About the Book
While Indian philosophy has been, in our time, the object of mainly academic
interest, Yoga has become, in recent decades, an object of wide-spread popular
interest, particularly in the West. But from at least the time of the Upanisads
till Aurobindo Yoga has been an important source of inspiration to philosophy in
India and philosophy in turn has often provided an initial impetus and
motivation for the practice of Yoga and has produced various interpretations of
Yogic experiences. It is therefore most appropriate that Yoga and Indian
philosophy be given equal attention both in the context of academic research and
in the framework of popularizing Yoga.
This book offers a reliable introduction to Indian philosophical thought and
to the teachings of Yoga, clarifies the mutual position of the two
disciplines-their relatedness, interdependence, differences and antagonisms at
various times and in various schools-and discusses the position of Yoga in the
modern world. It is based on original research and will be of interest to
scholars and students of Indian philosophy and Yoga as well as to readers from
wide circles of the public who wish to supplement their interest in Yoga
practice with a solid knowledge of its historical and philosophical connections.
For this reason care has been taken to make it as readable as the subject
permits without letting it suffer from undue simplification.
About the Author
Dr. Karel Werner studied Western philosophy and Indology at the Universities
in Brno and Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, got Ph.D. in 1949 and became a lecturer in
Sanskrit and Indian Civilization in Olomouc University.
Since 1969 he has been the Spalding Lecturer in Indian Philosophy and
Religion in the University of Durham.
He has published articles on Yoga and Buddhism in English, German and Czech
and a book "Hatha Yoga" in Czech (Prague 1969, 2nd ed. 1971). He is
currently engaged in research on the Vedas.
A Note on Pronunciation and transliteration
List of Abbreviations
Chapter I. The Existential Situation of Man as Reflected in European and
Indian Thought II. The Nature of the World. A Survey of Indian Cosmology
Man, His Essence and Destiny IV. Indian Conceptions of Salvation or Final
Freedom V. Yoga, in Origin, Purpose and Relation to Philosophy
VI. Schools of
Yoga VII. Yoga in the Modern World
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