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 Sunday 17 December 2017

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE EASTERN VIEW

Swami Sivananda

That the Western dream theory is sex-ridden, is due to the fact that they start with a wrong notion of what in reality constitutes Man. To them, man is mainly a physical creature endowed with a mind and possessed of a soul. This is just the contrary of the Oriental view that man in reality is a Spirit, expressing himself through the medium of a mind, which has the physical body as its counterpart to function upon the gross external plane, Thus, we see, to the Indian mind, the true Self of man is entirely devoid of sex. It is the body that suffers under the tyranny of a gender. This body is the least part of man as defined by the philosophic mind of the East. Sex is therefore just but one aspect-though a dominant one perhaps-of the individual soul that goes about as Man upon this earthly stage.


Brahmabhavana, the art of the affirmation of Brahman, is called Brahmabhyasa in the words of the Yoga Vasishtha. It consists in constantly thinking of Brahman, speaking and discoursing to one another on Brahman and depending on Brahman alone. For everything that one values in life. This is the final stage of meditation.

- Swami Krishnananda


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