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9 januari 2019

The Flower of Yoga – Introductory Notes for the Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

By Ianthe H. Hoskins (1912 – 2001).

60 Pages | First edition 1994, second reprint 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592399.

Ianthe H. Hoskins was a teacher by profession, who also had several years of experience in teacher-training. Her work for the Theosophical Society has been varied, including administration of the English Section of the Society, writing lecture around the world and talks to those interested in the philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta.

From the Foreword:

” These notes offer an introduction to the theoretical and practical study of yoga. Among the explanatory statements given here, of especial importance are the words ‘self-applied in an individual case’. In modern parlance, yoga is a ‘do-it-yourself’ science. Unless this is understood from the beginning, it is useless to embark on the study. Hidden treasure, says the Viveka-chudamani, does not come out at the mere mention of the word ‘out’: there must be reliable information, digging and the removal of stones. Similarly, the treasure of the Divine Indwelling – the goal of yoga – is not attained without the instruction of Wise Teachers, feminine or masculine, accompanied by the discplines of the yogic life.

The notes are intended to be used in conjunction with one – or preferably more than one – translation of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Some recommended versions are given at the end, together with a short reading list. 

I.H.H. “

 

auteur: Hoskins, I.H.
ISBN: 8170592399
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Hatha Yoga – The Occult Science of Health

By Captain P.G. Bowen (1882 – 1940).

19 Pages | A rare edition from 19xx | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

The interpretation of the term Hatha Yoga, suggested by the sub-title of this paper, is one which may cause a little surprise, and perhaps, disagreement. Speaking in the widest sense, however, the interpretation is entirely correct, as I hope to make clear before I finish.

Yoga what it is (p. 3):

” The term YOGA literally translated means UNION. It refers to the process of harmonising, or unifying all departments or aspects of the individual Man with the inner, or central Principle, until the whole Life, and all that goes to make up that very comprehensive term, becomes balanced accurately, as it should be, on its AXIS. When this condition is attained all the outer departments swing accurately about the mathematical point (position, without dimension) which is the centre, and which itself, being merely abstract POSITION, does not move at all, and because of this fact governs the relative movements of outer sections of the wheel. This condition of balance constitutes perfection of individual development.

 

auteur: Bowen, P.G.
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The Lotus Fire – A Study in Symbolic Yoga

By George Sydney Arundale (1878–1945).

776 Pages | First edition 1939, 1st reprint 1976, 2nd reprint 2001 | Soft cover| Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059412X.

In his Preface to this great study in symbolic yoga, Dr. G.S. Arundale says it consists of notes taken at the time of his own personal exploiration in the field of symbology, ‘explorations which were fortunate enough to have the guidance of One whose discoveries in innumerable fields have constituted Him a Master of the Wisdom of Life. But even this guidance gives the notes no special authority, for both the guidance and the explorations are individual to myself. ‘

Dr. Arundale also says;

 ” One night one of the Great Beings, who is a Messenger of the Lord Śiva, disclosed to me, one after another, certain Symbols in their cosmic significance . . . The whole vista of the meaning and purpose of evolution gradually unveiled itself before me, and I have done my best to write it down as I perceived it, and where I could, to obtain corroboration from the great book of our Theosophical classic literature. “

The work is divided into five Books:

  1. The Vigil of Purification
  2. Symbols living and radiant
  3. Symbols real and dynamic
  4. From the Symbol to no-symbol
  5. Symbols at work.

From Section ‘Motherhood’ (p. 619):

THE GRAIL OF MOTHERHOOD

” Even more glorious than the sacred offices of the King, Priest and Teacher is the priesthood of every woman without exception – priest of the Motherhood of God, and of the Love of God in mysterious exaltation. This Motherhood may be a  Motherhood in pure Will, or it may be a Motherhood in pure Wisdom, or it may be a Motherhood in Creative Activity. Ever is it the heart of Life and the Holy Grail of all noble virtues. Hear the words of the mighty Lawgiver of the Aryan Race, Him whom Hindus call Lord Vaivasvata the Manu:

Where women are honoured, the gods rejoice. Where they are not honoured, the family perishes. […] In every religion throughout the world God incarnating as Mother shines no less gloriously than God incarnating as Father, or as Son, or as the very Fire of Life, the Holy Ghost. God is the Creator, God the Sustainer, God the Regenerator – in all Three dwells God the Mother as heart of each.

Almost is the priesthood of Motherhood too holy for any act of dedication in the merely human world. The very physical body of a woman is an altar already consecrated to a sacrifice. She is a bright shadow of God the Mother, and about the sacred acts of her ministering, of the exercise of her priesthood, hovers in sure benediction the Queen of Motherhood herself . . . “

 

auteur: Arundale, G.S.
ISBN: 817059412X
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