A Rendition of Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapters One to Four

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapters One to Four

Samādhi Sādhana Vibhūti Kaivalya Pādaḥ

Offered here, as both a UK and US version PDF, is a verse by verse rendition for all four chapters of the Yoga Sūtra, each with the Romanised Saṃskṛta. Each verse is rendered more from a literal viewpoint, rather than a liberal viewpoint. This is a choice of approach whereby the aim is to stay closer to the style of composition utilised by Patañjali with its grammatical terseness outweighing communicative fluidity.

Readers wishing to complement this more literal approach with a more liberal interpretation can visit Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra where you can find a freedom of expression in terms of choice of rendering to facilitate a more free-form thread for the reader.

Alternatively, there is also the online Yoga Sūtra verse by verse translation with its associated word by word Romanised Saṃskṛta Core Glossary and Cross Reference Guide. These translations are also accumulating online verse by verse commentaries from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.

For those wishing to access verse by verse workbooks as personal study guides then the online Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali PDF Workbooks are available for each individual chapter as well as a combined version. They are not © and are available online, as a PDF in both A4 and US Letter versions, in the spirit of open source community commons.

Meanwhile, you can access and download this rendition of the Yoga Sūtra as both the UK and US version PDF from the links below. May they support those who use them in their journey towards Viveka and Svatantra.

With appreciation for many years of personal teaching in India with my root Yoga teacher TKV Desikachar, along with further word-by-word studies of the Yoga Sūtra through personal lessons with S Ramaswami.

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