About the Book
While Indian philosophy has been, in our time, the object of mainly academicinterest, Yoga has become, in recent decades, an object of wide-spread popularinterest, particularly in the West. But from at least the time of the Upanisadstill Aurobindo Yoga has been an important source of inspiration to philosophy inIndia and philosophy in turn has often provided an initial impetus andmotivation for the practice of Yoga and has produced various interpretations ofYogic experiences. It is therefore most appropriate that Yoga and Indianphilosophy be given equal attention both in the context of academic research andin the framework of popularizing Yoga.
This book offers a reliable introduction to Indian philosophical thought andto the teachings of Yoga, clarifies the mutual position of the twodisciplines-their relatedness, interdependence, differences and antagonisms atvarious times and in various schools-and discusses the position of Yoga in themodern world. It is based on original research and will be of interest toscholars and students of Indian philosophy and Yoga as well as to readers fromwide circles of the public who wish to supplement their interest in Yogapractice with a solid knowledge of its historical and philosophical connections.For this reason care has been taken to make it as readable as the subjectpermits without letting it suffer from undue simplification.
About the Author
Dr. Karel Werner studied Western philosophy and Indology at the Universitiesin Brno and Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, got Ph.D. in 1949 and became a lecturer inSanskrit and Indian Civilization in Olomouc University.
Since 1969 he has been the Spalding Lecturer in Indian Philosophy andReligion in the University of Durham.
A Note on Pronunciation and transliteration
List of Abbreviations
I. The Existential Situation of Man as Reflected in European andIndian Thought
II. The Nature of the World. A Survey of Indian Cosmology
III.Man, His Essence and Destiny
IV. Indian Conceptions of Salvation or FinalFreedom
V. Yoga, in Origin, Purpose and Relation to Philosophy
VI. Schools ofYoga
VII. Yoga in the Modern World