Theory and Practice of Yoga : 'Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson

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Knut A. Jacobsen
Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, Jan 1, 2008 - Yoga - 478 pages
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This collection of original essays providesfascinating insights into yoga as a historical and pluralistic phenomenon flourishing in a variety of religious and philosophical contexts. They cover a wide variety of traditions and topics related to yoga: Classical yoga, Samkhya, Tantric yoga, Bhakti yoga, the Guru, Indic Islamic traditions of yoga, yoga and asceticism in contemporary India, and the reception of yoga in the West. The essays are written by eighteen professors in the field of the history of religions, most of them former graduate students of Gerald James Larson, Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington and Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, an internationally acclaimed scholar on the history of religions and the philosophies of India, and one of the world's foremost authorities on the Samkhya and Yoga traditions. The publication is in honour of him.
  

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Contents

Person Purity and Power in the Yogasutra
29
Revisiting the Jivanmukti Question in Samkhya in
61
Crossexamining the Notion of Self
75
It Aint Necessarily So
99
The SamkhyaYoga Influence on Srivaisnava Philosophy
129
An Analysis
143
On Subtle Knowledge and
181
Meaning and Visualization in Tantric
213
Raja Yoga Asceticism and the Ramananda Sampraday
317
A SamkhyaYoga Renaissance in Bengal
333
Maternal Devotion as a Form
351
Jungs Depth Psychology and Yoga Sadhana
385
Some Reflections from the Heartland
409
Preliminary Remarks
425
A Personal
445
Appointments and Publications
449

The Gurugita or Song of the Master as Incorporated
237
The Samkhya Sage Kapila and Kashmiri Visnu Images
293
Contributors
465
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