Yoga and the Jesus Prayer

Overview

Thomas Matus compares the yogic realization described by the Tantric Yogis of Hinduism and Buddhism with the personal testimony of a great Eastern Christian mystic, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022). The convergence of their narratives in a shared symbolic language points to an 'analogy of experience' between them. On the basis of this analogy, Matus suggests that the awakening of hidden energies in the body - the 'kundalini experience' - can be understood as a fulfillment of the life of faith in Jesus. In ...

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Overview

Thomas Matus compares the yogic realization described by the Tantric Yogis of Hinduism and Buddhism with the personal testimony of a great Eastern Christian mystic, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022). The convergence of their narratives in a shared symbolic language points to an 'analogy of experience' between them. On the basis of this analogy, Matus suggests that the awakening of hidden energies in the body - the 'kundalini experience' - can be understood as a fulfillment of the life of faith in Jesus. In this revised edition of his pioneering study of 1984, Matus goes beyond a purely theoretical reflection and offers both an account of his own experience as a Christian yogi and a clear description of the yogic rites and techniques into which he was initiated more than fifty years ago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846942853
  • Publisher: Circle Books
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,205,862
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter I The Way of Integration 1

Chapter II Tantric Yoga and the Quest for Perfect Freedom 19

Chapter III The Experience of Symeon the New Theologian 47

Chapter IV Symeon and the Yogis: A Vocabulary of Symbols 61

Chapter V The Ends of Yoga: Self-Realization and God-Consciousness 79

Chapter VI The Process of Yoga: The Ascent of the Inner Fire 95

Chapter VII The Means of Yoga and the Practice of Meditation 109

Epilogue: The Yoga of Jesus 123

Appendix: Yoga, Tantrism, and Symeon the New Theologian: Selected Sources 127

Glossary of terms and Index 130

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