Exploration of Indian Yoga Psychology

A blog on the Transpersonal Psychology of Indian Yoga and the Spiritual Genius of India (another blog of the same author – http://integralmusings.aurosociety.org)

The Inner Consciousness and the Outer Act – M.S. Srinivasan

(It is said that in work the quality of the work is more important than the quantity. But in Yoga both the quantity and quality are secondary and subordinate to … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Looking Within – M.S. Srinivasan

(This is an imaginative recreation of vedantic stories, which describe the path of self-knowledge discovered by ancient Indian seers.) Aruni is a great sage of upanishadic age in India.  He … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Mind and its Control – M.S. Srinivasan

(To understand the ways of the mind and its control is an important part of all psychological and spiritual discipline. Here are some stories on the subject which are at … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Energy Alchemy – M.S. Srinivasan

The Indian approach to transformation of human energies is embodied in two profound concepts of Indian philosophy: Brahmacharya and Tapas. They are some of the most misunderstood concepts in Indian … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Yogic Skill in Action – M.S. Srinivasan

“Yoga is skill in action,” says Bhagavat Gita, the well-known Indian Scripture. But this famous verse is mostly misinterpreted to mean professional dexterity in action. If this is the real … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Ahamkar: I-maker-III-M.S. Srinivasan

Ego as a Cosmic Principle Every one of use might have had some experience of these forms of egoism in our life. But to experience the primal ego- principle in … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Ahamkar: I-maker-II-M.S. Srinivasan

The Forms of Egoism    We can classify the forms of egoism into three categories Tamasic, Rajasic and Sattwic. The tamasic ego identifies itself with its disabilities and failures and wails … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Ahamkar: I-maker-I-M.S. Srinivasan

The fourth element in  the psychological apparatus of Man is the Ahankara or the I-maker or the ego-idea. We have already discussed this principle in brief elsewhere. From a cosmic … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Budhi: Intelligent Will-M.S. Srinivasan

We have discussed so far three major powers of the human psychological apparatus: Chitta, Manas and Prana and their function and role in Yoga. The fourth is Budhi which is … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prana: The Life-Force – II – M.S. Srinivasan

Transformation of Prana Indian Yogic tradition has evolved many disciplines for the purification, liberation and transformation of Prana ranging from the physico-vital methods of pranayama to the spiritual methods of … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prana: The Life-Force – I – M.S. Srinivasan

The Inner Horse The other important part of the psycho-physical equipment of man is Prana or Life-force. Prana is the vital energy, inner horse in us which animates and energises … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Manas – The Sense Mind-M.S. Srinivasan

The second power of the psychological equipment of man is Manas. Here again we have to go beyond the superficial translation of the sanskrit term into the omnibus english word … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chitta: The Basic Mind-Stuff -M.S. Srinivasan

The concept of Chitta, is one of the foundational ideas of Indian psychology.  The Sanskrit term for consciousness is Chit and Chitta means “of consciousness.” Chit and Chitta Indian philosophy … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Triple Qualities of Nature and the Indian Vision of Human Development – M.S. Srinivasan

The other original contribution of Sankhya philosophy to yoga psychology is the concept of three Gunas or qualities of Nature. But this is not a mere intellectual concept; like the … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment