Yoga Powers: Extraordinary Capacities Attained Through Meditation and Concentration

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Knut A. Jacobsen
BRILL, Sep 30, 2011 - Religion - 519 pages
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A neglected topic in the research on yoga and meditation traditions, the extraordinary capacities called yoga powers are at the core of the religious imagination in the history of religions in South Asia. Yoga powers explained the divine, the highest gods were thought of as great yogins, and since major religious traditions considered their attainment as an inevitable part of the salvific process the textual traditions had to provide rational analyses of the powers. The essays of the book provide a number of new insights in the yoga powers and their history, position and function in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, in classical Yoga, Ha ha Yoga, Tantra and aiva textual traditions, in South Asian medieval and modern hagographies, and in some contemporary yoga traditions.
 

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Contents

Yoga Powers and Religious Traditions
1
Yoga powers in the Mahābhārata
33
How Big Can Yogis Get? How Much Can Yogis See?
61
The Cultivation of Yogic Powers in the Pāli Path Manuals of Theravāda Buddhism
77
Miracle or Marvel?
97
On the Appearance of Siddhis in Chinese Buddhist Texts
127
Supernatural Powers and Their Attainment in Jainism
145
Power and Meaning in the Yogasūtra of Pata˝jali
195
Bhuśuṇḍas Yoga of Prāṇa in the Yogavāsiṣṭha
303
Siddhi and Mahāsiddhi in Early Haṭhayoga
327
Encounters with Yogīs in Sufi and Bhakti Hagiograpical Literature
345
Sāī Bābā of Śirḍī and Yoga Powers
381
Yogic Powers and the Rāmānanda Sampradāy
427
Yoga Powers in a Contemporary SāṃkhyaYoga Tradition
459
Yoga and Tantra in the Human Potential Movement and Beyond
479
Contributors
509

Siddhis in the Yogasūtra
223
The In and Out of Powers in Classical Yoga
241
Yoga Powers and the Tantric Śaiva Traditions
265

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Knut A. Jacobsen, Ph.D. (1994) is Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author and editor of numerous books on religions in South Asia, and editor-in-chief of the five-volume "Brill s Encyclopedia of Hinduism" (2009-2013).

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