Posted on: 21 June 2017

Digital Book :
The Yoga Upanishads
By T.R. Srinivasa Ayyangar
Edited by Pandit S.Subrahmanya Sastri
Published by The Adyar Library, Madras - 1938

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A marble figure of a Jina
Gujarat or Rajasthan, circa 11th century

Few Jain images are as iconic as the white marble meditating Jina. The stone's color connotes the embodied spiritual purity of the Jina, one of twenty-four spiritual exemplars who attained the ultimate goal of liberating their souls from the cycle of death and rebirth. Their image functions to inspire and remind the devotee of the tenets of the faith, as well as its rewards. He sits in meditation wherein no violence can be envisaged, and meditating on him in turn diverts the spirit away from earthly desire and affliction and towards the transcendent (van Alphen, Steps to Liberation, Antwerp, 2000, p.43).

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It's a transportingly beautiful statue. But it isn't in the Yoga Upanisads book, and it's a Jaina image, whereas the Yoga Upanisads aren't Jaina at all.

another non-book

Can you post or recommend an authentic translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra?


Very good, thanks

Pramod Kumar