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The Fulcrum of Experience in Indian Yoga and Possession Trance

Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
Religions 2019, 10(5), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050332
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 5 May 2019 / Accepted: 6 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Experience in the Hindu Tradition)
The “inner organ” (antaḥkaraṇa) in the Indian philosophical school called Sāṃkhya is applied in two different experiential contexts: in the act of transcendence according to the path of yoga explored in the Yogasūtras of Patañjali (ca. 350 CE) and in the process of identity shift that occurs in possession by a deity in a broader range of Indian cultural practices. The act of transcendence will be better understood if we look at the antaḥkaraṇa through an emic lens, which is to say as an actual organ that is activated by experiential shifts, rather than as a concept or explanation that is indicative of a collocation of characteristics of the individuating consciousness or merely by reducing it to nonepistemic objective or subjective factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: antaḥkaraṇa; Yogasūtras; saṃyama; possession; Balaji; Ganges; pilgrimage antaḥkaraṇa; Yogasūtras; saṃyama; possession; Balaji; Ganges; pilgrimage
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