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Tapta Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in…

Tapta Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India

by Walter O. Kaelber

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In the worldview of archaic man rainfall and fertility can often be insured through religious endeavor.
Mircea Eliade introduces his work Yoga: Immortality and Freedom by observing that in the post-Vedic period, "four basic and interdependent concepts . . . bring us directly to the core of Indian spirituality." These basic and interdependent concepts are karma, maya, nirvana, and yoga. Given the interrelated character of these basic elements in the post-Vedic period, Eliade contends that a "coherent history of Indian thought could be written starting form any one of [them] and the other three would inevitably have to be discussed."
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