An Important characteristic of the author is his ability to analyze a subject from all points of view, all possibilities, never having a partial unilateral vision. He always searches for the deepest and the most correct meaning. To have this broader enlightened view from one of the most important ancient subjects of Indian Philosophy is a reward to everyone who will have the opportunity to read this book.
- Suzana de Albuquerque Paiva, Jungian Psychologist chief of the Department of Psychology at the Hospital Prontocor Professor in Faculty of Human Sciences Fundacao Mineira de Educacao e Cultura Belo Horizonte, Barasil
Swami Bhaskarnanda has developed a good rapport with Western ideation; he has explained Patanjali in terms which can be easily understood and has done it well.
By helping to bring the wisdom of the East to the West the Swami provides a fertile basis for the genesis of ideas. This book should be of great interest to a very wide readership.
-Dr. David Longaden, Ma, MB, B. Chir, (cantab.), DPM, FLCOM, Dorset, England.
I have gone through Swami Bhaskarananda's book, Meditation, mind and Patanjali's Yoga. The manuscript is wonderful. Very clear and very very well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I myself would buy it and would recommend it to my students too.
Prof. John Grimes Dept of Religious Studies Michigan State University
The Book provides a clear, interesting, and comprehensive survey of the Yoga system, from ethics to meditation. Not only does it competently summarize Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, it explains in detail the basic concepts of Sumkhya philosophy, particularly the three gunas, and the fundamentals of Kundalini yoga, most notably the seven Chakras. Examples of Yogic practice are given from the experiences of Swami Bhaskarananda, supplemented with stories from the lives of Sri Ramakrishna and other Hindu saints. This book provides a gentle introduction to the spirituality of India in a Manner accessible to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religious background. It has been a pleasure and inspiration to read this book!
Christopher Key Chapple Professor of Theological Studies Director, Asian and Pacific Studies Loyola Marymount University
It is a wonderfully rich and mature treatise on meditation and growth in the spiritual life, with many fine observations which should help beginners-and more advanced practitioners as well-to advance along the spiritual path. It is not only a clear exposition of yoga, but it is also a book about integral spiritual development which is reasonably will attuned to life in America today. It deserves serious notice and wide reading.
He speaks from a tradition with good common sense and a sense of rooted-ness. It is a strength of the book that it is focused concisely on Yoga and Yoga works.
Francis X. Clooney, S.j. Professor of Theology Boston College.
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