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Yoga: Immortality and Freedom

Yoga: Immortality and Freedom


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691142036
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/26/2009
Series: Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology , #94
Edition description: With a New introduction by David Gordon White
Pages: 568
Sales rank: 405,974
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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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