Yoga Sutras of Patanjali English

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Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

 The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga meditation for Self-Realization. When Patanjali codified, or compiled the Yoga Sutras, no new system was created, but rather, the ancient practices were summarized in an extremely organized and terse way. For clarity, the 196 sutras of the Yoga Sutras have been clustered into 39 groups below, in the four chapters of the Yoga Sutras. Each of the Yoga Sutras links below contains Sanskrit transliteration, word-for-word translations, along with practical explanations. This presentation of the Yoga Sutras is further described in the Introduction. There is also a Chapter Outline, a Self-Study Q&A, and Downloads in pdf format.

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The Yoga aphorisms by the sage Patañjali by Gabriel Pradīpaka 

Patañjali's Yogasuutra-s is the foremost Scripture in Yoga system. Here you are the entire text in original Devanaagarii together with transliteration and word by word translation. If you have not downloaded Sanskrit 98 font, you will not see any original Sanskrit characters.

You may taste a bit of that commentary in my document dealing with Aṣṭāṅgayoga, in which I extract 35 sūtra-s or aphorisms along with the respective Vyāsa's commentaries. These thirty-five aphorisms comprise what I call the core of the Eight-limbed Yoga or Aṣṭāṅgayoga. 

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Gurjant Singh Virk

 An insight vision of by Gurjant Singh Virk. 1.1; Discipline is the basis of Yoga. Insight vision of Step /1/:- Right from its very commencement, the practice of Yoga requires the self-discipline. It is not possible to practice Yoga without firm foundation of discipline. The beginning, in fact, is made in yoga, when a discipline starts learning the postures of control of body organs leading to self-discipline. After the discipline start learning to make static posture of body, he begins to experience that thoughts of his mind have started getting into a static state. It is said by the Maharishi Patanjali that Yoga scripture is not a subject, which falls under the purview of reading or learning. This subject can neither be learned nor understood nor taught with logic or information or argument knowledge or blind belief...

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Raghavan Narasimhan Iyer

Theosophy Library Online. An Interpretive translation by Raghavan Narasimhan Iyer. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is universal in the manner of the Bhagavad Gita, including a diversity of standpoints whilst fusing Sankhya metaphysics with bhakti or self-surrender. There is room for differences of emphasis, but every diligent user of Patanjali's aphorisms is enabled to refine aspirations, clarify thoughts, strengthen efforts, and sharpen focus on essentials in spiritual self-discipline...

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Swami Venkatesananda

1.1; Now, when a sincere seeker approaches an enlightened teacher, with the right attitude of discipleship (viz. ,free of preconceived notions and prejudices, and full of intelligent faith and receptivity) and with the right spirit of inquiry, at the right time and the right place, communication of yoga takes place.

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Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri

Body and mind have a wonderful relationship. The arrangement is such that if one is stable, other is also stable. If one is happy, the other is also happy. If one is unhappy, the other is also unhappy. When you stabilize your mind, you will find that your body has also been stabilized. This is the Kaushal (excellence) of this system. While preserving the life, stabilizing and minimizing the activity of the mind and body in unison is the art of Yoga. For those who are interested in this Yoga method, Patanjal Yoga Sutra is very dear. This is one of the darshanas amongst the six majors...

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Roots & Wings

As the six schools are complementary to each others they are traditionally viewed as the six branches of a single tree. All six provide a theoretical explanation of ultimate Reality and a practical means of emancipation. The oldest are Yoga and Sankhya, the next being Vaishesika and Nyaya, and the last pair are Purva Mimansa and Vedanta (sometimes called Uttara Mimansa). The founders of these schools are considered to be Patanjali of Yoga, Kapila of Sankhya, Kanada of Vaishesika, Gautama of Nyaya, Jaimini of Purva Mimansa and Vyasa of Vedanta, though the last is also assigned to Badarayana. All of them propounded the tenets of their philosophical systems or schools in the form of short sutras, whose elucidation required ant stimulated elaborate commentaries. Since about 200 C.E., a vast crop of secondary works has emerged which has generated some significant discussions as well as a welter of scholastic disputation and didactic controversies, moving far away from praxis into the forests of theoria, or reducing praxis to rigid codes and theoria to sterile formulas...

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Swami Krishnananda

Patanjali's Yoga system is written in Sutras. A 'Sutra' is a terse verse. It is an aphoristic saying. It is pregnant with deep, hidden significance. Rishis of yore have expressed philosophical ideas and their realization in the form of Sutras only. It is very difficult to understand the meaning of the Sutras without the help of a commentary, a gloss or a teacher who is well-versed in Yoga. A Yogi with full realization can explain the Sutras beautifully. Literally, Sutra means a thread. Just as various kinds of flowers with different colours are nicely arranged in a string, to make a garland, just as rows of pearls are beautifully arranged in a string to form a necklace, so also Yogic ideas are well-arranged in Sutras. They are arranged into Chapters...

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Bon Giovanni

Translation courtesy Bon Giovanni. TamilNation.org. Before beginning any spiritual text it is customary to clear the mind of all distracting thoughts, to calm the breath and to purify the heart.

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