Alchemical Body Siddha Traditions in Medieval India

ISBN-10: 0226894991
ISBN-13: 9780226894997
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 614
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The Alchemical Bodyexcavates 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 andhatha yogawere 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, originalhatha 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

Preface
Note on Transliteration
Abbreviations
Indian Paths to Immortality
Categories of Indian Thought: The Universe by Numbers
The Prehistory of Tantric Alchemy
Sources for the History of Tantric Alchemy in India
Tantric and Siddha Alchemical Literature
Tantra in the Rasarnava
Corresponding Hierarchies: The Substance of the Alchemical Body
Homologous Structures of the Alchemical Body
The Dynamics of Transformation in Siddha Alchemy
Penetration, Perfection, and Immortality
Epilogue: The Siddha Legacy in Modern India
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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