SÅ«tras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy: Narrative and Transfiguration by Daniel Raveh (review)

SÅ«tras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy: Narrative and Transfiguration by Daniel Raveh (review) BOOK REVIEW Sūtras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy: Narrative and Transfiguration by Daniel Raveh. New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 162. ISBN: 978-1-138-63838-9. Reviewed by Agastya Sharma University of Rajasthan agastya.sharmaji@gmail.com Daniel Raveh's book consists of four chapters, each dedicated to a certain narrative, retold and analyzed vis-à-vis Pātañjala-Yoga, and through the writings of contemporary philosophers such as Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya, Pandit Badrinath Shukla, Daya Krishna and Mukund Lath. The narratives discussed are from the Upaniṣadic lore, the Mahābhārata, the pre-modern Śaṅkara-digvijaya, and finally the script of a recent Bollywood movie, Ghajini (2008, directed by A.R. Murugadoss). There are several layers to the book, all interesting in and of themselves, but their interconnection is the heart of this unusual work. The thread that binds these layers and connects a myriad of themes and texts-- classical and contemporary--that this condensed book incorporates is the question of self-identity, touched from a different angle in each of its chapters. The book can also be seen as a jigsaw-puzzle made of different pieces, literary, cinematic and philosophical. Each of the puzzle-pieces is interesting, their assembly is again interesting, and the whole exercise conveys a sense of playfulness and creativity on behalf of Raveh as author/compiler. But http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

SÅ«tras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy: Narrative and Transfiguration by Daniel Raveh (review)

Philosophy East and West, Volume 68 (2) – Apr 10, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW Sūtras, Stories and Yoga Philosophy: Narrative and Transfiguration by Daniel Raveh. New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 162. ISBN: 978-1-138-63838-9. Reviewed by Agastya Sharma University of Rajasthan agastya.sharmaji@gmail.com Daniel Raveh's book consists of four chapters, each dedicated to a certain narrative, retold and analyzed vis-à-vis Pātañjala-Yoga, and through the writings of contemporary philosophers such as Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya, Pandit Badrinath Shukla, Daya Krishna and Mukund Lath. The narratives discussed are from the Upaniṣadic lore, the Mahābhārata, the pre-modern Śaṅkara-digvijaya, and finally the script of a recent Bollywood movie, Ghajini (2008, directed by A.R. Murugadoss). There are several layers to the book, all interesting in and of themselves, but their interconnection is the heart of this unusual work. The thread that binds these layers and connects a myriad of themes and texts-- classical and contemporary--that this condensed book incorporates is the question of self-identity, touched from a different angle in each of its chapters. The book can also be seen as a jigsaw-puzzle made of different pieces, literary, cinematic and philosophical. Each of the puzzle-pieces is interesting, their assembly is again interesting, and the whole exercise conveys a sense of playfulness and creativity on behalf of Raveh as author/compiler. But

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