ISBN 9788121511155,The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India

The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9788121511155

ISBN-10 8121511151

Hard Back

Number of Pages 614 Pages
Language (English)


The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from a body of previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can only be understood when viewed together. White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of South Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. Contents Preface Not on Transliteration 1. Indian Paths to Immortality 2. Categories of Indian Thought : The Universe by Number 3. The Prehistory of Tantric Alchemy 4. Sources for the History of Tantric Alchemy in India 5. Tantric and Siddha Alchemical Literature 6. Tantra in the Rasarnava 7. Corresponding Hierarchies : The Substance of the Alchemical Body 8. Homologous Structures of the Alchemical Body 9. The Dynamics of Transformation in Siddha Alchemy 10. Penetration, Perfection and Immortality