The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali
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This is a collection of translations of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali from multiple authors.  Translations for each sūtra from authors B.K.S Iyengar, Edwin Bryant, Jaganath Carrera, Chip Hartranft, Georg Feuerstein, Ravi Ravindra, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Vivekananda and Swāmi Hariharananda Āranya are juxtaposed so it enables the reader to compare and contrast the different ways each author translated it.  This makes studying the sūtras easy and interesting for yoga practitioners!   All proceeds from the sales of this book are being dedicated to Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar's Bellur Trust, in celebration of his birth centennial year.



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Date de parution 15 novembre 2018
Nombre de lectures 3
EAN13 9780578418759
Langue English
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Yoga for bringing quietness of mind; grammar for eliciting effectiveness of speech
And the healing arts for removing the ailments of the body
He bestowed these things that most illustrious of sages—
Patañjali to whom I make reverential obeisance.
Spirit rendered into human form
Bearing the conch, the discus and the sword
Adorned with the cobra of one thousand heads—
I bow down before Patañjali.
Hari Āuṁ.


The Guru is Brahmã, the creator Himself. The Guru is Viṣṇu, the preserver.
The Guru is great God Śiva, the destroyer.
The Guru is Supreme Brahman, Lord of Lords.
To the divine Guru I bow.
Copyright © 2018 popsi narasimhan
All rights reserved.
Cover Design and Illustrations by Nidhi Nambiar
ISBN 978-0-578-41874-2 ISBN 978-0-578-41875-9 (e-book)
Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Copyright © B.K.S. Iyengar 1993
Appendix: “Translation of Sūtras” from THE YOGA SŪTRAS OF PATAÑJALI: A NEW EDITION, TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY by Edwin F. Bryant. Copyright © 2009 by Edwin F. Bryant. Reprinted by permission of North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
International and Bear & Company, © 1989. All rights reserved Reprinted with permission of publisher.
The Yoga‐Sutra of Patañjali by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D. published by Inner Traditions International and Bear & Company, © 1989. All rights reserved . Reprinted with permission of publisher.
From The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, translated and with commentary by Chip Hartranft, © 2003 by Chip Hartranft. Reprinted by arrangement with The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boulder, Colorado, .
Reprinted by permission of Dr. Ravi Ravindra. Copyright © Ravi Ravindra 2015
From The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Reprinted by permission of Integral Yoga Publications © 2012 Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Advaita Ashrama © 2015 Advaita Ashrama, Kolkatta, India.
Reprinted by permission from Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali by Swami Aranya Hariharananda, the State University of New York Press © 1984, State University of New York. All rights reserved.
I dedicate this book to my dear teacher, Patricia Walden , and through her to
her Guru, Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar ,
his Guru, Sri. T. Krishnamacharya and the paramparā
upto Ṛṣi Patañjali for this gift of Yoga!
- popsi
In the centenary of BKS Iyengar born 14.12.1918 in Bellur (near Bangalore, Kolar district) and who died 20.8.2014 in Pune Popsi Narasimhan publishes this book on Philosophy and dedicates it to the Master of Yoga B.K.S. Iyengar and donates the profits of it to Bellur, the birthplace of B.K.S. Iyengar: (B) Bellur (K) Krishnamachar (S) Sundaraj Iyengar.
As a senior teacher mentoring and educating yoga students of all levels, of all strata of society and many nationalities it fills my heart with joy that with Popsi Narasimhan a junior teacher has developed such a fire for the philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga that he felt the urge to put his research work into a book he wants to share with other practitioners and teachers on their yoga way.
Although Popsi Narasimhan comes from different professional background altogether, good seeds were planted through Patricia Walden and others that his fire for the yoga philosophy - especially the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – is burning so strongly that he saw himself pushed forward by the necessity to widen the spectrum of interpetration of this basic philosophical work and to shed more light to possible interpretations.
This intention also convinced the following philosophers and authors who supported his project by allowing him to refer to their interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
• B.K.S. Iyengar
• Edwin F. Bryant
• Jaganath Carrera
• Georg Feuerstein (partial only so have only a few sutras from Sadhana Pada)
• Chip Hartranft
• Ravi Ravindra
• Swami Satchidananda
• Swami Vivekananda
• Swāmi Hariharananda Āranya
