A Student's Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga, by Peter Connolly

By Peter Connolly

The be aware 'yoga' evokes within the minds of many Westerners photographs of individuals acting workouts and adopting strange, occasionally contortive postures. Such workouts and postures do have a spot in the perform of yoga, however it is way greater than that. certainly, the early literature on yoga describes and defines it as a sort of psychological instead of actual self-discipline. Yoga is additionally linked to the Indian subcontinent and the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. This revised variation of a vintage textbook concentrates at the evolution of yoga within the context of Indian tradition, although the ultimate chapters additionally discover a few of its hyperlinks with non-Indian mystical traditions and a few of its advancements outdoor of India through the sleek interval. The e-book is geared toward either collage scholars taking classes in Comparative faith and Philosophy and practitioners of yoga who search to move past the job and discover its religious dimensions. accordingly, it offers yoga within the context of its historic evolution in India and seeks to provide an explanation for the character of its institutions with a variety of metaphysical doctrines. The paintings additionally attracts upon a few conceptual schemes designed to facilitate comparative research. a few of these are hired through the booklet with a purpose to hyperlink the cloth from each one bankruptcy jointly inside of a typical framework. This version comprises revisions and expansions to such a lot chapters and comprises one new bankruptcy at the way forward for smooth yoga within the West

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In later Vedåntic thought, åtman becomes an immutable essence, the unchanging reality behind the ephemeral flux of forms, the inner controller within all living beings. In this °Rgvedic passage, however, it still has clear associations with the verbal root from which it is derived: √ an, to breathe, and with other vitalistic terms such as våyu (wind), pråƒa (breath), våta (air), asu (breath) and åyus (life). In this context it is perfectly appropriate for åtman to return to its source in the wind.

15 What is more, it is the moral quality of oneís acts that determines the situation into which one is born. 7 states: those who are of pleasant conduct hereóthe prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a pleasant womb, either the womb of a Bråhman, or the womb of a Kshatriya, or the womb of a Vai‹ya. 16 By employing the two concepts of karma and sa√såra, the Upani¶ads are able to explain both the nature of the human condition and the reason why there is such diversity in the life experiences of human beings: different actions produce different results and hence destinies.

The priests who officiated at these sacrifices formed three, and later four, main groups. Each group was connected with one of the four Vedas. Chief of the hymn-singing priests was the hotæ, who sang hymns of praise from the °Rgveda. Chief of the priests concerned with the sacrificial activity was the advaryu, who recited formulas from the Yajurveda. Chief of the såman-singing priests was the udgåtæ, who chanted chants from the Såmaveda. Chief of the overseeing priests was the bråhman, who uttered mantras from the Atharvaveda.

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