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The Study and Practice of Yoga: An Exposition of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Volume I – Samadhi Pada)
The Study and Practice of Yoga: An Exposition of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Volume I – Samadhi Pada)
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Foreword

This is a compilation of the 110 lectures that Swami Krishnananda delivered on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali between March and August in 1976. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are a manual on mind control, meditation and mental discipline-a manual for spiritual freedom. Crisp and pithy in rendition, the Sutras have an aphoristic quality and urge deeper reflection and dedicated application.

Across various philosophies the denotation of yoga varies. Patanjali uses the turm 'yoga' to denote a complete cessation of mental modifications so that consciousness rests within itself in the state of moksha or liberation. This teaching has been delivered through emphasis on practice rather than mere philosophy, and this is verily a manual for us to operate the mind and thus our life.

The Yoga Sutras are divided into four padas or chapters. The first chapter, the Samadhi Pada on which this volume is based, focuses on concentration of the mind and the practical aspects necessary for attaining Samadhi, or meditative absorption. The second chapter, the Sadhana Pada, is about attaining and holding that single-pointedness through reining in the agitations of the mind by cultivating dispassion discrimination and dedication. The third chapter, the Vibhuti Pada, focuses on the technique of samyama which is the combination of concentration, meditation and communion for the liberation of the spirit, while the fourth chapter, the Kaivalya Pada, is a metaphysical disquisition which deals with various subjects as a sort of explanation of some of the themes dealt with in the earlier chapters.

It is fitting to draw the reader's attention to the clarity and simplicity with which Swamiji Maharaj comments on these Sutras. Swami Krishnananda was the living embodiment of that awareness to which the Yoga Sutras and all spiritual texts guide. It is commonly said that Sanskrit, the language of the gods, is by far the only language that has transcended, to some extent, the limitations of vivid expression and bears in it the ability to express the nuances of spiritual processes and the resultant experiences that the great sages and masters have experienced and conveyed to us. That Swamiji is able to bend the limited English language to yield to his knowledge is a completely humbling experience.

These Yoga Sutras of Patanjali spoken by Swami Krishnananda are being made available to the public for the first time. It is our desire to retain the original lectures in their spoken form as much as possible. The are some unique twists of phrases and application of words that are uniquely Swamij's in origin and it has been sought to allow those to be as they were intended, without undermining the respect to the English language. Consequently the lectures have been edited in very few places to render them the way Swamiji spoke them.

From the Jacket

Swami Krishnananda is a highly respected philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology. Swamiji's books are known the world over as excellent presentations of answers to the questions that arise in the day-to-day confrontations of a human being.

Swami Krishnananda is a direct disciple of His Holiness Swami Sivananda, founder of The Divine Life Society, and was the General Secretary from 1961 until 2001. Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi on 23rd November, 2001

About the Book

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as aphoristic prescriptions in the form of pithy one-liners for leading the mind into deeper states of absorption in the state of Samadhi, where the individual merges with the Absolute. A tranquil mind is a prerequisite for attaining higher states of awareness and the Yoga Sutras are a graduated manual for the achievement of this goal.

The aphorisms, as they are in their original form, cannot be easily understood. Swami Krishnananda's commentary in his friendly, lucid style probes into the aphorisms and lays before seekers the approach to understanding the mind and its machinations, and how the hurdles that make meditation difficult can be overcome. The rendition and style with which this has been made possible is a tribute to Swamiji's love for Truth.

This series of two volumes is an all-encompassing spiritual guide. The teachings are progressive in content and begin where most seekers find themselves when spiritual aspiration dawns and the need for higher understanding is felt. The reader is led gradually through the different aspects of practice and mind management. Volume I, which covers the Samadhi Pada, the first of the four sections of the Yoga Sutras, and provides a good introduction and in-depth understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga including the levels of consciousness that are attained, has been printed first. Volume II covers the Sadhana Pada, Vibhuti Pada and Kaivalya Pada, which go into further detail about the practice of yoga using the aphoristic rungs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as a veritable stairway on the path of the ascent of the spirit. Together in two volumes as a complete treatise on this spiritual path.

