New(ish) Edition of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

One of the things I am enjoying about studying in depth with Paul Muller-Ortega is permission to invest in new books for my library.  I already had on my book shelves a number of the suggested books for supplementing our practices and studies, but there are a number of new ones I am excited to read.

I was taught by my philosophy professors to read at least three translations of a philosophy text side by side unless you can read the text in the original language.  Alas, I cannot read Sanskrit, so I have, therefore, multiple translations of the seminal yoga texts, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  The translation of the Yoga Sutras on which I have relied the most, is BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, in part because his approach is clear, and I can tell why he translated certain words the way he did.

At Paul Muller-Ortega’s suggestion, I just started reading Edwin Bryant’s translation, which includes translations of the key commentaries, which is a fantastic resource and opportunity for new contemplation.  I can tell that it is going to be an important part of my library.

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