Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

by Mircea Eliade
Translated by Willard R. Trask

Princeton University Press | April 21, 1970 | Trade Paperback |

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In this landmark book the renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga, exploring how its guiding principle, that of freedom, involves remaining in the world without letting oneself be exhausted by such "conditionings" as time and history. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest foreshadowings in the Vedas through the twentieth century. The subjects discussed include Patañjali, author of the Yoga-sutras; yogic techniques, such as concentration "on a Single Point," postures, and respiratory discipline; and Yoga in relation to Brahmanism, Buddhism, Tantrism, Oriental alchemy, mystical erotism, and shamanism.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 21, 1970

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691017646

ISBN - 13: 9780691017648

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Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

by Mircea Eliade
Translated by Willard R. Trask

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 21, 1970

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691017646

ISBN - 13: 9780691017648

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In this landmark book the renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga, exploring how its guiding principle, that of freedom, involves remaining in the world without letting oneself be exhausted by such "conditionings" as time and history. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest foreshadowings in the Vedas through the twentieth century. The subjects discussed include Patañjali, author of the Yoga-sutras; yogic techniques, such as concentration "on a Single Point," postures, and respiratory discipline; and Yoga in relation to Brahmanism, Buddhism, Tantrism, Oriental alchemy, mystical erotism, and shamanism.

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The tradition of yoga is treated with exceptional directness and detail in this volume. Its authority derives from the author''s years of study and his experience gained in various ashrams and universities in India.

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The tradition of yoga is treated with exceptional directness and detail in this volume. Its authority derives from the author's years of study and his experience gained in various ashrams and universities in India.

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[I]t states with clarity and precision what the beliefs and practices of yoga are, and how they originated from the primeval Indic religions.
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