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The Amṛtasiddhi and Amṛtasiddhimūla. The Earliest Texts of the Haṭhayoga Tradition

James Mallinson (Author) Péter-Dániel Szántó (Author) Collection Indologie

This book introduces, edits, and translates the two earliest texts of the hathayoga tradition, the Amrtasiddhi and the *Amrtasiddhimula (which survives only in Tibetan translation). Basing their study on a bilingual manuscript, an extremely rare phenomenon, the authors argue that the origins of hathayoga are found in an eclectic tantric Buddhist milieu, probably active in the second half of the 11th century CE. The texts provide fundamental and later very influential teachings on the nature of the yogic body, psycho-physical practices centred on manipulating bindu, the types of practitioners, and much more. The book is addressed primarily to scholars, but will also be of interest to students and practitioners of yoga.

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About the author

James Mallinson

JAMES MALLINSON is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Civilization at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on the yoga tradition, in particular the texts, techniques and practitioners of traditional hathayoga. He has edited and translated several texts on hathayoga from its formative period, the eleventh to fifteenth centuries CE, and published encyclopaedia entries and journal articles on yoga's history. His primary research methods in addition to philology are ethnography and art history. He has spent several years living with traditional Hindu ascetics and yogis in India and was honoured with the title of 'mahant' by the Ramanandi Sampradaya at the 20I3 Kumbh Mela festival. He is currently leading a five-year, six-person research project at SOAS on the history of hathayoga, funded by the European Research Council, whose outputs will include ten critical editions of key texts on hathayoga.

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Title The Amṛtasiddhi and Amṛtasiddhimūla. The Earliest Texts of the Haṭhayoga Tradition
Format Softcover
Date published: 07.02.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English, Sanskrit
isbn 9788184702422
length 203p.