Author: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Publisher: Yoga Publications Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185787182
Four Chapters on Freedom contains the full Sanskrit text of Rishi Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as well as transliteration, translation and an extensive commentary. The Yoga Sutras, containing 196 epithets or threads of yoga, is the most respected treatise on yoga. In his commentary on each verse, Swami Satyananda Saraswati fully explains the text and the path of raja yoga.
The scripture is also called Yoga Darshana, which is widely translated as Philosophy of Yoga, but actually the word darshana has a much deeper meaning. Literally, it means to see. It is derived from drish, meaning to see and is related to the word drashta, meaning the seer. Darshana is the process of seeing. Therefore, Yoga Darshana means a process of seeing through yoga, but it doe not mean seeing with the eyes, nor does it mean seeing with any other senses in the outside world. It means to see something beyond the senses and beyond the mind.
The scripture is regarded as the most precise and scientific text ever written on yoga. It is divided into four chapters.
1. Samadhi Pada
2. Sadhana Pada
3. Vibhoooti Pada
4. Kaivalya Pada
Serious yogic aspirants and spiritual seekers will find invaluable guidance within these pages.