||Hohm Press, AZ
||June 1, 2012
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Making of a Yoga Master
A path-breaking exposition of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra by following a new sequence for the first time. Enriching for Yoga Teachers, educating for the beginners.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were compiled in 300 BCE, predating all other religions of this world. To this day they form the basis of all yogic philosophy, despite the fact that their reference to the asanas (or physical postures), associated with hatha yoga
practice at studios throughout the U.S. and all other the world, are mentioned only rarely. Instead, the Sutras (the word means "thread”) are a series of wise aphorisms meant to serve as transformational instruction. They design a way of thinking, a method of practice, a type of relationship to life and others, and practical guidance in both meditation and action. Their goal is union of the individual with God, or atman, which is the ultimate goal of all forms of yoga. Suhas Tambe was introduced to the study and life of yoga through his Indian spiritual master in 1993. The Sutras were integral to this initiation, and he is now a scholar, teacher and long-term practitioner of their esoteric wisdom. He is also the first Westerner to reveal his teacher's knowledge of these sutras' hidden sequence. From the time of Patanjali onward, Tambe claims, the scrambling of the sequence of sutras was a respected tradition. Such deliberate confusion was done with a view to preserving the sanctity of these precious teachings. Since interpretation of any sutra must bear reference to and consistency with the previous and the following sutra, proper sequence becomes a critical factor, a fundamental to the use of this time-honored scripture. The key to the real sequence of Yoga Sutra was handed down verbally by the guru only to the eligible disciple. Far more than an instruction manual, this book is also about one seeker's progression. The author, who began his search entrenched in materialism (he was an accountant with an MBA working in IT), was "transformed” into a devoted practitioner. This path thoroughly changed his life's priorities, evolved his purpose and dissolved old habits in a way that will be inspiring to many. "Yoga not just entered my life,” he writes, "but now, it is my life.” The clear progressive stages of transformation through yoga are documented here. as nowhere else. This new sequence unfolds a practical road-map for knowing and practicing the elevation of the seeker's awareness -from the physical, to the astral, and to finally to the mental levels-and designates observable milestones to determine one's progress on the path. It marries the philosophy of Yoga with clear "how-to” instruction.
Yoga is defined as "union” or "enlightenment,” or as "abiding in pure consciousness.” Does that make any sense to you? Does it sound close to what you are thinking right now, or is yoga for fitness all that matters to you? Is this subject spirituality aligned with your goals even remotely? It wasn't for me for so many years.
For me it started with curiosity; some interest. Friends and well-wishers made many suggestions for exploring my new spirituality, and with a sigh of relief declared "Thank god he is finally there!” To be honest with you I don't remember when my curiosity turned into seeking, though I did not know for quite some time what exactly was I seeking. In ashrams there was alluring peace but also the annoying scent of a "business of spirituality.” I tried to meet some enlightened people; but they appeared to keep a guarded distance. Visits to shrines or temples of deities drew me into a whirlpool of incensed devotees and the manipulative priests. I did learn some rituals and tried to read a few books. Though seeking was alive in my guts, any spiritual journey itself looked hazy because I could connect with none of these things.
Then I met my guru who brought a fresh breeze into my spiritual quest with his awesome smile, easy accessibility and very gentle conversations about deep philosophy. He brought spiritual aspects right into my "normal” life and seamlessly blended the two. He introduced me to Sage Pātańjali's Yoga-Sūtra and gave me a wonderful gift - the real sequence of the sūtras, available nowhere else. Since then I have been reading that masterpiece and assimilating its contents to make Yoga my life. Perhaps my initial encounter with those spiritual celebrities, the rituals and the paraphernalia was only to invite me onboard. But once I was there, that showcase did not help any further in the spiritual journey. I learnt that the quest and the spiritual realization have to anchor in your own self, and not be scattered all around. Nothing outside, howsoever authoritative, is of any use if you cannot absorb it as a part of your own transformation.
Over the years, this process of transformation has also continuously morphed my goals and expanded horizons to make the once completely alien goal of enlightenment real, and in fact, now, the only one for me. To my utter amazement, all help and guidance that I always looked for elsewhere is right here in Yoga-Sūtra; one only has to follow it correctly and tirelessly.
In-depth and intelligent explanation
“Suhas Tambe has taken on an enormous task in deciphering Sage Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. He has written an in-depth and intelligent explanation of this timeless work. The Making of a Yoga Master: A Seeker's Transformation is a must read for any serious truth seeker-- be they yoga teacher or practitioner. He is explicit in his explanations and breaks down the Yoga Sutras in a way that is cohesive, coherent and useful for the modern mind. Suhas offers a clear and beautiful understanding of the sutras for those of us that want more and have no true teacher to take us farther on our path to Self-realization. Through this important book he becomes our teacher-- deciphering the sutras for us as only a true teacher can. He gives us not only an expanded understanding of the sutras, but also offers guidelines and practices in this important volume of work. It is certainly a book from which I will be teaching for many years because the truth is always the truth. This book will definitely light your way to a higher understanding of your Self and is sure to become a timeless classic essential for anyone serious about their yoga practice and the ultimate release from the bonds of birth and re-birth. This book will help you understand the transformations that naturally occur from a serious yoga practice.”
Angelina Calafiore, CMT CYT founder of Serendipity Yoga
Most extraordinary book
"I highly recommend Suhas Tambe's most extraordinary book The Making of a Yoga Master to anyone sincerely interested in learning more about themselves through the path of yoga. Tambe's inspiring and insightful treatment of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras will be useful for practitioners at any level of experience and attainment." -
Christina Sell, Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor; author “Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with your Body Through Yoga”, “My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness”.
This book has been inspirational
“With as many translations of the Sutra’s as there are styles of Yoga, Suhas’s book, The Making Of A Yoga Master, is a definite standout; a shining achievement. He has taken what is inarguably an overwhelming and complex subject and made is accessible to all aspiring yogi’s. From his introduction and explanation of Chapter Zero to his summation in the final chapter, he neatly ties all these complex ideas together and offers them to you. Step by step he takes you through the process of becoming a Yoga Master (maharishi) in a gentle, yet informative fashion. Our journey within can be daunting and frightening, but Suhas has a way of allaying those fears. You actually feel he is right beside you every step of the way. And he is! Through his Guru, Suhas has taken the Yoga Sutra’s and made them applicable and understandable in todays modern world thus allowing Yoga to be fully embraced by the West. One of Suhas’s early statements that Yoga is NOT a religion, is testament to the uniqueness of this book.
For me personally, this book has been inspirational and provided me with one of those, “Aha” moments. Actually it provided me with many. With each word, paragraph and page, I gained new insight and understanding. It not only validated my own practice, but added a beautiful new dimension to it. Through Suhas’s guidance, I’ve been better able to understand my Yoga journey and can monitor my progress along the way. This has helped me grow as a yogi as well as a teacher of yoga, with my students being the beneficiaries of this knowledge.
Whether you are well on the path to enlightenment or new to yoga, this book is your guide to experiencing and understanding this wonderful journey of Yoga; India’s gift to the world and Suhas’s gift to you.“ – Lori Brucato, Yoga Instructor, Cincinnati, OH
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