G. P. Bhatt, ed. The Forceful Yoga: Being a Translation of Hathayoga-Pradīpikā, Gheranda-Samhitā, and Śiva-Samhitā, Translated by Pancham Sinh and Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vasu. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2004. Paperback, xvi + 275 pp.
The three Sanskrit texts in this volume are the standard manuals of traditional Hatha-Yoga. The Hathayoga-Pradīpikā, which belongs to the 14th century, is perhaps the most authoritative of the three. The Gheranda-Samhitā was authored probably in the 17th century, while the Śiva-Samhitā is a relatively late text, generally assigned to the 18th century. The translations furnished in the present volume were all done nearly a century ago and therefore cannot be expected to be consistently reliable. This should have been mentioned in the present publication.
Bhatt has gone to the trouble of providing the transliterated Sanskrit text for all three manuals, which allows those with a modicum of knowledge in Sanskrit, to check the renderings. Despite the shortcomings of the translations, it is helpful to have the three major traditional works on Hatha-Yoga gathered in a single volume. Banarsidass is distributed in the United States by South Asia Books (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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