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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

27 Stars, 27 Gods, The Astrological Mythology of Ancient India by Vic DiCara (Vraja Kishore).

I find pleasure in introducing the book written by Vic DiCara. Kishore is the name adopted by the author after receiving initiation from his Guru Sri Srimad Dhanurdhara Swami.

He owns two websites namely vicdicara.com and vrajakishor.com. Both the sites are substantiated with WordPress blogs.

I bought the book when I was reading the Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda. It was at Chapter 16, "Outwitting the Stars" that I read the views of Swami Yukteshwar on astrology as told by his disciple Paramahansa Yogananda. I leave it to the readers to experience what is written there.

As for me, I have a vacillating and wavering faith in astrology. I know a little bit of astrology. I have improved my understanding of the chart reading by going through Parashar Hora and Brihad Samhita by Vara Mahir as explained by some scholar from a university in Rajasthan. I have also taken help from pulp literature which is readily available in the market. Now, I generally look into Devidayal Jantri, published from Jalandhar, Punjab, India. I religiously buy the fresh edition every year for the last seven years now. But, I was never convinced by this science. I developed numerous questions about their algorithms.

One other tradition, Lal Kitab, was an important influential factor in my formative years. I do not have a book on it. But, since my childhood, I had listened so much about different combinations and Upayas that I had some glimpse of this science. No doubt, later I bought some general books on the so-called Lal Kitab. But, Lal Kitab made me more confused. One utterance of my father had virtually turned me away from it. He had said that it was wrong to perform the Upayas of Lal Kitab as they were of some doubtful origin. Thus, it was the cause of my wavering faith in this science.

But after reading chapter 16, I remember, that I had browsed the web and without knowing and understanding much I bought this book in Kindle format. It is the costliest book which I had bought online. The paperback edition is costlier. I bought it because somewhere, I had concluded that whatsoever I had tried to learn from self-study on astrology, was not any organised study. I found that many of the conclusions and rationales, given by different writers were not sustainable. I learned that stars were taken as fixed points. Sun is fixed. The twelve houses are assumed geometrical construct. Everything was being based on nine planets, their location in relation to each other and multiple charts combination was required to answer different queries. But there was no sequence. I do not know how I have reached the conclusion that in order to fully understand the reasons and logic behind this astrological talks, one must have a full understanding of 27 Nakshatras. But I never came across any account on Nakshatras. As I was not much impressed by astrology, I did not pursue my quest for clearing my doubts. But, when I read the chapter 16, I browsed and because Nakshatra query was at that the back of my mind, I had a question about the actual natures of the Nakshatras, so I picked this title and bought it.

The book begins with two major assertions. They were the arguments which attracted me and had driven me to punch the 'buy it' button. The first argument was that you had to unlearn some of the prevalent perceptions and laws of the astrology.

Vid Dicara suggests that first, you have to unlearn that the Nakshatras are associated with Zodiac Signs. You have to drop the perception or suspend the perception that House dominates the stars or Nakshatra.

The second notion which you have to suspend is that the Nakshatras are associated with the Planet. I believe that you have not to follow the sequence of Ketu, Shukra, Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Rahu, Guru, Shani and Budhha in order to interpret the result of each Nakshatra.

Then, he emphasises that you have to learn the nature of each Nakshatra and its god. The book then tries to explain the nature of each Nakshatra and its God.

In order to explain each Nakshatra, he had written 27 chapters. It is followed by three more chapters.

While undertaking the task of building his chapters, he had taken references from Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and Mahabharata. He has given references to the hymns and authorities while explaining the nature. How far they are true, I can not authenticate at present.

Apart from that, he had given his own interpretation as per the understanding which he had developed on the basis of his learning of the Sanskrit literature that he had mentioned. One may like it or reject it but for me, it is allowed. This is why you write a book. You give your view and understanding. You are not there to assert. Let the readers and the world of scholars comment on your inferences and conclusions. He has done it boldly and without any complex or bias.


