Internationally reputed for his scientific interpretations of Vedic literature, Professor Panda has also authored a number of widely acclaimed books like Maya in Physics, The Vibrating Universe, Mind and Super mind (2 vols.). His is truly the integral, synthetic, holistic approach.
Many modern Yoga Schools do not teach even the ABC of Patanjali Yoga-Sutra and the other classical Yoga scriptures. It is not our assertion that the classical Yoga cannot be further improved and that the last word has been said in the classical scriptures. But we question the appropriateness of the maintenance of quietude on the wisdom of the ancient seers.
Even in the first half of the twentieth century, Yoga was branded as a cult of superstitions by some Indian (so-called) rationalists whose pseudo-science is claimed to be the only science. Scientific experimentations done by some Western scientists, followed by similar work by a few Indian scientists, lent scientific credence to Yoga. Now it has a firm position in Physiology, Psychology, Therapeutics and Theology. Some authors have made good attempts in scientifically explaining the yogic processes and the benefits that accrue. Still it is felt that the science of meditation needs more vivid clarification. Such an attempt has been made in the third part of this book.
The second part of this book deals with the theory of meditation. Yogic theories and scientific theories have been explained with a holistic and synthetic approach. Any student of Yoga, not interested in yogic theory and scientific explanations, may omit part two and three of this book and may learn the practice of meditation from part one only.
We have not kept any meditational technique secret from our readers. The techniques have been methodically presented. The last three limbs of Patanjali Yoga have been grouped and combined named as 'meditation'. In addition, the other limbs of Patanjali Yoga that facilitate meditation have also been presented in a brief manner. Part one of this book is a brief compendium of meditational Yoga. Part two and three of this book is meant for advanced research workers on meditation. If Yoga ever enters into medical curriculum, part three of this book would perhaps provide the basic information.
Any practitioner of medicine, desirous of using yoga-therapy as a complementary one or as the main treatment, can use this book as a sample guide.
The theory and practice of Yoga for spiritual uplift, finally leading to liberation, have also been given in this book. After all, Yoga is principally a spiritual subject. And this spiritual aspect has not been ignored.
This author is not only a yoga-theorist, but a practitioner since his twenties. It is his firm conviction that yoga can improve the quality of life - physical, mental and spiritual. He would be happy if this book helps its readers not only in theoretical knowledge but also in actual practice.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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