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Yoga and the Hindu Tradition - Jean Varenne

Yoga and the Hindu Tradition

By: Jean Varenne, D. Coltman (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1976
ISBN: 9780226851167
Number Of Pages: 264

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A popular and critical success when it first appeared in France, "Yoga and the Hindu Tradition" has freed Yoga from the common misconceptions of the recent Yoga vogue. Jean Varenne, the distinguished French Orientalist, presents the theory of classical Yoga, in all its richness, as a method--a concrete way to reach the Absolute through spiritual exercises--which makes possible the transition from existence to essence.
This excellent translation, including line drawings and charts, a glossary of technical terms, and a complete translation of the "Yoga Darshana Upanishad," begins with a brief description of the metaphysical and religious history on which Yoga is based. Varenne discusses the theoretical conception of Yoga as the search for liberating knowledge, concluding with a brief indication of the physical practices and extra Yogic themes such as Kundalini and Tantrism. It is the author's hope that "those who read this book] will come to realize that it is in fact dishonest to reduce Yoga to some sort of physical training, or to just an occult doctrine; it is a 'world view' a "Weltanschauung" that comprehends reality in its totality."
"The straightforward, well-organized presentation makes the book itself a microcosm of what Varenne singles out as a dominant feature of classical Hindu thought--a bringing of the complex and multitudinous into a unity."--Judith Guttman, "Yoga Journal "

List of Illustrations
Man and the Universe
The Cosmic Order
Man as Analogue
Sarvam Duhkham
In Search of the Absolute
The Migratory Bird
From Yogas to Yoga
The Royal Art
Taming the Body
Dissolving the Mind
Seeing God Face to Face
The Eternal Feminine
The Divine Couple
The Subtle Body
The Power of the Serpent
Conclusion Yoga Darshana Upanishad
Suggestions for Further
Reading Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226851167
ISBN-10: 0226851168
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st January 1976
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 14.05  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition

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