Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali

Containing his yoga aphorisms with Vyāsa's commentary in Sanskrit and a translation with annotations including many suggestions for the practice of yoga

By Swāmi Āraṇya Hariharānanda

Subjects: India And South Asian Studies
Paperback : 9780873957298, 512 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873957281, 512 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents

1. Foreword by Swami Gopalananda

2. Preface to the First Edition

3. Introduction:


I. Indian Philosophy of Liberation
II. Yoga, What it is, and What it is not


4. Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali:


Book I. On Concentration
Book II. On Practice
Book III. Supernormal Powers
Book IV. On the Self-in-Itself or Liberation


5. Appendixes


A. Jnana-yoga
B. Tattvas and their Realisation
C. The Doctrine of Karma
D. Collection of Yoga Aphorisms
E. Diacritical Marks, Glossary of Sanskrit Words




The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali are universally acknowledged as the fundamental text on yoga and meditation in the Indian classical tradition. This English translation of Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali is widely regarded as the most authoritative and authentic that has been available in recent times. It is a serious and clear presentation of Patañjali's sutras and Vyāsa's Bhāsya, providing these basic texts both in the original Sanskrit and in readable and accurate English. These classical works are augmented by the commentary of Swami Hariharananda Aranya, a scholar and yogi of great repute, who, in his lifetime, was the foremost exponent in India of the Sāṃkhya Yoga system of which the Yoga Aphorisms of Patañjali are the principal work.


"It is the most readable and reliable account of classical yoga that I know. There are, of course, numerous secondary works on yoga, many of which are useful and some of which have considerable scientific value. There are few good editions of the actual primary sources, however, and Hariharananda's is one of those. " -- Gerald J. Larson, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara