Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

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Princeton University Press, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 536 pages
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In this landmark book, first published in English in 1958, renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest antecedents in the Vedas through the twentieth century.

A new introduction by David Gordon White provides invaluable insight into Eliade's life and work, highlighting the key moments in Eliade's academic and spiritual education, as well as the personal experiences that shaped his worldview. Yoga is not only one of Eliade's most important books, it is also his most personal--the only one to analyze a religious tradition that he had truly lived.

  

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Review: Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

User Review  - Simone Roberts - Goodreads

As noted by many, many others: Eliade runs off into some speculations and associations that just don't work. But, as an introduction to the history, general methods, and goals of hatha and tanra yoga ... Read full review

Review: Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

User Review  - Heather Roberts - Goodreads

Here's the process: 1. Obscure Yoga Journal Luminaries article on Mr. Eliade 2. The comments were fascinating and, it felt, a bit judgmental without adequate research 3. Lead to curiosity on his Yoga ... Read full review

Contents

The Doctrines of Yoga
3
n 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
On the Ascetic Practices and the Toga of the Jainists
404
On the Mudras
405
Mantras and Dharanis
407
Dhikr
408
On the Literature of Hatha Toga
409
Cakras Adharas etc
410
By the same acts 411
411
Retention of Breath and Arrest of Semen in China
412

and Shamanism 318Ascent to Heaven Mystical Flight
326
Conclusions
359
To Chapter
367
To Chapter
381
To Chapter
392
The Art of Entering Anothers Body
393
The Bhagavad Gita
394
To Chapter
395
Buddhist Samadhi and the Jhanas
396
NonBuddhist Dhyana and Buddhist Pseudo Dhyana
397
Paths and Stages of Meditation
398
Paribbajakas Ajlvikas
399
On Tantrism and Iconography
403
Sahajlyd and Visnuism
413
Ngrjuna as Alchemist
415
On Indian Alchemy
416
Chinese Alchemy
417
Metallurgy and Alchemy
418
On the Orgies of the Fallabhdcdryas
420
Gorakhnath Matsyendranath and the Eightyfour Siddhas
421
The Burial of Ascetics
422
Togins and Fakirs
423
To Chapter
431
New Translations
480
Index to the Addenda
536
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About the author (2009)

Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), a native of Romania, was for many years the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Chicago. His many books include "The Myth of the Eternal Return", "The Sacred and the Profane", and "Shamanism" (all Princeton).

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