Contents

Foreword5
Chapter 1
The Aim of Yoga13
Chapter 2
The Foundation of Discipline in Yoga Practice22
Chapter 3
A Broad Outline of the Stages of Yoga32
Chapter 4
Individuality and Consciousness42
Chapter 5
The Practice of Being Alone53
Chapter 6
Spiritual Life is Positive, Not Negative64
Chapter 7
Initial Steps in Yoga Practice75
Chapter 8
The Principle of Self-Affirmation86
Chapter 9
Perception and Reality96
Chapter 10
Self-Control: The Alpha and Omega of Yoga107
Chapter 11
The Integrality of the Higher Self118
Chapter 12
Sublimation-A Way to Reshuffle Thought127
Chapter 13
Defence Mechanisms of the Mind139
Chapter 14
The Indivisibility of All Things150
Chapter 15
Harmony with the Essential Make-up of Things161
Chapter 16
The Inseparability of Notions and the Mind171
Chapter 17
Objectivity is Experience180
Chapter 18
The Dual Process of Withdrawal and Contemplation191
Chapter 19
Returning to Pure Subjectivity203
Chapter 20
The World and Our World212
Chapter 21
Returning to Our True Nature224
Chapter 22
The Life and Goal of Our Existence236
Chapter 23
The Internal Relationship of All Things247
Chapter 24
Affiliation with Larger Wholes261
Chapter 25
Sadhana-Intensifying a Lighted Flame272
Chapter 26
The Gunas of Prakriti282
Chapter 27
Problems are a State of Mind294
Chapter 28
Bringing About Whole-Souled Dedication305
Chapter 29
The Play of the Gunas316
Chapter 30
The Cause of Bondage328
Chapter 31
Intense Aspiration339
Chapter 32
Our Concept of God351
Chapter 33
What Divine Love Is362
Chapter 34
Surrender to God375
Chapter 35
The Recitation of Mantra386
Chapter 36
The Rise of Obstacles in Yoga Practice396
Chapter 37
Preventing the Fall in Yoga407
Chapter 38
Impediments in Concentration and Meditation419
Chapter 39
Concentrating the Mind on One Reality430
Chapter 40
Re-Educating the Mind442
Chapter 41
Becoming Harmonious with All454
Chapter 42
How Feelings and Sensations Work465
Chapter 43
Harmonising Subject and Object476
Chapter 44
Assimilating the Object488
Chapter 45
Piercing the Structure of the Object498
Chapter 46
The Barrier of Space and Time509
Chapter 47
The Rise from Savitarka to Nirvitarka520
Chapter 48
Encountering Troubles and Opposition533
Chapter 49
The Rise to Savichara and Nirvichara543
Chapter 50
The States of Sanada and Sasmita553
Chapter 51
Sat-Chit-Ananda or God-Consciousness564

The Study and Practice of Yoga: An Exposition of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Volume I – Samadhi Pada)

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Foreword

This is a compilation of the 110 lectures that Swami Krishnananda delivered on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali between March and August in 1976. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are a manual on mind control, meditation and mental discipline-a manual for spiritual freedom. Crisp and pithy in rendition, the Sutras have an aphoristic quality and urge deeper reflection and dedicated application.

Across various philosophies the denotation of yoga varies. Patanjali uses the turm 'yoga' to denote a complete cessation of mental modifications so that consciousness rests within itself in the state of moksha or liberation. This teaching has been delivered through emphasis on practice rather than mere philosophy, and this is verily a manual for us to operate the mind and thus our life.

The Yoga Sutras are divided into four padas or chapters. The first chapter, the Samadhi Pada on which this volume is based, focuses on concentration of the mind and the practical aspects necessary for attaining Samadhi, or meditative absorption. The second chapter, the Sadhana Pada, is about attaining and holding that single-pointedness through reining in the agitations of the mind by cultivating dispassion discrimination and dedication. The third chapter, the Vibhuti Pada, focuses on the technique of samyama which is the combination of concentration, meditation and communion for the liberation of the spirit, while the fourth chapter, the Kaivalya Pada, is a metaphysical disquisition which deals with various subjects as a sort of explanation of some of the themes dealt with in the earlier chapters.

It is fitting to draw the reader's attention to the clarity and simplicity with which Swamiji Maharaj comments on these Sutras. Swami Krishnananda was the living embodiment of that awareness to which the Yoga Sutras and all spiritual texts guide. It is commonly said that Sanskrit, the language of the gods, is by far the only language that has transcended, to some extent, the limitations of vivid expression and bears in it the ability to express the nuances of spiritual processes and the resultant experiences that the great sages and masters have experienced and conveyed to us. That Swamiji is able to bend the limited English language to yield to his knowledge is a completely humbling experience.

These Yoga Sutras of Patanjali spoken by Swami Krishnananda are being made available to the public for the first time. It is our desire to retain the original lectures in their spoken form as much as possible. The are some unique twists of phrases and application of words that are uniquely Swamij's in origin and it has been sought to allow those to be as they were intended, without undermining the respect to the English language. Consequently the lectures have been edited in very few places to render them the way Swamiji spoke them.