I have found his work a well researched, scholarly work, guided and directed by objectivity and scientific temper. He had not given details of any experiment or collection of data. The experiment is not the only criteria for being scientific. It is the interpretation which you do while using the data which you refer to, that decide the scientific temper. He has demonstrated it well.

He has not gone into any wild explanation. He has not gone in elaborate theories. He has not gone into any philosophy. He created a premise. He created the limits. He dismantled some of the preconceived perceptions He picked his topic and substantiated it with proof from the scriptures. In between, he gave his own interpretation based on his own understanding developed on his study of the contents which he had used.

Those who believe that they would learn astrology from this book, kindly, do not buy it. Those who want to undertake a mature and serious study of Indian Culture and Astrology, they should definitely consult this book in order to refine their questions and queries.

However, the paperback is too costly. I have read it on the Kindle version. It costs ₹400. Kindly keep in mind 


Thus I read this book.  

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thomas Jefferson A Life from Beginning to End by Hourly History

The book, Thomas Jefferson, is published by Hourly History Limited with a website at www.hourlyhistory.com

The copyright is with the Hourly History in the year 2016.

It was made available free of cost. I subscribed to the website when I bought a book titled The Last Mughal by William Darlymple about which I had read a lot but did not care to buy. It was available on Kindly collection for less than ₹100 and being in digital form, I bought it. It was in that book, I found the reference to this subscription and availed it. Every week they send you two free books. As per the site, they had published 60 titles by now and it is accessed and confirmed on April 14, 2017, an auspicious day in Indian calendar and I accessed it to check the content. But who are they at Hourly History? I do not get any answer. Who is the author of different titles? No answer. But they call you friend in every letter and also on the site. Is a friend expected to say goody goody thing? Is a friend a true one if he calls a spade a spade on the face of the friend?

There is no doubt that you can read the books provided by the publication within one hour. They are spread over near about 40 pages. They are nicely written. Well, I am going to point out some flaws. Just another question which I may ask. Should we call it a book or a pamphlet or a long essay? What is an acceptable length of a book? Yes, there are some books which are called books but hardly contains more than 24 pages.

By now I have read two books of this publication. I have started a number of titles simultaneously. It is only in the case of two books, that I have read them fully. It is not that they are not written nicely. It is because I do a lot of internet searching when I come across any word or term about which I am doubtful. Therefore, I sometimes take longer time. Secondly, I am hooked to W. W. Atkinson titles. I generally move to that collection even when I am doing my own job.

I am highly infatuated by the History of USA. As it is a task given to me in my job, I teach American History. My starting book was Henry Bamford Parkes. It was long back that I had read that book. At that time, there was no internet to explore. I visited the library and checked different titles. America otherwise holds a great attraction for the Indians. Any policy on H1B visa is always a national news in India. It affects the software companies of India which contribute to the service sector of India and the service sector contributes around 50% to GDP of India. For me, as a student of History, it holds a different attraction because, for us, the working of history is well reflected in the birth and growth of America. From that perspective, the father of America as a nation, a book on Thomas Jefferson was a prized gift from the publication. Parkes did not discuss the personal life of Jefferson. I learned about it from this book. Lousiana Purchase was definitely an important point which I knew about Jefferson as I have to teach the expansion of America and that definitely makes an important point to discuss before explaining the Monroe Doctrine. In this book, I found some names which helped me to explore further. But as I have remarked that I google a lot while reading a book, as a result, I reached wikipedia. From there, I also make a search for an entry on Thomas Jefferson. I would like to give a link to that entry. I read that posting in one go before I completed the reading of this book with a number of breaks in between. I leave it to the readers to decide that which source is more useful, this title or the Wikipedia entry. No apologies for this comment to my friends in Hourly History. The link from Wikipedia is HERE.

