The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

David Gordon White

including fewer than 2 hundred verses written in an imprecise if no longer impenetrable language and magnificence, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is this day extolled through the yoga institution as a perennial vintage and advisor to yoga perform. As David Gordon White demonstrates during this groundbreaking research, either one of those assumptions are fallacious. nearly forgotten in India for centuries and maligned while it used to be first came upon within the West, the Yoga Sutra has been increased to its current iconic status—and translated into greater than 40 languages—only during the prior 40 years.

White retraces the unusual and circuitous trip of this confounding paintings from its historic origins down via its heyday within the 7th via 11th centuries, its sluggish fall into obscurity, and its glossy resurgence because the 19th century. First brought to the West by way of the British Orientalist Henry Thomas Colebrooke, the Yoga Sutra was once revived principally in Europe and the US, and predominantly in English. White brings to existence the inconceivable solid of characters whose interpretations—and misappropriations—of the Yoga Sutra resulted in its respected position in pop culture this day. Tracing the awesome trajectory of this enigmatic paintings, White’s exhaustively researched ebook additionally demonstrates why the yoga of India’s previous bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced this present day.

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