There is nothing so important in life as the study of mind, and yet
there is nothing so neglected in the present structure of education as the
knowledge of the mind, which is the basis of personality integration, and the'
unfoldment of the latent powers of the Spirit.
The general idea that the study of mind is only for the dry intellectuals
should be abandoned. The author, Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda reveal-s with un-
usual dexterity and versatility that the study of mind is not only a fascinating
subject but it is also of the utmost importance for anyone seeking enduring
happiness, peace and prosperity.
The Mysticism of Raja Yoga which. has dominated most oriental
religions and philosophies for centuries before Christ, has been brought to
the readers in a simple, but forceful language. The writings of Swami Jyotir
Maya Nanda are characterized by spontaneity and clarity of his words, and a
unique lucidity of style. A subject that could be terse due to its profound
nature, now comes to you as the cooling, refreshing waters rushing down the
Himalayan Heights, to quench your inner thirst, by discovering the secrets of
life, and revealing the path to self-realization.
During a period of six years on his radio and T. V. lectures on WKYN
and WKAQ in Puerto Rico, Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda discussed many
important aspects of life, and it was during a series of lectures on Raja Yoga
that he gave these dynamic and stirring lectures that comprise 'this profound
book. In lectures of this nature, repetitions are maintained for emphasis, and
have been left in this book for a convenient study of this profound topic.
Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda holds that "Fragmented knowledge is
a form of ignorance. Most studies in the academic field are fragmented and
'specialized. But, in such knowledge, you do not have an insight into the total
movement of life. Whereas, the knowledge based on intuition presents a
complete perspective of life; and with it, every specialized knowledge gathers
a meaning and profundity around it, but without it, it becomes like a branch cut
out of a living tree which may stay green awhile, but must surely wither away
in the end. "
The Mind that is studied here is interwoven with life, and when it is
unravelled and discovered according to the guidance herein laid down, one
can realize the fullness of life where the Mind dissolves into the Self, and the
Self includes all that exists and at the same time transcends all limitations in
its infinite expansion. Such is Liberation or Nirvana!
May "all those who read this book by Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda taste
the sweetness of life for themselves, and. accomplish the goal of life -
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