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  1. Light of the Soul
    Light of the Soul
    Light of the Soul
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  2. Light of the Soul

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Many translations have been made from the original Sanskrit of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. They have become well loved, well used, and well applied by many in all parts of the world and of all religious beliefs. The Sutras have a power and a timelessness about them which demonstrate the accuracy with which they pinpoint the basic truths of human evolution from subservience to personality glamours to the serene freedom of the soul.

Most human problems today originate in selfish desire; the prostitution of the feeling nature to self-centred physical appetites. This is also brought out clearly in the teaching of the Lord Buddha, the treading of the Noble Eight-Fold Path providing the only way out of the maze: "Right Values; Right Speech; Right Mode of Living: Right Thinking: Right Expression; Right Conduct; Right Effort; Right Rapture or True Happiness". These are attributes of the soul.

Patanjali explores exhaustively the means, the techniques and the mental posture which create the connecting thread between the form-centred personality and these stages towards spiritual achievement and soul fusion. The four parts of the book develop:

  • 1. The Problem of Union (51 sutras).
  • 2. The Steps to Union (55 sutras).
  • 3. Union Achieved and Its Results (55 sutras).
  • 4. Illumination (34 sutras)
  • Many different training techniques have been available over the centuries, depending on the condition of human consciousness and the phase of spiritual growth to be accomplished. Each "Yoga" has had its place, fulfilled its function, and become an absorbed part of human experience.

    In this book the factor of mind in meeting present-day needs is again given prominence as the agent of the soul, and the key to personality release. These Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are based on Raja Yoga, the "kingly science of tine soul": "Through the science of Raja Yoga the mind will be known as the instrument of the soul and the means whereby the brain of the aspirant becomes illuminated and knowledge gained of those matters which concern the realm of the Soul." .

    The soul is concerned with the working out of planetary purpose and plan; so again we find that mental training, and the self-achievement of the individual, lead to cooperation and service on a scale far more comprehensive and of far greater evolutionary significance than merely the individual effects on the life of the disciple.

    Sutra 31 of Part IV rings out like a bell and a clarion call to those who venture on the path of union with the soul. "When through the removal of hindrances and the purification of the sheaths, the totality of knowledge becomes available, naught further remains for the man to do."

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    The Light of the Soul is a very able translation and commentary on the teachings of one of the greatest spiritual teachers the world has seen - Patanjali. The book will be of vital interest to those who have found the reality of the spiritual path within themselves.
    The Light of the Soul consists of 4 books of sutras, each book being a continuation of the teaching of the last book. The teaching covers the greater part of that path, starting from when we first recognise its existence. The entire approach of the sutras is a mental and deeply spiritual one. It outlines the practical, though inner, steps that the spiritual seeker must take in order to move from one point to the next. Much of the text is about how to spiritualise the mind (and our entire self using the mind correctly) and prepare ourselves for this spiritual transformation.
    That all this is in abbreviated form in one book is a test for those who would study it, as it takes a great sense of proportion, discipline... Read more
    I've reread this work several times in the last 20 some years and of all the religious and philosophical inquiries I've pursued this really is the method by which a human can find peace, wisdom and the right approach to humankind and spirituality in this era. This coming from a rather grounded worker in engineering, and part time intellectual.
    Why have traditional religions not revealed this mystery?
    The priceless, disarmingly simple statements in this book are translated from the original sanskrit of the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali". These statements (sutras, or seed-thoughts) may be interpreted at different levels of understanding. However, they were written to provide the spiritual aspirant, disciple and initiate with their own personal keys to liberation from the cycles of rebirth. Included in these keys are insights into the reason our human world is a world of pleasure and pain, and how we all have the capability to rise above limitations. Then, once we do rise above them, we learn about different kinds of enlightenment and the features of the new consciousness attained when we become One with our Soul.
    This version of the sutras was first published by The Tibetan Master through Alice A Bailey, yet there are many other translations of the Yoga Sutras. This one is my favourite as it truly brings insights that make us stop and reconsider our life, and... Read more
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