They are said to have arisen as a spontaneous response to the question “Who Am I”
With the climax of each of the six verses:
Cit Ānanda Rūpaḥ Śiva Ahaṃ Śiva Ahaṃ
That Form of Pure Awareness and Bliss, I am Śiva, I am Śiva
“Because the West has deprived itself of its own original irrational methods and yet needs them badly; because its inner Life can only be repressed, but not helped, by rationalism, it tries to adopt Yoga and Zen.”
– A letter from CG Jung to Encounter Magazine February 1961 vol XVI no 2
“Yoga is big business. Its worth $10bn a year in America alone. Does the growth in yoga’s popularity, particularly in the West, mean that its spiritual content and religious roots are being neglected? Can yoga be practised aside from these roots? Are there even dangers in doing so?”
In this benchmark five-volume study, originally published between 1922 and 1955, Surendranath Dasgupta examines the principal schools of thought that define Indian philosophy.
A unifying force greater than art, literature, religion, or science, Professor Dasgupta describes philosophy as the most important achievement of Indian thought, arguing that an understanding of its history is necessary to appreciate the significance and potentialities of India’s complex culture.
A gallery of pictures from a Journey to India in 2001 with family, friends and students to ascend five sacred mountains to the the five sacred temples depicted in the Pañca Kedar myth from the Mahābhārata in the events following the final battle. It is based around the five Pāṇḍava brothers attempt to seek atonement for the Gotrahatya (killing of kinsmen) and Brāhmanahatya (killing of Brahmins) they had just committed during the war. (View with PicLens.)
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