Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy (Paperback)

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For serious yoga practitioners curious to know the ancient origins of the art, Stephen Phillips, a professional philosopher and sanskritist with a long-standing personal practice, lays out the philosophies of action, knowledge, and devotion as well as the processes of meditation, reasoning, and self-analysis that formed the basis of yoga in ancient and classical India and continue to shape it today.

In discussing yoga's fundamental commitments, Phillips explores traditional teachings of hatha yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and tantra, and shows how such core concepts as self-monitoring consciousness, karma, nonharmfulness (ahimsa), reincarnation, and the powers of consciousness relate to modern practice. He outlines values implicit in bhakti yoga and the tantric yoga of beauty and art and explains the occult psychologies of koshas, skandhas, and chakras. His book incorporates original translations from the early Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutra (the entire text), the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and seminal tantric writings of the tenth-century Kashmiri Shaivite, Abhinava Gupta. A glossary defining more than three hundred technical terms and an extensive bibliography offer further help to nonscholars. A remarkable exploration of yoga's conceptual legacy, Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth crystallizes ideas about self and reality that unite the many incarnations of yoga.

About the Author

Stephen Phillips (PhD, Philosophy, Harvard) is Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of several books, including Epistemology of Perception (AIBS, 2004), Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy (Columbia, 2009), and Epistemology in Classical India: The Knowledge Sources of the Nyaya School (Routledge, 2015). He specializes in Indian philosophies, world philosophies, and philosophy of religion.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231144858
ISBN-10: 0231144857
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: May 20th, 2009
Pages: 368
Language: English