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The Khecarividya of Adinatha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga [NOOK Book]

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Describing one of the most important practices of hathayoga (khecarimudra), the Khecarividya of Adinatha is presented here to an English-speaking readership for the first time. The author, James Mallinson, draws on thirty Sanskrit works, as well as original fieldwork amongst yogins in India who use the practice, to demonstrate how earlier tantric yogic techniques developed and mutated into the practices of hathayoga. Accompanied by an introduction and an extensively annotated translation, the work sheds light on ...

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The Khecarividya of Adinatha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga

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Overview

Describing one of the most important practices of hathayoga (khecarimudra), the Khecarividya of Adinatha is presented here to an English-speaking readership for the first time. The author, James Mallinson, draws on thirty Sanskrit works, as well as original fieldwork amongst yogins in India who use the practice, to demonstrate how earlier tantric yogic techniques developed and mutated into the practices of hathayoga. Accompanied by an introduction and an extensively annotated translation, the work sheds light on the development of hathayoga and its practices.

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'This remarkable book is the second volume of the Routledge Studies in Trantric Traditions, edited by Gavin Flood. Beautifully produced by the author.....Due to the highly technical nature of the material, this winning combination of authorial attention to detail with a highly elevated sense of aesthetics, results in not merely a book but a work of art.

A Stellar work of exemplary scholarship, this book should be purchased by individuals with an interest in Yoga and Tantra, and all university libraries.' - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, Journal of Hindu Studies 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134166428
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

James Mallinson has a BA and DPhil in Sanskrit from Oxford and an MA in South Asian ethnography from SOAS. He has spent several years living with sadhus and yogis in India and now translates Sanskrit poetry for the Clay Sanskrit Library and yoga texts for YogaVidya.com.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
The Khecarividya     3
The date and place of composition of the text     4
The witnesses of the text     4
The KhV manuscripts     5
The Matsyendrasamhita manuscripts     5
Manuscript G     9
Manuscript R[subscript 2]     9
The Yogakundalyupanisad (U) and manuscript T     10
The Khecarividya: part, whole or wholes?     12
Editorial policy     13
Language     15
Aisa peculiarities in the text     15
Metre     16
The hathayogic khecarimudra     17
Forerunners of the hathayogic khecarimudra     17
The Pali canon     17
Early Sanskrit texts     19
Texts of tantric Saivism     20
Khecarimudra in tantric texts     24
Why was the hathayogic practice called khecarimudra?     26
Khecarimudra in hathayogic texts     28
Khecarimudra in modern India     31
Practitioners of khecarimudra     32
Sources     35
Manuscript sources of the Khecarividya     35
Testimonia     54
Manuscripts consulted butnot collated     57
Manuscripts not consulted     58
Ethnographic sources     60
Conventions in the apparatus     62
Critical edition of the Khecarividya     65
The Khecarividya: an annotated translation     115
Appendices     137
KhV 3.55-69 in [mu] and G
Matsyendrasamhita 16.98-17.1     139
MS G 259a-274b     141
Matsyendrasamhita patalas 17, 18 and 27
Matsyendrasamhita patala 17     143
Matsyendrasamhita patala 18     148
Matsyendrasamhita patala 27     154
Works cited in the Brhatkhecariprakasa     157
Abbreviations     163
Notes     165
Bibliography     245
Pada index     261
Index     277
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