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Sayings of Gorakhnath: Annotated Translation of the Gorakh Bani

 
Gordan Djurdjevic (Translator)
Synopsis

Sayings of Gorakhnath presents a translation of late-medieval texts in Old Hindi, traditionally attributed to one of the founders of the Order of Nath Yogis. The Naths are associated with the creation and development of hatha yoga, with important historical and ideological links to Hindu tantra and alchemy. The texts gathered in this collection on the one hand provide a criticism of religious authority based on external knowledge lacking personal experience, while on the other hand they celebrate the path of yoga and its methods of engagement with the subtle body and its centres of occult energy and miraculous powers.

The ultimate goal of the style of yoga described in the Sayings of Gorakhnath concerns the attainment of immortality and divinization of its adepts. This is achieved by redirecting the trajectory of the seminal fluid, which in the process transforms into the elixir, the amrt. In order to accomplish that goal, a regime of yogic practices is suggested, consisting of the assumption of a steady posture, breathing exercises, mantra chanting, and meditation. Djudjevic and Singh's translations are preceded by an introduction and accompanied by notes, which contextualize and elucidate the subject matter.

Contents: Introduction. 1. Sayings of Gorakhnath. 2. "Sabads". 3. "Pads". 4. "The Overview of Teaching". 5. "The String of Breaths". 6. "Instruction to a King". 7. "Self-Understanding". 8. "'Measure of Fearlessness' Yoga". 9. "Fifteen Days". 10. "Seven Days". 11. "Machindra's Instruction to Gorakh". 12. "A Line of Hair". 13. "The Ornament of Wisdom". 14. "The Five Measures". Appendices. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sayings of Gorakhnath: Annotated Translation of the Gorakh Bani
Format Softcover
Date published: 29.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780190071356
length 240p.