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April 2016

Yoga Psychology | The Pancha-Koshas / The 5 Selves   


The Five Sheaths (Koshas) Kosha, the Samskrita word signifies a cover, but as per Sandhya Bhasha, or the Twilight Language of Yoga, the word kosha, as utilized in Samkhya Yoga stands for the self. According to Samkhya Yoga, the Yoga of the Numbering, there are a number of levels down which consciousness travel. As Shakti, or Universal energy and Shiva, or Universal consciousness transform along these levels, they unite and transmute from purer and more rarefied forms of higher consciousness to more substantive forms possessing correspondingly lesser consciousness. Finally, at the 5th level below that of the pure self, Universal energy and [...]

Yoga Psychology | The Pancha-Koshas / The 5 Selves   2019-12-25T16:12:36+00:00

March 2016

Yoga Psychology | Yogic Learning & Yogic Thinking


Manana -The 2nd Level The next step in the Four Step process of Yogic learning, following the first Smarana, [click here for Yogic Learning I] is Manana. The word Manana comes from the root Man in Sanskrit, meaning thought, and Manana is- to think. So, to think about what we have cognized through Smarana, is Manana. This is the second of the 4 step Yogic Learning process. According to Yoga, there are 5 ways of thinking, out of which 4 lead to error, and one leads to the right conclusions: Right Knowledge/ Pramana Cognitive Dissonance/ Non-discernment/ Viparyaya Affective delusion/Language based delusion/ [...]

Yoga Psychology | Yogic Learning & Yogic Thinking2019-12-25T14:55:45+00:00

Yoga Psychology | Learning Through Epiphany


How do we Know something? How do we know something? And how do we know something for sure? These two things are definitely different. For example, we know that oranges are sweet, but to know for sure whether or not the orange lying on that table is sweet or not, we would have to take a bite ourselves. So knowledge which we hold to be true, we can’t really say if it is true or not until we test it ourselves. This is the method of direct perception. But then direct perception too can be deceiving-for example, if we were to [...]

Yoga Psychology | Learning Through Epiphany2019-12-19T16:12:03+00:00

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