Ritual, Self and Yoga: On the Ways and Goals of Salvation in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad

  title={Ritual, Self and Yoga: On the Ways and Goals of Salvation in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad},
  author={Dominik Haas},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • Dominik Haas
  • Published 1 November 2019
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
Throughout its history, the renowned Kaṭha Upaniṣad has often been described as being both incoherent and contradictory. The aim of this paper is to show to what purpose the text was created. To this end, it discusses the connection of the three paths to salvation depicted in the text, viz. the Agnicayana (a powerful Vedic fire-ritual), the Upaniṣadic method of self-knowledge, and yoga. The first part retraces how in the Upaniṣads, the Agnicayana was transformed into a non-material or mental… 
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