Exploring the Yogasutra Philosophy and Translation

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $39.95 Save up to $3.99
  • Rent Book $35.96
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Pata˝jali's Yogasutra is an ancient canonic Indian text composed in Sanskrit in the 3rd or 4th century. Belonging to a very different cultural milieu, this multi-layered text is philosophical, psychological and practical in nature. Offering a philosophical reading of Pata˝jali's Yogasutra, this book discusses themes such as freedom, self-identity, time and transcendence, and translation - between languages, cultures and eras. Drawing substantially upon contemporary Indian materials, it discusses for the first time classical yoga as reflected upon by Daya Krishna (1924-2007) with constant reference to Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya's (1875-1949) studies in yoga philosophy. The genuine attempt on behalf of these two original thinkers to engage philosophically with Pata˝jala-yoga sets the tone of the textual exploration provided here. This book features a new annotated translation of the Yogasutra, and the author provides a useful background to the extensive Sa?khya terminology employed by Pata˝jali. Daniel Raveh also offers a close reflection of a very act of translation, and the book concludes with suggestions for further reading and a glossary of central notions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements\ Abbreviations \ List of Transliteration \ Entrée: Translating theOther: Reflections on a Fictional Dialogue \ Introduction: Yoga, Translation,the Other \ 1. Abhyasa/Vairagya: AConceptual Investigation into the Process of Yoga \ 2. Revisiting avidyaand abhinivesa: A note on Yoga Psychology \ 3. Rethinking Prajña: Yogasutra 1.49 under aPhilosophical Magnifying Glass \ 4. Text as a Process: A dialogue with DayaKrishna\ 5. "The Undeciphered Text: Anomalies,Problems and Paradoxes in the Yogasutra" by Daya Krishna \ ConciseGlossary \ Appendix I: Introduction to the Yogasutra Translation, or: why another translation? \ Appendix II: TheYogasutra in Transliteration \ Appendix III: The Yogasutra in Translation \Bibliography \ Index

Rewards Program

Write a Review