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Engaged Emancipation
Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya (Yogavasistha)
Engaged Emancipation
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Christopher Key Chapple - Editor
Arindam Chakrabarti - Editor
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 325 pages
Release Date: December 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5867-0

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Paperback - 325 pages
Release Date: July 2016
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5866-3

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A wide-ranging analysis of the Mokṣopāya, the Indian literary classic that teaches through storytelling how to enjoy an active, successful, worldly life in a spiritually enlightened way.

In the Mokṣopāya (also known as the Yogavāsiṣṭha), an eleventh-century Sanskrit poetic text, the great Vedic philosopher Vasiṣṭha counsels his young protégé Lord Rāma about the ways of the world through sixty-four stories designed to bring Rāma from ignorance to wisdom. Much beloved, this work reflects the philosophy of Kashmir Śaivism. Precisely because all worldly pursuits are dreamlike and fiction-like, the human soul must first come to an experience of non-dualistic, mind-only metaphysics, and after attaining this wisdom, promote moral activism. Engaged Emancipation is a wide-ranging consideration of this work and the philosophical and spiritual questions it addresses by philosophers, Sanskritists, and scholars of religion, literature, and science. Contributors allow readers to walk with Rāma as his melancholy and angst transform into connectivity, peace, and spiritual equipoise.

Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Yoga and the Luminous: Patañjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom and Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Collection of Views on Yoga, both also published by SUNY Press. Arindam Chakrabarti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His books include Mahābhārata Now: Narration, Aesthetics, Ethics (coedited with Sibaji Bandyopadhyay).


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Tracy Pintchman

1. The Icon of Yoga: Patañjali as Nagārāja in Modern Yoga
Stuart Ray Sarbacker


2. God’s Eyes: The Manufacture, Installation, and Experience of External Eyes on Jain Icons
John E. Cort

3. North Indian Materialities of Jesus
Mathew N. Schmalz

4. Celebrating Materiality: Garbo, a Festival Image of the Goddess in Gujarat
Neelima Shukla-Bhatt

5. The Goddess’s Shaligrams
Tracy Pintchman

6. The Camphor Flame in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction
James McHugh

7. Metal Hands, Cotton Threads, and Color Flags: Materializing Islamic Devotion in South India
Afsar Mohammad

8. Monastic Matters: Bowls, Robes, and the Middle Way in South Asian Theravāda Buddhism
Bradley Clough

9. Letting Holy Water and Coconuts Speak for Themselves: Tamil Catholicism and the Work of Selva Raj
Selva J. Raj and Corinne Dempsey

List of Contributors
Index


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