The book is divided into seven chapters. They are as follows.
His life, His Love, His legacy.
In this chapter, "His Legacy" is described in forthcoming chapters.
The Son of Virginia
Jefferson the Patriot
Jefferson in Paris
The three chapters discuss American history and Europe more than the life of Jefferson. It is my experience that if you read about History of America by American Authors and English Authors, they discuss much Europe than America. An American Historian may talk about America itself but in his elaboration, they invariably try to describe their European legacy. They are not able to avoid European heritage. It is another thing, that the publisher has provided two titles on African Americans. One title is about Frederick Douglass. The other title is about Harriet Tubman. The American scholarship fights this dilemma that what actually is the colour of their nation. Does she have two heads, one European and other African? Well, even if they settle that, they will not able to face some more difficult questions which were created by Louis and Clark expeditions. Those questions were not the issues of colonial America as some American historians would like to present.


The next three chapters are as follows.
Jefferson the Politician
Jefferson the President
Jefferson at Home.

This set is more about Jefferson.

It is true that you can read it one hour. But, it is difficult to say that it is a balanced work. It is another thing that if one tries to answer the question that how will you arrange your material within a limit of 40 pages and you have to describe a Father of Nation like Thomas Jefferson, then, the writer has done a commendable job. The chapters making is definitely quite impressive. It requires understanding and imagination to achieve a task like this.

I will like to make one more point. These books are definitely small. They have published the titles like The Middle Ages. They have published titles on the personalities from Europe. But they have not revealed the name of the author. As per the craft of history, the profile of the author of the document is essential before saying anything about history. Otherwise, it can be a good literature but it does not qualify for the title of a history. 

On the same premises, I will strongly recommend to the publisher that one or two pages should be used to give a bibliography or the references to the book or documents which are related to the contents of the title. It is not my suggestion. If you have to call it a history work, then you must refer to the sources. You have every right and freedom to present your material in which you wish to present. History is also an art. But somewhere, you have to follow the demands of the craft of history. Alfred Tennyson was declared a historian. But he was basically a person from the literature background. He knew only this much that a successful writer is one who raises the curiosity in the reader to ask a question, "what happened next"? That is one of the features of the writing of history but not the soul of history.

As I have said in my previous review on Hitler by the same publisher, that the book is good in helping you to remember what you have read at school level. It can be substantiated further, that it helps to fill in some gaps in your memory if you are not aware of that earlier.

I definitely googled a lot while reading this title. At one time, I even thought of developing a Wikipedia Book on it as I have done in the case of W. W. Atkinson. But, when I read the article on Jefferson, on Wikipedia, I did not find much need to substantiate this reading any further.

Thus I read this book.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Telepathy: Its Theory, Facts and Proof by W. W. Atkinson

I had completed the reading of this book on April 4, 2017. There is nothing much to say about this book. The contents of this book can be summarised in the following paragraph.

Atkinson believes that the Telepathy is true. It can be proved by scientific methods. A major experiment was carried out in America during 1907 to 1908. The name of the experiment is The Weltmer Experiment.

The survey of the chapters of the book reveals and approves what is written above. They are as follows.

Chapter I: What is Telepathy
Chapter II: The Nature of the Problem
Chapter III: Experimental Telepathy
Chapter IV: The English Experiments
Chapter V: More English Experiments
Chapter VI: The Weltmer Experiment
Chapter VII: Results of The Weltmer Experiment
Chapter VIII: Results of The Weltmer Experiment (Continued)
Chapter IX: The Theories.

The chapterization in itself tells the actual content of the book. It is English Experiments and Weltmer Experiment.

I have developed the Wikipedia Book for it. The entries on Wikipedia also reveals some more features about the actual facts about the theory of the writer itself. Many of the scholars whom he had mentioned for substantiating his argument were not approved by the scientific world. The Wikipedia Book as developed by the blogger can be accessed HERE. It will take you to Wikipedia server. 

