Klappentext: A contemporary interpretation of the foundational text for the practice of yoga
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (second century CE) is the basic text of one of nine canonical schools of Indian philosophy. In the legendary author lays down the blueprint for success in yoga, now practised the world over. Patanjali draws upon many ideas of his time, and the result is a unique work of Indian moral philosophy that has been the foundational text for the practice of yoga since.
The Yoga Sutra sets out a sophisticated theory of moral psychology and perhaps the oldest theory of psychoanalysis. For Patanjali, present mental maladies are a function of subconscíous tendencies formed in reation to past experiences. He argues that people are not powerless against such forces and that they can radically alter their lives through yoga – a process of moral transformation and perfection, which brings the body and mind of a person in line with their true nature.
Accompanying this illuminating translation is an extended introduction that explains the challenges of accurately translating Indian philosophical texts, loctes the historical antecedents of Patanjali’s text and situates Patanjali’s philosophy within the history of scholastic Indian philosophy.“
Das Buch enthält das Yoga Sutra in Devanagari und Umschrift, eine Wort-für-Wort-Übersetzung und eine Übersetzung ins Englische und ist anschließend kommentiert von Shyam Ranganathan.
Aus dem Inhalt:
- Part I: Why a new translation?
- 1. Common problems with translations of Indian philosophy: failure to recognize the invariant, moral significance of ‚dharma‘
- 2. Problems with translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
- 3. A new translation
- 4. Translation theory and translating a sutra
- Part II: Historical roots of the Yoga Sutra
- 1. Patanjali’s non-Yoga historical sources: Sankhya, Vedas, Jainism and Buddhism
- Part III: Further comparison of Sankhya, Yoga and Jainism
- 1. Sankhya and Yoga: Similarities
- 2. Sankhya vs Yoga: Differences
- 3. Jainism: How far does the overlap extend?
- Part IV: The originality of Patanjali
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
- Book I (Samadhi-pada)
- Book II ( Sadhana-pada)
- Book III ( Vibhuti-pada)
- Book IV (Kaivalya-pada)
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