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Patanjali’s Yogasutra

A Psychological Study by: K. Ramakrishna Rao

This volume thus provides the psychological context and the relevance of studies of yoga, based on Patanjali’s Yogasutra, for advancing the existing psychological knowledge. Yoga psychology provides the foundation for Indian psychology, an emerging discipline rooted in classical Indian tradition, and enables one to experience self-actualization in life.



ISBN: 9788124609361
Year Of Publication: 2018
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 273
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 600


Patanjali’s Yogasutra: A Psychological Study is an attempt at an English translation of Patanjali’s Yogasutra with commentary rendered in current psychological idiom. It features an extensive Introduction to the context and attempts to draw out conclusions on the implications of yoga theory and practices to current psychological knowledge.
Yoga paradigm goes well beyond what is currently in vogue and provides a more fruitful model for studying and understanding human nature, both hidden and manifest. This volume thus provides the psychological context and the relevance of studies of yoga for advancing the existing psychological knowledge. Yoga psychology provides the foundation for Indian psychology, an emerging discipline, rooted in classical Indian tradition.
According to Indian psychology, the person is a unique composite of body, mind and consciousness, making a qualitative distinction between mind and consciousness. Self-actualization, the ultimate aim of a person, is realized by cultivating consciousness as-such, resulting in a kind of psycho-spiritual symbiosis, enabling a person to experience an all-around transformation.


1. Introduction
Yoga: An Inclusive Psychology
Connection between Consciousness and Mind
The Nature of the Person
Multiplicity of the Purushas
2. Yoga Towards a Tranquil State of Mind (Samadhi)
Yogasutra of Patanjali
On Samadhi
Theory of Mind
Control of the Mind
Concept of God
Hindrances to Control
Different Kinds of Samadhis
The Goal of Yoga
3. Yoga Practice (Sadhana)
Kleshas: Sources of Suffering
Karmashaya: The Receptacle of Karma
The Existential Anguish
The Seer and the Seen
Person as Embodied Consciousness
Eightfold yoga practice
Samyama: Meditation
4. Yogic and Supernormal Powers (Siddhis)
Five States of the Mind
Psychic Powers
5. Freedom, Peace and Perfection through Yoga (Kaivalya)
Yoga Epistemology and Ontology
Reaching Kaivalya
Klesha–Karma–Samskara Nexus
Perception and Cognition
Connection between Consciousness and the Mind
Multiplicity of Purushas
Kaivalya: The State of Perfection
6. Metapsychology of Yoga
The Scope and Methods
Psychological Processes
The Existential Context and the Human Quest
Implications and Applications
Some Concerns
Is Indian Psychology Inclusive?
Is Detachment Psychologically Healthy?
Is Indian Psychology Pessimistic?

Meet the Author
Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao is currently Chancellor of GITAM University. His previous assignments include Chairman, ICPR (2006-12); President, Institute for Human Science & Service (1998- ), Executive Director, Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, USA (1988-94); Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University (1984-87); Director, Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, NC (1976-84) and Professor of Psychology, Andhra University (1968-82). Prof. Rao was thrice President of Parapsychological Association, the US-based international society of scientists involved in parapsychological research and twice President of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. He is currently President of the Asian Congress of Philosophy. Prof. Rao received numerous academic and civic honours, including Padmasri, D.Lit (Honoris Causa) by Andhra University and Kakatiya University and honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Acharya Nagarjuna University. Prof. Rao published twenty books and over 200 research papers. His major books include Cognitive Anomalies, Consciousness and Yoga, Gandhi and Applied Spirituality, Consciousness Studies: Cross-cultural Perspectives, Gandhi and Pragmatism, and Experimental Parapsychology.