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Total Presence of Mind (A Textbook of Temporal Linguistic Meditation)

Total Presence of Mind (A Textbook of Temporal Linguistic Meditation)
Item Code: IDJ917
Author: Rakesh Kapoor
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8186025006
Pages: 231 (Black & White Illustrations: 3)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.6" X 5.1"
Back of the Book

This book will make meditation into a discipline. Everyone eats foods, but if you are knowledgeable about the kinds of foods and eat properly, then benefits increase. Everyone exercises, but if you use better methods and are disciplined, then it becomes many, many times more effective. Similarly, everyone meditates, but when you study this book and adopt meditation as a discipline, then the benefits will be enhanced many times over.

In the real world of clocks and objective time, we live minute. The past is a memory and the future is unknown.

In the mental world of subjective time, we generally live in the past. The present is overcome by the past and the subjective future is false knowledge. This book is about the mental world of subjective time. Meditation aims at removing an alienation from reality caused by subjective time. Once subjective/mental/self based time ends, the false knowledge of the world created by the self/mind ends.

This book has been written by a practitioner of about fifty years standing. It contains a synoptic view of meditation and a compendium of Meditational disciplines from diverse international traditions. It also deals with the issues of psycho physiology of the meditating mind.

The second half of the book contains a translation of, and a commentary on, the ancient classic of meditation, Patanjali's Yogasutra. Both the translation and commentary is from the viewpoint of a practitioner, rather than an academician. The book also contains solitary and group exercises and instructions on how to reorganize your life as a learner. The author invites you to a spiritual and intellectual adventure.

'Shri Rakesh Kapoor, who combines experience as a modern educator with longstanding devotion to India's ancient philosophical traditions, has prepared this book The Total Presence of Mind in which he makes practical advice on meditation accessible to the contemporary man and woman. I believe that this is a great gift because despite all the developments of the modern world, there is no machine that can produce inner peace; there is no shop that sells inner peaceĀ…'

1.0What is Meditation1
1.1To meditate is to know the truth2
1.2Some traditional metaphors of meditation2
1.3Humans: the spiritual amphibians4
1.4Benefits of meditation5
1.5An outline of this book7
2.0The Nature of Time - the Temporal Perspective11
2.1Time and timelessness12
2.2Real time, subjective time and eternity13
2.3The moment of response - neuro-phenomenology16
3.0Language of Reality, Thought and Self -the Linguistic Approach21
3.1ABC of linguistics or the science of language 22
3.2What is milk for a blind man22
3.3The dangers of mis-communication23
3.4Linguistics skills of the learner23
3.5Language is a symbolic process24
3.6Things and symbols are not definitely related25
3.7A symbol may be a false appearance27
3.8Some categories of expressions and linguistic processes28
3.9Extensional and intensional language29
3.10Uses of intensional language30
3.11Directive language: language used for controlling others 31
3.12Verbal insanity defined33
3.13Everything is unique every moment33
3.14Two-valued orientation34
3.15Multi-valued and infinite-valued orientation35
3.16A summary of non-Aristotelian semantics36
3.17The seven blind men and the elephant37
4.0Temporal Linguistic Meditation: Changeable Confused with Unchangeable39
4.1Neurophysiology of the brain40
4.2Fixations defined: an experiment with rats41
4.3Thoughtlessness: sheepish behavior44
4.4Types of fixations44
4.5Entropy, disorder and noise46
4.6Fixations gets rooted in us47
4.7Life challenges and choice of responses48
5.0Temporal Linguistic Meditation: Un-changeable Confused with Changeable51
5.1What do intensional words communicate?52
5.2Analyzing a few intensional words, their meanings and relationships to time54
5.3The open mind in an open world57
6.0Beyond TLM: Non-Conceptual Meditation59
6.1Meditation as global attention60
6.2Associative chains of thought61
6.3Stream of consciousness61
6.4Catechism incantation - sure stress-buster62
6.5Fountain meditation63
6.6What is freedom?64
6.7Meditation on one's body65
6.8Meditation on desire66
6.9The lifeless-body posture -shav asana68
6.10Choice-less awareness70
6.11Variation of vipassana - attending to breathing70
6.12Meditation on personal relationships72
6.13Other ways of meditation73
7.0Main Concepts of the Yogasutra77
7.1Chitta vritti - mind or consciousness78
7.2Purusha and prakriti81
7.3Vairagya: non-attachment82
7.4Ishvara: eternity incarnate85
7.5Klesha and dukha (distress and sorrow)88
7.6Avidya or false knowledge91
8.0Patanjali's Yogasutra99
A Brief Outline100
Pronunciation Guide103
Samadhi Padah - Perfect Equanimity107
Samadhi padah - Means of Practice133
Vibhuti Padah - Accomplishments163
Kaivalya Padah -all-one-ness or Individuation189
9.0Yogic lifestyle- directives and suggestions205
9.1Constant application is required206
9.2Time for meditation and its frequeency207
9.3Meditation postures and supports209
9.4Living in the day-to-day world210
9.5Impediments and facilitators210
9.6Distractions and traps211
10.0Ways of sustaining transformation215
10.1Variety of mutually supportive ways216
10.2Living in a monastery (ashram)216
10.3The need for a teacher 217
10.4Rules, benefits and pitfalls of truth-pursuing communities217
10.5Physical fitness: exercises219
10.6Important ayurvedic principles of eating222
10.7A brief summary of suggestions223
Recommended Readings227
Index of Key Terms in Yogasutra229

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