The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka …
The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka …
The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka …
The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka …

WOODROFFE, Sir John [nom de plume Arthur AVALON]. The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka. Two works on Laya Yoga translated from the Sanskrit, with Introduction and Comm….

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WOODROFFE, Sir John [nom de plume Arthur AVALON]. The Serpent Power. Being the Shat-chakra-nirupana and Paduka-panchaka. Two works on Laya Yoga translated from the Sanskrit, with Introduction and Commentary. Madras, India, Ganesh & Co., 1950.

Royal 8vo. Publisher's bright red cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board; gilt serpent/solar design on upper cover; with the rarely seen original dust-jacket; pp. x, [6], 508, [4 other books by the author and reviews], 244 (Sanskrit text), 8 colour plates after drawings, 9 Yogasana illustrations after photographs; spine of wrapper a bit faded and with a few very minor leisures to edges, head of spine with a little loss; the cloth binding and internally very good.
Fourth edition (first, London, Luzac, 1919) of the most famous and influential work by Sir John Woodroffe (1865-1936), for a long time the standard introduction to tantric, shaktic, and kundalini yoga. Woodroffe, who also used the pseudonym Arthur Avalon, was a judge in India who devoted much of his free time to the study of Sanskrit and Hindu religion, in particular tantrism, and was largely responsible for its introduction to the English speaking West. 'He criticized the 'racial and credal bias' of those European scholars who used 'exaggerated' Christian notions of 'universal piety and morals' to characterize Hinduism as 'the most puerile, impure and bloody of any system of idolatry'. Instead, in Principles of Tantra, part 1, in The Serpent Power (1919), and in the commentaries for the Tantric Text Series, he underlined Tantra as 'the great Mantra and Sadhana Shastra (Scripture)' wherein lay the source of fundamental concepts concerning 'worship, images, initiation, yoga' … Sir John sought oriental knowledge to unravel the racial, religious, and political presuppositions that underlay Britain's cultural conquest of India' (ODNB).

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