From the Jacket

Swami Krishnananda is a highly respected philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology. Swamiji's books are known the world over as excellent presentations of answers to the questions that arise in the day-to-day confrontations of a human being.

Swami Krishnananda is a direct disciple of His Holiness Swami Sivananda, founder of The Divine Life Society, and was the General Secretary from 1961 until 2001. Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi on 23rd November, 2001

About the Book

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as aphoristic prescriptions in the form of pithy one-liners for leading the mind into deeper states of absorption in the state of Samadhi, where the individual merges with the Absolute. A tranquil mind is a prerequisite for attaining higher states of awareness and the Yoga Sutras are a graduated manual for the achievement of this goal.

The aphorisms, as they are in their original form, cannot be easily understood. Swami Krishnananda's commentary in his friendly, lucid style probes into the aphorisms and lays before seekers the approach to understanding the mind and its machinations, and how the hurdles that make meditation difficult can be overcome. The rendition and style with which this has been made possible is a tribute to Swamiji's love for Truth.

This series of two volumes is an all-encompassing spiritual guide. The teachings are progressive in content and begin where most seekers find themselves when spiritual aspiration dawns and the need for higher understanding is felt. The reader is led gradually through the different aspects of practice and mind management. Volume I, which covers the Samadhi Pada, the first of the four sections of the Yoga Sutras, and provides a good introduction and in-depth understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga including the levels of consciousness that are attained, has been printed first. Volume II covers the Sadhana Pada, Vibhuti Pada and Kaivalya Pada, which go into further detail about the practice of yoga using the aphoristic rungs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as a veritable stairway on the path of the ascent of the spirit. Together in two volumes as a complete treatise on this spiritual path.

Contents

Foreword5
Chapter 1
The Aim of Yoga13
Chapter 2
The Foundation of Discipline in Yoga Practice22
Chapter 3
A Broad Outline of the Stages of Yoga32
Chapter 4
Individuality and Consciousness42
Chapter 5
The Practice of Being Alone53
Chapter 6
Spiritual Life is Positive, Not Negative64
Chapter 7
Initial Steps in Yoga Practice75
Chapter 8
The Principle of Self-Affirmation86
Chapter 9
Perception and Reality96
Chapter 10
Self-Control: The Alpha and Omega of Yoga107
Chapter 11
The Integrality of the Higher Self118
Chapter 12
Sublimation-A Way to Reshuffle Thought127
Chapter 13
Defence Mechanisms of the Mind139
Chapter 14
The Indivisibility of All Things150
Chapter 15
Harmony with the Essential Make-up of Things161
Chapter 16
The Inseparability of Notions and the Mind171
Chapter 17
Objectivity is Experience180
Chapter 18
The Dual Process of Withdrawal and Contemplation191
Chapter 19
Returning to Pure Subjectivity203
Chapter 20
The World and Our World212
Chapter 21
Returning to Our True Nature224
Chapter 22
The Life and Goal of Our Existence236
Chapter 23
The Internal Relationship of All Things247
Chapter 24
Affiliation with Larger Wholes261
Chapter 25
Sadhana-Intensifying a Lighted Flame272
Chapter 26
The Gunas of Prakriti282
Chapter 27
Problems are a State of Mind294
Chapter 28
Bringing About Whole-Souled Dedication305
Chapter 29
The Play of the Gunas316
Chapter 30
The Cause of Bondage328
Chapter 31
Intense Aspiration339
Chapter 32
Our Concept of God351
Chapter 33
What Divine Love Is362
Chapter 34
Surrender to God375
Chapter 35
The Recitation of Mantra386
Chapter 36
The Rise of Obstacles in Yoga Practice396
Chapter 37
Preventing the Fall in Yoga407
Chapter 38
Impediments in Concentration and Meditation419
Chapter 39
Concentrating the Mind on One Reality430
Chapter 40
Re-Educating the Mind442
Chapter 41
Becoming Harmonious with All454
Chapter 42
How Feelings and Sensations Work465
Chapter 43
Harmonising Subject and Object476
Chapter 44
Assimilating the Object488
Chapter 45
Piercing the Structure of the Object498
Chapter 46
The Barrier of Space and Time509
Chapter 47
The Rise from Savitarka to Nirvitarka520
Chapter 48
Encountering Troubles and Opposition533
Chapter 49
The Rise to Savichara and Nirvichara543
Chapter 50
The States of Sanada and Sasmita553
Chapter 51
Sat-Chit-Ananda or God-Consciousness564
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