I just got this book, I didn't start reading yet but I am a bit confused since Patanjali describes the eight limbs of yoga, yet this book is divided into only 4 chapters(Books)? Are the other 4 in a different book, or does he describe two limbs in each chapter(book)? And where does he describe the Yamas and Niyamas? It should be in the first part, but i just went through it and couldn't find it
I've read trough a couple of Yoga Sutras commentary, but this one from Sri Swami Satchidananda is - for me - simply the best. It's easy to understand, even though the topic itself sometimes seems to be quite hard to digest, and it gives practical advice how to use the sutras in "real" and everyday life. For some other commentaries I've read the problem seems to be, that it fits perfect to people living in an Ashram, who can concentrate on their self-development all day long - but for all of those (including me) - who try to establish inner peace while still staying in everyday life, it seems not to fit. so try it out :)
This should be a must read for any contemporary man, especially those people who are exposed to stress through their job description or other life circumstances. The book is acceptable from any religious point of view. In fact it helps believers strengthen their faith further. It also helps the non-believers get a spiritual doze each one of us requires in our every day life.
I am not a 'follower' of Swami Satchidananda. I have previously studied Indian philosophy from an academic view. That is not the audience for this book. I personally have only tried to make Indian philosophy part of my life when outside sufferings force me to. This is a book for that! Swami Satchidananda's whole style is warm, straightforward and very modern. He never compromises the truth of the teachings, but his tone is beautifully supportive and gentle. If your desire is to try to understand the truth of the Yoga Sutras in your current life situation then I can't imagine a better book.
Satchidananda presents a warm hearted translation of this classic. It is saturated with the kindness, compassion,warmth, touching sense of humor, and open mind that define the truly spiritual. He draws from all religions, not seeing any one as better than the others; as is the case with all masters from every tradition, Satchidananda sees that "the paths are many, but Truth is one." He makes a good representative of Yoga and True Religion in general. I can't believe that no one else has reviewed this book already.
Swami Satchidanandaji explains clearly the Sutras by giving practical tips on how to apply them in our own life. The book is full of wisdom and is not meant to read and keep aside, but read and reflect and that too repeatedly. Verily, a treasure for the spiritual aspirants. Personally, studying few stanzas each day and reflecting on them, provides immense peace and upliftment. The original Sanskrit text with meanings also provides an additional benefit for seekers to commit the sutras to memory.
PATANJALI YOG SUTRA IS A SCIENCE ON YOGA AND PERFECT VISION OF SAGE PATANJALI MORE THAN 2000 YEARS AGO. This book is worth reading for serious students of Yoga a clear idea is given regarding fundamental teachings of Yoga in simple language.