A Prescription for Yoga (Yogavidhi)

James L. Fitzgerald

A study and translation of one of the key philosophical and religious texts found in the Mahabharata. The scene is highly dramatic: the warrior-sage Bhisma, patriarch of the Bharatas, instructs his young kinsman Yudhishthira from a deathbed made of arrows. This portion of Bhisma’s instructions is known as the mokshadharmas, i.e. the dharmas or true teachings that lead to moksha, “the freedom of an arrow in flight”.

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First published in Yoga in Practice, in the Princeton Readings in Religions Series, Princeton, 2012.