The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga

The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga


"Kundalini yoga offered Jung with a version of whatever that was once nearly thoroughly missing in Western psychology--an account of the improvement stages of upper consciousness.... Jung's insistence at the psychogenic and symbolic value of such states is much more well timed now than then. As R. D. Laing stated... 'It used to be Jung who broke the floor the following, yet few him.'"--From the creation by way of Sonu Shamdasani

Jung's seminar on Kundalini yoga, awarded to the mental membership in Zurich in 1932, has been generally considered as a milestone within the mental realizing of jap notion and of the symbolic changes of internal event. Kundalini yoga awarded Jung with a version for the developmental stages of upper attention, and he interpreted its symbols by way of the method of individuation. With sensitivity towards a brand new generation's curiosity in replacement religions and mental exploration, Sonu Shamdasani has introduced jointly the lectures and discussions from this seminar. during this quantity, he re-creates for ultra-modern reader the fascination with which many intellectuals of prewar Europe looked japanese spirituality as they found an increasing number of of its assets, from yoga to tantric texts. Reconstructing this seminar via new documentation, Shamdasani explains, in his advent, why Jung concept that the comprehension of jap idea was once crucial if Western psychology was once to strengthen. He is going directly to orient cutting-edge viewers towards an appreciation of a few of the questions that stirred the minds of Jung and his seminar staff: what's the relation among japanese faculties of liberation and Western psychotherapy? What connection is there among esoteric non secular traditions and spontaneous person adventure? What mild do the symbols of Kundalini yoga shed on stipulations clinically determined as psychotic? not just have been those questions vital to analysts within the Thirties yet, as Shamdasani stresses, they proceed to have mental relevance for readers at the threshold of the twenty-first century. This quantity additionally deals newly translated fabric from Jung's German language seminars, a seminar through the indologist Wilhelm Hauer awarded together with that of Jung, illustrations of the cakras, and Sir John Woodroffe's vintage translation of the tantric textual content, the Sat-cakra Nirupana.

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