[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Visualisation of Buddha/Guru

Philipp Maas philipp.a.maas at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 05:35:30 EST 2014


Dear James,

the *praṇava*-based meditation on the *īśvara *that as described in
Pātañjala Yogaśāstra (PYŚ) 1.27 and 1.28 (and, of course, its commentaries)
is a comparatively early testimony for the practice of meditative
visualisation of a "teacher" (see PY 1.26)  in a non-Buddhist source. In
this connection the PYŚ cites the follwing stanza that also occurs in the
Viṣṇupurāna:



svādhyāyād yogam āsīta yogāt svādhyāyam āmanet |

svādhyāyayogasaṃpattyā para ātmā prakāśate || (PYŚ I.28,5 f. = VPurāṇa
6.6.2)



See on this topic



G. Oberhammer, “Meditation on Mystik im Yoga des Patañjali”, WZKSO 9 (1965)
98-118.



Id., *Strukturen yogischer Meditation*. *Untersuchungen zur Spiritualität
des Yoga*. Wien 1977 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften,
philosophisch-historische Klasse, Sitzungsberichte, 322 =
Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für

Sprachen und Kulturen Südasiens, 132).



Ph. Maas, “The So-called Yoga of Suppression in the *Pātañjala Yogaśāstra”*,
in: Eli Franco (ed.) in collaboration with Dagmar Eigner, *Yogic
Perception, Meditation, and Altered States of Consciousness*. Vienna:
Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2009
(Sitzungsberichte der phil.-hist. Klasse, 794 = Beiträge zur Kultur- und
Geistesgeschichte Asiens, 64), p. 263-282.



With best regards,



Philipp




-- 
Dr. Philipp A. Maas
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Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Universität Wien
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A-1090 Wien
Österreich
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