Tag: Pantanjali

Books and Websites

(This section is currently under construction: there are many more excellent books I would like to share with you as time goes on and I have a chance to list them all for you)


Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake

A really excellent book by a brilliant and prodigious author who critiques the history, methods and current conclusions of science, on the basis of scientific method, from the vantage point of an accomplished scientist. This work shows some critical aspects of how the world works (and you are in for some big surprises), the scientific evidence of which, science has hidden and obscured from us, largely because of self interest, bias and downright avoidance or prejudice.  Also highly readable.

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

by Christopher D. Wallis, illustrations by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik. Not the western sexually oriented tantra we all have heard of; this author uses his long years of linguistic and tantrik philosophical studies to directly translate several key texts (previously unavailable in English) of the ancient tantrik poly-traditions (my term) in order to create a clear picture of their most important insights into nonduality and what it can mean for us.  Something many yoga practitioners will be surprised to learn is that the tantrik schools further developed, evolved and refined yoga over the very long period from Patanjali to their ending.  Dr. Wallis, or Hareesh, also has a great website, TantrikStudies, which has a wealth of useful and informative teachings in various forms.

Websites and Web Materials:

accesstoinsight.org contains translations of many ancient Buddhist texts (Tipitaka) and a vast, searchable Library of illuminating and very helpful articles on the tradition and modern day practice of Theravada Buddhism. If you are you are a yogi, I think you will find that Buddhism has a perspective on suffering which will complement philosophy and practice greatly. It may also challenge you in new ways you hadn’t expected. And it can make you very happy.

swamij.com is a very well organized (and very searchable ) site introducing yoga philosophy and explaining various meditative practices. It also provides a clear and succinct translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as explanation and guidance through the practice of kundalini yoga.  The author of this site is a truly wonderful communicator and teacher in the setting of writing for a general audience. Although I do not recommend direct communication with him I am profoundly indebted to him for his well organized and highly useful site which provides some insights I’ve not seen anywhere else.

TantrikStudies (see above under Tantra Illuminated for description of content)