The Text of ‘Hathatatvakaumudi’ is a vast compendium on Hatha system of Yoga practice and philosophy critically edited and published for the first time. The text is authored by Sundaradeva, This work of Sundaradeva poses as extensive and impressive as that of an encyclopedia. Almost all the topics of Hatha Yoga like Asana, Pranayama upto Nadanusandhana in addition to concept of Chayapurusa etc. are described in the minutest of details.
There are several unique practices such as Carand, Utkrtnti Pranayama, several varieties of Nadisuddhi and the like which are in aid to standard Hatha practices some of these are described for the first time in this text. However, one of the many noteworthy contributions of the author of this book lies in his successful effort in presenting a synthetic view of both principle and practice of two seemingly diverse systems of Yoga - Hatha and Patanjala and also various traditions of Yoga such as Bhakti, Laya, Nada, Sparsa etc. We have not as yet come across such an effort made in any other published Yogic literature.
About the Author:
Dr. Manohar L. Gharote 21/05/1931 - 17/01/2005: MA, M. Ed, (Phy.), Ph.D. (Anthrop.) Ph.D. (Alt. Med.), D. Litt., D.Y.P., the Founder-Director of the Lonavla Yoga Institute (India) was a direct disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda. After demise of Swami Kuvalayananda, he continued to work in Kaivalyadhama in various capacities as Asstt. Director of Scientific Research, Deputy Director of Philosophico-Literary Research and Principal of G.S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis for 30 years. He worked for more than forty long years in collecting materials on the Encyclopaedia of Traditional Asanas. This was originally a dream of Swami Kuvalayananda, which as a true disciple, Dr. M.L. Gharote fulfilled.