The Shiva Samhita: A Critical Edition

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YogaVidya.com, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 177 pages
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This affordable, critical edition of the Shiva Samhita contains a new introduction, the original Sanskrit, a new English translation, nine full-page photographs, and an index. The first edition of this classic Yoga text to meet high academic, literary, and production standards, it's for people who practice Yoga or have an interest in health and fitness, philosophy, religion, spirituality, mysticism, or meditation.

"James Mallinson has just produced the most reliable Sanskrit edition and English translation of the Shiva Samhita available. I praise his painstaking and learned work, which is well complemented by a crisp, informative, no-nonsense introduction. The accuracy and readability of this book make it of great interest to anyone working on Yoga and related disciplines."
--Elizabeth De Michelis, Oxford University, Author of A History of Modern Yoga

 

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While it is true that S.C. Vasu's translation is incorrect in many places as also his edition of the text, the present one cannot said to be perfect either, though it is a good attempt by Mallinson. Also the various readings are not given, as one would expect in ciritical edition of a text. The foot notes for concepts, technical words etc. and a brief comparison with other important texts would have enhanced the value of this text. Good to see a Yoga text with English translation.
Dr. K.S.Balasubramanian
 

Contents

The Vital Principle
1
Knowledge
26
Practice
40
Mudras
72
Meditation
104
Contributors
169
Index
170
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Residing in Oxford, England, James Mallinson is a graduate of Eton and Oxford, holds a master's from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and returned to Oxford University for his doctorate.

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