Yoga is one of the most perfect Indian Sciences based mainly on the principles of mind-Psychology and Physiology. It provides an elaborate study of human mind, its latent powers, the methods of its control and its spiritual enlightenment. It lays down the procedures for gradual upliftment of man to the ultimate stage of Samddhi and explains all human, sub human and super human existences in all their aspects Patanjali, the author of the famous Yogasutra was the first to systematize the practices of Yoga discipline. It is described as Astangayoga or yoga having eight accessories i.e. yama, niyama, asana, prdndyama, pratyahara, dhdrana, ahydna And samadhi. The book has been divided into four chapters (i) Concentration or Samadhi, (ii) Means of attainment or Sadhana, (iii) Supernormal powers or Vibhuti and (iv) Isolation or Kaivalya.
The book comprises of the English rendering of Maniprabha commentary Ramanand Sarasvati which command significant position in the field of school, mThe learned commentator exp elaborately the standpoints of Patanjali as expressed in his Yogasutra. Both in the analysis of the subject matter of the discipline and the method of its treat- ment, Ramanand Sarasvati has displayed thoroughness and scholarship.He has examined critically the hypotheses of adversaries. His style of presentation is logical and appealing.
Table of Contens:
Editor's Introduction (Mohan Chand):
1 Origin of Yoga Discipline,
2 Yoga in Indian Traditions,
3 Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali,
4 Astanga Yoga,
5 Ramanand: Author of the Maniprabha,
6 Ramanand: Author of the Maniprabha,
7 Date of Ramananda,
8 J. H. Woods: Translator of the Commentary,
9 Present Edition, Translator's Note:-
(i) The Title of the Book
(ii) The Date of the Book,
Book I Concentration,
Book II Means of Attainment,
Book III Supernormal Powers,
Book IV Isolation,
1 Index of sutras,
2 Index of Words in the Yoga-Sutras,
3 Index of Sanskrit Words in the Maniprabha Commentary,
4 Index of Quotations in the Maniprabha Commentary.