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Sayings of Gorakhnath: Annotated Translations from the Gorakh Bani

ISBN : 9780199977673

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¥15,246
Author: 
Gordan Djurdjevic
Pages
240 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
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The medieval vernacular (non-Sanskrit) traditions of yoga represent an aspect of Hinduism that to date has received much less scholarly attention than classical and contemporary Hinduism. Gordan Djurdjevic here brings together a representative selection of medieval Hindi poetry attributed to the legendary guru Gorakhnath. Gorakhnath is famed as the founder of the influential order of the Nath yogis, who are credited with the development of hatha yoga. The poetry gathered in the collection, known as The Sayings of Gorakh Bani, reflects this worldview. Its major thematic concerns relate to the practice of yoga, engagement with the various chakras within the body, and the attempts to reverse the flow of seminal fluid, by which process yogis believe the state of immortality may be reached. These often-enigmatic texts on the one hand provide a criticism of religious authority based on bookish knowledge, while on the other hand they celebrate yogic engagement with the subtle body and its centers of occult energy and miraculous powers. Sayings of Gorakhnath offers translations or the complete sabad and pad sections from the Gorakh Bani, the two largest sections in the collection. Some additional texts from the collection are also provided. Translations are preceded by an introduction and accompanied by notes, which contextualize and elucidate the subject matter.

Index: 

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sayings of Gorakhnath
Sabads
Pads
The Overview of Teaching
The String of Breaths
Instruction to a King
Self-Understanding
'Measure of Fearlessness' Yoga
Fifteen Days
Seven Days
Machindra's Instruction to Gorakh
A Line of Hair
The Ornament of Wisdom
The Five Measures
Appendix: The Victory of Goraksa
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Gordan Djurdjevic holds a PhD from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is co-editor, with Henrik Bogdan, of the collection of critical essays Occultism in a Global Perspective; and the author of Masters of Magical Powers, and India and the Occult. Djurdjevic teaches as a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

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