From the Gita to the Grail: Exploring Yoga Stories & Western Myths

From the Gita to the Grail: Exploring Yoga Stories & Western Myths

by Bernie Clark


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935628316
Publisher: Blue River Press
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 659,715
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Bernie Clark has had a passion for science, spirituality and stories of mythology since his childhood days. He has a degree in science from the University of Waterloo, and spent over twenty-five years as a senior executive in the high tech/space industry. He has been investigating the path of meditation for over three decades and began teaching yoga and meditation in 1998. He is the author The Complete GT Yin Yoga & YinSight, and the creator of the website. He lives and teaches in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

A Note On Mythology ix

An Introduction to Myths, Maps and Models xv

The Cosmological Function 1

Chapter 1 The Creation of All Things 2

Chapter 2 The Magic of Myth 31

The Cosmological Function of Mythology: Summary 49

The Sociological Function 51

Chapter 3 Living in Accord with Our Neighbors 52

Chapter 4 The Great Cycles 69

Chapter 5 Varna, Dharma and Karma 87

Chapter 6 Boundaries 105

The Sociological Function of Mythology: Summary 119

The Psychological Function 121

Chapter 7 The Arc of Aging 122

Chapter 8 The Goals of Life 148

Chapter 9 The Soul Question 163

Chapter 10 Matter versus Spirit 190

Chapter 11 The Individual in Society 206

Chapter 12 Myths for Women 237

Chapter 13 Myths of Love 284

The Psychological Function of Mythology: Summary 324

The Mystical Function 329

Chapter 14 The Horror of Life 330

Chapter 15 Three Characteristics of Life 344

Chapter 16 Three Attitudes Towards Life 365

Chapter 17 Aum in Four Syllables 391

Chapter 18 Mahayana Buddhism 415

Chapter 19 Tantra Yoga 436

Chapter 20 Guru Yoga 436

Chapter 21 Living with the Mystical 454

The Mystical Function of Mythology: Summary 479

Epilogue: Transcending Boundaries -Going Beyond Your Map 481

Acknowledgements 488

Endnotes 489

Index 524

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