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Author: Fernando Tola
Translator(s): K D Prithipaul
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120802586
The Yogasutra is one of the most important works of Indian culture. This is so partly on account of its intrinsic worth as a masterly analysis of trance and as an equally masterly description of the method by which it is reached. Its importance derives also from its being the foundational text of Yoga, the system which plays a basic role in the culture of India. Indeed a knowledge of this system is necessary to understand the highly varied expressions of Indian culture, including those which, like Buddhism, reject the orthodox Brahmanical tradition.
The present book is an attempt of interpretation of the Yogasutras based on some special criteria adopted by the authors: (1) To use the traditional commentaries as auxiliaries, not as guides, with prudence and freedom, (2) To interpret those Sutras, in which Patanjali analyzes real phenomena, as what they actually are: descriptions of facts of experience. To such as end the authors have tried to have a clear idea of the phenomena to which Patanjali refers, and in this task they have found extremely useful the descriptions of their mystical experiences by Yogis of India and Christian mystics.
The book includes the Sanskrit text of the Sutras and an English translation by the authors.
A number of sometimes surprising and novel insights are introduced to the reader for consideration, The compart-mentalized format of the book will enable students in seminars to utilize it without much difficulty. Recommended for all academic libraries and students of Indian Philosophy.
-James A Santucci
California State University
The authors translate the sutras of the first book of the Yogasutras and add a detailed commentary carefully analyzing the meanings of the terms used by Patanjali and critically examining previous translations.
Their references to previous scholars works when trying to interpret a term are numerous and very helpful, and some of their unusual suggestions of the meaning of some of the terms are thoughtprovoking.
-Buddhist Studies Review
What the commentators allude as yogic powers are physical and mental powers attained through intensive yogic practices, and come naturally. The authors rightly consider yoga to be a total and absolute cessation of mental modifications.
-N V Karbelkar
CARMEN DRAGONETTI has been Professor in the National Universities of San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). He undertook investigation work of the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET) of Argentina, in the area of Indian Philosophy. He he has published several books in Spanish on Indian Culture, specially on Indian Philosophy, as Yoga and Mysticism of India, Philosophy and Literature of India, Mahayana Buddhism; Buddhist Idealism, Buddhist ihilism; several translations into Spanish of important Sanskrit and Pali texts, as Hymns of the Rig Veda, Hymns of the Aatharva Veda, Upanisads, Bhagavadgita, Upadesasahasri, Gita Govinda, Amarusataka, Damodara Gupta, Dhammapada, Udana, Digha Nikaya, Sutta Nipata. In English he has published the Yogasutras of Patanjali and Nagarjuna’s Regutation of Logic
FERNANDO TOLA has been Professor in the National Universities of San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). He undertook investigation work of the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET) of Argentina, in the area of Indian Philosophy.
Synopsis of the Book on Samadhi or Concentration of Mind
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (I.1-51)
Index of Sanskrit Terms