The Yoga Tradition

The Yoga Tradition

Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice

ISBN: 9788120819238

Author: Georg Feuerstein, Ken Wilber

Subject: Yoga

Language: English

Binding: Paper Back

Pages: 686

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

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The Yoga Tradition - Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice is an authoritative treatment of the subject. The author has dedicated his life to the understanding and practice of Yoga and successfully established that Yoga is a systematic science; its teachings are an integral part of most religions, but Yoga itself is not a religion. Most religions teach what to do, but Yoga teaches how to be. Yet Yoga practices described in symbolic language may be found in the sacred scriptures of most religions. Mystics of all religions have practised Yoga in one form or another. The author has been able to make the reader believe that Yoga is not an esoteric Eastern philosophy, it is a practical, systematic, and scientific quest for perfection, as relevant today as it was in ancient times, as relevant in the West as it is in the East. A complete overview of the great Yogic traditions of; Raja-Yoga, Hatha-Yoga, Jnana-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Tantra-Yoga, Kundalini-Yoga, Mantra-Yoga and many other lesser-known forms. Includes translations of over twenty famous Yoga treatises, like the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, and a first-time translation of the Goraksha Paddhati, and ancient Hatha Yoga text. This will certainly prove to be an authoritative reference encyclopaedia for all those who are keen to understand the history, concept, faith, philosophy and practical aspects of this science which have their roots deep into Indian soil.


About Author:

Dr. Georg Feuerstein Ph.D (27 May 1947 – 25 August 2012) was a German Indologist specializing in the philosophy and praxis of Yoga. Feuerstein authored over 30 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism. He translated, among other traditional texts, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.

Feuerstein was born in Würzburg, Germany. He moved to England to do his postgraduate research at Durham University and subsequently lived for 23 years in the United States. In 2004, Georg and his wife and spiritual partner, Brenda L Feuerstein, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada and in 2012 he became a citizen of Canada, where he died 25 August 2012 due to complications from diabetes.

It was stated that Feuerstein was a founding member of the Indian Academy of YogaBenares Hindu University. This Academy came into being in 1981 and, while he is not listed as being a Founding Member, or having Foundation Membership in January 1981, his name does appear as one of the 130 Life Members of the Academy: he is number 28 on the list. 

  • Ken Wilber has called him "probably Gebser's foremost American interpreter".
  • Historian of religions Mircea Eliade called Feuerstein's The Philosophy of Classical Yoga, "one of the most profound and original contributions to the understanding of classical yoga".
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