Trevor Leggett Adhyatma Yoga Trust Website

In this Site you will find articles, recorded talks, extracts from and information on books on Yoga, Vedanta, Zen, Buddhism, Judo and Shogi.

We encourage you to contact us with questions and comments. The site is being continually reviewed and developed and your ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

This website incorporates all the information contained in Trevor Leggett’s two websites which he established between the years 1995 -2000. We here reproduce the two sites with the same appearance and content as they had before his death in August 2000. He was always keen to use new ways to disseminate spiritual methods and teachings and to encourage people to realize their true self. In the year 2000 his sites were getting an average of 6900 hits per month.

Meditation information

That which is bright and is subtler than the subtle

"That which is bright and is subtler than the subtle, and that on which are fixed all the worlds as well as the dwellers of the worlds, is this immutable Brahman; it is this vital force; it, again, is speech and mind. This that is such, is true, it is immortal. It is...

Meditation in Crisis

These are practises that Dr Shastri recommended; they are well proven and reliable, and the book that they come out of is "Meditation Theory and Practise", which was written by Dr Shastri. One can be showered with different practises or presentations, but if one does...

I cannot control my mind. I drift away from Yoga

You say: "I cannot control my mind. I drift away from Yoga." It is a legitimate question and a sincere one. There is a verse of Sheikh Saadi: "In the early hours I make up my mind to meditate on God but then the thought comes 'What will my children eat in the...

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Our experiences and dreamless sleep (sushupti).

According to the Advaita Vedanta, whose most learned and brilliant exponent was the first Shankaracharya, all our experiences from the cradle to the grave take place in one of the three states of waking (jagrat), dreaming (svapna) and dreamless sleep (sushupti). These...

Chuang Tzu and Confucius

At the same time as Chuang Tzu started the propagation of his mystical philosophy, Mencius, pupil of the grandson of Confucius, was popularising the thought of his great master. His wonderful eloquence, great controversial ability and dignified behaviour silenced his...

Nirguna Brahman and Saguna Brahman

Most text-books on the history of Indian philosophy tell us that Shankaracharya designated the ultimate Reality by the term nirguna Brahman., or quality-less Brahman. They say he thought this was quality-less, changeless and beyond the realm of cause and effect. If we...

The poetry of T. S. Eliot and the Bhagavad Gita

Despite the great difference between the literary and social backgrounds of the Bhagavad Gita and T. S. Eliot’s poetry, there is an essential similarity between certain ideas which are found in both. The parallelism between these ideas cannot be said to be exact for...

What is knowledge? What is the purpose of knowledge?

A pupil asks the questions: “What is knowledge? What is the purpose of knowledge?” Imagine an afternoon in the Himalayan valley five or six miles above Rishikesha; the sun has declined and is hidden behind the towering peaks, cool shadows and breezes are prevailing on...

The Imperishable Asvattha Tree

“ They speak of the Imperishable Asvattha as having its root above and branches below. Its leaves are the Vedas and he who knows this he knows the Vedas ” (xv. i). HERE is a picture of a tree with its roots in the air and its branches spreading downwards bearing...

The Song of Meditation by Hakuin

All beings are from the very beginning Buddhas. It is like water and ice: Apart from water, no ice, Outside living beings, no Buddhas. Not knowing it is near, they seek it afar. What a pity! It is like one in the water who cries out for thirst; It is like the child of...





‘Zen and the Ways’ and ‘ Three Ages of Zen’

Available now at £12.99 each



‘A First Zen Reader’ and ‘The Tiger’s Cave – A Second Zen Reader’

Available in Spring 2018

Published by the Buddhist Society, London, in partnership with TLAYT, these four books are being offered in new, high quality, softback editions.

 Jewels from the Indra Net’

Trevor Leggett’s last book of Yoga and Zen teaching stories will be available late in 2018 as an e-book edition published by TLAYT. It will have a new cover designed by the winning student of Sussex Coast College, Hastings design competition sponsored by TLAYT.

‘The Dragon Mask’

This book of Judo stories in the Zen tradition is now available in e-book and softback editions published by Ukemi Productions Ltd at £6.15 and £5.36 respectively.


‘Encounters in Yoga and Zen’ and ‘Lotus Lake, Dragon Pool’

New editions of these books published by TLAYT are now available as audiobooks, e-books and softback editions at £7.99, £4.99 and £8.99 respectively.

‘The Complete Commentary by Sankara on the Yoga Sutras

– The vivarana sub-commentary to Vyasa-bhashya on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’

Available now at £4.99, published by TLAYT this new e-book edition contains two additions to the original edition – a short guide on ‘How to use this book’ written by Trevor Leggett and a new Preface produced by Dr. Kengo Harimoto of Mohidal University, Thailand. Dr. Harimoto is the author of ‘ God, Reason and Yoga’ and many other academic works including papers on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

Trevor Leggett’s books embrace four main categories:-



Academic translations of texts on spiritual training in Sanskrit and Japanese. These texts shed new light on theory and practice.


Traditional explanations of Yoga and Zen teaching for daily life practice. Here, the author is carrying on an instruction from his teacher to spread Truth in universal non-sectarian terms.


Many little-known training stories, ancient and modern, from both Yoga and Zen traditions. These stories give vivid instances of applications to daily life.


Technical instruction books on Judo and Shogi (Japanese Chess). Both Judo and Shogi can be used as ways for inner development.

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