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Yoga: Immortality and Freedom Hardcover – Import, 1958
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Mircea Eliade was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His theory that hierophanies form the basis of religion, splitting the human experience of reality into sacred and profane space and time, has proved influential.
In this landmark book, first published in English in 1958, renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga. Drawing on years of study and experience in India, Eliade provides a comprehensive survey of Yoga in theory and practice from its earliest antecedents in the Vedas through the twentieth century.
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This book will not be helpful to beginners and is certainly not as accessible as a pick it up and read it at the doctor's office kind of magazine article, nor is it a manual with instructions on asanas and breathing.
It is a good read, perhaps even a must read for practitioners with a few years of yoga practice who want to go deeper in exploring the historical origins, beliefs and variations of yoga. It's quite dense and assumes the reader has familiarity with Sanskrit and Hinduism and other Indian philosophical traditions.
This book expands the reader's horizons, understanding of different yoga methods, goals, specialties, concentrations."Must Read" is an understatement.