Dead Birds is a commentary on
Yoga Touchstone that explains and elaborates a number of points made in the
Yoga Touchstone text. It is written like a Sanskrit commentary
which includes the original text. It
draws on material from the saivic and agama texts. It was the saivite
tradition from prehistory up to the middle ages that was the source and
support of the yoga tradition. Yoga Touchstone
was written entirely from the point of view of yoga practice and was an
attempt to form a philosophical basis from that. It was substantiated
primarily by traditional texts. Dead Birds opens up another set of
Sanskrit texts that bring insight into the significance of the practice of
yoga and the yoga tradition prior to its being absorbed into
an academic tradition.
The book contains a
Bibliography and photographs of paintings of the eight forms of Siva, the
Lord of Yoga.