Over the years I experienced Popsi as a sincere practitioner of B.K.S. Iyengar’s Yoga. I could see that through the seminars he attended in Bellur he (re)discovered and became more aware of his original roots in Bangalore so that he could act for the groups coming to Bellur as a mediator between Indian and American culture.
That the profits of this philosphical book will go to Bellur to help to further finance Guruji’s wish to bring education to all children in Bellur itself and the 60 surrounding villages to help them to get out of the quarries and out of poverty shows his selfless intention to help others, fellow-practitioners as well as the area of Bellur.
I like to thank Popsi on behalf of the lovers of yoga that he took on the duty to compare several outstanding works on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as to make cross-studying easier and also to open the mind to a wider spectrum of interpretrations/aspects/insights.
Rita Keller
Always at the feet of our Guru B.K.S. Iyengar
I was born an Iyengar, by which I mean I was born in a caste of Brahmins who worship the great Hindu God Vishnu. Most of my childhood and young adulthood was spent in the city of Bangalore, in south India, a cool, beautiful green city high above sea level. My father, Mandya Ramaswamy Venkatachar Iyengar, was an engineer by training and he was an entrepreneur, like his father before him. My mother, Vanalakshmi was a homemaker who devoted her life caring for our family including my father and my three siblings, my brother, Seshadri Vasan, and my two sisters, Surabhi and Shubha, and myself. My parents were religious and followed the annual Hindu festival and ritual calendar. They also followed Iyengar, or as it was more correctly known, Sri Vaishnavite traditions and customs— my father prayed to the God Vishnu in his incarnation as Krishna, my mother made all the tasty snacks for Lord Krishna’s birthday and they performed marriages, funerals, birth and old age rituals as per the Sri Vaishnavite prescriptions. My father learnt yoga from a teacher in Bangalore but every time he invited me to come along I made some excuses. I was not particularly religious nor did I have any spiritual curiosity. I liked the tasty treats that my mother made and I absent mindedly picked up some rituals but I never thought of it seriously. I just thought it was something that my parents did and I would join them for worship or rituals with some irritation for being drawn away from friends or other activities. I grew up watching Bruce Lee movies that were all the rage at the time, and I was fascinated by the amazing things that Karate and Kung-Fu artists were capable of with their speed, power and martial arts techniques. In my late teenage years, I started learning Karate from Master Aslam Khan, an Afghan who trained day and night, and I joined him and spent a lot of time training. After about 6 years of training everyday sparring, exercising, running, and sparring again, I got a black belt in Shotokan Karate. I was delighted though the bout that got me my black belt smashed my nose.
In 1989, I left Bangalore to come to the US to go to graduate school in Buffalo, New York. I could not practice karate every day and missed my friends in the dojo. When I moved to Boston a few years later I came across a Shotokan karate dojo at MIT and I eagerly joined it. Sensei Kazumi Tabata was an 8th degree Black Belt and an original who had landed on US soil in his late teens. He had taught in several colleges and clubs on the east coast for more than four decades and had even taught at the Boston Police academy. I was delighted to re-find my Shotokan feet. I practiced with him regularly for several years and got seasoned by his methods of extreme training, the endless sparring, the long runs and the extreme workouts. His January training in sub-zero temperatures on one of the Boston beaches was legendary. He would make us run miles before dawn, practice a variety of kicks and punches against a frozen stone wall that held back the ocean, and to top it all off we were expected to jump into the freezing ocean breaking the ice at its edge as we did so. On several of these occasions, I found that I twisted my knee or I had trouble with the sequence. I realized that Shotokan karate training was harsh and vivid and I needed something quieter and more mindful.
Accordingly, I signed up and started yoga practice at a local gym and got exposed to a variety of yoga classes and types of yoga none very compelling but all useful. I did Anusara, Kripalu, Flow, Power and Yin. But none of these classes satisfied. Then on a trip to visit my sister, Surabhi and her family in Singapore in the mid 2000s, I chanced upon some tapes and VCDs of Patricia Walden and Rodney Yee doing yoga. I was struck by their serene faces and toned bodies. I came back home armed with these tapes and I decided to do my own practice in front of the TV, watching Patricia and Rodney. I followed Patricia through a series of tapes and then disks– yoga for beginners, yoga for energy, yoga for rest

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