The front cover page of the book
|Author||Shrii Shrii Anandamurti|
|Publisher||Ananda Marga Publications|
|Publication date||1991 (IND)|
|Location in Sarkarverse|
Yoga Psychology is a book of 218 pages and 26 chapters preceded by a publisher's note. The book is a compilation of discourses on Ananda Marga Yoga Psychology given in different times and places by the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar[note 1] aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 2] It has been translated into several languages.
As stated by the publisher's note on the book's preface: "..psychology, for the author, is a developing science which is considered to be a part of Philosophy. Traditionally philosophy has included the branches of ontology, metaphysics, ethics and epistemology, but Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii has expanded the scope of philosophy to include psychology and spiritual cult (practices)."
In the book the science of yoga psychology, based on the traditions of yoga and tantra is explained and treated by the author. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti[note 3] claims the connection between glands, subglands, nerves and the traditional theory of cakras (or plexi, psycho–spiritual centers) that are described in this theory on a new vision touching topics that traditionally belong to the domain of psychology and not only to the spiritual and intuitional science. On this point of view the researcher Richard W. Maxwell quoted the book when attempting to detail the “concentration points” and the true locations of cakras which are considered to be within the CNS. The chapter "Glands and subglands" is also mentioned from the "International Association of Yoga Therapists" on the volume related with Chakra's.
The volume starts with the discourse "Food, Cells, Physical and Mental Development" given on February 14, 1970 in Ranchi in which the author explains the relationship between food and the cells of human body. In the same chapter Sarkar highlights the importance for human beings to pay attention to the qualities of the food they eat, that strongly help to have a balanced mind for the spiritual progress.
- Giani Zail Singh, seventh president of India has said about Sarkar: "Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was one of the greatest modern philosophers of India. (Inayatullah, 2002).
- Between 1955 and 1990 the author wrote in English, Bengali and Hindi. He wrote in the name "Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar" when treating sociology, economics, philology and various other subjects, and in the name ""Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti"" when focusing on spiritual topics. Many of his books he gave as dictations; others were compiled from his discourses, some of them in small pocket-books.
- On his discourse (May 12, 1990, Calcutta) reported on the book with the title "Glands and subglands".
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (1991 third ed.), Yoga Psychology, Kolkata: Ananda Marga Publications, ISBN 81-7252-113-8
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- Maxwell, Richard W. (December 2009), "The Physiological Foundation Of Yoga Chakra Expression" in "Neurobiology of Chakras and Prayer" (Zygon, vol. 44, no. 4), Joint Publication Board of Zygon, ISSN 0591-2385
- Yoga Therapists, International Association (of) (2004 revis. 2006), Chakras, International Association of Yoga Therapists, retrieved 1 January 2013
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (2010), Psicologia_del_yoga. (Yoga Psychology - Spanish edition), Ananda Marga, retrieved 1 January 2013
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