The Study and Practice of Yoga: An Exposition of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Volume II – Sadhana Pada Kaivalya Pada)

Item Code: IDK180
Author: Swami Krishnananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8170521963
Pages: 639
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.9" X 5.9"
Weight 880 gm
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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.




Chapter 52  
Yoga Practice: A Series of Positive Steps 13
Chapter 53  
A Very Important Sadhana 25
Chapter 54  
Practice Without Remission of Effort 34
Chapter 55  
The Cause of Bondage 44
Chapter 56  
Lack of Knowledge is the Source of Suffering 55
Chapter 57  
The Four Manifestations of Ignorance 65
Chapter 58  
Pursuit of Pleasure is Invocation of Pain 77
Chapter 59  
The Self-Preservation Instinct 90
Chapter 60  
Tracing the Ultimate Cause of Any Experience 100
Chapter 61  
How the Law of Karma Operates 110
Chapter 62  
The Perception of Pleasure and Pain 122
Chapter 63  
The Cause of Unhappiness 131
Chapter 64  
Disentanglement is Freedom 142
Chapter 65  
Karma, Prakriti and the Gunas 152
Chapter 66  
Understanding the Nature of Objects 161
Chapter 67  
Consciousness is Being 172
Chapter 68  
The Cause of Experience 182
Chapter 69  
Understanding World-Consciousness 192
Chapter 70  
The Seven Stages of Perfection 202
Chapter 71  
The Eight Limbs or Stages of Yoga 214
Chapter 72  
The Preparatory Disciplines 223
Chapter 73  
Negative Check and Positive Approach 235
Chapter 74  
The Principles of Yama and Niyama 247
Chapter 75  
Self-Control, Study and Devotion to God 258
Chapter 76  
Asana is Fixity of Position 268
Chapter 77  
The Importance of Asana and Pranayama 279
Chapter 78  
Kumbhaka and Concentration of Mind 291
Chapter 79  
The Inclination of the Mind for Concentration 303
Chapter 80  
Pratyahara: The Return Of Energy 316
Chapter 81  
The Application of Pratyahara 327
Chapter 82  
The Effect of Dharana or Concentration of Mind 339
Chapter 83  
Choosing an Object for Concentration 353
Chapter 84  
The Need for Caution when Stirring Inner Potencies 364
Chapter 85  
The Interrelatedness of All Things 372
Chapter 86  
The Hurdle of the Ego in Yoga Practice 382
Chapter 87  
Absorbing Space and Time into Consciousness 393
Chapter 88  
Samyama: The Union of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi 405
Chapter 89  
The Levels of Concentration 415
Chapter 90  
Generating the Mood for Yoga 426
Chapter 91  
The Integrating Force 436
Chapter 92  
The Working of Nature's Law 446
Chapter 93  
Removing the Ego with the Process of Samyama 457
Chapter 94  
Understanding the Structure of Things 466
Chapter 95  
Liberation is the Only Aim of Yoga 475
Chapter 96  
Powers that Accrue in the Practice of Samyama 486
Chapter 97  
Sublimation of Object-Consciousness 499
Chapter 98  
The Transformation from Human to Divine 510
Chapter 99  
The Entry of the Eternal into the Individual 523
Chapter 100  
The Exhaustion of All Karmas 532
Chapter 101  
The Wheel of Karma 541
Chapter 102  
Avoiding Karma That Has Not Yet Germinated 551
Chapter 103  
Putting an End to Rebirth 560
Chapter 104  
The Double Activity in Mental Cognition 571
Chapter 105  
Absorption into Universal Subjectivity 581
Chapter 106  
The Dual Pull of Purusha and Objects 591
Chapter 107  
The Bestowal of a Divine Gift 601
Chapter 108  
Infinity Coming Back To Itself 611
Chapter 109  
The Condition Prior to Final Absorption 621
Chapter 110  
Recapitulation and Conclusion 631

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