By Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) The Yoga Sutras is a concise summary of the ancient oral Yoga tradition believed to have been compiled by Maharshi Patanjali thousands of years ago. It remains the authoritative source text of Yoga philosophy, psychology and practice today. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali : Sanskrit Text with Translation, commonly referred to as the Yoga Sutras manual, is an important text for study of the Yoga Sutras. The original sutras are presented in Sanskrit Devanagari script with transliteration and separation of words. Shri Brahmananda’s insightful, succinct translation conveys the spirit of this classical text. The first three sutras or aphorisms define Yoga as our natural state of pure awareness, beyond the modifications of the body, mind and senses. The remaining formulas progressively and scientifically chart a path to awaken the highest planes of consciousness. Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati was intimately involved with the Yoga Sutras throughout his life. While his scholarly understanding was deep and profound, he consistently returned to the direct practice of chanting the sutras to reveal their eternal essence to students. The real sutras, he repeatedly reminded us, are not found in books but they are within us. Chanting the Yoga Sutras opens our direct access to a subtle, intuitive feeling state which is encoded within the sutras themselves, that is, the experience of I-Am, the Self.