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Yoga and the luminous : Patañjali's spiritual path to freedom

Author: Christopher Key Chapple; Patañjali.
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
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"In Yoga and the Luminous, a book that emerges from more than thirty years of practice, study, and reflection, Christopher Key Chapple addresses the need for an accessible explanation of Yoga's difficult philosophy and its applications in daily life. Yoga practice takes an individual on an inward journey, and through Yoga, one enters a rarefied state of consciousness, a transparency and luminosity described by its  Read more...
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Chapple, Christopher Key, 1954-
Yoga and the luminous.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007036976
(OCoLC)170058358
Named Person: Patañjali.; Patañjali.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Key Chapple; Patañjali.
ISBN: 9781435694521 143569452X
OCLC Number: 300695362
Language Note: English and Sanskrit
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 301 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The Yoga tradition --
I: The practice of Yoga --
Sāṃkhya philosophy and Yoga practice --
Precepts and vows in Yoga and Jainism --
Imitation of animals in Yoga tradition: taming the sacred wild through Āsana practice --
Patañjali on meditation: undoing the thinking self --
II: Yoga and liberation --
Luminosity and Yoga --
Living liberation in Sāṃkhya and Yoga --
III: Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra --
Approaching the Yoga Sūtra --
The Yoga Sūtra of Patãnjali: continuous text and translation --
Translation methodology and grammatical analysis --
"Samādhi pāda" --
"Sādhana pāda" --
"Vibhūti pāda" --
"Kaivalya pāda" --
IV: Interpreting Yoga --
Reading Patañjali without Vyāsa: a critique of four Yoga Sūtra passages --
The use of the feminine gender in Patañjali's description of Yogic practices --
Contemporary expressions of Yoga.
Responsibility: Chistopher Key Chapple.

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"In Yoga and the Luminous, a book that emerges from more than thirty years of practice, study, and reflection, Christopher Key Chapple addresses the need for an accessible explanation of Yoga's difficult philosophy and its applications in daily life. Yoga practice takes an individual on an inward journey, and through Yoga, one enters a rarefied state of consciousness, a transparency and luminosity described by its great philosopher Patanjali as being "like a clear jewel." Exploring Yoga through the prism of practice, Chapple begins with a historical overview of the many Yogic traditions in Indian religions. He continues with Yoga practice and the philosophy of Samkhya and then, in step-by-step fashion, he brings the reader to an understanding of the ethics of Yoga, the role of movement and breath, and the processes of concentration and meditation. Finally, building on the root metaphor of luminosity and light, Chapple explains the applications of Yoga in daily life." "Yoga and the Luminous also includes a word-by-word translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the foundational text of Yoga philosophy and a system of ethical practice and bodily purification. The translation is accompanied by an analysis that traces key ideas through the text, such as the reversal of mental and sensory outflows and the theme of spiritual discernment. Chapple also gives special attention to the feminine in the description of Yoga practices." --Book Jacket.

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