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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Yoga Sutras

(I write this as I wait for paint to dry on some final touches of a painting I'm working on..)

The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali sit in the corner of my belief foundation like a thick granite block. So many versions are out there, translations that is, and one of them particularly sticks out... but I can't seem to find it anymore. ARG. I printed it out, so luckily I have a copy of this favoured version, and I intend to publish my own interpretation of it.

Here are some free online versions you can peruse. Some of them have completely been changed to house different schools of thought.. I don't know if I agree with that, but I want to give variety here.
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Charles Johnston
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as translated by "BonGiovanni"
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali-Yoga.Org
The Yoga Sutras as translated by Chester Messenger
The Yoga Sutras as translated by Sanderson Beck
The Yoga Sutras as translated by Tibetan Master Djwhal Kuhl (I Really like this one)

Ok that's enough example ;)

Now, I hope to interpret it without using Gods or Psychic phenomena.. No new age flare, just basic and concise. To make it available to anyone, not just those who've studied the Sutras.


Tiffany said...

Did you ever finish your translation?

I'd like to read it if you did.

Em said...

Hey :) thanks for reading my little dusty diary :)

I'm sick right now and the logistics of it have taken me away from my Yogic studies somewhat. After the big op I want to finish my interpretation soon :) especially that I know someone's interested :) Patanjali was an underrated intellectual who need to be recognized now for the applicable advice he gave so long ago.

Namaste and check back in a few months!

Tiffany said...

Thanks Em.

Love and light your way