Sunday, March 5, 2017
Gyan Yoga by W. W. Atkinson.
The actual title of the book is written as "Gnani Yoga (A series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga). It is in his Fourteen Lessons Course, that writer had explained that why he was using the spelling as given by him. I have used the spellings as Gyan.
I have completed the reading of this book on March 5, 2017. Somewhere I have written that I had read it. Actually, there is a chapter in the Advance course with the same title. I have read that chapter and then reported that I had read the book.
At the time of launching this blog, I had already read the Fourteen Lessons and the Advance course before starting this series of book which forms the part of the Complete Works of W. W. Atkinson. I have yet to write the reviews on this blog about those books. The reading and contents of those two books had pushed and goaded me to continue the reading of the writings of W. W. Atkinson. The writer writes well. As one of the readers had pointed on the internet itself that he had bought these books for its contents. No doubt, he has given the true picture.
I will like to record following points as my first impressions.
1. The nature of writing is same as I have pointed out in the case of Raja Yoga by the same author. The writer takes up a teaching of Yogic philosophy without referring to any teacher. His sole argument
about the basis of those teachings is that they are the essence of Eastern Teaching and Philosophy. Then he gives his elaboration. He writes a very smooth English. If a reader has any inclination for Philosophical studies, even if he is not spiritually inclined, he will get interested in his explanation. His explanation is built on the basis of the references and quotations from the Western Thinkers, philosophers and English literature.
2. The writer was definitely in touch with the teachers from the
Theosophical Society. The guiding forces, the possessed writing theory, and all such views about the actual nature of this writing are actually directed by the people from Theosophical society. There are references to it in Raja Yoga, in Fourteen Lesson and in this book as well. So, the doubts about this Yogi Ramcharak and Baba Bharta can be investigated from that angle.
3. There are 12 chapters in this book. Some chapters are chapters from Zoology. The standard of the contents in that field is up to the level to which that science would have developed by 1910.
4. The closing lines provide announcement for another set of series which the people behind these writings about began
. They had planned to write on "Mystic Christianity. They had planned to on write on "Mystic Christianity.
5. The contents also show that there was an intellectual conflict between the utility of Scientific Subjects and Non-Scientific Subjects or other philosophies.
6. There are many fascinating and thrilling chapters if you are interested in such type of readings.
7. It is fascinating to read the views of the author about J. C. Bose.
Do the Indians talk about him? There was a chapter in Autobiography of Yogi on J. C. Bose. Presently, India only talks about Gandhi and uses the cosmetics and grocery produced by Ramadev.
8. One should know that it is a part of a set of courses which the writer has completed in four years.
The following titles actually form the part of the whole course.
a. Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism.
b. Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism.
c. Hatha Yoga.
d. The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath.
e. Raja Yoga
f. Gnani Yoga. It is at the end of this book that the writer announces that the course is complete. In all the books mentioned here, you will find references and instruction to read each of these books.
Hence, we can say, the course started with Fourteen Lessons and ends with Gnani Yoga and in between other books are also included.
To be concluded.