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While it is well known that Yoga is an important, indeed a central, aspect within Indian philosophical and religious traditions, little substantial scholarly work has been done on Yoga's authentic place and integrity within its traditional cultural contexts and its transformation in the modern world. This work clarifies and enriches our understanding of Yoga within the traditions of India including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and its perception in the modern world.
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'What is distinctive about this volume is its attention to careful historical analysis, a focus on the practice of yoga, and critical philosophical reflection.' - Gerald James Larson, University of California, Santa Barbara, Journal of American Oriental Society 128.1 (2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700712885
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Classical foundations 11
1 Yoga in the Mahabharata 13
2 Practice makes perfect: the role of practice (abhyasa) in Patanjala yoga 25
3 The integration of spirit (purusa) and matter (prakrti) in the Yoga Sutra 51
4 Dueling with dualism: revisioning the paradox of purusa and prakrti Lloyd W. Pflueger 70
5 Yoga and the luminous 83
Pt. II The expanding tradition 97
6 Yoga in Sankaran Advaita Vedanta: a reappraisal 99
7 Losing one's mind and becoming enlightened: some remarks on the concept of yoga in Svetambara Jainism and its relation to the Nath Siddha tradition 130
8 Yoga in early Hindu tantra 143
9 Metaphoric worlds and yoga in the Vaisnava Sahajiya Tantric traditions of medieval Bengal 162
Bibliography 185
Index 199
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