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Karen O'Brien-Kop's introduction to the Yogsutra restores its status as a significant work of philosophy. Approaching the Yogsutra as living philosophy, it provides a new conception of yoga, recognises the logical structure the Sutras follow and explains the rules and principles that have sustained Patanjali's system of thought for centuries.

Moving beyond standard interpretations of Patanjali's text and commentary as an aphoristic practice manual, O'Brien-Kop uses branches of philosophy to read the Yogsutra. Covering reality, self, ethics, language and knowledge, Patanjali's philosophies come to the fore. The book introduces his thoughts on dual and non dual metaphysics, the relationship between mind and body, the qualities of consciousness, the nature of freedom, and how to live ethically.

Carefully-selected extracts from the primary text are translated for those unfamiliar with Sanskrit and commentaries run throughout. A glossary provides definitions of key concepts alongside a guide to translation. Accessible and up-to-date, this introduction broadens our understanding of Indian philosophical thought and explains why the Yogasutra deserves to be read alongside The Bhagavad Gita as a classic of world philosophy.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyOriental & Indian philosophy Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 20/04/2023 ISBN-13: 9781350286160  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Karen O'Brien-Kop is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton, UK and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies (2020). She serves on the 'Yoga in Theory and Practice' unit committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), is co-convenor of the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions and co-founder of the Sanskrit Reading Room at School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

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