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Yoga: The Method of Re-Integration Hardcover – 1955
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The limits of the physical body can never be transgressed without knowing and thoroughly mastering the sensory impulses which govern the process of living. The most vital impulses delude us the most, thus safely protecting vital functions from dangerous interferences. This is why the vital instincts and rhythms can only be acted upon and mastered through a very expert technique. It is this technique which is called Yoga. The adept of yoga, the yogi, like the psychiatrist, goes straight to the root of the most powerful instincts, those which more forcibly hold us within the dominion of matter, and he is able to control his vital functions by a thorough knowledge of the particular processes and emotive regions through which the vital instincts hold sway over the body and the mind. Here the yogi profoundly differs from the moralist for he holds that to neglect or ignore certain psycho-physiological factors is a sure way of remaining within their grip. The network of the instincts binds the gross to the subtle body and keeps us imprisoned. The knots of this network are strong and complex and, without the proper technique for undoing them, we can never escape from our physical envelope but are kept always on the path of the individual and social instincts by which the continuity of physical life is assured. Yoga keeps aloof from emotional and sentimental impulses. It abides in cold logic and is interested only in the technical possibility of supra-human realization. "O white Arjuna, this yoga, is not attained by him who eats too much, nor by him who abstains from food. Nor by him who oversleeps nor him who keeps awake. "This yoga which destroys pain is achieved by him who eats and behaves as is proper, whose all actions are led by reason, whose sleep and wake are regulated." (Bhagavad Gita 6, 16-17.)
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I was misled by the reviews.
Its a Miss in my opinion. If you ate looking to own all of this authors work then buy it.
For me there were two interesting sentences and all else was basic.
This book is a jewel and is badly in need of re-printing. I have used it since the 1970's. It is an excellent compendium of quotations about detailed aspects of yoga from the broad sweep of original yoga texts, many of which are hard to find in translation. In that respect it is a very traditional account of the practice and of increasing value these days as yoga is more and more Westernized and it seems that every (unenlightened) one and his brother has some opinion about what yoga should be. These are original source materials with clear translations. Some scholars take issue with Danielou's work on ideological grounds, given his sympathies with the Hindu Nationalist movements started, in part, by his guru. He is also rigorous about not excluding sexuality from aspects of dealing with erotic energies where it belongs and where the traditions become distorted by blotting them out. These methods are, after all, about learning how to transmute those energies. To the mind of this scholar, it only enhances his integrity. Highly recommended to the serious student of the yoga tradition.