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Sutras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy : Narrative and Transfiguration, Hardback Book

Sutras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy : Narrative and Transfiguration Hardback


This book presents a close reading of four Indian narratives from different time periods (epic, Upanisadic, pre-modern and contemporary): Ekalavya's story from the Mahabharata (MBh 1.123.1-39), the story of Prajapati, Indra and Virochana from the Chandogya Upanisad (CU 8.7.1-8.12.5), the story of Sankara in the King's body from the Sankaradigvijaya, and A.R.

Murugadoss's Hindi film Ghajini (2008), respectively.

These stories are thematically juxtaposed with Patanjala-yoga, namely Patanjali's Yogasutra and its vast commentarial body.

The sutras reveal hidden philosophical layers. The stories, on the other hand, contribute to the clarification of "philosophical junctions" in the Yogasutra.

Through sutras and stories, the author explores the question of self-identity, with emphasis on the role of memory and the place of body in identity-formation.

Each of the stories diagnoses the connection between self-identity and (at least a sense of) freedom.

Employing cutting-edge methodology, crossing the boundaries of literary theory, story-telling, and philosophical reflection, this book presents fresh interpretations of Indian thought.

It is useful to specialists in Asian philosophy and culture.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Oriental & Indian philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781138638389



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