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Human Consciousness and Yogic Science

by: Kamakhya Kumar , Ajay Bhardwaj

This volume addresses and analyses the different aspects of yoga and consciousness using scientific and pedagogical tools. It has been structured as a textbook on yoga and conforms to the course content of yogic science of Indian universities and should serve as an authentic reference book on the subject.

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ISBN: 9788124608401
Year Of Publication: 2019
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xi, 204
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 450

Overview

This volume addresses and analyses the different aspects of yoga and consciousness using scientific and pedagogical tools to fit well into an academic framework. The essence of yoga is the search to know our true selves to discover the real nature of consciousness. It starts with the body, goes to the mind and aims to realize the inner nature. Yoga is a way of life; it provides excellence in action; it removes our own evils and weaknesses, leading us to a higher level of consciousness paving the way for peace, bliss and harmony.
This book has been structured as a textbook on yoga. It conforms to the course content of yogic science of Indian universities and should serve as an authentic reference book on the subject. Efforts have been made here to navigate the readers with different aspects and planes of yoga and consciousness smoothly.
While dealing with topics such as the concept, science, psychology, and problems and challenges of consciousness, this volume delves deep into topics like human consciousness in philosophical thought; yoga and expansion of consciousness; and the current issues in the science of consciousness and yoga. It also familiarizes one with the different methods of evolution of consciousness in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikkhism.
This book is specifically targeted at university teachers and students of yogic science. It should also raise keen interest among practising psychologists, psychoanalysts and general readers.

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1. Concept of Consciousness
Meaning and Definitions of Consciousness
Some Examples of Consciousness
Field of Consciousness
Some Other Aspects of Consciousness
The Flow of Consciousness
Consciousness: The Ultimate Reality
Types of Consciousness
Dynamics of Consciousness: Cognitive Process of the Soul
What’s the Point of Knowing All This?
Conditioned Consciousness: The Greater Mental Field
Consciousness: The World Within
Citta, the Body of Consciousness
Nature of Citta
Consciousness in the Natural World
The Superconscious
Consciousness and Individual Nature
Samadhi
Layers of Consciousness and Psychological Disease
2. Science of Consciousness
3. Psychology of Consciousness
Altered States of Consciousness
Validation of the Mystic Experience
Dynamics of Change in Consciousness
Bases of Consciousness
Methods of Altering Consciousness
4. Problem of Consciousness
The Easy and Hard Problems
Functional Explanations
Some Case Studies
The Extra Ingredient
No Reductive Explanation
Outline of a Theory of Consciousness
The Principle of Structural Coherence
The Principle of Organizational Invariance
The Double-Aspect Theory of Information
5. Human Consciousness in Philosophical Thought
Upanishadic Philosophy
Buddhist Philosophy
Vedanta Philosophy
Vedic Philosophy
Nyaya Philosophy
Jaina Philosophy
Vaisheshika Philosophy
Samkhya Philosophy
Yoga Philosophy
Mimamsa Philosophy
6. Yoga and Expansion of Consciousness
Concept of Yoga
Role of Yoga for Physical Well-being
Three States of Mind: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas
Consciousness: The Spiritual Aspect of Yoga
7. Current Issues in the Science of Consciousness and Yoga Issues in the Science of Consciousness and Yoga
8. Methods of Evolution of Consciousness
In Buddhism
In Jainism
In Christianity
In Islam
In Sikhism
In Hinduism
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr Kamakhya Kumar, an eminent Yoga scholar and researcher, is a senior faculty member at the School of Yoga and Health at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar. Having an extensive research experience in Yoga science, in which he holds a PhD as well, he guides researchers in five universities, in India. Dr Kumar has an extensive experience in teaching Yoga in various universities, facilitating Yoga training and addressing workshops on Positive Attitude, Life Management, Stress Management, Mind Management, etc. Dr Kumar is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Yoga and Allied Sciences, and has over ten books and about fifty research papers to his credit. He has handled various administrative and organizational posts, including the Chief Co-ordinator of Yoga Arogya Polyclinic at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya.
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Dr Ajay Bhardwaj got his Bachelors in English Honours from Magadh University, Bodha Gaya and did his Postgraduation in English from S.K. University, Dumka, Jharkhand and subsequently took two more postgraduate degrees in Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, and Journalism and Mass Communication from Dev Sanskriti University. He got his PhD on “A Study of Yoga Related Coverage in Print Media”. Presently, Dr Bhardwaj is working as a Senior Assistant Professor and as a Coordinator Media Studies at Dev Sanskriti University, Uttarakhand. He has presented numerous papers in national and international seminars.
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