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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Complete Guide with Translations and Commentary
Narrated by: Harriet Seed
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Yoga focuses on meditation, pose, breath, and overall control over the mind and body. In this practice comes the road to enlightenment, the understanding of karma and reincarnation, and the explanation of the external mind-images in comparison to the true self and eternal wisdom that connects everything. It is through continued practice and dedication in meditation and the other methods of seeing beyond the external that the sacred text expands spiritual knowledge. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of the main sources of inspiration for these practices.

This is a new translation and verse-by-verse commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and it aims to simplify the language and make it accessible for audiences both new and old to the subject.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are broken up into four books:

  • Book I: On the Contemplation of the Spirit
  • Book II: On the Discipline of the Spirit
  • Book III: On the Divine Power of the Spirit
  • Book IV: On the Freedom of the Spirit

Other than verse-by-verse commentary, this translation also provides commentary on a general overview of each of the four books in the Sutras. Piecing together each section, the road to enlightenment and the eternal wisdom of Yoga is explored with focus on the distinction between the external man and the spiritual man. The guidance of practices and dedication is retained without the confusion of Sanskrit and dated translations that rely heavily on the poetics of the verses. Both the literal and the figurative meanings of more complicated verse are expounded upon, and commentary avoids indulgence on the overly-intellectual with preference towards clear and actionable instruction and knowledge.

©2018 Cassidy Wilson (P)2018 Cassidy Wilson

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Extremely useful

It's also a very detailed and easy to understand the translation of the yoga sutras compared to others. I can also see this as a good resource for Yoga workshops (not just teacher training) or for individuals looking to better their understanding of Yoga.

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understanding of Yoga

This book is both inspiring and practical. As spiritual seekers, there is a temptation to reach out for more and more teachings to perhaps find those magical words that will set us free.

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I couldn't get a refund for this book

Maybe this is a good book, I don't know because I could not understand a word of what the reader was saying. I carefully read the reviews because I was on the fence about the narrator. I wanted to cringe when she pronounced Patanjali and hoped she would never say it during the reading. She does it a few times. But, the book made no sense to me even when I tried slowing down her reading. I have gained no knowledge from this book at all, maybe if I could have read it, it would have made sense. I could not even give you a summary of what I heard. Something about yoga book 1 and 2 and blank, blankity blank. The author sounded sincere in his intro which was the audible sample given. But the rest of the book made no sense to me and I think that's why the audio sample was not any part of the book. I'm sorry to leave such a bad review. Could I have been the only one that thought so?

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Great

This is a wonderful, thought-provoking book. It's short, but I like a book that says what needs to be said without a lot of extra fluff. I run a Yoga Teacher Training program and I plan to add this to my required following this.

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Guide with Translations

It is a book about the history itself throughout its long history. This book is great for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of where the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali have come from and their recent prominence on the world stage.

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Definitely worth your time if you are a mystic

An insightful book, full of truth. Reading this has helped me to grow spiritually, and I am grateful to the author. An excellent translation and commentary!!!

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very pleased

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a unique and valuable contribution to the study of yoga and his teachings. Cassidy has done an excellent job of bringing together all his well known and lesser known sayings.

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Powerful book

it's the audiobook I recommend for backing away from un-truth and uncovering the nature of the illusory personal self.

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A wonderful companion

Learning how to manage stress by implementing exercise, breathing, mantras, and bandhas is a way of focusing the mind on what is important to each one as individuals in order to achieve harmony and peace.

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Enjoying this.

I’m totally enjoying this! I’m working on my pose and breath now and although I often found myself frustrated for not being able to perfect the poses, I’m doing my best!

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  • Alicia
  • 10-08-18

greater understanding

It is concentrated information and it is good to book it more than once.....I've listened it three times, and I will continue to listening it over and over again.

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  • Scaty
  • 10-08-18

A magical book

He clearly unlocks some of the secrets of the Yoga Sutras. A must read for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of the Vedic teachings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

The principles are so universal

This interpretation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is primarily for advanced practitioners and/or students of Yoga, and it has extremely beneficial practices for anyone sincerely seeking to advance their practice.

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  • Bart
  • 10-04-18

Excellent wise words from the master

Really nice book and very lite people who want to either the Gita or Vasistha's yoga - can start with this lite Audiobook, it really motivates you to pursue your spiritual journey with yoga.

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  • Anna
  • 10-04-18

interesting translation

The Yoga Sutras but sometimes the language is more convoluted than necessary in my opinion. I suspect there are other good sutra books out there.

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  • Millie
  • 10-03-18

Favorite book

This is very detailed, carefully thought out, and includes translation of prior canonical commentaries so that you really get a sense of the context in which the sutras exist in Hindu thought and yoga practice.

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  • Elsa
  • 10-03-18

Best book

I have not come across such great concoction of scholarship, spirituality, lucidity, and structure. The idea of giving the chapter wise summaries and only the sutras and translations at the end is very listener-friendly.

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  • Jori Lively
  • 10-02-18

interesting translation

It is a wonderful companion for those deepening their practice. I also would've liked to see the original Sanskrit aphorisms printed here next to the translations. However, overall, this was a very good and useful version!

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  • Amen Dynasty
  • 10-02-18

it works

Very beginning that this translation was done by someone who personally understands the meaning of the sutras. it's a perfect primer for anyone wanting to learn more about the mysterious path to the Divine.

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  • Peter
  • 10-01-18

Inspiring!


An awesome book for anyone looking to change the way they think in order to create a more positive life. Cassidy is an excellent writer.