Wholeness or Transcendence: Ancient Lessons for the Emerging Global Civilization / Edition 1

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An important book explaining ancient doctrines with clarity and elucidating the meanings of Yoga.

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Library Journal
This is a thoroughly revised version of Feuerstein's The Essence of Yoga 1974, o.p.. The author, an authority on Hinduism, uses Jean Gebser's model of structures of consciousness to distinguish transcendent from holistic spirituality. After examining these types in detail regarding the religious traditions that supported one or the other, Feuerstein suggests practices to foster each practice. Developing an East/West dialog and creating understanding of Hindu tradition are the chief focus of the book. Public libraries with large Hindu and New Age holdings should purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943914589
  • Publisher: Larson Publications NY
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Foreword 9
Introduction 15
Pt. 1 The Search for Oneness and Transcendence
Ch. 1 Spirituality and the Mythic Structure of Consciousness 25
Ch. 2 The Transcendence of Consciousness 32
Ch. 3 Unification as a Bipolar Process 41
Ch. 4 Life as Suffering 50
Ch. 5 Escaping the Cycle of Life and Death 58
Ch. 6 The Ascetic Flight from Time 66
Ch. 7 The Alchemy of Renunciation 72
Ch. 8 Dismantling the Ego-Personality 78
Ch. 9 The Crisis of Inner Awakening 86
Ch. 10 Initiation as Spiritual Rebirth 93
Ch. 11 The Path from Multiplicity to Unity 99
Ch. 12 The Puritan Ethic 104
Ch. 13 The Denial of Eros 112
Ch. 14 Self-Discipline as Energy Management 117
Ch. 15 The Immobilized Body 130
Ch. 16 The Transformative Function of the Breath 136
Ch. 17 The Tortoise-Like Withdrawal of Attention 142
Ch. 18 The One-Pointed Consciousness 146
Ch. 19 The Vertical Path of Absorption 152
Ch. 20 The Ecstatic Consciousness - Going Beyond Subject and Object 161
Ch. 21 Allurement through Magical Powers 176
Ch. 22 The Final Leap into Transcendence 183
Ch. 23 The Goal: Perfect Isolation 189
Ch. 24 In Retrospect: The Spirituality of Shiva 197
Pt. 2 Integral Aspects of Spirituality
Ch. 25 From Transcendence to Wholeness 203
Ch. 26 The Yogin on the Battlefield 210
Ch. 27 Love, Human and Divine 221
Ch. 28 Liberation in the Embodied State 231
Ch. 29 Integral Breakthroughs in Mahayana Buddhism 240
Ch. 30 The Tantric Revolution 252
Ch. 31 The Secret Teaching of the Indestructible Body 266
Epilogue 279
Bibliography 291
Index 295
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