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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Book of the Spiritual Man (version 3)

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By: (c. 150 BC - )

This is Charles Johnston's translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Johnston's interpretation of this seminal yogic text focuses on "the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man."

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THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI "The Book of the Spiritual Man"

An Interpretation By

Charles Johnston

Bengal Civil Service, Retired; Indian Civil Service, Sanskrit Prizeman; Dublin University, Sanskrit Prizeman


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are in themselves exceedingly brief, less than ten pages of large type in the original. Yet they contain the essence of practical wisdom, set forth in admirable order and detail. The theme, if the present interpreter be right, is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man: the same theme which Paul so wisely and eloquently set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme of all mystics in all lands.

We think of ourselves as living a purely physical life, in these material bodies of ours. In reality, we have gone far indeed from pure physical life; for ages, our life has been psychical, we have been centred and immersed in the psychic nature... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 7, 2016
Subject: Informative
Excellent book, ery informative.
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Subject: coooooollllll......
very nice and useful.

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