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Towards a Spiritual Psychology: Essays in Indian Psychology

K Ramakrishna Rao (Author) Sonali Bhatt Marwaha (Author)

Towards a Spiritual Psychology is a collection of papers by eminent psychologists and philosophers living and teaching in such far-away countries as USA, Japan and India.

What is spiritual psychology? In the Indian tradition this is asserted as atmanam viddhi. The duty is to know the self. Spiritual psychology is the discipline that studies the ways of knowing and realizing the self. By postulating the primacy of the spirit/self, the principle or center of consciousness, spiritual psychology explores mind as the interface between the spirit and the body in the person. In so doing, it builds disciplinary and conceptual bridges between science and spirituality, the subjective and the objective, the personal and the transpersonal, and the cognitive and the transcognitive in the human condition.

Inasmuch as it asserts the primacy of the spirit as the center of consciousness and it non-reducibility to material forms and advocates "inner" focus, turning inward, as a necessary means to understand human nature and for transforming human condition, Indian psychology may be considered as the "mother" of spiritual psychology. It is not the prediction and the control of behaviour that is the objective, but the liberation of the person from existential constraints. Spiritual psychology seeks more than mere adjustment. Rather it aspires for total transformation of the person to achieve higher levels of awareness and excellence.

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About the authors

K Ramakrishna Rao

Prof. K Ramakrishina Rao is a philosopher, psychologist and educationist with vast experience in national and international arena as a teacher, researcher and administrator. An acknowledged international authority on Indian psychology, consciousness studies and psychical research, Professor Rao has published nearly two hundred research papers and twelve books, the most recent ones include Consciousness Studies : Cross-Cultural Perspectives (McFarland, 2002), Towards a Spiritual Psychology edited with S.B. Marwaha (Samvad, India, 2005) and Handbook of Indian Psychology edited with Anand Paranjpe and Ajit K. Dalai (Foundation Books, 2008). The founder President of the Institute for Human Science and Service, Professor Rao is currently the Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Delhi.

Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, Ph.D., acquired her training in Clinical Psychology from S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai. An M.A. and M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology, she was awarded a of interest are in the interface between philisophy, religion and psychology, and in the study of religio-cultural aspects of self and identity.

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Title Towards a Spiritual Psychology: Essays in Indian Psychology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190131842, 9788190131841
length 550p.
Subjects Philosophy