Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

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Princeton University Press, Jul 26, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 536 pages
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In this landmark book, first published in English in 1958, renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest antecedents in the Vedas through the twentieth century.

A new introduction by David Gordon White provides invaluable insight into Eliade's life and work, highlighting the key moments in Eliade's academic and spiritual education, as well as the personal experiences that shaped his worldview. Yoga is not only one of Eliade's most important books, it is also his most personal--the only one to analyze a religious tradition that he had truly lived.

 

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Contents

The Doctrines of Yoga
3
Techniques for Autonomy
47
Yoga and Brahmanism
101
127The Yogic Upanisads 128Brāhmanized Magic
127
The Triumph of Yoga
143
in the Mahabharata 149Yogic Folklore in the Mahābhārata
152
the Bhagavad Gitā
159
physicians 178The Miraculous Powers 177Knowledge
191
and Shamanism 318Ascent to Heaven Mystical Flight
326
Conclusions
361
TO CHAPTER
367
The Three Guņas
374
TO CHAPTER
381
TO CHAPTER
392
TO CHAPTER
395
Alchemists Yogins and Magical Flight
414

Yoga and Tantrism
200
Hatha Yoga
227
Yoga and Alchemy
274
and Alchemy 278Chinese Alchemy 284Alchemy as a Spirit
290
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467
New Translations
480
Index to the Addenda
536
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Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), a native of Romania, was for many years the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Myth of the Eternal Return, The Sacred and the Profane, and Shamanism (all Princeton).

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