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A Pilgrim's Progress – Ranju Roy

A Pilgrim's Progress – Ranju Roy

The yogic journey, remixed for modern readers in a new book of sūtras

What’s the purpose of yoga and where does it lead? 🤔

In his forthcoming book, Ranju Roy compares the process of practice to going on a pilgrimage. The journey spirals inwards and outwards, from deep contemplation to gatherings with friends, and goals are less important than walking the path.


The book includes Ranju’s own sūtras – pithy expressions of practical pointers – interspersed with stories from decades of experience as a teacher and practitioner. Our conversation dives deep into both. Along the way, we hear about:

  • A minibus tour of Cotswolds tearooms with B.K.S. Iyengar

  • The pitfalls of “preparing to meditate” without ever doing so

  • Why Sāṃkhya provides a useful map to contemporary territory 

  • What distinguishes Life from life – and whether that’s divine

  • How individual experience relates to something universal 

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