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Harold Coward explores how the psychological aspects of Yoga philosophy have been important to intellectual developments both East and West. Foundational for Hindu, Jaina, and Buddhist thought and spiritual practice, Patañjali’s Yoga Suµtras, the classical statement of Eastern Yoga, are unique in their emphasis on the nature and importance of psychological processes. Yoga’s influence is explored in the work of both the seminal Indian thinker Bhartr|hari (c. 600 C.E.) and among key figures in Western psychology: founders Freud and Jung, as well as contemporary transpersonalists such as Washburn, Tart, and Ornstein. Coward shows how the yogic notion of psychological processes makes Bhartr|hari’s philosophy of language and his theology of revelation possible. He goes on to explore how Western psychology has been influenced by incorporating or rejecting Patañjali’s Yoga. The implications of these trends in Western thought for mysticism and memory are examined as well. This analysis results in a notable insight, namely, that there is a crucial difference between Eastern and Western thought with regard to how limited or perfectible human nature is—the West maintaining that we as humans are psychologically, philosophically, and spiritually limited or flawed in nature and thus not perfectible, while Patañjali’s Yoga and Eastern thought generally maintain the opposite. Different Western responses to the Eastern position are noted, from complete rejection by Freud, Jung, and Hick, to varying degrees of acceptance by transpersonal thinkers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Part I. Yoga and Language
  2. p. 9
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  1. 2. Āgama in the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 3. The Yoga Psychology Underlying Bhartṛhari’s Vākyapadīya
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 4. Yoga in the Vairāgya-Śataka of Bhartṛhari
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. Part II. Yoga and Western Psychology
  2. p. 49
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  1. 5. Freud, Jung, and Yoga on Memory
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. 6. Where Jung Draws the Line in His Acceptance of Patañjali’s Yoga
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. 7. Mysticism in Jung and Patañjali’s Yoga
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 8. The Limits of Human Nature in Yoga and Transpersonal Psychology
  2. pp. 83-90
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  1. 9. Conclusion
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 93-105
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  1. Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
  2. pp. 107-111
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 113-115
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791487914
Related ISBN
9780791454992
MARC Record
OCLC
61367546
Pages
125
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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