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YOGAPSY

YOGAPSY

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YOGA PSYCHOLOGY GUIDEBOOK by Ac. Rasatmakananda Avt. Ac. Arghyananda Avt. Ac. Prasiidananda Avt. Published by Ananda Marga of Indonesia Manila Sector South Area Committee October 1991 "Meditation should be performed knowing fully well the location of the different glands and sub-glands and also the different cells in the human brain...people should know the location of these glands and sub-glands, they should also be acquainted with their respective system of hormone secretion, otherwise their m
YOGA PSYCHOLOGY GUIDEBOOK by Ac. Rasatmakananda Avt. Ac. Arghyananda Avt. Ac. Prasiidananda Avt. Published by Ananda Marga of Indonesia Manila Sector South Area Committee October 1991 "Meditation should be performed knowing fully well the location of the different glands and sub-glands and also the different cells in the human brain...people should know the location of these glands and sub-glands, they should also be acquainted with their respective system of hormone secretion, otherwise their m

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YOGA PSYCHOLOGY GUIDEBOOKbyAc. Rasatmakananda Avt.Ac. Arghyananda Avt.Ac. Prasiidananda Avt.Published by Ananda Marga of IndonesiaManila Sector South Area CommitteeOctober 1991"Meditation should be performed knowing fully well the location of the different glands and sub-glands and also the different cells in the human brain...people should know the location of these glands and sub-glands, they should also be acquainted with their respective system of hormone secretion, otherwise their meditation will not produce any fruit. So for this system of meditation, knowledgeof biology is essential."Shrii,Shrii AnandamurtiR.U. Speech, June 1990CONTENTSINTRODUCTION: - What is life?.. ...............................PART I: "WHERE DID I COME FROM?" - Evolution of the human being..- How did these physical changes take place?.....- Chart of Evolution of the physical body .......PART II: "WHO AM I?" - Evolution of mind ......................- How did our mind evolve? ......................- How does the mind work? .......................- Cakras, Propensities and Glands. ..............- Chart of age-wise glandular development........PART III: "WHERE AM I GOING?....................................- What does faultless mean?......................- What is the significance of yoga? ............."HOW DO I GET THERE"? ...............................- How to elevate the mind? ......................PART IV: "WHAT IS MY DUTY IN COLLECTIVE LIFE?.................- The Ananda Marga Unit. ........................The inner significance of the Mahabharata ......................* NOTE:All quotations are taken from P.R. Sarkar's bookYoga Psychology and the page number is indicated.INTRODUCTION - WHAT IS LIFE?Our entire life is goaded by desires, to move towards a better life. Our desiresmotivate us to maintain and strengthen our physical body and satisfy our mentalappetite as well.Once physical needs are satiated, there arise subtler desires, ie. the desireto know:
 
