The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography

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Princeton University Press, 25.05.2014 - 296 Seiten
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Consisting of fewer than two hundred verses written in an obscure if not impenetrable language and style, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is today extolled by the yoga establishment as a perennial classic and guide to yoga practice. As David Gordon White demonstrates in this groundbreaking study, both of these assumptions are incorrect. Virtually forgotten in India for hundreds of years and maligned when it was first discovered in the West, the Yoga Sutra has been elevated to its present iconic status—and translated into more than forty languages—only in the course of the past forty years.

White retraces the strange and circuitous journey of this confounding work from its ancient origins down through its heyday in the seventh through eleventh centuries, its gradual fall into obscurity, and its modern resurgence since the nineteenth century. First introduced to the West by the British Orientalist Henry Thomas Colebrooke, the Yoga Sutra was revived largely in Europe and America, and predominantly in English. White brings to life the improbable cast of characters whose interpretations—and misappropriations—of the Yoga Sutra led to its revered place in popular culture today. Tracing the remarkable trajectory of this enigmatic work, White’s exhaustively researched book also demonstrates why the yoga of India’s past bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced today.

 

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Reading the Yoga Sutra in the TwentyFirst Century Modern Challenges Ancient Strategies
1
Patanjali the Yoga Sutra and Indian Philosophy
18
Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the Western Discovery of theYoga Sut ra
53
Yoga Sutra Agonistes Hegel and the German Romantics
81
Rajendralal Mitra Indias Forgotten Pioneer of Yoga Sutra Scholarship
92
The Yoga of the Magnetosphere The Yoga Sutra and the Theosophical Society
103
Swami Vivekananda and the Mainstreaming of the Yoga Sutra
116
The Yoga Sutra in the Muslim World
143
Ishvara
172
Journeys East Journeys WestThe Yoga Sutra in the Early Twentieth Century
182
The Strange Case of T M Krishnamacharya
197
Yoga Sutra 20
225
Notes
237
Suggestions for the Further reading
249
Index
261
Urheberrecht

The Yoga Sutra Becomes a Classic
159

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David Gordon White is the J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Yoga in Practice (Princeton) and Sinister Yogis.

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