Why The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are worthy of your time
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I have shared extensively across this website many of the reasons I believe the Yoga Sutras can help those on the awakening path.

For further clarity, I will add the following. My experience as an agent of numerous authors covering ancient history and wisdom provided me with many opportunities to understand the literary world. I took part in regular meetings with publishers and the media and spent countless hours discussing the mystery of life.

My experience as an agent combined with my extensive travels to ancient sites, plus my regular self-practice, highlighted the importance of experience. The experience of regular practice helped me to glean many insights. I brought this experience to reading the Yoga Sutras. The Sutras discuss many of the deep life lessons I had learned independently, including shedding light on some of the deep epiphanies I experienced while meditating at some of the most powerful ancient sites.

I was also able to cross-correlate the Sutras against the philosophy of ancient Egypt discussed by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz. In both of these works, I could see the beauty of the human heart shining through. Most of us are probably aware of the finer qualities we possess, we are capable of great kindness, compassion, empathy and love among other wonderful characteristics. We can also experience, anger, rage, jealousy, selfishness and other emotions. In both of the texts mentioned, I found a philosophy and way of being designed to accentuate the finer qualities and at the same time lessen the impact of the less desirable emotions. I often wonder how a society educated from birth with the finer qualities mentioned would be. Hopefully, we will reach that state on this planet one day. In the meantime, all of us have the choice, we can nurture our finer qualities and do our best to grow. When enough people make the same decision, we will achieve the society I wondered over.

A note regarding the translation of the Sutras. There are a huge number of different commentaries on the Sutras. Due to the nature of the Sutras (threads), they are translated and explained based on the level of understanding and life experience the translator has. The translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda is one of the best, if not the best. I Have also included some information below by I. K. TAIMNI, another author worthy of serious consideration. On top of these two suggestions, I am currently cross-referencing against another 10 or so authors. To achieve a well-rounded perspective on the Sutras, I believe this is necessary. Each unique perspective can shed further light on the original essence intended. For the purposes of the casual reader, I believe the translation by Sri Swami Satchidananda will serve you very well. Feel free to leave your thoughts at the bottom of this page.

A selection of thoughtful reviews on Amazon about the sutras

Magical book

“This book is by far the best commentary on the Yoga sutra’s of Patanjali that I know of.

This book has actually become something that is a constant companion on my night table as I reread it over and over again. There seems to be more and more that I get out of it each time. And a lot that I know I am not getting yet. To me that is a signpost that the writer has certainly some serious depth to what he is talking about”. Hermes Trismegistos

Great book for anyone seeking enlightment

“If you’re on the path this is a must read type of book as it will help make some confusing things much clearer along the way. That said its of course not a replacement for experiential practice. But this is the one book I refer back to on a continual basis and get something new out of no matter where I am at in my growth of consciousness”. Eric Owens

The Science Of Yoga

quotesThe important point is to make a definite beginning somewhere and as soon as possible—Now. The moment such a serious beginning is made forces begin to gather round the centre of endeavour and take the aspirant forward towards his goal, slowly at first, but with increasing speed until he becomes so absorbed in the pursuit of his ideal that time and distance cease to matter for him. And one day he finds that he has reached his goal and looks back with a kind of wonder at the long and tedious journey which he has completed in the realm of Time while all the time he was living in the Eternal.


A careful study of the Yoga-Sutras and the kind of preparation and effort which is needed for attaining the objective of Yogic endeavour might give to the student the impression that it is an extremely difficult, if not impossible undertaking, beyond the capacity of the ordinary aspirant. This impression is certain to dishearten him, and if he does not think deeply over the problems of life and clarify his ideas about them, it might lead him to abandon the idea of embarking on this Divine adventure or to postpone it to a future life. There can be no doubt that the serious pursuit of the Yogic ideal is a difficult task and cannot be undertaken as a mere hobby or to find an escape from the stress and strain of ordinary life. It can be undertaken only on understanding fully the nature of human life and the misery and suffering which are inherent in it and the further realization that the only way to end this misery and suffering permanently is to find the Truth which is enshrined within ourselves, by the only method which is available, namely, Yogic discipline”. I. K. TAIMNI

“The most famous exponent, and in fact, the creator of the yogic discipline, was Patanjali, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual leader. Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras have evolved into one of the six classical schools of Indian philosophy and are the most quoted and most adopted of any yogic system. Celebrated author I. K. Taimni, who was a professor at Allahabad University in India, is eminently suited to interpret the Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali, having studied, practiced and taught yoga throughout his life. “. . . a deeply committed exposition of Yoga as the way to liberation from the sequence of incarnations . . . free from the usual deficiencies and incompetence of most of the popular literature propagating Yoga, and can well be recommended to students as a valuable introductory reading on the subject.”