Translations of Sayings From the Founder of Nath Yogis

February 2019 Oxford University Press will be publishing, “Sayings of Gorakhnath” by Gordan Djurdjevic — who many of you are likely acquainted with  — and Shukdev Singh. the publisher’s site states:

“Sayings of Gorakhnath presents a translation of late-medieval texts in Old Hindi, traditionally attributed to one of the founders of the Order of Nath Yogis. The Naths are associated with the creation and development of hatha yoga, with important historical and ideological links to Hindu tantra and alchemy. The texts gathered in this collection on the one hand provide a criticism of religious authority based on external knowledge lacking personal experience, while on the other hand they celebrate the path of yoga and its methods of engagement with the subtle body and its centres of occult energy and miraculous powers.

“The ultimate goal of the style of yoga described in the Sayings of Gorakhnath concerns the attainment of immortality and divinization of its adepts. This is achieved by redirecting the trajectory of the seminal fluid, which in the process transforms into the elixir, the amrt. In order to accomplish that goal, a regime of yogic practices is suggested, consisting of the assumption of a steady posture, breathing exercises, mantra chanting, and meditation. Djudjevic and Singh’s translations are preceded by an introduction and accompanied by notes, which contextualize and elucidate the subject matter.”

Gordan Djurdjevic holds a PhD from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is co-editor, with Henrik Bogdan, of the collection of critical essays Occultism in a Global Perspective; and the author of Masters of Magical Powers, and India and the Occult. 

Shukdev Singh taught Hindi language and literature at the Benares Hindu University in India. He collaborated on the translations of The Bijak of Kabir with Linda Hess and The Deeds of Prahlad with David Lorenzen.


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