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threads of yoga: a remix of patanjali-s sutra-s, with commentary and reverie Paperback – October 23, 2012
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I've just finished Threads of Yoga, a remix of patanjali-s sutras with commentary and reverie. Original, insightful, beautiful, this is the most modern commentary I've read. Reading its self-published pages, I felt as though Matthew Remski had given Patanjali a shave and haircut, the dusty old monk, and then dressed him in eco-chic loungewear and sat him down to talk with me over coffee.
If you know about the Yoga Sutras, I think you should get your hands on a copy of Remski's book. Really. It's the only edition I've read that...
gets me through the second half of the Sutras without falling asleep,
names the secret ingredient I always knew Patanjali left out of his sauce,
grabs my ear with language as beautiful as the sounds of Sanskrit
lights sparks for me over and over again by striking Patanjali's flint with the steel of modern science and philosophy, and
shows me how to reject and love a spiritual text at the same time.
Here's what I mean, point by point.
ON STAYING AWAKE THROUGH THE END OF THE MOVIE
I like the Sutras. A lot. But every time I get close to Pada 3 I feel like I'm catching the flu. Thanks, but I really don't want to fly, inhabit someone else's body, or shrink to the size of a pixel. On goes Netflix; I'd rather watch the latest Avengers sequel. That's what I like about Remski's book: unlike most translations I've seen, his rendition of Chapter 3 does not read like a comic book!Read more ›
The aggression may not be visible unless you know something about Patanjali and classical Indian metaphysics. (If you do, and you also have under your hat a little language poetry and "postmodernism" - an intellectual movement that academia buried by the 1990s - then you already have put this together.)
The author does not know Sanskrit. Moreover, he manifestly does not take an intellectual interest in Samkhya philosophy, and yet wants to uproot the work from its conceptual grounding in that metaphysical system, offering in its place poetic aphorisms that are not linguistically or philosophically related to the Yoga Sutras. This intellectual disconnecting is a big deal. Samkhya is a challenging intellectual framework that yoga practitioners would do well grapple with as they strengthen their own critical minds and come more deeply into relationship with the yoga tradition. Especially because there are several charismatic (deceptive) teachers in the current yoga world, it's great for young students to be asked to sharpen their minds from the start. Studying the Sutras, especially if one is not a fan of its dualistic backdrop, is an obvious way to do that.
Yet what we get from this text, rather than factually correct information about the Yoga Sutras, is an attempt at Language Poetry.Read more ›
The central theme of this remix is a move away from the traditional dualistic goal of transcending the natural world and body (the feminine prakriti) to dwell in pure consciousness (the masculine purusa). Instead, Remski embraces the aim of mind-body integration, embracing both our natural physical being and our consciousness, and engaging fully in the world in which we live. This approach recognizes prakriti and purusa as interdependent aspects of a holistic existence that does not rely on any distinction between the two. As a result of this integration, the focus naturally shifts from metaphysical speculation to a dedicated awareness of global interdependence. The goal is no longer transcendence for the sake of the practitioner (with the obligatory rationalization that this will, in turn benefit the rest of the world - a sort of spiritual "trickle-down" effect). Instead, the goal is awareness and action that supports the practitioner in becoming increasingly engaged in, and mindful of, the interdependent web of life into which we were born.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Matthew Remski is a misogynist and narcissist who has no authority to speak about Sanskrit. To support this book is a gross cultural misappropriation. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mary R.
After reading this book I did what I have only done one time before in my life. I threw it away.
I am very familiar with the Yoga Sutras and have studied several different... Read more
This book is hard work, the teachings are laced with words needing a thesaurus or dictionary or both, I would not recommend it to the layperson, maybe that is the authors intentionPublished 10 months ago by Roselea
WOW, incredibly arrogant intellectual with a massive ego......SAVE Your money, wish I had.Published 14 months ago by YogiChuck
A unique and inspiring translation of the yoga sutras. This book brings the old ideas into the modern world. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Renee L. Mazurek
Remski's book is my favorite of the contemporary explorations of Patanjali/Yoga Sutras. It's by no means a traditionalist take on the venerable text, so more conservative thinkers... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Uke Enthusiast
Threads of Yoga is definitely the most erotic book of yoga philosophy I've ever read. And that's sort of the point. Read morePublished 24 months ago by A. J. Glenny
This is a really, really important little book. Matthew Remski's perspective on the Yoga Sutra and contemporary yoga culture is incredibly lucid and helpful. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Adam J Grossi
I bought this book with much excitement. I have read at least 4 commentaries on the yoga sutras -my favourite being always been Sri Sri Ravi Shanker's commentary available for free... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Swati Pandey