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Path of Fire and Light (Volume 1) - Advanced Practice of Yoga

Path of Fire and Light (Volume 1) - Advanced Practice of Yoga
$16.50
Item Code: IDC996
Author: Swami Rama
Publisher: The Himalayan Institute Press
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 0893890979
Pages: 175
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" x 5.5"
(b&w.illus.:4)
From the back of the Book

Here, for the first time, Sri Swami Rama shares remarkable and practice information on the advanced practice of yoga. A science complete in itself, yoga deals with body, breath, mind, and spirit - the "path of light." This path is described in straightforward language which guides you … step-by-step, systematically and surely, from one level of awareness and consciousness to the next. The ultimate goal? Self-realization through meditation practices.

You will learn about:

Preparation for and the Advanced Practice of Pranayama - This will allow you to gain control over the nervous system by creating the proper environment, controlling the diet, and regulating the breath.

Svarodaya: The Science of Breath - Important for maintaining good health and attaining success in the world, the science of breath is extremely subtle and complex. It requires you to have a constantly high degree of awareness of mind and body.

Dhyana: Meditation - A practice of focusing the mind (manas), and the thinking principle (chitta), without wavering.

The Awakening of Kundalini - The highest manifestation of consciousness in the body.

Sri Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, was raised in the Himalayan cave monasteries and ordained a monk in early childhood. He studies Western psychology, philosophy, and medicine in Europe and taught in Japan before coming to the United State in 1969. Here he founded the Himalayan Institute to create a bridge between the ancient teachings of the East and the modern scientific approaches of the West.

About the Author

Born in 1925 in northern India, Swami Rama was raised from early childhood by a great yogi and saint of Bengal who lived in the Himalayas. In his youth he practiced the various disciplines of yoga science and philosophy in the traditional monasteries of the Himalayas and studied closely with many spiritual adepts, including Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, and Rabindranath Tagore. He also traveled to Tibet to study with his grandmaster.

He received his higher education at Bangalore, Prayaga, Varanasi, and Oxford University, England. At the age of twenty-four he became Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in south India, the highest spiritual position in India. During this term he had a tremendous impact on the spiritual customs of that time: he dispensed with useless formalities and rituals, made it possible for all segments of society to worship in the temple, and encouraged the instruction of women in meditation. He renounced the dignity and prestige of his high office in 1952 to return to the Himalayas to intensify his meditation practices.

After completing an intense meditative practice in the cave monasteries, he emerged with the determination to serve humanity, particularly to bring the teachings of the East to West. With the encouragement of his master, Swami Rama began his task by studying Western philosophy and psychology, and teaching Eastern philosophy at Western universities. He worked as a medical consultant in London and assisted in Para psychological research in Moscow. He then returned to India, where he established an ashram in Rishikesh. He completed his degree in homeopathy at the medical collage in Darbhanga in 1960. He came to the United States in 1969, bringing his knowledge and wisdom to the West. His teachings combine Eastern spirituality with modern Western therapies.

Swami Rama was a freethinker, guided by his direct experience and inner wisdom, and he encouraged his student to be guided in the same way. He often told them, "I am a messenger, delivering the wisdom of the Himalayan sages of my tradition. My job is to introduce you to the teacher within."

Swami Rama came to America upon the invitation of Dr. Elmer Green of the Menninger Foundation of Topeka, Kansas, as a consultant in a research project investigating the voluntary control of involuntary sates. He participated in experiments that helped to revolutionize scientific thinking about the relationship between body and mind, amazing scientists by his demonstrating, under laboratory conditions, precise conscious control of autonomic physical responses and mental functioning, feats previously thought to be impossible.

Swami Rama founded the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in India, and many centers though out the world. He is the author of numerous books on health, meditation, and the yogic scriptures. Swami Rama left his body in November 1996.

Contents:

Foreword by Rudolph Ballentine, M.D.

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
  Preparation for Advanced
  Practice in Pranayama

CHAPTER TWO
  The practice of Pranayama

CHAPTER THREE
  Svarodaya: The Science of Breath

CHAPTER FOUR
  Dhyana

CHAPTER FIVE
  The Awakening of Kundalini

Glossary

About the Author

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