Zen Yoga : A Creative Psychotherapy to Self-Integration by P. J. Saher (1999,...

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by P.J. Saher

Hardcover (Edition: 2015)åÊ

Motilal Banarsidass Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN 9788120808096åÊ

Language: English

Size: 8.8" X 6.0"

Pages: 387 (B & W Illus: 25)

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From the Jacket:


This fascinating and profound book of ancient, Eastern esoteric wisdom backed by the latest discoveries and experiments of modern science treats of the health of the soul by showing the relationship between soul and brain.


Here is a practical guide to Zen-Yoga, which can help to master suffering and harness latent powers. At a time when science is exploring outer space Zen-Yoga helps us to explore the inner space of the human psyche, to recognize within ourselves a new freedom - freedom to work out our destiny with integral consciousness or the divine supra-Self as the light within.


This book is a cybernetic exploration of mind's inner space leading to expanded cosmo-electronic consciousness.



Having shown the differences between Eastern and Western thought-processes, Saher explains how the sages of the East have acquired that source of wisdom and bliss which our misguided youth seeks vainly in hallucinogenic drugs.


About the Author:


P.J. Saher, best known for his book Eastern Wisdom and Western Thought, was born in Bombay and studied in England and Germany. He gave up a career at the Bar to take up research in mysticism, mastered yoga, and came under the influence of first of Heidegger, then of Radhakrishnan and Huxley. He has published several widely read books in German.


Foreword:

:The erudite works of Dr. Saher on Zen-Yoga and allied subjects, are now known to thousands. Many books have been written on the various aspects of Yoga, so that its basic techniques are known all the world over.


It is with the greatest pleasure, therefore, that I now write a Foreword to Dr. Saher's new work "ZEN-YOGA", as i t is quite unique, giving knowledge and instruction which, to the best of my knowledge, is hitherto unpublished.


The basis of this new book, Dr. Saher tells me, is a manuscript in Sanskrit which he obtained from India, and its particular value lies in the depth and detail with which this new material has been studied and presented.


Dr. Saher is to be congratulated, "not only for his skilful translation from the Sanskrit, but also for the clarity with which he has applied this to western needs and western minds.


Much has been written in the past regarding the psychosomatic effects of Pranayama and Asanas, but in his text, Dr. Saher explains clearly the mechanism by which brain and mind operate in conjunction with bodily functions, emotions and psychic experience, and also how these may be controlled and applied for our betterment.


He also shows how specific areas of the brain control similar areas of mind, how these can be applied to Self-analysis, and by means of exercises also given in the text, so control both mind and body, that Self-Realisation is possible in the highest sense, and that even before this stage is reached, Health, Harmony and Serenity will be attained, surely to be prized for themselves alone.


For those who are already students of Yoga Dr. Saher has opened new avenues of thought, new areas of knowledge which allow the student to move into Yoga in greater depth and with greater understanding.


For those to whom Yoga is a new subject, this book will provide a worthy introduction to a way of life in which the rewards become ever richer as the study proceeds.


All the Scriptures of the world throughout the ages have proclaimed to man the need to "KNOW THYSELF". In "ZEN-YOGA"Dr. Saher has provided a sure path to this knowledge.


CONTENTS

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FOREWORD ix

PREFACE xi

EXPLANATION OF ILLUSTRATIONS


xix

PART I

INTRODUCTION xix

CHAPTERS

1. Mind and Thinking - and how both drift? 1

2. Drifts of the Mind and what they convey? 7

3. What is this Mind of Man 16

4. Do we think and how? 20

5. Must we sleep and how much? 23

6. The expanding Consciousness 26

7. Breathing and its relationship to Consciousness and Life 28

8. Spiritual Planes 34

9. Avoidable Mistakes 38

10. The Centres and their Mechanism 43

11. Use of Free Will in Trifles 62

12. Correct Methods in Daily Living 65

13. Progress on the Path 73

14. Will-Force 77

15. The Internal Non-equilibrium of Centres 80

16. How can we restore the Internal Equilibrium of the Centres? 84

17. What is the Purpose of Life and Birth?


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PART II

THE UNPUBLISHED SECRETS OF ZEN AND YOGA

1. Pratyahara 101

2. Self-conquest 106

3. Understanding of the Laws of Spiritual Success 108

4. The glamour of Liberation from Bondage to the Ego 110

5. Yoga Sutra in the Light of our Understanding 113

6. The Five Gospels 119

åÊ (i) åÊ åÊ The sixty secret sacred Steps to salvation 119

åÊ (ii)åÊ åÊ The twentyfive Spiritual Sentences 126

åÊ (iii)åÊ åÊ Mysteries of the Higher Grades of Initiation 130

åÊ (iv)åÊ åÊ The Holy Concordat 133

åÊ (v)åÊ åÊ Devotion to Avatara surpasses all 139

7. Recapitulation

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143

APPENDICES

I. A few Questions answered 151

II. Practical Exercises 182

III. Celestial Influence or Intensities of Celestial Bodies 199

IV. What happens to the Resultant Intensity finally? 220

V. The Neuro-physiological Basis of our Mind 233

VI. Practical Exercises

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238

BIBLIOGRAPHY 240

INDEX 257

ILLUSTRATIONS 1-25

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