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The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition, and is as relevant today as it was 2,200 years ago when it was codified by the sage Patanjali. Using this ancient yogic text as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our lives. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra is the first practitioner-oriented commentary of The Yoga Sutra which is fully grounded in a living tradition. It shares the essence of Pandit Tigunait's rigorous scholarly understanding of the Yoga Sutra, through the filter of experiential knowledge gained through decades of advanced yogic practices, and enriched by the gift of living wisdom he received from the masters of the Himalayan Tradition

The book's five comprehensive appendices encourage students to study Sanskrit methodically in the context of yoga practice and philosophy. One of the appendices is a primer on Sankhya philosophy, which answers questions such as:

  • Who are we?
  • Where do we come from?
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • What is the cause of suffering?
  • Where do we go when we die?

About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online in the library of Himalayan Institute Online.

Reviews for Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra underscores the living appeal of yoga study as a vehicle leading to meditative practice.”

– Edwin Bryant, author of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

“From the very first pages of The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, the reader can feel the hand of a master – a scholar, a practitioner, a devotee. This commentary is not just about yoga. It is yoga.”

– Stephen Cope, founder of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living

“Of the dozens of translations and explications of this text that exist in English alone, few possess the power and reliability of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra.

– Robert Svoboda, ayurvedic physician and author

"In Tigunait's commentary on the first chapter (or pada) of the Yoga Sutra, he shares wisdom from the yoga tradition, practice-oriented commentary, and nuts-and-bolts instruction that can help readers take their practice to a new level."

- Australian Yoga Life Magazine 

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"The Yoga Sutra's message is simple and straightforward: Remove the veil of darkness and allow your intrinsic luminosity to illuminate both your inner and outer world. Be free here and now, and experience your everlasting self-luminous joy. The goal of yoga is nothing less than that. In this light, I present this commentary to you."

– Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
The Secret of the Yoga Sutra

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2014
ISBN: 978-0-89389-288-3
331 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Eastern Philosophy / Yoga

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Beautifully written and accessible

This translation and commentary on our beloved, esoteric tradition is accessible and clear. The subtle, eternal, loving nature of the subject is portrayed beautifully by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait's words, revealing the practical spirituality of this living tradition.


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