Krishnamacharya on Kundalini - The Origins and Coherence of his Position - Simon Atkinson

Krishnamacharya on Kundalini - The Origins and Coherence of his Position - Simon Atkinson

Kuṇḍalinī in Other Vaiṣṇava Texts

Krishnamacharya on Kundalini - The Origins and Coherence of his Position - Simon Atkinson

Simon Atkinson [+-]
scholar-practitioner
Simon Atkinson has been practising and studying yoga in the broad tradition following Krishnamacharya since the 1990s and has been learning Sanskrit since 2001. He teaches academic English and academic skills at the University of Cambridge.

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Chapter 3 builds upon the work of academics including James Mallinson, Lidia Schwartz-Linder and Dominic Wujastyk and greatly expands upon their contributions to trace the textual origins of Krishnamacharya’s teachings on kuṇḍalinī. It shows how verses from the Yogayājñavalkya came from the Vasiṣṭhasaṁhitā, which in turn took some of those verses from the Pādmasaṁhitā – a text of the Vaiṣṇava (Viṣṇu- worshiping) sect of temple priests known as Pāñcarātra. The chapter traces similar teachings to another Pāñcarātra text, the Ahirbudhnyasaṁhitā. It presents lengthy translations from previously untranslated sections of the Ahirbudhnyasaṁhitā, together with original observations about the inconsistency of that text in relation to kuṇḍalinī. The chapter also identifies similar teachings in the rival Vaiṣṇava sect of Vaikhānasa.

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Atkinson, Simon. Kuṇḍalinī in Other Vaiṣṇava Texts. Krishnamacharya on Kundalini - The Origins and Coherence of his Position. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 31-57 May 2022. ISBN 9781800501522. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42724. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42724. May 2022

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