Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
Published: April 21, 1970
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0691017646
ISBN - 13: 9780691017648
From the Publisher
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.
From the Jacket
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.
From Our Editors
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.
[I]t states with clarity and precision what the beliefs and practices of yoga are, and how they originated from the primeval Indic religions.