Commentaries

 

Four Chapters on Freedom
(Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Four Chapters on FreedomThis text contains the full Sanskrit text of Rishi Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, along with transliteration, translation and commentary. The Yoga Sutras, containing 196 epithets or threads of yoga, is the most respected treatise on yoga. This extensive commentary on each sutra fully explains the text and the path of raja yoga.

Serious yogic aspirants and spiritual seekers will find invaluable guidance within these pages.

  • 400 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-85787-18-2
  • Language: English and Hindi

 

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Swami Muktibodhananda

Hatha Yoga PradipikaThis book is a thorough commentary on the original text by Maharishi Swatmarama. It elucidates the entire science of hatha yoga as it was conceived and practised, not for health and fitness only, but for awakening the pranas, chakras and kundalini shakti. This text points out that hatha yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross, to subtle to divine. Thus hatha yoga was considered the foundation of all higher yogas. This text clearly shows the link between tantra and hatha yoga, and also emphasises that hatha yoga leads to raja yoga, otherwise it is practised in vain.

  • 641 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-85787-38-7
  • Language: English

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Nine Principle Upanishads

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Nine Principle UpanishadsThe Nine Principal Upanishads are the culmination of vedic thought and contain the essence of the original vedantic teachings. They impart sublime truths about the nature and destiny of mankind revealed by great sages and seers during informal discussions with disciples and spiritual seekers. These upanishads describe the direct experience of transcendence which results in the unity of the individual with the highest consciousness. They also provide methods of meditation to realise the nature of Atman, the supreme soul, and to attain the immortal Brahman.

This text includes the original Sanskrit verses, transliteration and translations of the following nine major upanishads: Prashnopanishad, Kenopanishad, Mandukyopanishad, Mundakopanishad, Ishavasya Upanishad, Kathopanishad, Aitareya Upanishad, Shvetashvataropanishad and Taittiriya Upanishad.

  • 274 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-85787-21-2
  • Language: English

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Sri Saundarya Lahari
The Descent

Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati

Sri Sundarya LahariThe original Sanskrit text by Adi Sankaracharya has been translated and explained in a lucid and eloquent style, which brings the reader into the living presence of the Goddess. The 103 mantras of this text are presented here as meditations and visualizations of Sri Devi, the root matrix of creation, depicting her divine form as a path of highest sadhana and realization.

The text deals with the essence of tantric philosophy and sadhana, elucidating the esoteric traditions of Sri Vidya, the Dasa Mahavidyas, kulakundalini, chakras and tattwas, and their usage to bridge the gap between the outer and inner experience. Sri Saundarya Lahari, the Descent, an exposition on the feminine divine, is substantiated and enhanced by the personal experience and in-depth study of the author. Also included are a comprehensive introduction, Prayoga (uses of the mantras, yantras and especially the mandalas contained in the text), transliteration and index.

  • 512 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 978-81-86336-70-0
  • Language: English

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Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
The Ascent

Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati

Vijnana Bhairava TantraThe theme of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is dharana, or concentration, a subject most relevant today. This new translation and commentary of a classical tantric text sheds much light on the practice of dharana, which until now has been revealed only by peripheral explanations. The text comprises 112 different dharanas, or techniques of concentration, which can easily be incorporated into one’s daily life. Although dharana is a practice intended for an adept, whose mind is steady and controlled, the techniques contained within this book provide a way even for the aspirant with a distracted mind to gradually develop concentration and meditation.

This work is the result of an in-depth study of dharana in relation to the tantric view of meditation, substantiated by the personal experience of the author. Included is a detailed introduction followed by the original Sanskrit slokas, with transliteration, translation and extensive commentary.

  • 499 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-86336-32-X
  • Language: English

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Swara Yoga
The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing

Swami Muktibodhananda

Swara YogaSwara yoga is an ancient science of pranic body rhythms and explores how prana can be controlled through the breath. Traditionally a closely guarded science, taught only through direct transmission from guru to disciple, very little has ever been written about it.

In this book the theory behind swara yoga is discussed, including the topics of prana, nadis and chakras. In the practice section the techniques of swara yoga are given in detail. The last section contains the original Sanskrit text of the Shiva Swarodaya with an English translation.

Swara Yoga is a suitable text for advanced yoga practitioners and yoga teachers. Line drawings, charts and illustrations are included.

  • 248 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 978-81-85787-36-7
  • Language: English and Hindi

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Yoga Chudamani Upanishad
Crown Jewel of Yoga

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati and Swami Satyadharma

Yoga Chudamani Upanishad is a manual of higher sadhana for advanced and initiated aspirants. It delineates the ancient path of kundalini awakening in its original and pure form before the proliferation of modern yogic literature. The text elucidates a unique combination of kundalini yoga and vedantic upasana. It discusses the nadis, prana vayus, chakras and kundalini shakti, and also provides detailed descriptions of ajapa gayatri and pranava, which are older vedic and upanishadic meditative disciplines.

The text includes the original Sanskrit verses, along with transliteration, anvay, translation and a comprehensive commentary by Swami Satyadharma Saraswati under the guidance of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. For students of Indian philosophy, it provides a valuable study of the compatibility of Yoga and Vedanta, or the tantric and vedic systems of philosophy and practice.

  • 330 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-86336-27-3
  • Language: English

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Gheranda Samhita

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Gheranda Samhita is a classical text describing seven limbs of yoga as taught by Sage Gheranda to his disciple, King Chandakapali. Sage Gheranda outlines a system which can take the serious aspirant from purification of the body to the highest states of samadhi and knowledge of the soul.

Distinguishing it from other hatha yoga systems, Sage Gheranda’s seven limbs includes the tattwa dharanas (concentrations on the elements) and the seamless merging of hatha yoga and tantra by combining mudras, bandhas and pranayamas with mantra, yantra and mandala. The natural flow of this potent process into dhyana and samadhi is beautifully discussed, bringing the teachings to a sublime conclusion.

The commentary by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati guides the modern reader through the details of the practices, many of which are complex, rarely described and cryptically expressed by the sage. Comprehensive instructions are given for all the techniques, while subtle understandings and insights into the underlying philosophy and purpose are presented with beauty and simplicity.

The original Sanskrit verses, with transliteration and translation are included.

  • Soft cover
  • Language: English

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