Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions

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Bringing together the work of nine distinguished scholars and practitioners of Yoga and Eastern thought, Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions is organized around the fact that, although vegetarianism is a natural and inescapable part of the Yogic tradition, many Yogis and Yoginis today remain blissfully unaware of that fact.

The essays gathered here explore the important and much-debated subject of vegetarianism in the major Yoga traditions, looking at what diet ...

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Overview

Bringing together the work of nine distinguished scholars and practitioners of Yoga and Eastern thought, Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions is organized around the fact that, although vegetarianism is a natural and inescapable part of the Yogic tradition, many Yogis and Yoginis today remain blissfully unaware of that fact.

The essays gathered here explore the important and much-debated subject of vegetarianism in the major Yoga traditions, looking at what diet has to do with the practice of Yoga and whether ahimsa (harmlessness) is a prerequisite for achieving Yoga's goals. The contributors draw on history, philosophy, ancient Yoga texts, Hindu scriptures, comparative religion, contemporary practitioners, the words of sages, and the teachings of Yogic masters to forge illuminating insights into the subject. Readers, whether students of Hinduism, practitioners of Yoga, vegetarian or animal rights advocates, or simply people with an interest, will find both the questions and the answers provocative—and edifying.

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"The prolific author Steven J. Rosen has a new book out, titled Food for the Soul, Vegetarianism and the Yoga Traditions, a collection of essays by scholars of yoga as well as practitioners—all of whom provide convincing evidence that a plant-based diet is the best diet for one who seeks spiritual evolution and/or a more happy and healthy life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313397035
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Steven J. Rosen vii

1 The Yoga of Eating: Food Wars and Their Attendant Ideologies E. H. Jarow 1

2 Burgers or Buns: A Brief Look at Whether a Yogi Should Be a Vegetarian Steven J. Rosen 21

3 Ahimsa in the Patanjali Yoga Tradition Edwin Bryant 33

4 Ashtanga Yoga Body: Feel Your Way to Enlightened Eating Kino MacGregor 49

5 We Are What We Eat: Sri Swami Satchidananda on Vegetarianism Sandra Kumari de Sachy 63

6 From Darkness to Light: Vegetarianism and the Yogi's Emergence into Clear Perception Natalie J. Ullmann 95

7 Maharishi's Message: Vegetarianism as Natural Evolution David P. Carter Marguerite Regan 109

8 Roots, Shoots, and Ahimsa: The Jain Yoga of Vegetarianism Christopher Key Chapple 117

9 Bhakti-Yoga: Reflections on the Spirituality of Eating Joshua M. Greene 129

10 Krishna-Yoga and the Spiritualization of Vegetarianism Steven J. Rosen 139

Afterword Steven J. Rosen 157

Index 159

About the Editor and Contributors 163

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