The Khecarividya of Adinatha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Khecarividya of Adinatha

A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga, 1st Edition

By James Mallinson


312 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Describing one of the most important practices of hathayoga (khecarimudra), the Khecarividya of Adinatha is presented here to an English-speaking readership for the first time. The author, James Mallinson, draws on thirty Sanskrit works, as well as original fieldwork amongst yogins in India who use the practice, to demonstrate how earlier tantric yogic techniques developed and mutated into the practices of hathayoga. Accompanied by an introduction and an extensively annotated translation, the work sheds light on the development of hathayoga and its practices.


'This remarkable book is the second volume of the Routledge Studies in Trantric Traditions, edited by Gavin Flood. Beautifully produced by the author…..Due to the highly technical nature of the material, this winning combination of authorial attention to detail with a highly elevated sense of aesthetics, results in not merely a book but a work of art.

A Stellar work of exemplary scholarship, this book should be purchased by individuals with an interest in Yoga and Tantra, and all university libraries.' - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, Journal of Hindu Studies 2008

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Hathayogic Khecarimudra 3. Sources 4. Conventions in the Apparatus 5. Critical Edition of the Khecarividya 6. Annotated Translation 7. Appendices

About the Author

James Mallinson has a BA and DPhil in Sanskrit from Oxford and an MA in South Asian ethnography from SOAS. He has spent several years living with sadhus and yogis in India and now translates Sanskrit poetry for the Clay Sanskrit Library and yoga texts for

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions is a major new monograph series which has been established to publish scholarship on south, east and southeast Asian tantric traditions. The series aims to promote the serious study of both Hindu and Buddhist tantric traditions through the publication of anthropological and textual studies and will not be limited to any one method. Indeed, the series would hope to promote the view that anthropological studies can be informed by texts and textual studies informed by anthropology. The series will therefore publish contemporary ethnographies from different regions, philological studies, philosophical studies, and historical studies of different periods which contribute to the academic endeavour to understand the role of tantric texts and their meaning in particular cultural contexts. In this way, the series will hope to establish what the continuities and divergencies are between Buddhist and Hindu tantric traditions and between different regions. The series will be a major contribution to the fields of Indology, Sinology, History of Religions, and Anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General