Sri Ramanuja is one of the great teachers of karmayoga, the discipline which unites action and contemplation. In his commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, Ramanuja argues that karmayoga is essential for all yogins, and is especially important in preparing oneself for higher practices of bhakti. I have translated the following commentary, which provides insight into a […]
Phillips rightly criticizes the trenchant world-denying escapism of classical Yoga, illustrating that it is both philosophically and yogically problematic. He rather embraces what is best in tantric thought: the idea that yoga practice is not merely meant for escape, but at best, to positively transform the world (especially ourselves as parts of the world).
Those who are familiar with Edwin Bryant know him to be both a scholar and a serious yoga practitioner. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press 2009) is the product of both “sides” coming together in a wonderful way.
Sri Ramanuja, the great theistic Vedantin, provides a model of the relationship between the world and God which sees the world as God’s body. I thought we could explore that notion here. In Bhagavad-gita 10.20 Krishna says I am the self, Arjuna, dwelling in all beings. In his commentary on this text Ramanuja suggests that […]
The phrase “intelligent design” gets a lot of currency these days, from both its champions and foes. Its proponents contend that the organized structure found within the universe indicates an intelligent cause whereas its opponents claim that undirected natural processes are enough. I have heard some people claim that the notion of intelligent design is […]
BOOK PREVIEW: In the following excerpt from his forthcoming book, a translation and extensive commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras, Dr. Edwin Bryant examines the classical commentaries on a section of the text while providing his own insights.
I want to continue the conversation about ritual with Michael and Kaustubha (link 1, link 2). The basic idea which is being discussed seems to be that in bhakti, the purpose of religious ritual is fully realized. Without the spirit of devotion and, as Michael stressed, the proper mindfulness about the purpose of ritual, it […]
Translations from the Svetasvatara Upanisad and the Bhagavad-gita
ESSAY: Dhanurdhara Swami’s paper, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Raganuga Sadhana Bhakti explores a central point of contention regarding the influence of Vaishnava reformer and modernizer, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.
A Translation of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5-6 (Madhyandina Recension)