INDIAN WISDOM, CHRISTIANITY AND MODERN PSYCHOLOGY
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Keywords: Spiritual, transpersonal psychology and vedanta and Yoga. Comparison Christianity and Hinduism. Depression, regression, psychosis and spirituality. Spiritual transmission and authority. Christian mysticism and non-duality. Vows of celibacy. Vows of obedience. Meditation
Translated from French: ‘Eléments de psychologie spirituelle’ Editions Albin Michel, 21 rue Huyghens, 74014 Paris, 1993.
Translator: Mrs. Nayana Gupta, 1995.
Revised by Mrs. Kate Zeiss, Department of Philosophy, Banaras Hindu University and Mrs. Anna Hall, Oxford University.
Preface to the Indian Edition v
PART I: THE SPIRITUALITY OF PSYCHOLOGY
1. Can ‘Normosis’ Be Cured?
• The Notion of "Normal" in the East and West
• Schizophrenia in Daily Life
The Hypomania of the Consumer, Protection again Existential Depression
• Paranoia: Animal and Human
• Hysteria and the Need for Attention
• Obsessive Rigidity and the Ego-Consciousness
• To End for Good with the Idea of ‘Normalty’
2. Depression and Spirituality
From Existential Emptiness to Liberating Vacuity
• The Psychological Descriptions of Depression and Their Limitations
• Depression: A Hidden Spiritual Awakening?
• Depression and Liberation in the Course of Spiritual Evolution
3. The Child-Sage
Psychological Regression and Spiritual Progress
• Regression, Symptom or Therapy?
• Psychotic Fusion and Mystique of Unity
• "The Sage is a Child but Without the Seeds of an Ego"
• Return to Self, Return to the Self, and the Point of No Return
4. To Become or to Be?
• Towards a Spiritual Maturity in the Field of Psychotherapy
• The Yoga of Knowledge (‘Jñana Yoga’), a Self-Dissolving
• The Pairs of Opposites and Their Resolution in Unity
• The Ultimate Objectivity beyond the Dizzying Proliferation of Words
• Therapeutic Aspects of the Trance and of Hyperventilation
in Indian Tradition
• The ‘Sahaja Samadhi’, State of Realisation in Ordinary Life
• Yoga, Psychotherapy and Inner Conflicts as 'Consumer Goods'
• The Practice of Meditation, Discovery of One’s Own Spiritual Psychology
5. Crazy Wisdom
• Fortunes and Misfortunes of Inner Experiences
• Beginning of Schizophrenia and Mystical Tendency
• The Genius of the Symptom
• Gentle Craziness, Harsh Craziness, and Holy Craziness
• Towards Therapy as an Initiation
PART II: PSYCHOLOGY OF SPIRITUALITY
1. How Jesus is Considered by Hindus
• Jesus, Living Liberated Being
• Jesus Considered as an Avatar
2. Dogmatism, Politics and Inner Experience in the
First Centuries of the Church
• Two Points of View on the Evolution of the Dogma
• Towards a Hindu Understanding of the Trinity
3. The Concept of Authority
• "God, the Invisible Bishop, and the Bishop,
the Visible God"
• On Dogmatism and Celibacy: Some Psychological
• Is there a Christian Esoterism?
• What Kind of Obedience Helps Spiritual Progress?
• Centralisation of Authority and the Will for Expansion
• Present Day Decentralisation and the Demand for
4. The Desire for Martyrdom—Pathology or Saintliness?
5. The Spiritual Master and Meditation
PART III: NON-DUALISM AND CHRISTIANITY
1. Stilling the Mind
• A Silence as Vast as the Sky
• Stilling the Mind in Vedanta
• Christianity and Hesychia
2. Psychology of Asceticism
• Excessive Asceticism: The Facts
• Right Asceticism
• Respecting the Body
• Beyond Body Consciousness
• The Psychology of Anguish in Christianity
• The Desire for Asceticism
• Austerity and Powers
• Asceticism and Solitude
• Anguish and Grace
3. The Asceticism for Today
• The Meaning of Chastity Today
• On Mental Pollution
• Hesychasm and Yoga
• Return to Action after Asceticism and Silence
4. The Non-Dualism Hidden at the Core of Christianity
• Elements of the History of Non-Dualism in the West
• Non-Dualism and Christianity: Twelve Points of
5. The Necessity of Non-Dualism Today
• To Contextualize the Question of the Jivan-Mukta
• Signs of Non-Dual Experience among Christian Mystics
• Can the Essence of the Incomprehensible God be
Revealed to the Mystic?
• Non-Dualisn in the West: Theory and Practice
• The Last Counterpoint of the Two and the One