In the present period of soul-searching, conflict and reconciliation, many people are turning to the ancient Indian classics of spiritual development and psychology for illumination and guidance. Prominent among these classics is the collection of aphorisms called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which offer a systematic exposition of principles and practices successfully followed over the course of 1000 years before the Christian era.
This comprehensive and up-to-date study, with its preliminary mystical explanations of themes in the Rig Veda, Upanishads and early Buddhism, will hopefully make the substance of this ancient guide to spirituality more immediately accessible and illuminating for our modern times.
Contents: eleven chapters on the mystical and historical background - an idiomatic translation - an interlinear translation and detailed commentary - and three supplements to assist teachers who are unfamiliar with Sanskrit.
Previous books by the author (who also writes under the name of Michael Whiteman) - The Mystical Life (1961), Philosophy of Space and Time (1967), and The Meaning of Life vol.1, An Introduction to Scientific Mysticism (1986) - have all been highly praised.More info →