Yoga Sutras, Abridged

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a masterwork of spirituality, psychology and philosophy, are attributed to Patanjali. Compiled a few hundred years before the Common Era, these teachings arose out of a most prolific and sophisticated civilization – ancient India. Living in the Indus Valley, with brick roads, sewage systems, craftsmanship and exports, the people, just like people throughout all of history, asked big questions: Why are we here? What is a human life about? Why am I suffering? How can I be happy? These real people, in this real place, at a real time in history were trying to make sense of their worldly experience. These people were the founders of the philosophical system known as Yoga. The yogis held the metaphysical principles of Samkhya philosophy, the oldest orthodox system born out of the Vedas, as the basis for their concept of reality. A dualistic system, Samkh

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