The Yoga of the Matsyendrasaṃhitā

A critical edition and annotated translation of chapters 1–13 and 55

Csaba KISS

Collection : Collection Indologie

Collection's number: 146

Edition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Publication date: 2021

Status : Check with the publisher


ISBN-13 : 9782855392417

Width : 17.5 cm

Height : 24.5 cm

Weight : 1.05 kg

Number of pages : 608

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion, EFEO Pondichéry Contact :

Geography : India

Language : English, Sanskrit

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

Description :

17.5 x 24.5, 608 p., Sanskrit, English, Paperback


ISBN (EFEO) : 978 2 85539 241 7

ISBN (IFP) : 978 81 8470 239 2

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This volume presents the first critical edition, along with an English translation, of the core chapters of a Sanskrit work of perhaps the thirteenth century surviving in five nineteenth-century witnesses: the Matsyendrasaṃhitā. The work is useful as a primary source for the history of yoga and the Śaiva religions: it reveals important links between the tantric cults of Kubjikā and Tripurā and early haṭhayoga. In addition, its frame-story (in chapters 1 and 55) relates a unique version of the yogin Matsyendra’s legend in which his disciple Gorakṣa is a Chola king. The edition is bracketed by a detailed introduction and by detailed notes on the constitution of the text, as well as an annotated translation.

Table of contents

   General characteristics
      Preliminary remarks
      Contents of all 55 paṭalas
      Dating and provenance
      Language and metre
      Structural peculiarities
      The target audience
      Matsyendra and other Nāthas
      Related texts and traditions
   The yoga of the Matsyendrasaṃhitā
      Yogāṅgas in Matsyendrasaṃhitā 2-7
      Bhāva: the power of imagination
   The cult of Yoginīs in the Matsyendrasaṃhitā
      Roles of the Yoginī
      Yoginī-systems: sequences of six and seven
      Initiation and its maṇḍala
   Mantras in the Matsyendrasaṃhitā–the mantric hierarchy
A Critical Edition of Matsyendrasaṃhitā 1-13 and 55
   Manuscript sources
   Editorial policies
      Stemma codicum
      Conventions in the edited text and the apparatus
   Sanskrit Text
      Paṭala 1
      Paṭala 2
      Paṭala 3
      Paṭala 4
      Paṭala 5
      Paṭala 6
      Paṭala 7
      Paṭala 8
      Paṭala 9
      Paṭala 10
      Paṭala 11
      Paṭala 12
      Paṭala 13
      Paṭala 55
   Notes on the constitution of the Sanskrit text
An Annoted Translation of Matsyendrasaṃhitā 1-13 and 55
   Conventions in the translation
   Chapter 1
   Chapter 2
   Chapter 3
   Chapter 4
   Chapter 5
   Chapter 6
   Chapter 7
   Chapter 8
   Chapter 9
   Chapter 10
   Chapter 11
   Chapter 12
   Chapter 13
   Chapter 55
   Details of paṭala 26
   Matsyendrasaṃhitā and other Matsyendra-related MSS in Nepal
Abbreviations and Bibliography


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