This book presents a close reading of four Indian narratives from different time periods (epic, Upani adic, pre-modern and contemporary): Ekalavya's story from the "Mah bh rata" (MBh 1.123.1-39), the story of Praj pati, Indra and Virocana from the "Ch ndogya Upani ad" (CU 8.7.1-8.12.5), the story of a kara in the King's body from the " a karadigvijaya," and A.R. Murugadoss's Hindi film "Ghajini" (2008), respectively. These stories are thematically juxtaposed with P tanjala-yoga, namely Patanjali's "Yogas tra" and its vast commentarial body. The s tras reveal hidden philosophical layers. The stories, on the other hand, contribute to the clarification of "philosophical junctions" in the "Yogas tra."Through s tras and stories, the author explores the question of self-identity, with emphasis on the role of memory and the place of body in identity-formation. Each of the stories diagnoses the connection between self-identity and (at least a sense of) freedom.
Employing cutting-edge methodology, crossing the boundaries of literary theory, story-telling, and philosophical reflection, this book presents fresh interpretations of Indian thought. It is useful to specialists in Asian philosophy and culture."