This contains two dissertations on (1) Understanding Archaic Astronomy and (2) Parmenides and the Tantric Yoga. Of these the first dissertation concerns with the understanding of Archaic Astronomy from the stand-point of a psychologist of perception, trained in Astronomy. The author deals with the Psychology of Perception and the seven Lotus-flowers of the Kundalini Yoga - Awalon (John Woodroffe), giving parallels in other traditions, while presenting a comparative study on its bearing, on Astronomy according to Ptolemy.
The second dissertation attempts to correlate Tantric Yoga (especially in reference to Kundalini Yoga) with the teaching of the Eleatic Parmenides, one of the earliest founders of Western Philosophy. While giving a description of the cosmological and philosophical doctrines of the Tantric Yoga, the author gives in his study a comparative estimate of both the systems by showing the empirical process of Kundalini Yoga vis-a-vis the doctrinal poem of Parmenides. The study throws new light on Parmenides and his doctrine clearing away the mist of misunderstanding in Western Philosophy.
About the Author:
OSCAR MARCEL HINZE (born 1951) author of the dissertation 'Studien zum Verstandnis der archaischen Astronomic' is at present working in a private 'Institut fur Phanomenologieund Ganzheitwissenschaft' which he has founded near Stuttgart. The present dissertation was first published as an article in Symbolon (a Jahrbuch fur Symbolforschung), Band V (SchwabeVerlag, Basel) in 1966.
V.M. BEDEKAR, who translated this dissertation into English from original German, worked as a Research Associate in the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poone (Maharashtra). He has also translated from original German the two volumes of The History of Indian Philosophy written by Prof. E. Frauwallner, and Sixty Upanisads by Paul Deussen.
PARMENIDES AND THE TANTRIC YOGA
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