Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

iUniverse author Main advises the reader to aspire for the spiritual clouds, while at the same time keeping at least a foot on the ground. Emphasizing that yoga is a “middle path” to connect the spirit to the body. He stresses a way of living that restores peace and unity to a life lived in the contemporary world. Anyone who has ever attempted to make progress on a “spiritual path” can identify with the predicament of a seeker continually forced to balance spiritual pursuits with the exigencies of real life such as a job, relationships, money, or sex. The book is divided into two sections. The first defines the basic principles of yoga, and the second provides the textual and scriptural basis underpinning the practice.

The author bases his exploration of yoga on years of experience as both a practitioner and a teacher, and he supplements his own personal experience with a wide-ranging knowledge of ancient texts whose complexities he unravels by pointing out similarities to more familiar (for Westerners) sources of wisdom: Jesus, Einstein, Saint Paul, Isaac Newton.




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