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Yoga-Tantra and Sensuousness in Art

by: T.N. Mishra

Dr. T. N. Mishra explores the moral and philosophical meanings and significance of yoga and studies the philosophies and practices that bear reference to it. Abounding in illustration, notes and references to scholarly treatises, it explains yoga psychology, its classification, techniques and stages and practice and concentrating on Yoga-tantra and its impact on Indian art and architecture.

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ISBN: 9788124602393
Year Of Publication: 2003
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 136
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 650

Overview

The word yoga and the various concepts associated with it are being interpreted and understood with great interest the world over especially in recent years. This work by a noted research scholar, Dr. T. N. Mishra explores the meanings of the word yoga and its moral and philosophical annotations, and conducts an intensive study of the philosophies and practices that bear reference to it. A thorough research, Yoga-Tantra and Sensuousness in Art goes into the theoretical foundations of Yoga, tracing its roots to the sacred scriptures and explaining the goal of Yoga, the discipline it involves, Yoga psychology, its techniques and stages, and classification and practice of Yoga as Mantra-Yoga, Laya-Yoga, Hatha-Yoga and Raja-Yoga. It comprehensively examines the aim and philosophy of Yoga-Tantra and the way to awaken the kundalini through the cakras practising Yoga-Tantra. It makes a detailed analysis of the Yoga-sadhana of the Natha siddhas (the ulta-sadhana) and Yoga-sadhana as found in Vaisnava and Buddhist Sahajiya. Citing interesting examples, it importantly deals with Yoga and Tantra as reflected in Indian art: the impact of the philosophy of Yoga-Tantra with its subtle sensuality on Indian secular and religious architecture and sculpture. Abounding in illustrations and extensive in notes and references to ancient scholarly treatises and exponents of Yoga and to modern researches on the subject, the book will interest all scholars of Indian art, philosophy and spirituality and appeal to general readers on Yoga as well.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Yoga
2. Practice of Yoga
3. Philosophy of Yoga-Tantra
4. Ulta-Sadhana (Regressive Process)
5. Yogic Sadhana (of Sahajiya)
6. Yogic Sadhana of Buddhists
7. Religious cult and Sensuousness in Art
Plates
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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1945
T.N. Mishra, a scholar with varied specialised interests, is Assistant Curator, Bharat Kala Bhawan: the prestigious Museum of Art and Archaeology, at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Awarded Ph.D., in 1978, by BHU, for his research study on ‘Ancient Indian Bricks’, he had also taught at two of this university’s affiliated colleges, before opting for a career in museology. Apart from about half-a-dozen books that include Company School of Painting in Varanasi (in Hindi), Westernization of Indian Art, and Impact of Tantra on Religion and Art, Dr. Mishra has published numerous articles in different journals on a range of themes from Indian art and archaeology.
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