From the Publisher
We cannot just
plant a sapling anywhere, forget about it and then
come again to the spot after a few days expecting
to see a tree growing. There is thus the need for
imparting some sincerity, enthusiasm, and meaning
to an activity once started.
Just like the
sapling the human beings are also striving for
growth and actualisation of inner potentials. In
Yoga there is much work to be done work within to
train the subconscious to realise the highest.
Indian named Patanjali, organized this study of
man and his achievements in a systematic form. He
wrote a small book which is called the Yoga Sutra.
The work itself is very very small. In one single
page you can write down the entire book. It
contains aphorisms consisting of a few words, but
these are very important. In the very second and
third sentence Patanjali answers the question,
"What is Yoga, where of the human
personality" and in the next aphorisms, he
assures us that such a self mastering leads us to
the absolute states. That's what Yoga is. It is
not just exercise, it is not just meditation, it
is not just relaxation. The purpose behind Yoga is
to gain a complete control over our whole
personality - the body, the mind and more, Such a
control leads to the optimum growth of one's
Shri H. Sequeira
translated the Yoga Sutras and wrote notes on the
same. The notes were published in the magazine
'Yoga and Total Health' of the Yoga Institute from
1985 to 1995.
different meanings. Success in the true sense of
achieving the highest is enshrined in the old
Indian ways of realising one's own true nature.
Such a success spills over into success in other
areas. Some of the great men in this country were
first Yogis and then good medical men, good
philosophers and excelled in practically all areas
indebted to Shri Yogendraji, The Yoga Institute,
Santacruz and academicians like Ramaprasad, Woods
and Dasgupta for the use we made of their
experiences and explanations at different places
in the book. We also wish to thank all those who
helped us in compiling this book.