Author: Ganganath JhaForeword/Introduction: Dr. Avanindra KumarPublisher: Parimal PublicationsYear: 2004Language: Bi-LingualPages: 139ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171101089
Yogasarasamgraha is an original work of Vijnanabhiksu. It is in the form of collected theories of Yogasutras or Yoga treatise. When deities and demons had churned the ocean, they used Sumeru mountain as the churning rod in the process. From that churning, nectar came out and lord Vishnu kept it in a jar. Likewise, Vijnanabhikshu has accepted Yoga as an ocean and the commentary Yogavarttika as the churning rod. He kept the originating of nectar (subject-matter), which resulted from the process of rumination and study in the shape of a book (Yoga-sara-samgraha) as if it were in a jar. The verse quoted indicates that in order to obtain the thorough knowledge of Yoga-sutras and the bhasya on them Vijnanabhikshu wrote a commentary named Yogavarttika. On the basis of that very commentary, the essence of Yoga has been collected, which is known by the name of Yogasarasamgraha.The present work is a revised edition of earlier one. This contains Sanskrit Text and English translation by a learned scholar, Pt. Ganganath Jha. This study embodies the essence of Yoga-vartika by Vyasabhasya which is a commentary to the Yogasutras of Patanjali. The Sutras that were systematically presented by Patanjali have again been elucidated by Vijnanabhikshu in this study in a language and style that is easily understandable. A number of extracts that has been quoted here from Smriti, Sruti and Puranas reveal the depth of knowledge of Vijnanabhikshu.
1. SECTION I(Form and Aim of Yoga)Yoga definedFunctions of the thinking principleSuppression – defined and explainedTwo kind of meditationAbstract meditation definedEffect of meditationIndestructibility of Prarabdha by knowledgeObjection quoting a passage from the SmrtiFour kind of concrete meditationDifferent stages of four kind of concrete meditationTwo fold character of deliberation2. SECTION II(The means of meditation)Weakening of troublesMeans of meditationAsana definedPranayamaPratyaharaDyana-DharanaSamadhi3. SECTION III(Of the Occult Powers)Sanyama definedEight perfectionsBodily excellencePerceptionProcess of accomplishmentMeaning of Egotism5. SECTION IV(Of Isolation)Superhuman powersVedanta theoryVaisesika theoryNeo-Vedanti’s objectionsThree kind of soundSphota definedThree Akasas explained