Sūtras, stories and yoga philosophy: Narrative and transfiguration

Daniel Raveh*

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This book presents a close reading of four Indian narratives from different time periods (epic, Upaniṣadic, pre-modern and contemporary): Ekalavya’s story from the Mahābhārata (MBh 1.123.1-39), the story of Prajāpati, Indra and Virochana from the Chāndogya Upanisad (CU 8.7.1-8.12.5), the story of Śankara in the King’s body from the Śankaradigvijaya, and A.R. Murugadoss’s Hindi film Ghajini (2008), respectively. These stories are thematically juxtaposed with Pātañjala-yoga, namely Patañjali’s Yogasūtra and its vast commentarial body. The sūtras reveal hidden philosophical layers. The stories, on the other hand, contribute to the clarification of “philosophical junctions” in the Yogasūtra. Through sūtras and stories, the author explores the question of self-identity, with emphasis on the role of memory and the place of body in identity-formation. Each of the stories diagnoses the connection between self-identity and (at least a sense of) freedom. Employing cutting-edge methodology, crossing the boundaries of literary theory, story-telling, and philosophical reflection, this book presents fresh interpretations of Indian thought. It is useful to specialists in Asian philosophy and culture.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages162
ISBN (Electronic)9781317269250
ISBN (Print)9781138638389
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Patañjali -- Yogasūtra
  • Hindu philosophy
  • Yoga
  • Yogasūtra
  • Patañjali -- Yogadarsana
  • Patañjali -- Patanjalayogadarsanam
  • Patañjali -- Maharsisripatanjalimuniviracitam Patanjalayogadarsanam
  • Patañjali -- Yokhasut
  • Patañjali -- Patanjali pranitam Yoga darsanam
  • Patañjali -- Yogah-sutrah
  • Patañjali -- Patanjala Yoga
  • Philosophy, Hindu
  • Yoga -- Hinduism
  • Yoga exercises


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