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Initiation into Yoga Paperback – December 1, 1976


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rider & Co; 1St Edition edition (December 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091256313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091256319
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,000,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tepi on March 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ronald Nixon (who later became known as Sri Krishna Prem) was a young man in his twenties when he first saw the famous 8th Century clay figure of a Chinese Lohan or Buddhist saint. At that time it was located in the main entrance hall of the British Museum, and if you don't know this astounding work you should try at least to locate a reproduction.
What this figure depicts is a human being who has realized his full human potential, a being utterly calm who looks at us from a depth of understanding that we can hardly begin to imagine. Prem reasoned that, if an artist could depict such poise, and if we are able to recognize and resonate to it, it must surely exist deep inside all of us, and he decided to set out to attain it for himself.
It was the 1920s, and after graduating from Cambridge where he had studied English, Pali and Sanskrit, he went to India where he had been offered a job as professor of English Literature at Lucknow University. Although he was liked by both the Indians and most English, and was enormously popular with his students, he was, as we may have surmised, a highly unconventional Englishman.
The fascinating story of his life in India, the remarkable Indians that he met, how he was led to become a Hindu initiate and devotee of the Krishna cult, and how he ended up building his own ashram and attaining realization may be read up in the thirty-page foreword to the book by his disciple and editor, Sri Madhava Ashish.
The remainder of this short book is taken up with nine essays by Sri Krishna Prem: Initiation into Yoga; Symbolism and Knowledge; The Sacred Marriage; The Forgotten Land; Doubts and their Removal; Past, Present and Future; Superstition; The Violence of War; and Religion and Philosophy.
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