Another feature which emerges is that you can not fully depend upon the statements and elaboration of Atkinson. One of his strong argument was that it was first known to the Hindus. They had used it during the revolt of 1857. He claimed that at that the Telegraph was not available in India. As a result, the British administration suffered because of that. The rebels had extensively used this medium to communicate with each other and gave a tough fight because of the exchange of information through telepathy. He had made this claim in the first chapter titled What is Telepathy. It is all wrong. The Telegraph services were available in India. It is another thing that by May 13, 1857, it was disrupted by the revolutionaries. The revolution started on May 11, 1857. For two days, it was working and the British officer in Amery, Jalandhar, Phillaur and Ludhiana had received the information from the telegraph. Secondly, it was again restored by September1857, when the British army recovered Delhi. Hence, the writer himself had not verified his facts.

I do not have any opinion on this parapsychological phenomenon of Telepathy. However, now these days, we have the internet, twitter, facebook, instagram etc. We have smartphones. Do we need such a phenomena? Even if, it exists, then do we need it. We may research it to decide the actual issue. I do not know, how does psychologist deal with it? What do the neurologists tell about it? But, for all these matters, the reading of this book does not provide much material to work upon. It has rather revealed the weaker side of the writings and contents of the book of W. W. Atkinson.

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Suggestion and Auto Suggestion by W. W. Atkinson

I had completed the reading of the book titled "Suggestion and Autosuggestion" by W. W. Atkinson on April 2, 2017. Before writing the preview immediately, I started another title named Telepathy by W. W. Atkinson. In between, I posted the review on Your Mind. I did not complete even that preview. I had completed the reading of the book titled Telepathy. These acts are not as per the motive this book. However, Time is a big constraint. While writing you have to observe some methods. I have faulted in that.

As far as the book is concerned, it is one of the simplest books by Atkinson. The suggestions or contents as based on personal views of the author. They are very pragmatic suggestions. One can pick this book out his numerous titles for the joy of reading. When you read it, you comprehend what he says. He is a good writer. The issues which he picks relates to you. You accept what he says. Rather you develop clarity in your own thoughts for the understanding which you believe you know. What do you know? You may not be able to answer. But, after reading it, you may be in a position to give  word to your thoughts on it.

First of all, I will reproduce what I have noted during the course of the reading of this book.


A NEW FEATURE: WIKIPEDIA BOOKS on W. W. ATKINSON Contents:

Well before that, I introduce to you a new feature of the contents of the review. It is a supplementary feature of the review but it relates to the reading as well the comments in the review. I have called it Free Wikipedia Books with the title W. W. Atkinson References. You may observe the list of such free books on the right hand sidebar of this blog. Presently it is on the top of the right hand sidebar. Those who are reading it on mobile version may pull down to the lower side of the displayed page and switch to website version. You will locate it through the link View web version.

As I have commented again and again on the writing style of W. W. Atkinson, he gives too many testimonies and references in support of his propositions, statements and conclusions. While doing this he refers to too many authorities and most of them are from the field of philosophy and science. In order to make a full picture of the knowledge which he may be able to introduce to you, you need an understanding of the views of those authorities. There are not one or two of them. They are many. From this paradigm, I have developed this paradigm. While reading, in order to make full sense of what he is saying, I keep on doing the web search. During that activity, I find that the articles on Wikipedia provide good support. It is out of that experience and realisation, this model has developed. I used the Bookmaking features on Wikipedia and developed such books. Those books are now shared with the readers. There are some of the technical problems also. But they are because of the Wikipedia Management issues itself. However, it is not the place to take up that issue. It has restricted me from giving a better result. Even then, the product which I have been able to develop, I have shared it here.

For this book, I have developed the book W. W. Atkinson Bibliography (Suggestion and Auto Suggestion). Click it. This will provide you with a PDF format book on the references used by Atkinson which he has used in different chapters. The book is formatted as per the chapters developed by Atkinson. 

