The Philosophy of Classical Yoga
This is the first comprehensive and systematic analytical study of the major philosophical concepts of classical yoga. The book consists of a series of detailed discussions of the key concepts used by Patanjali in his Yoga-Sutra to describe and explain the enigma of human existence and to point a way beyond the perpetual motion of the wheel of becoming. Feuerstein's study differs from previous ones in that it seeks to free Patanjali's aphoristic statements from the accretions of later interpretations; instead, the author places the Sutra in its original context and sees it as the source of the whole edifice of classical yoga and not just as a summary of previous developments. This book will be of interest to comparative religionists, Indologists, and practitioners of yoga who wish to deepen their understanding of its philosophical basis.
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abhyasa ahamkara alinga aphorism asamprajnata-samadhi asmita asmita-matra Atharvaveda avyakta Awareness Bhagavad-Glta Bhiksu bhuta buddhi buddhist citta Classical Samkhya Classical Yoga cognitive concept consciousness constraint Dasgupta denotes dharana dharma dhyana doctrine Eliade enstasy enstatic epic evolution exegetes existence experience fact function G. M. Koelman gnosis gunas I-am-ness idea indriyas interpretation Isvara Isvara Krsna J. A. B. van Buitenen J. H. Woods J. W. Hauer K. B. R. Rao kaivalya kles'as klista knowledge Mahabharata manas manifest means meditative meditative-absorption mental activity mind nature nirodha non-self notion object ontology own-form particular Patanjali philosophical plurality practice prajna prakrti Prasada pratyahara pratyaya presented-ideas principle psychological purusa rajas refers restriction samadhi samapatti Samkhya-Karika samskara Sanskrit sattva sense sensory sphota structure subliminal subliminal-activators sutra synonym tanmatras term theyogin tion tradition transcendental translated Upanisads Vacaspati Misra vasana vicara Vijnana vis'esa vision of discernment vitarka vrtti Vyasa word world-ground Yoga-Bhasya Yoga-Sutra yogic yogin
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