- WHO AM I?- WHERE DID I COME FROM?- WHERE AM I GOING?- HOW DO I GET THERE?By acquiring answers to these questions, we derive new hope and inspiration fromlife. But, still our longing is not completely satisfied. We need something more than physical health and psychic knowledge, we need true love.This first experience of love comes from our parents. They have the same longings as their children. They strive both to improve their own lives as well as to educate and improve the life of their children. Parents who take so much troubleupon themselves do so because of love. This inborn longing to give love, to be loved and to become love is the essence of our life. It is a divine quality.Life appears to us on the surface as confusing in all its multifarious expressions. But in reality life is simply:AN EXPRESSION OF INBORN LONGINGS FORPHYSICAL SELF-PRESERVATION,MENTAL EXPANSION ANDAN INTENSE DESIRE FOR LIMITLESSNESS,TO BE ONE WITH THE CREATOR.How can human beings goad all their longings, which are moving in multilateral directions, towards the Creator? How can human beings make all their propensitiesapexed, or pinnacled, to merge them into the Supreme Being or 'Supreme Consciousness'? To properly answer this question we must know something about human biology and about the psychology of human beings. This seminar book outlines this subject given by Shrii P.R. Sarkar in his book "Yoga Psychology".Note: Propensity = natural tendency.PART I - WHERE DID I COME FROM? - The evolution of the human being."Life is a movement from imperfection to perfection. When inanimate objects become animate there is progress. There is further progress when animate beings become multicellular metazoic organisms, more and more complicated structures. The human being is the highest being, the being most perfect instructure. The human being is thus a perfect animal. But this is the beginningof progress for humanity. Humans still have to achieve further physical, intellectual and spiritual perfection. Movement towards perfection -- God-- is a human's true nature (dharma)...."--(Thoughts of P.R.Sarkar,P.1)8,000 million years ago what is now the earth was a blazing ball of fire. 2,230million years ago it cooled down to molten lava. At this stage we can say that the earth came into existence. There was "absolute silence". There were no livingbeings or plants. Volcanoes erupted constantly. This condition continued for hundreds of millions of years until clouds covered the planet. Millions of years of rain and electrical storms followed. This infused the carbon atoms with vitalenergy, Prana Shakti. When the flashes of lightning struck those ancient seas, the electrical energy formed chemical bonds between the molecules. This created larger molecules of amino acids and nucleotides, the basic components of proteinsand nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). From these building blocks of life evolved themost primitive life. The process of life began.600 million years ago there were many varieties of simple, jelly-like creaturessuch as segmented worms, sponges, jellyfish and a multitude of soft green plants
 
.530 million years ago, was a time of small shellfish and sea-worms. Later came the sea scorpions.400 million years ago, during the Age of Fish, life existed only in the sea.340 million years ago, moss, lichen and plants spread out of shallow seas and lagoons onto the land. Then a great variety of animal forms like centipedes and millipedes crawled out of the water. The amphibians, the link between the sea andland life, slowly changed their shape and size.200 million years ago, was the time of the giant reptiles, the Dinosaurs.70 million years ago a division occurred in the Age of Reptiles: two new speciesevolved, mammals and birds. Pushed by fear of their enemies toward the colder conditions in the hills, some hopping reptiles evolved into the early forms of birds. Quill-like scales became the feathers of today. In a similar way some mammal-like reptiles evolved hair to protect themselves from the cold. These creatures evolved into warm-blooded mammals and began to give live birth to their young instead of laying eggs.40 million years ago, primitive monkeys and lemuroid creatures appeared.28 million years ago, in Egypt, there lived a hominid known as "Aegyptopithecuszeuxis". Both its eyes faced forward making it an expert at judging distances and leaping easily from tree to tree.This hominid was an ancestor of the human being.10 million years ago, the "Ramapithecus" hominid lived in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. It may be our oldest ancestor.3 million years ago, at the beginning of the first Ice Age, two groups of hominid known as "Australopithecine" were walking in Africa.1 million year ago, there was ice in the north and heavy, persistent rain in Africa. At that time the first "human-like" beings appeared on our planet called "Homo erectus".500,000 years ago, fire was discovered and tamed. This discovery kept our ancestors warm in winter and allowed them to cook their food. This meant that they could explore vast new areas of land in the colder north.70,000 years ago in Europe, before the climax of the last Ice Age, there liveda hominid so like us that it is considered to be altogether human, the "Neanderthal". For thousands of years these Neanderthals were the most developed beings.35,000 years ago the last Ice Age ended. As the climate warmed, a race of more intelligent, talking and cooperating beings, Homo sapiens, came drifting up fromsouth. These newcomers were the first true human beings.HOW DID THESE PHYSICAL CHANGES TAKE PLACE?Shrii P.R. Sarkar says that this was the result of the desire of the "Collectivecontrolling faculty" of each particular species.To maintain the expanding movement of mind, from unicellular organism to human being, there are inborn self-controlling faculties."...it is seen that if the collective body of a particular nature of the living

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