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Yoga in Modern Hinduism

Harihar?nanda ?ra?ya and S??khyayoga

Yoga in Modern Hinduism by Knut A. Jacobsen
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The S??khyayoga institution of K?pil Ma?h is a religious organisation with a small tradition of followers which emerged in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century in Bengal in India around the renunciant and yogin Harihar?nanda ?ra?ya. This tradition developed during the same period in which modern yoga was born and forms a chapter in the expansion of yoga traditions in modern Hinduism.

The book analyses the yoga teaching of Harihar?nanda ?ra?ya (1869-1947) and the K?pil Ma?h tradition, its origin, history and contemporary manifestations, and this tradition’s connection to the expansion of yoga and the Yogas?tra in modern Hinduism. The S??khyayoga of the K?pil Ma?h tradition is based on the P?tañjalayoga??stra, on a number of texts in Sanskrit and Bengali written by their gurus, and on the lifestyle of the renunciant yogin living isolated in a cave. The book investigates Harihar?nanda ?ra?ya’s connection to pre-modern yoga traditions and the impact of modern production and transmission of knowledge on his interpretations of yoga. The book connects the K?pil Ma?h tradition to the nineteenth century transformations of Bengali religious culture of the educated upper class that led to the production of a new type of yogin. The book analyses S??khyayoga as a living tradition, its current teachings and practices, and looks at what S??khyayogins do and what S??khyayoga is as a yoga practice.

A valuable contribution to recent and ongoing debates, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Religious Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Indology, Indian philosophy, Hindu Studies and Yoga Studies.

Taylor and Francis; November 2017
234 pages; ISBN 9781351624749
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Title: Yoga in Modern Hinduism
Author: Knut A. Jacobsen
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