The Shiva Samhita: A Critical Edition and An English Translation
translated by James Mallinson 192 pages 6 x 9 photos index
This affordable, critical edition of the Shiva Samhita contains a new introduction, the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, nine full-page photographs, and an index. It includes beautiful teachings found nowhere else.
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I found the book very easy to read and understand. I would highly recommend this book.
Well done! This book is very easy to read and provides a great synopsis of Yoga and how it benefits the body and mind. Furthermore, the book illustrates right living in a way that is understandable to the common reader. I am impressed with the authors ability to translate information that is ancient into a format that is palatable to the present time. I am also impressed with the publisher. Although this is a small company, the response time was very prompt, the books are affordable, and ship very quickly.
Anne Marie Allen
Mallinson has done the yoga community a great service by translating this and a number of other yogic texts in a clear and concise manner.
The author provides the original Sanskrit rendered right along with his direct, clear, and beautiful translation.
With this work newly translated into English, the people at YogaVidya.com have completed the publication of three of the most historically important but seldom published works of yoga. The other two are Akers, Brian Dana, trans., Hatha Yoga Pradipika; and Mallinson, James, trans., Gheranda Samhita. Mallinson, who also did the translation here, is to be commended for the clear, contemporary feel of the book and for a worthy introduction.
One of the sacred books of Hinduism, the Shiva Samhita was composed more than five centuries ago and is considered a fundamental text of Hatha Yoga. Recording beautiful spiritual teachings found nowhere else, the Shiva Samhita is translated from the original Sanskrit by James Mallinson, providing western readers with a new, accurate, modern translation of this ancient religious text. Featuring photographs of the asanas and mudras described by the text, the Shiva Samhita is a strongly recommended, core addition to personal, academic, and community library Hinduism Studies, Yoga Studies, and World Religion Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Also very highly recommended from YogaVidya.com are two other Hindu Studies titles: James Mallinsons translation of the Gheranda Samhita and Lars Martin Fosses translation of the Bhagavad Gita.
James Mallinson has just produced the most reliable Sanskrit edition and English translation of the Shiva Samhita available. I praise his painstaking and learned work, which is well complemented by a crisp, informative, no-nonsense introduction. The accuracy and readability of this book make it of great interest to anyone working on Yoga and related disciplines.
Elizabeth De Michelis
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