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.