All asanas on 38 In the post-epic period Buddhism and Jainism continued to exist as independent systems, though they could not entirely escape the influence of other ideologies, particularly those associated with Saktism and tantra. Other sramanic traditions such as Samkhya, Yoga and Vaisesika were assimilated into Brahmanism, though, interestingly, were able to retain a number of non-Vedic features that betray their non-Vedic origins. Brahmanism itself was able to impose its social philosophy on Indian society and was, therefore, in a position to allow philosophical diversity that did not challenge its social vision. In this way the renunciant traditions complemented brahmanical social orthodoxy, for they encouraged those who were discontent to abandon society rather than change it. The three teachers who offer most by way of explanatory comment on the nature of yoga in the Santi Parvan are Bhdsma, Yajnavalkya and Vyasa.39 Moreover, despite evidence of considerable redaction in all the sections where such comments are found, there are significant common threads in or even a common core to their teachings about yoga. For Bhdsma, the core qualities of a yogin are freedom from attachment, harmlessness and compassion for all creatures. All asanas 2016.
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