The year was 1928 as Mircea Eliade left Bucharest for India; only twenty-one years old he could not have been aware of the great labyrinth that lay before him.

 

 

Here, studying with the renowned philosopher, poet, and historian Surendranath Dasgupta he was opened to the religion, philosophy, literature, and living traditions of India..

This opening, which culminated in the production of his Doctoral thesis, Yoga; Essai sur les origines de la mystique indenne, is significant not simply because it was the spawning ground of many of his general theories (which continue to pervade the academic study of religion), but because the essays and texts that he produced during this time have played a fundamental role in shaping western views of yoga.