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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Interpretive Translation
Presented by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati www.SwamiJ.com

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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Interpretive Translation
Presented by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati www.SwamiJ.com

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali succinctlyoutlines the art and science of Yoga meditation for Self-Realization. It is a process of systematically encountering, examining, and transcending each of the various gross and subtle levels of false identity in the mind field, until the jewel of the true Self comes shining through. This is an interpretive translation of the Yoga Sutra, expanding the number of English words, so as to allow thepractical instructions to be clearer. For example, sutra 1.2 defines Yoga with some 25 English words, rather than only 4 Sanskrit words. The practices of the Yoga Sutras are extremely practical, though it can seem quite complicated when trying to sort through the language. By providing expanded, interpretive translations, the practical meaning of the suggestions more easily comes through. Theindividual transliterated Sanskrit words also have a large number of English translations, so as to give a more thorough understanding. Commentaries on the Sutras are on www.SwamiJ.com, as well as other learning aids. These include an extensive Introduction, a Main page presenting a visual outline and summary of the entire Yoga Sutra, and a list of Reminder Questions, which serve as a self-studyguide. When Patanjali codified, or compiled the Yoga Sutras, it was not that a new system was created, but rather, the ancient practices were summarized in an extremely organized and terse way. While the Yoga Sutras are thought to be as old as 400 BCE, archaeological evidence and other texts suggest that the methods described in the Yoga Sutras were being practiced as early as 3000 BCE. Oraltradition states that the period may be even longer. Yoga means union of the parts of ourselves, which were never divided in the first place. Yoga literally means to yoke, from the root yuj, which means to join; it is the same as the absorption in the state of samadhi. Sutra means thread, and this thread, or multiple threads weave a tapestry of insight and direct experience. Swami Rama explains,"There have been many scholarly commentaries on the Yoga Sutras, but all the commentaries miss something very practical. Such commentaries can only satisfy the intellect, but do not actually help you beyond that: 'yogash chitta vritti narodha'--yoga is the control of the 'modifications' of the mind. Narodha means control; there is no other English word for it. Control doesn't mean suppression,but channeling or regulating." In the tradition of the Himalayan masters, Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra complement one another, leading one systematically along the path to Self-realization. The aspirant clears the mind through the practice of Yoga meditation as codified in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, does self-enquiry of Vedanta, and then breaks through the final barrier with Tantra,experiencing the heights of kundalini awakening.

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Table of Contents of Yoga Sutras Chapter 1: Concentration (Samadhi Pada) ............................................................................ 4 What is Yoga? (1.1-1.4) ....................................................................................................4 Un-coloring your thoughts (1.5-1.11)................................................................................ 5 Practice and non-attachment (1.12-1.16)........................................................................... 7 Types of concentration (1.17-1.18) ................................................................................... 8 Efforts and commitment (1.19-1.22)...
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