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Uddālaka’s Yoga in the Mokṣopāya

Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8, Canada
Religions 2020, 11(3), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030111
Received: 13 December 2019 / Revised: 3 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2019))
This paper suggests that the Uddālaka story, told in the Mokṣopāya (MU) (950 CE), in which the young sage Uddālaka undergoes a process of body and mind purification after an experience of the appearance of kuṇḍalinī in the body, prompted by the recitation of the syllable OṂ, could be seen as a precursor to systems of praxis outlined in later Haṭha Yoga (HY) texts. The narrative of Uddālaka paints a picture of a complex and blended world of sectarian influence, spiritual knowledge and embodied praxis within which the MU was no doubt composed, and within which early HY also likely emerged as praxis for the sake of mokṣa. The depiction of Uddālaka’s yogic transformation is summarized here and analyzed to reveal a multilayered picture of influence that may shed light on the formative environment of early Hatha Yoga. View Full-Text
Keywords: Yoga; Haṭha Yoga; Mokṣopāya; Yogavāsiṣṭha; Kuṇḍalinī; Praṇava; Prāṇa; Jīvanmukti; Videhamukti Yoga; Haṭha Yoga; Mokṣopāya; Yogavāsiṣṭha; Kuṇḍalinī; Praṇava; Prāṇa; Jīvanmukti; Videhamukti
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Cohen, T. Uddālaka’s Yoga in the Mokṣopāya. Religions 2020, 11, 111.

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