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Yoga: From Confusion to Clarity ( In 5 Volumes)

Satya Prakash Singh (Author) Yogi Mukesh (Author)
This volume discusses the three next steps of Yoga known as Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. They represent the crux of the process of Yogic Sadhana. In view of the extreme subtlety of these steps, this volume indicates to the ways and means leading to successful coverage of these steps through relevant texts dealing with this part of the Sadhana. With this end in view, selections have been made from such Yogic texts bearing as the Upanisads, Bhagavadgita, Vijnanabhairava, Malinivijayottaratantra, etc. which have been adduced here along with their English translation and necessary notes wherever required for clarification.
It also includes and discusses the epistemology of Yoga as well as a digest of the entire process and method of the Sadhana put together succinctly and in a graded manner under A tractatus of Yoga. The formulations made here are for summarising the entire range of the Sadhana in as brief a form as possible. These formulations have been made somewhat on the pattern of the classical authors of the sutra-form of literature dealing with subjects of utmost technical bearing requiring close attention of the reader. A significant difference in the process of formulation of the tractatus here from that of the ancient Sanskrit authors of the sutras lies in the fact that while sutra preceded their expositions made sometimes by the sutrakaras themselves and mostly by other exponents of them quite subsequently, here the formulations only follow the detailed exposition meant particularly to serve as a digest of the entire stuff along with all the difficulties involved in its coverage, understanding and practical application.
All these ingredients of Yoga as well its basic postulates have been discussed clearly and authentically having based on the textual verity on the one hand and scientific possibility on the other. All these ingredients of Yoga as well its basic postulates have been discussed clearly and authentically having based on the textual verity on the one hand and scientific possibility on the other.
The book is designed to confirm to the course contents of Yoga and we hope that it will be of great use to graduates, post graduates, diploma, research students, teachers of Yoga an general practitioners alike.
Contents: Vol. I. Foundation of Yoga: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Glimpses of Yoga in the Vedic Samhitas. 2. Yogic motifs in Indus seals. 3. Yogic Sadhana of Vedic Seers. 4. Yoga as the cradle of the Vedic system of education. 5. Consciousness and Yogic Sadhana in Saivism. 6. A critique of Patanjali. 7. Vedic vision of Bondage and liberation. Index.
Vol. II. Psychology of Yoga: Preface. Introduction. 1. Consciousness, states and grades. 2. Consciousness as a metaphysical force. 3. Existential value of consciousness. 4. Concentricity and universal creativity of consciousness. 5. Consciousness of the unconscious. 6. Ordeals of the unconscious in the quest for consciousness. 7. Contribution of Angiras, Ayasya, Bhrgu and Dadhyan to the discovery of the way to consciousness. 8. Consciousness and immortality. 9. Yoga and Vak. 10. Aesthetics and Yoga. 11. Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra as a way to immortality. Index.
Vol. III. Asana: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. I. Asanas for beginners: i. Jivana Tattva Sadhana. ii. Yogic Suksma Vyayama. 1. Pharynx, intellect, memory hearing power and neck exercises. 2. Shoulders, arms and wrists exercises. 3. Strengthening of chest, back and abdomen muscles. 4. Strengthening of thighs, knees, legs, ankles and toes. II. Asanas for advanced practitioners: i. Sitting postures. ii. Supine postures. iii. Prone postures. iv. Standing postures. v. Inverted postures. Index.
Vol. IV. Sat Karma, Mudra, Pranayama and Pratyahara: Table of transliteration. Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Satkarma. 2. Mudras: i. Bandhas. ii. Adhara Mudras. iii. Mudras with combination of Bandhas. iv. Postural Mudras. v. Meditation Mudras. 3. Pranayama: i. Prana and consciousness. ii. Pranayama. iii. Pranayama for beginners. iv. Pranayama for advanced practitioners. 4. Unclassified pranayamas from the Upanisads. 5. Kumbhaka Paddhati of Raghuvira. 6. Pratyahara. Index.
Vol. V. Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Dharana. 2. Dhyana and Samadhi. 3. Samadhi. 4. Meditation on the sacred syllable Om as an aid to Samadhi. 5. Role of the Kundalini in the attainment of Samadhi. 6. Role of the nervous system and centres in it in the task of inculcation of the spiritual consciousness. 7. Introverted perusal of light, sound and taste as ways to Samadhi. 8. Fundamentals of the epistemology of Yoga. Appendices. i. Methods of meditation from Vijnana Bhairava. ii. Methods of meditation in Sri Malinivijayottara Tantra. iii. Meditation methods by Abhinavagupta's Gitartha Sangraha. iv. A Tractatus of Yoga. Index.
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About the author

Satya Prakash Singh

Born in the year 1934 near Varanasi, Prof. Satya Prakash Singh is a product of the Banaras Hindu University as also a D. Litt of the Aligarh Muslim University. Having served the Aligarh Muslim University as a Lecturer, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, he retired as Chairman of the Department of Sanskrit in 1994. He has also served as Director of the Dharam Hinduja International Centre of Indic Research, Delhi for a period of four years. Presently he is a Senior Fellow of the Maharshi Sandipani Rahtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain as also Incharge of the Vedic Research Centre, New Delhi. By virtue of his merits as a scholar of repute he has been honoured by several awards such as the Ganganath Jha award and the Banabhatta Puraskara of the Sanskrit Academy, Uttar Pradesh, Rajaji Literary Award of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay, Swami Pranavananda Best book of the Year in Psychology Award, Patna and the Vedic Scholar of Eminence Award of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain. His works have been translated extensively in several languages of India and abroad namely Malayalam, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish and German. Besides scores of research papers having to his credit, Professor Singh has published a number of books of high merit including: Sri Aurobindo and Whitehead: On the Nature of God, Philosophy of Dirghatamas, Upanisadic Symbolism, Vedic Symbolism, Sri Aurobindo, Jung and Vedic Yoga.

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Title Yoga: From Confusion to Clarity ( In 5 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.03.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788187471578
length 1642p., Illustrations; 25cm.