By David Gordon White
Consisting of fewer than 2 hundred verses written in an vague if no longer impenetrable language and elegance, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is this present day extolled through the yoga institution as a perennial vintage and consultant to yoga perform. As David Gordon White demonstrates during this groundbreaking learn, either one of those assumptions are wrong. almost forgotten in India for centuries and maligned while it used to be first found within the West, the Yoga Sutra has been increased to its current iconic status—and translated into greater than 40 languages—only during the previous 40 years.
White retraces the unusual and circuitous trip of this confounding paintings from its historical origins down via its heyday within the 7th via 11th centuries, its sluggish fall into obscurity, and its smooth resurgence because the 19th century. First brought to the West by way of the British Orientalist Henry Thomas Colebrooke, the Yoga Sutra was once revived principally in Europe and the USA, and predominantly in English. White brings to existence the unbelievable solid of characters whose interpretations—and misappropriations—of the Yoga Sutra resulted in its respected position in pop culture this present day. Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of this enigmatic paintings, White’s exhaustively researched publication additionally demonstrates why the yoga of India’s previous bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced today.
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