The topic of the lecture is the historical context of a restart in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Bengal of Samkhyayoga as a living tradition. This Samkhyayoga institution was founded by Hariharananda Aranya (1869-1947) who is one of the most enigmatic figures in the early history of modern yoga. His restart of Samkhyayoga represents one of the earliest manifestations of the revival of the text of the Yogasutra in Bengal, where modern yoga is supposed to have originated with the publication of Vivekananda’s translation and commentary of the Yogasutra in 1896.

How did Aranya’s Samkhyayoga come about? What were his sources? Why this interest in Samkhyayoga and the Yogasutra in late nineteenth-century Bengal, when in the earlier decades of the nineteenth century not a single Hindu specialist (pandit) in the Yogasutra and its Samkhyayoga philosophy could be found?

The lecture will be held in English.