In the case of other links, you click on the desired book in the right Sidebar. You will be guided to the side of the wikipedia books. You may locate an instruction "Download" and followed by two links PDF (A4) and PDF (Letter). Click any of them. The software on Wikipedia will compile the book for you with the message that you can download the book. Download it and go through the result. I believe that you may enjoy the product. There may be some technical glitches because of the issues related to the Wikipedia management. In any case, by merely clicking the link, you may be able to check the contents of the book.
(To be Concluded)


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Your Mind and How to Use it by W. W. Atkinson

My last review on the book written by W. W. Atkinson was on the book titled Subconsciousness and Superconsciousness. It was suggested in the book that the readers should also read Suggestion and Auto-Suggestion. But I picked this book titled Your Mind and How to Use it and completed its reading today, that is March 30, 2017. I have started the reading of the Suggestion and Auto-Suggestion. The writer is good at his art of writing on difficult subjects. You may develop your views and opinion on it but you can read his next title.

As far as the book on the Manual of using the Mind is concerned, I would like to ask a question. Is the mind a topic meant for Psychology? When I was reading this book, I felt as if I am reading a book on Psychology. Presently Psychology has progressed much and established its status as a full fledged subject which is adding to the knowledge of humanity. There are many people in the field of Medical science who give different views but as a subject it has been fully recognized and utilized field. I had read the books on psychology during my college days. At that time also, there was a debate about the actual scope of the psychology. The chapters which formed the part of such books were not appreciated much. When I read this book, I was reminded of my older reading. I remember, that was a book written by Knight and Knight. I sought some more information on it. But, I did not find the right person. I happened to meet pseudo intellectuals who knew a little but had strong opinions on everything. Here, I was just wondering what actually I was reading. Some of the chapters were really interesting. In the case of some chapters I just glided over it. In the case on the topics of logic, Deductive logic, and Inductive logic, I became unconcerned. But, still, I want to read the next title by Atkinson. That is the beauty of the writing of the work of this writer.

Now let me share one of my response, which I wrote during the course of the of writing. That is as per the motive of this blog. You may call it a review. But, I call it Reading, contemplating, reflecting, pondering and response writing even if it reveals my lack of comprehension and inabilities.

(to be concluded)


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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Subconsciousness and the Superconsciousness Planes of Mind by W. W. Atkinson

The Subconsciousness and the Superconsciousness Planes of Mind is a book written by Atkinson. I had completed the reading on March 26, 2017. It was started after the completion of the reading of the books by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. I had already read half of the book written by Ved Bharti but when I again began to read that book, I suddenly picked up this book from the compilation of the complete works of W. W. Atkinson. The last book which I had read by the writer was Psychic Healing which I have already reviewed. I wanted to shift away from this writer. As one of the commentators on his writing had recorded that you read his books because of their contents, I felt the desire to return to this writer because of the attraction of the style and content of the books by him. The reading of Ved Bharti is still incomplete. I have picked this new title and have completed its reading. It is because of the ability of the writer to narrate his point of view in a smooth English, that one can continue to read his different titles. No doubt, the Kindle software and technology of internet are also an important factor in accomplishing this task. I have nearly 100 titles by this author. If my affair with his writing continues like this, I will be able to read the whole compilation.

Before coming to the chapters of this book, I would like to comment on the style of his writing. I am repeating my version on it. The present comment will be in a mixed language which includes Hindi and English. No doubt, I wrote those comment in between while I was fully engrossed in reading the book.

