Yoga Powers: Extraordinary Capacities Attained Through Meditation and Concentration
Knut A. Jacobsen
BRILL, Sep 30, 2011 - Religion - 519 pages
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.
Yoga Powers and Religious Traditions
Yoga powers in the Mahābhārata
How Big Can Yogis Get? How Much Can Yogis See?
The Cultivation of Yogic Powers in the Pāli Path Manuals of Theravāda Buddhism
Miracle or Marvel?
On the Appearance of Siddhis in Chinese Buddhist Texts
Supernatural Powers and Their Attainment in Jainism
Power and Meaning in the Yogasūtra of Pata˝jali
Bhuśuṇḍas Yoga of Prāṇa in the Yogavāsiṣṭha
Siddhi and Mahāsiddhi in Early Haṭhayoga
Encounters with Yogīs in Sufi and Bhakti Hagiograpical Literature
Sāī Bābā of Śirḍī and Yoga Powers
Yogic Powers and the Rāmānanda Sampradāy
Yoga Powers in a Contemporary SāṃkhyaYoga Tradition
Yoga and Tantra in the Human Potential Movement and Beyond
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