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9780190668051Anya P. Foxen. Biography of a Yogi: Paramahansa Yogananda and the Origins of Modern Yoga. Oxford University Press, 2017 (264 pages, ISBN 9780190668051)

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“With over four million copies in print, Parmahansa Yogananda’s autobiography has been translated into thirty-three languages, and it still serves as a gateway into yoga and alternative spirituality for countless North American practitioners. This book examines Yogananda’s life and work to clarify linkages between the seemingly disparate aspects of modern yoga, and illuminates the intimate connections between yoga and metaphysically-leaning American traditions such as Unitarianism, New Thought, and Theosophy. Instead of treating yoga as a stable practice, Anya P. Foxen proposes that it is the figure of the Yogi that give the practice of his followers both form and meaning.

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9783110517460Larios, Borayin. 2017. Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra. De Gruyter Open, 2017. (288 pages, ISBN 978-3-11-051731-6)

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“Popularly Hinduism is believed to be the world’s oldest living religion. This claim is based on a continuous reverence to the oldest strata of religious authority within the Hindu traditions, the Vedic corpus, which began to be composed more than three thousand years ago, around 1750–1200 BCE. The Vedas have been considered by many as the philosophical cornerstone of the Brahmanical traditions (āstika); even previous to the colonial construction of the concept of ‘Hinduism.’ Read the rest of this entry »