Abstract

Since the early twentieth century the Yogasūtra of Patañjali has remained a prominent work of Indian Philosophy inside the Western academy and among modern practice communities. For this reason, the text’s stance on violence, the treatment of animals, and diet are all highly relevant for living yoga scholars and practitioners. This essay offers a textual study of the Pātañjalayogaśāstra (sūtras and bhāṣya) and ultimately concludes that nonviolence (ahiṃsā) in Pātañjala Yoga is exemplified by the unshakable resolve to refrain from any and all acts of animal slaughter and consumption.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 613-628
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-12
Open Access
No
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