Swami Vivekananda and C.G. Jung: Yoga in the West by Steven Herrmann
By: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Co.
This thoroughly researched study charters a new understanding of C.G. Jung and his philosophical predecessor, Swami Vivekananda.
"We look forward to a collaboration with the Indian mind, knowing that the mystery of the psyche can be understood only when approached from opposite sides." – C.G. Jung (1875-1961)
"California is the place where Vedanta will grow." – Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
According to these two famous scholars, Yoga in the West is a spiritual path of vocation, practiced with an attitude of non-attachment to the ego. They taught that the Self shines through in all of mankind's deeds, and only through careful and concentrated inner work can the joy and peace of the higher man or woman within be reached. Each person has a special calling that must be followed, with the result being the spiritualization of world culture, as well as finding individual paths to freedom.
Swami Vivekananda believed in following one's Self-path, not serving a Master greater than what one's body and soul yearn for. This means living a meaningful and symbolic life while being true to one's dreams, visions, and directives from the inner Yogi (the Rishi Within).
Says the author, "In the spring of 2014, I learned that Swami Vivekananda was quoted on the Internet as being a teacher of Spiritual Democracy. I wanted to understand what a Hindu monk might have to say about this subject when he was here in San Francisco in 1900." He adds, "I arrived at a new level of understanding of Yoga as a Western spiritual discipline: a path of sacred action. Vivekananda seemed to speak directly out of the superconscious, or the Higher Self, in a way that formed a complementary teaching to the works of C.G. Jung. I saw in his works a new way of uniting East and West."
About the Author: Steven Herrmann is a certified Jungian analyst, an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). A practitioner of Western Yoga with a private practice in Oakland, California, the author has published six well-received books, including William James and C.G. Jung: Doorways to the Self.
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