wish that I were reading and studying along with another so we could discuss the content. There is such a wealth of information in this book that I know most of it completely escaped my comprehension. This is why I say that this book is one that must be read and reread.

Nevertheless, there is enough accessible truth here that someone who is ready to go deeper in the philosophy of yoga can still walk away with something and someone who well-versed in yogic thought will learn something interesting as well. The content is challenging in the way that spiritual truth should be challenging, inviting the "listener" to grow into the truth rather than sit idly.

Read through once, this book is an invitation for more and read only once I can't imagine any open minded reader wouldn't be moved to change. Read more than once, no doubt the effects of what Ravindra shares would ripple endlessly, carrying the reader further and further each and every time. It is not often I come across a book with this much potency and I'll eagerly read anything else Ravi Ravindra has written.
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I used this book to teach a group of yoga students some of the sutras. I wanted a literal translation, or as close to it as I could get. Ravindra does this better than most. His commentary is insightful and illuminating and straightforward. Excellent resource.
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I am currently reading this book and recommended it very highly. Ravi Ravindra brings together his unique background - an academic well versed in religion as well as physics - to offer clear insights into the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga. After long I have come across such a remarkable book that addresses the spiritual and profound aspects of Yoga in such clear terms.
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Ravindra's book on the Gospel of John, I was really looking forward to reading his book on the Yoga Sutras. It is wonderful! Many thanks from a Hindu who was not fortunate enough to be born in India.
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This book is required for my instructor's course and I'm about half finished. It is a little hard for me to read but I'm getting it!!!
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