The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India

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University of Chicago Press, 10 jul. 2012 - 614 pagina's
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The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can be understood only when viewed together. White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

"White proves a skillful guide in disentangling historical and theoretical complexities that have thus far bedeviled the study of these influential aspects of medieval Indian culture."—Yoga World

"Anyone seriously interested in finding out more about authentic tantra, original hatha yoga, embodied liberation . . . sacred sexuality, paranormal abilities, healing, and of course alchemy will find White's extraordinary book as fascinating as any Tom Clancy thriller."—Georg Feuerstein, Yoga Journal
  

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Indian Paths to Immortality
1
Categories of Indian Thought The Universe by Numbers
15
The Prehistory of Tantric Alchemy
48
Sources for the History of Tantric Alchemy in India
78
Tantric and Siddha Alchemical Literature
123
Tantra in the Rasarnava
171
Corresponding Hierarchies The Substance of the Alchemical Body
184
Homologous Structures of the Alchemical Body
218
The Dynamics of Transformation in Siddha Alchemy
263
Penetration Perfection and Immortality
303
The Siddha Legacy in Modern India
335
Notes
353
Selected Bibliography
521
Index
555
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