R S 341G • Yoga as Philosophy & Practice
This course will begin with an examination of the Yoga-sutra by Patanjali and two or three classical Sanskrit commentaries on it. We shall look at the text both as expressing a metaphysics and as a "how-to book" on yogic practice, focusing on certain bridge pyschological concepts and theories. We shall also look at scholarly attempts to reconstruct the origins of yogic practices, particularily as proffered by (1) contemporary philosophers and (2) medical researchers. We shall pay some but less attention to modern psychological interpretations. No Sanskrit or previous background in Indian philosophy is nesessary, but students with no previous coursework in philosophy or psychology should contact the instructor.
A short paper informing a long paper and a class presentation.
Mircea Eliade, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom
The Yogustra by Patanjali and Commentary by Vyasa (edition to be determined)
(For list of photocopies see the following website:) http://link.lanic.utexas.edu/asnic/phillips/pages/yoga/yogacoursedes.undergrad.html