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Psychology: Volume 5Explorations into Psyche and Psychology: Some Emerging Perspectives$
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Girishwar Misra

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199498833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199498833.001.0001

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The Mundane and Incorporeal Aspects of Yoga Psychology

The Mundane and Incorporeal Aspects of Yoga Psychology

(p.92) 2 The Mundane and Incorporeal Aspects of Yoga Psychology
Psychology: Volume 5

Chandra Bhal Dwivedi

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the developments in yoga psychology. While the Yoga Sūtras are pre-eminently psychological in nature, the treatment of psychological phenomena has been attempted from the perspective of self-realization. The functional mind (citta) comprises not only cognitive, affective and conative processes (Karmas), but also contains instinctual tendencies (vāsanās) that are inherited from previous lives as subliminal-impressions (samskāras). These vāsanās and samskāras tend to colour our cognitions and predispose us to behave in certain ways. The chapter critically analyses these key concepts and situates them in contemporary psychological context. A brief description of the Jaina and Buddhist yoga systems and other varieties of yoga that are prevalent today is also provided. Finally, a review of the empirical studies is presented that showcases the mundane and incorporeal aspects of yoga psychology and outlines several issues for further investigation.

Keywords:   afflictions, avidya, citta, empirical studies of Yoga, karma doctrine, kaivalya, Samadhi, states of mind, types of Yoga, Yoga Sutra

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