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READER å DOC The Origins of Yoga and Tantra ï EYLTRANSFERSERVICES Â ❮Download❯ ✤ The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century ➻ Author Geoffrey Samuel – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Yoga tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised inYoga tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions It assesses how much we really know about this period and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family gender economic life and other pragmatic concerns Rarely has a book so admirably met so compelling a need Samuel provides a sweeping survey analyzing an incredible diversity of religious traditions beliefs and practices over a great swath of time and in so doing has produced the first inclusive general history of yogic and tantric traditions of India that I have yet seen and I've been looking for a very long timeSamuel traces the evolution of the two dominant idioms of contemplative practice in India from their origins in the mid first millennium BCE to around 1200 CE He traces the evolution of Hindu Buddhist and Jain meditation practice over that span of time contextualizing them in terms of their social idiomsThe reader will come away with a strong account of the evolution of solitary meditation schools out of the preceding Vedic culture the bifurcation of spiritual practice into counter posed communities of households and monastic communities and the relationship between various schools of practice to social elites and the general population at largeI benefited most from the terrific second half of the book which focuses on the history of tantra Having reviewed an enormous literature on the subject Samuel provides the first coherent and systematic account that I've seen of the entire phenomenon in all of its principle forms He gives particular attention to the Saivite and Buddhist forms but I came away with a deeply enriched understanding of the whole picture from the early days of cremation ground practices and wild goddesses of the Deccan to the elaborate ritual forms encoded in the Kalachakra TantraAnyone who has made a serious attempt to come to terms with the bewildering diversity of beliefs amalgamated under the label of tantra will find an invaluable guide in this wonderful book which performs a feat that I might have previously judged impossible giving a coherent account for how such radically disparate practices fell togetherThe focus of Samuel's book is historical and social not philosophical or soteriological but I would urge anyone with an active personal interest in the material to read this book because there are key aspects of tantra that literally cannot be understood without looking at the evolution of the body of beliefsWhat do mandala visualizations have to do with sexual yoga? What is the difference between tantric and non tantric scriptures such as the Buddhist sutras and why is there so much overlap between then? How do the Saivite and Visnavite tantric forms relate to Buddhist and Jain tantras? Who are all these gods anyway and how do they relate to one another? How did a set of antinomian and transgressive practices take root and flourish not only in palaces and households but in celibate contemplative communities as well?These are the kinds of uestions that can only be meaningfully addressed by consideration of the social history of tantra and that is what the book provides It's a stiff academic read and presupposes some familiarity with the subject but for serious students of the material I can't recommend it highly enoughA couple minor observations Samuel analyzes the interplay between India and China at some length but I would have preferred significantly greater consideration of the possible dialog between India and lands to its west especially Greece and Mesopotamia We have compelling evidence for important exchanges there and if the book truly aspires to help forge a common basis of understanding between the traditions of India and the West as the book maintains that's an important place to lookAdditionally I note that nearly every one of the author's sources are secondary texts written in English Not being trained in Asian languages I conject he had to rely on translators and interpreters Given the vast body of material he consulted I don't particularly regard this as a fault but it's worth noting

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Yoga tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions It assesses how much we really know about this period and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family gender economic life and other pragmatic concerns Amazing

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The Origins of Yoga and Tantra Indic Religions to the Thirteenth CenturyYoga tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions It assesses how much we really know about this period and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family gender economic life and other pragmatic concerns Geoffrey Samuel's scholarly reflective ambitious work does an extraordinary job of relating tantric traditions to the flow of Indic history The emphasis in some Tantric traditions on auspicious magic deities and ritual makes much sense when considered as a complement to the otherworldly concerns of the Vedic Brahmanical and Buddhist traditionsSamuel writes very well and is very much the modern scholar comfortable with ambiguity and conjecture and comfortable with limits to knowledge and evidence His approach is very pragmatic; he follows the stream of developments rather than trying to create a structure the evidence cannot support He states clearly that his conjectures about Tantric origins are not to be confused with the full flowering of Tantric traditions over the course of centuries nor is it to be confused with the actual Tantric experienceFor anyone who has wondered how a stunningly transcendent insight such as Tantra can be associated with so much shamanic and philosophical cultural baggage this is the book to read