Overview for The Yoga of Patanjali: With an Introduction, Sanskrit Text of the Yogasutras, English Translation and Notes
There is renewed interest in Yoga currently all over the world.The law of supply and demand has ensured a constant supply of courses in Yoga as a cure for the ills from which modern society is suffering.This study brings out very clearly the essentials of Yoga as explained in the Yogasutras of Patanjali, which is the most ancient and authoritative text on the subject.The author further suggests a methodology of textual interpretation i.e. how to determine the original message of an author, when his work is overlaid by a number of commentaries and further commentaries on these commentaries.He has also made an attempt to present a historical exposition of the origin and the influence of Yoga on the other indigenous systems and vice versa.
Although there is a widespread interest in Yoga, there is very little understanding that Yoga is something more than a physical or mental drill, that it is a way of life, a preparation for the realization of one's spiritual destiny. It is not only meant for those who are willing to take to an ascetic life, but is equally relevant to one who wishes to live a normal life as a member of society. It is an instrument for the simultaneous growth of intellect and character, which is essential for the total development of his personality. Yoga is, therefore, a method for the development of human potentialities.
Sri M R Yardi (Author)
The author was born in the year 1916 in a small village Supa, which is now in Karnataka State. He had the good fortune to study Sanskrit and read Bhatoji Dixit's Siddhanta Kaumudi with his sixth form teacher, Shri V.H. Nijsure, a Sanskrit scholar of repute, in Garud High School, Dhulia. He was awarded the Jagannath Shankarset scholarship in Sanskrit in his matriculation examination. He stood first in the first class in the B.A. and M.A. examinations of the then Bombay University and topped the list of successful candidates in the Indian Civil Service Competitive Examination held at Delhi in 1940. He served the then Bombay and later Maharashtra State as Collector of Poona, Development Commissioner, Bombay and Finance and Planning Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra. During his stay at Nasik, he had the privilege of reading Sankara Bhasya on the Brahmasutras with His Holiness, Dr. Kurtakoti, Sankaracarya of Karavira Peetha. He went to the Government of India in 1962 and held the positions of Programme Advisor Planning Commission, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Finance Secretary. After his retirement in 1974, he is devoting his time to the study of Yoga and Mahabharata.