[INDOLOGY] Depictions of yoga in kāvya

Philipp Maas philipp.a.maas at gmail.com
Fri Nov 1 09:04:53 EDT 2019

Dear Adheesh,
You and your student might be interested in my article “From Theory to
Poetry: The Reuse of Patañjali’s Yogaśāstra in Māgha’s *Śiśupālavadha*”.
In: Elisa Freschi and Philipp A. Maas (eds.), *Adaptive Reuse: Aspects of
Creativity in South Asian Cultural History*. Wiesbaden: Harrasso­witz
(Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 101). p. 29–62, which you find
published in open access at this URL

Best wishes,


Dr. Philipp A. Maas
Research Associate
Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften
Universität Leipzig



Am Fr., 1. Nov. 2019 um 02:32 Uhr schrieb adheesh sathaye via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> Dear colleagues:
> In working with a student, we are curious if there has been research done
> on depictions of “yoga” (in any of its various manifestations),
> specifically within the ornate Sanskrit kāvya tradition.
> We would be most delighted to get your recommendations of scholarly
> studies or of primary sources. Examples that come to my mind are the
> descriptions of Pārvatī’s tapas in the Kumārasambhava - (though it might be
> arguable whether this constitutes “yoga” per se) - or of tantrikas in the
> plays of Rājaśekhara, Kṣemīśvara, and Bhavabhūti - (though these
> characters, too, are not usually shown as practicing or engaged in yoga in
> any active sense, and are furthermore usually lampooned).
> I look forward to your responses!
> With all best wishes,
> Adheesh
>> Adheesh Sathaye
> University of British Columbia
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