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Introduction to Yoga Hardcover – January, 1972

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Theosophical Pub House (January 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835671208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835671200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,173,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Godspark on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Besant was an integral force in introducing Hindu thought to the Western world...long before there were yoga classes in every exercise studio, Besant brought the true meaning of what it means to practice the way of the yogi. This is an excellent overview of a most mystical way of life - not just breath work and asanas.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T-Metz on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
During four lectures delivered in Varansi (India) at the thirty-second annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, Dr Besant explores the nature of yoga as a science including the obstacles and impediments to practice. This small (ie, 150pp) manual provides the basis for a deeper study of the teaching of Patanjali and of Yoga in general, containing the essentials to be considered throughout the different stages of living and practice.

Given only four stars because of the "lecture" style, rather than a structured style made simpler to follow, her framework for establishing the basis of Yoga (or, UNITY) is compelling, for example: "Every Purusha has three characteristics, and these three are alike in all. One characteristic is awareness; it will become cognition. The second of the characteristics is life or prana; it will become activity. The third characteristic is immutability, the essence of eternity; it will become will. . ."[p 51]

Next she explains the relationship of Prakriti, that enables the transformation of ourselves and all creation: "Prakriti also has three characteristics, the well-known gunas---attributes or qualities. These are rhythm, mobility, and inertia. Rhythm enables awareness to become cognition. Mobility enables life to become activity. Inertia enables immutability to become will."[p 52]

Subsequently she touches on the fundamental nature of the Trinity, or three-in-one that permeates all creation---thus demanding Yoga or unity as the ever-present truth behind the apparent separateness of ourselves and all else of creation: "We have the power to know, the power to will, and the power to act.
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