This is a compilation of some of the essays which Ravi Ravindra, a scientist-philosopher has written over more than a quarter of a century. These essays have been published in a variety of journals and magazines some of which are not now easily accessible. Brief excerpts from some of his books. Whispers from the Other Shore, Science and Spirit, the Yoga of the Christ and Krishnamurti: two birds on One Tree, are also included in the collection.
Each of the selections here is influenced by yoga and the teaching of Krishna; all of them speak of and are related to the wisdom of the spiritual traditions of India. They range from an exploration of Rita in the Rig Veda and its relation to Yajna and dharma in the subsequent tradition on contemporary spiritual masters such as J. Krishnamurti. Some of the essays deal exclusively with the great texts of India, such as the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavada Gita, while some deal with the parallels which can be found with texts from other traditions, such as The Enneads of Plotinus and the Gospel according to Saint John.
Others essays discuss the interaction of modern science and the spiritual traditions if India and their impact on the life of humanity. Ravindra is at home in the East and in the west; he understand hymns in Vedic Sanskrit and nuances of relativistic cosmology, and he brings insights from both sources. He shares his passionate inquiry about the meaning and purpose of human life and of the cosmos that we might discover if we could hear more subtly and see more deeply. In this he exhibits a remarkable impartiality which searches for and delights in truths and wisdom wherever they can be found, without an argument for or an exclusive interest in any sect, religion or tradition.
About the Author:
He was born in India in 1939. he moved to Canada in 1966. He has a B. Sc. And a master of Technology degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology. He has a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Dalhousie University. He held post-doctoral fellowships in Physics.
He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced study in Princeton 1977 in the School of Natural Sciences, and a Member of the Indian Institute Advanced Study at Simla in 1978. he was the Founding Director of the Threshold Award for integrative Knowledge and chair of its international and interdisciplinary selection committees in 1979 and 1980.
He is the Author of more than a hundred papers in physics, philosophy and religion and of the Following Books: Theory of Seismic Head Waves Whispers From the Other Shore; Science and Spirit; Two Birds on One Tree; and the Yoga of the Christ into French, Greek and German.
One of the course of Ravi Ravindra, Mystical Consciousness and Modern Science was selected by the Templeton Foundation for an award in their Science-Religion Courses Programme in 1996.
|From the Editor||Ix|
|I||DHARMA, RELIGION AND THE WORLD||1|
|1. Religion in the Global Village||3|
|2. Alternative Oneself||7|
|3. The Spiritual Quest||11|
|4. The Problem of Modernization in Hinduism||20|
|II||YOGA AND THE TEACHING OF KRISHNA||37|
|5. Teaching of Krishna, Master of Yoga||39|
|6. Yoga: The Royal Path to Freedom||52|
|7. The Dimensions of the Self: Buddhi in the Bhagavagita and Psyche in Plotinus||72|
|8. Is Religion Psychotherapy?- An Indian View||99|
|III||YOGA, NATURE AND SCIENCE||113|
|9. Perception in Yoga and Physics||115|
|10. The Indian View of Nature||134|
|11. Modern Science and Spiritual Traditions||156|
|12. To the Dancer Belong the Universe: Freedom and Bondage of Natural Law||174|
|13. Ahimsa, Transformation and Ecology||201|
|IV||YOGA, YAJNA AND TIME||217|
|14. Time in Indian and Christian Traditions||219|
|15. Is the Eternal Everlasting?||238|
|16. Rita is Founded on Yajna||249|
|17.Can Consciousness Survive Bodily, Birth and Existence?||257|
|V||YOGA, VEDANTA AND OTHER TEACHINGS||287|
|19. The Gospel as Yoga||289|
|20. The Yoga of the Cross||302|
|21. Uniqueness and Oneness in the Lion's Roar: Vedanta and Sikh Heritage||313|
|22. The Mill and the Mill-pond: A Twenty-year Conversation with J. Krishnamurti||327|
|23. Gurdjieff Work and the Teaching of Krishna||338|
|Acknowledgement of Sources||357|
|Glossary of Selected Sanskrit and Pali Words||361|
|Index of References||371|
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