Nature of the Style of writing:

Author Inductive Logic का खूब प्रयोग कर रहा है । एक proposition देता है। उस की परिभाषा को बनाता है। उस को प्रभावी बनाने के लिए उस का एक premises तैयार करता है। उस पर फिर शुरू हो जाती है एक प्रक्रिया ।  यह प्रक्रिया क्या है? Testimony पर Testimony, Testimony पर Testimony और Testimony पर Testimony। इस Lord ने यह कह। उस Sir ने यह कहा । इस scholar ने ये कहा । इस प्रकार chapter बनता जाता है। Chapter का अंत अचानक रोक दिया जाता है। अब तक लेखक आप के चित से करामात कर चुका है। यह आप हैं जिस ने निष्कर्ष निकाल लिया है। पर आप उस के बारे में actively conscious नहीं हो। तो फिर यह कैसे कह दिया गया है कि आप ने निष्कर्ष निकाल लिया है?

आप के subconscious से लेखक खेल चुका है। निष्कर्ष आप के subconscious में plant हो चुका है । बस अब तो वक्त की बात है जब आप कह उड़ें - हाँ मैं जनता हुँ कि यह ऐसा ही होता है। यह ऐसा ही है। यह तो बहुत से बुद्धिजीवि भी मानते हैं ।

आप से अगर उन बुद्धिजिवियों का नाम पूछा जाए तो शायद आप एक का भी समरण न कर पायें । पर आप अपने दावे पर अड़ जाएंगे ।  ऐसी है इस लेखक की शैली। ऐसी है इस शैली की करामात । पर इसे आप scientific नहीं कह सकते । 



Influence of Swami Vivekanand
There is enough evidence within the different titles of W. W. Atkinson, that his writings have a connection with the people of Theosophical Society. In this book, we can observe another feature. It is that the visit and views of Swami Vivekananda had left a great impact on the literary society of the American scholarship and influenced the development of the thought of the American thinkers. No doubt, W. W. Atkinson had borrowed a name spelt as Yogi Ramcharaka. He had tried to introduce the American world to the Eastern Philosophy in those terms which could attract the attention of the American world of 1910. Here, is a glimpse that shows that it was the visit and speeches of Swami Vivkenanda which was well received in America. It percolated their thought and started making changes. You find a long quotation from the speeches of Swami Vivekananda while the author explained the concepts which he desired to explain. He had been using the testimonies of the European scholars only. When he quoted Swami Vivekanada, the difference was quite evident and arresting.

The Chapterization:

The book can be divided into two sections.  


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mind is Your Business (Isha Foundation: Sadhguru)


Mind is Your Business is the book in focus here. It is published by Jaico.

Jaico is not considered as a publisher of the literature for academic purpose. It generally publishes general reading literature on varied topics.

There is no intention to show any disrespect to the publisher. This is what I understand. I can put it in other words. This is my impression and an opinion.

I have bought this book on March 13, 2017, along with the Inner Engineering. I had completed the reading on March 20, 2017. I am posting this after three days. There is a gap in recording. Due to time constraint, I am not able to write as per the actual motive of this blog. It has to be the first impression.

The title also displays the name of Sadhguru. The term appears as Sadhguru Yogi, Mystic and Visionary. The point is that it is not specifically declared that this book is written by him.

The book is published from Mumbai, India, in the year 2015. The ISBN number is
978-81-8495-695-5. The copyright is in favour of Isha Foundation. The description does not contain the name of the author. The cost of the title is ₹ 99. Similar titles in Penguin is also priced at ₹ 99 but therein, Sadhguru is shown as the author. They have a different set of chapters.

The book contains five chapters which are:
Introduction
The Circus of Mind
The Garbage Bin
A Ladder to the Divine
Isha Kriya.

There is another book with same design and outlay but with a different title. The title of that book is Body the Greatest Gadget.

It is about this book (Mind is Your Business), that a reader and buyer had recorded his dissatisfaction in the review section of the online Kindle bookstore of amazon. He wrote that this book was in question answer format. All that was written was already available on the Internet on different sites as well on YouTube. Well everyone has the right to express his opinion and impression about a thing which can be identified by others. That is the way of a testimony to show that the given thing is a fact.

However, there is another question. The question is that what actually is the inner content of the written words. What is the intrinsic value of the narration?

