Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Medieval Haṭha-Yoga and Hindu Alchemy: A Jungian Approach to Tantric Immortality
by Kennard, James Neville, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 330; 28156687
Abstract (Summary)

This hermeneutic study explores the esoteric context and complementary ritual discourse of Medieval Haṭha-Yoga and Hindu alchemy, from a Jungian depth psychological perspective. Its comparative approach draws on the essential values, fantasy images, and key concepts of esotericism, to describe a deeper web of relationship within culturally diverse traditions of alchemy. The Tantric vision of immortality is a symbolic expression of the ultimate soteriological value of living-liberation and self-realization. This highest aim is pursued through the corresponding materials and ritual processes of Haṭha-Yoga and Hindu alchemy. Haṭha-Yoga internalized and corporealized Hindu alchemical materials and processes, which sought to create an elixir of immortality. Original Haṭha-Yoga depicts a circular process of psychophysical regeneration, which gives birth to the golden and immortal yogic body. A psychodynamic interpretation is oriented through this spagyric cycle of transformation, through which the yogic body is serially ripened, and the self is realized.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Collins, Afred
Commitee: Slater, Glen, Timalsina, Sthanshwar
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of religion, Medieval literature
Keywords: Alchemy, Depth psychology, Hatha-toga, Immortality, Jung, Tantra
Publication Number: 28156687
ISBN: 9798691262265
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