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Sankara on the Yoga Sutras: A Full Translation of the Newly Discovered Text

Price : $16.75
ISBN # : 9788120829893
Author : Trevor Leggett
pages: 418
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2006

The present work is the first complete English translation of a highly significant historical find, an unknown early Sanskrit sub-commentary purporting to be by Sankara, on the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. It is judged to be a genuine work of Sankara, India's greatest religious and philosophical genius and architect of the non-dual Vedanta school. This is a sub-commentary (vivarana) to the terse exposition of Patanjali by Vyasa, the earliest surviving classic of the Yoga school. That school differs from Sankara's Vedanta on several philosophical points, but he regarded it as authoritative on meditation practice, which is central to both schools.

The existence of this vivarana is of great importance to the study and reappraisal of Sankara's thought and teaching. It is now clear that the many references in Sankara's works to Yoga practice are not mere concessions to accepted ideas of the time, but that it was central to his practice.

The vivarana is written with great originality and confidence. The long commentary on God completely jettisons the narrow sutra definition in favour of a supreme Creator, as evidenced by many ingenious arguments on the lines of the present day cosmological anthropic principle. The doctrine that the future already exists, and that time is purely relative, anticipate the Einstein era.

About the Author:

Trevor Leggett received his L.I.B. from King's Collage, University of London, and served for twenty-four years as Head of the BBC Japanese Service. A distinguished Zen scholar and expert in the martial arts of Japan, he is the author of many classic works in English and Japanese, including the First Zen Reader, Zen and the Ways and The Warrior Koans. In 1985, he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Third Grade) from the Japanese Government in recognition of his services to Japanese and Eastern culture generally, the first Westerner to be so honoured. In 1989, he was invited to give a paper on the Complete Commentary by Sankara on the Yoga Sutras to the International Seminar on Sankara held in New Delhi. He has lived in India and Japan, and currently lives in London.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 01 August, 2006.

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