Sadhguru is best in expressing the abstruse thought in terms which can easily attract the attention of even an existentialist and materialists. One of the new features that one can easily discern is that he uses the present day terms, terminology and phrases to explain the contents and processes of esoteric science. One can read that Mind is a software and body is the hardware. How is that? Does it attract you? Will that make talks on Mind, body and soul as more meaningful? If so, then you will like to go through this book. He talks about the works of neurologists. In Inner Engineering he has virtually thrown a challenge to the neurologists. He has suggested that they would not reach the submit which the Yogis has reached. The neurologists are working in the field of material world only.

I had been reading W. W. Atkinson for some time. He also discusses the topics like Mind, Body, Prana or Energy, the real I and the Absolute. He wrote in 1910. He tried to explain these terms to the western world as the knowledge of East. He tried to interpret in scientific terms the processes and mechanism of esoteric science. He had used the scientific knowledge of the level as it had developed by 1910. He adopted the method of using evidences and testimonies by quoting the scholars and established thinkers of that period. He followed a literary style. I can not say that I understood everything which he explained. Somewhere, I received an impression from his writings. I can claim that I was not only receiving suggestions as desired by him but also learned few things. It was not a blind faith in whatsoever he said. But there was a learning along with the receiving the impressions by the writing of an expert writer.

In the case of Sadhguru, you also find that perfection which you find in the case of W. W. Atkinson. However, Jaggi Vasudev does not quote anyone to provide evidence or testimony to establish his views as facts. But, he is using the phrases of present times more dominated by computer sciences and neurology. He had the courage to even challenge the learning of the neurology. No doubt, his inimitable style is to use anecdotes and happenings of day to day life. He has a degree in English literature. He has written in his other book that he was a good reader. Therefore, he is also a master in writing.

Coming back to the chapters as given in the book, the first chapter is Introduction. It is not in question answer form. It is a full essay. It is an essay by the Isha foundation. It tells about the view of Sadhguru on Mind.

The second chapter is titled The Circus of Mind. Herein, it is work of Sadhguru. He had explained the contents in many of his YouTube publications. However, one has to remember that Mind has a special meaning in the realm of esoteric studies and Yogic Philosophy. It is not something which is explained in the field of psychology or philosophy. In order to appreciate the contents, one must understand the views of the Yogis about the Chitta or Mind. That is another thing, that Jaggi Vasudev had not used the term Chitta here. The essay will impart you a different meaning of Mind and problems associated with it.

The next chapter is titled The Garbage Bin. It is again an essay on the working of Mind as understood by the Yoga expert and problems related to it. They are not self improvement suggestion. I am highly infatuated by the subject of psychology. The Psychology is definitely adding to the knowledge of the humanity and helping in improving our lives in different spheres of activity, like Medical science, commerce, social problems, advertisement, personal management. However after reading about the concept of Mind as propounded by these Yogic talks, I am trying to review my attraction towards psychology. I believe that those who study these views may be able to recognize what I am trying to say.

The question answer format begins from the chapter The Garbage Bin.

After taking up many questions on Mind in the chapter of The Garbage Bin, the next chapter takes the issue of spiritualism. The title of the chapter is A Ladder to the Divine. In this chapter, one can find a set of questions which is related to the path of spiritualism and the role of Yoga in it. I would like to emphasise, that after reading two books by Sadhguru, I find that Sadhguru has his own way of talking about spiritual facts. All these Yogis talk about the same thing. However, Sadhguru has his own trademark when he takes up the question of Spiritualism.

The Isha Kriya is the last chapter. It directs to access the ishakriya.com. It contains instructions on the meditation. The similar instructions can be watched on YouTube. Even the diagrams given in the books also appear there.

Mind, Prana, Body or Matter are the three identities which are the subject of the Yogic Philosophy. The postures of the Yogic are one aspect only. One has to learn about the theory also which they propound. This book is about the Mind as talked about in Yogic Philosophy.

