I wanted to share with you something Ram has shared with me, is is
a laying out of the various sutra translations available.
To his list I would only add Bhavani’s book, Desikachar’s Heart of Yoga which has a more poetic rather liberal translation in the back, and also Gregor Maehle who also does a translation in his primarily series book.
Please feel free to comment and add anything we have missed. I will
too as I also have more.
Books on Patanjali’s yoga-sutras
By modern authors who are yogis
1. Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar
Sutra text in Devanagari., translation of words of the sutra. Exposition by Iyengar.
2. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
Sutra text in Devanagari, translation of words of the sutra. Exposition by Satchidananda
3. The yoga sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant, university scholar/yoga practitioner
Sutra text in Devanagari followed by transliteration, exposition by Bryant but based on the primary commentary to the sutras by Vyasa and several elaboration of this commentary by well-known authors like Sankara, Vacaspati Misra, Vijnanabhikshu, and others.
4. Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali by Swami Hariharananda Aranya, SUNY press
Sutra and primary commentary by Vyasa in Devanagari, translation of both sutra and commentary, the latter with numbers in parentheses denoting each sentence of the commentary followed by his own exposition on certain aspects of the commentary.
1. Sankara on the Yoga Sutras by Trevor Legget
No text of the sutra or the commentary or Sankara’s exposition in Devanagari or transliteration. All in English only.
2. Yogavartika by Vijnanabhisku Four volumes by T.S.Rukmani, Vol. I Samadhi Pada
Sutra text, commentary by Vyasa and the exposition by Vijnanabhiksu in Devanagari and English translation. The commentary and exposition are split into small segments, clearly delineated for ease of reading.
3. Yogasutrabhasyavivarana by Sankara Two volumes by T.S. Rukmani, Vol.I Samadhi and Sadhana Padas; Vol. II Vibhuti and Kaivalya Padas
Sutra text, commentary by Vyasa and the exposition by Sankara in Devanagari and English translation. The commentary and exposition are split into small segments, clearly delineated for ease of reading.