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Jung's seminar on Kundalini Yoga, presented to the Psychology Club is a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and the symbolic transformations of inner experience. With sensitivity towards a new generation's interest in alternative religion and psychological exploration, Sonu Shamdasani has brought together the lectures and discussions from this seminar. In this volume, he re-creates for today's reader the fascination with which many intellectuals of pre-war Europe regarded Eastern spirituality as they discovered more and more of its resources, from yoga to tantric texts. In particular, Shamdasani guides his audience towards an appreciation of the questions that stirred the minds of Jung and his group: What is the relation between Eastern schools of liberation and Western psychotherapy? What connection is there between esoteric religious traditions and spontaneous individual experience? What light to the symbols of Kundalini Yoga shed on conditions diagnosed as psychotic? In his introduction, Shamdasani reconstructs the seminar through new documentation. He explains why Jung thought that the comprehension of Eastern thought was essential if Western psychology were to develop. Depicting the ways in which Jung's work has such a decisive influence on the alternate religious movements, Shamdasani highlights the continued psychological relevance of these writings. In addition, this volume offers newly translated material from Jung's German language seminars, (a seminar by the indologist Wilhelm Hauer presented in conjunction with Jung's), illustrations of the cakras , and Sir John Woodroffe's classic translation of the tantric text, the Sat-Cakra-Nirupana .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415149266
ISBN-10: 0415149266
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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