Hi friends, I picked up a copy of the following today and thought some of you might find it useful: * Science of Self-Realization : A Guide to Spiritual
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, Jun 12, 2006
I picked up a copy of the following today and thought some of you might
find it useful:
Science of Self-Realization : A Guide to Spiritual Practice in the
Kriya Yoga Tradition -- Patanjali's Yoga-Sutras (New Translation,
with Commentary) by Roy Eugene Davis (2004)
Part One -- Samadhi (Superconscious States and How to Experience Them);
Kriya Yoga (Intensive Spiritual Practice); Siddhis (Exceptional Powers
of Perception and Extraordinary Abilities); Liberation of Consciousness
(The Culmination of Right Practice).
Part Two -- The Shandilya Upanishad (A rare kriya yoga text); The Inner
Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita.
Part Three -- Meditation Techniques and Routines For All Levels of
practices; Answers to Questions About the Spiritual Path; Glossary.
The book is
cloth-bound and slim, therefore easily fitting into a briefcase or
backpack without a problem. Mr. Davis' comments are brief, and he suggest that one
can and will develop their own insights into the Yoga Sutras as one
progresses - he's not leading the reader around by the nose, much to
I don't know much about Roy, other than the brief information I could
find on the Internet, but he doesn't appear to be some messianic
nut-job on a cult-building crusade. Supposedly, he was a direct
disciple of Paramahansa
Yogananda -- founder of the Self Realization Fellowship -- and was
ordained by him in 1951.
If some of you do
happen to obtain a copy this book, you may wish to do a comparison of
Mr. Davis' translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with that of our
own dear Jhanananda's, as well as those of other translators. These are
available at the following:
I feel it is useful when studying ancient texts -- Buddhist, Yogic or
otherwise -- to compare several translations, as most translators will
display bias and comparative analysis is the best way to overcome this.
Happiness and Ease to you all,
Nirodha (Bill Gray)
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