Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

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Princeton University Press, 1969 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 536 pages
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In this landmark book the renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga, exploring how its guiding principle, that of freedom, involves remaining in the world without letting oneself be exhausted by such "conditionings" as time and history. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest foreshadowings in the Vedas through the twentieth century. The subjects discussed include Pata˝jali, author of the Yoga-sutras; yogic techniques, such as concentration "on a Single Point," postures, and respiratory discipline; and Yoga in relation to Brahmanism, Buddhism, Tantrism, Oriental alchemy, mystical erotism, and shamanism.

  

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User Review  - Sudhakar Majety - Goodreads

I am still reading it. The elaborate description of Sankhya and Yogic philosophies vis a vis human condition is very informative. The book is a little difficult to read given it is a translation from French but the points he made are profound. Read full review

Review: Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

User Review  - Goodreads

I am still reading it. The elaborate description of Sankhya and Yogic philosophies vis a vis human condition is very informative. The book is a little difficult to read given it is a translation from French but the points he made are profound. Read full review

Contents

The Doctrines of Yoga
3
U Techniques for Autonomy
47
in Yoga and Brahmanism
101
in the Mahabharata 149Togic Folklore in the Mahabharata
152
Yoga Techniques in Buddhism
162
Yoga and Tantrism
200
Yoga and Alchemy
274
Yoga and Aboriginal India
293
Conclusions
359
To Chapter
367
To Chapter
381
To Chapter
392
To Chapter
395
To Chapter
431
New Translations
480
Index to the Addenda
536

and Shamanism 318Ascent to Heaven Mystical Flight
326

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About the author (1969)

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

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