From Matter into Spirit

It is said that Ancient India was a prolific spiritual civilization. The teachings are mystical, magical, practical and popular. There is so much wisdom embedded within the Vedas, the Upanishads, the six orthodox schools of thought which include Yoga, the three heterodox schools of thought which include Buddhism, and possibly more, that it is almost impossible to comprehend. Where did they come from? Are the teachings divine or are they of man? Is it possible to satisfy my intellectual curiosity and reconcile the teachings with my religious and cultural upbringing while practicing some form of what I am learning? The required reading of my first teacher training included the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translation and Commentary by Swami Satchitananda. The cover of that book is light blue with a photograph of Swami seated on a bench wearing flowing pink robes in front of a body of glis

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