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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Paperback – September 14, 2012
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Don't do Scientology or any other hack nonsense that wants to charge ridiculous sums of money and gets you nowhere, the Sutras date back over 4000 years and are the foundations of many religions and have retained their truth. So many other religious books (the Bible for one) have been so adulterated that you can't even be sure what you are reading, there are currently over 250 different versions of the Bible in circulation all changed to suit the needs and the message of MEN not GOD, I have read countless books and have studied almost every religion over my 50 years and this is by far the best thing I have ever seen.
DON'T BOTHER WITH THE REST!! BUY THIS BOOK, USE IT EVERY DAY, AND PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!!!
As i read the sutras and each interpretation i felt some of them didn’t align with the others. Some things said in one sutra would contradict another sutra, some explanations felt antiquated while others didn’t feel honest. It was as if some interpretations said just what we wanted to hear and then as i read forward in some other part of the book another interpretation contradicted the previous one, again to sound nice.
The breathing exercises are called Pranayama (Breathing) Exercises. One can find more about it from various sources. The true knowledge dates back to Patanjali - the original text dates back to approximately 2200 years ago. Interpretation of Patanjali Sutras has also been done by Harvard professor. His book contains 900 plus pages.
This book should be read a few pages at a time and contemplate. There is high degree of correlation between mind, stress, body and its functions. It must start with your faith in a system like a mustered seed mentioned in Bible. If one wants to calm their mind - then it a step in the right direction. One need to understand attachment to things around us. Having all you can have may be OK - worrying about loosing them is a problem.
The Swami gave really good down to earth explanations of the sutras which I found to be the defining element that makes this book a winner.
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