I must accept that I have read this book just after completing the reading of "Inner Engineering – A Yogi's Guide to Joy". I have already posted it here. I have to complete my version of that book. Somewhere, in this essay, I may have carried the impression of that book also.


There is another set of books which are published by Penguin. Sadhguru, The Three Truths of Being: ... In the case of that publisher, it is prominently displayed that the author of the titles is Sadhguru. It is in Penguin E-Single series. They are also priced for ₹. 99.


A very emphatic comment about the introduction on Sadhguru in most of the publications on him is, "Sadhguru, a profound mystic of our times". It continues to reappear in the different introduction to Jaggi Vasudev.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Inner Engineering – A Yogi's Guide to Joy by Sadhguru (Penguin - Ananda)

Inner Engineering – A Yogi's Guide to Joy is written by Sadhguru. He is also addressed as Jaggi Vasudev on the Internet at many places. He is a celebrity. Nobody introduced me to his work. On Shivaratri, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi visited his place. At that time I was reading, as usual, a book in a collection of W. W. Atkinson. I was reading psychic healing. I was somewhat disenchanted with the content. After that, I had started looking into the sample pages on the books written by Sadhguru on amazon online portal after Shivaratri. On March 13, 2017, I just bought two titles written by him. On March 18, 2017, I completed the reading this title which is published by Penguin under Penguin Ananda Series. The digital edition of 2016 is marked e-ISBN: 978-9-386-05758-7. I bought it for Rs./- 119.20. After that, the price has been reduced by 10%. Very Bad.

During those five days when I read this book, My approach towards the reading of the book passed through a swing mode. Sometimes I laughed, then I just glided through some of the explanation totally unconcerned and at times, I was all appreciation for the contents.

A reviewer on the amazon site had commented that one should not buy a particular title authored by Sadhguru. The argument presented by the person is that whatsoever is written in the book, is already available online free of cost. When I read, I google a lot and watch YouTubes also. Thanks to Mukesh Ambani for that, regardless of the speed which is committed. I observed and listened in many of the interviews of Jagdish Vasudeva on YouTube, which are again conducted by celebrities, that the answers which he gives to them, appear word by word in the book which I was reading. Well now, Mukesh Ambani will charge money for the internet, you can not watch all of them at leisure and within a specific time. On the other hand, the title which I have completed, has its own organic unity. I want to contradict that reviewer. I will rather say, BUY IT. But I suggest a caution. You can enjoy this book, only if, you have some understanding of the Philosophy concerning Sankhya, Yoga, Naya, Vesheshika and Mimansa (Vedanta). If you follow Aristotelian Logic, or follow Western Scholars (European) from Enlightenment onwards, then you may reject it. If you believe that you want a Self Improvement or Self Help or DIY book, then, this book is not meant for you.


Sadhguru is a celebrity. He is a master in his field. I do not have enough of that thing in me to venture to comment on the contents. Well, I may present my view on my way of reading a book.

(to be continued).



Monday, March 13, 2017

The Science of Psychic Healing by W. W. Atkinson



The Science of Psychic Healing by W. W. Atkinson

There are 21 chapters. I am writing it after reading the Chapter 17

Presently I am in a different mood. The supply of electricity is discontinued again. It was not there for ten hours yesterday.

A Contradiction:
In the Fourteen Lessons of Yogi Philosophy, the author invites the seekers to seek the knowledge of Yoga Philosophy. He warns that if they are approaching him to acquire some special powers or 'sensational abilities' then they are not there to instruct them or impart them such things.

In Psychic healing, he gives the motive for the book as instructions or as a practical guide to heal the patients.

There is a contradiction in above two propositions. There is a contradiction between the two premises. There is a contradiction between the actual purpose of the different books which are basically shown as supplementary and complementary to each other.

Herein, the main motive of learning about Yogic philosophy get demolished. Do we really seek all this knowledge to merely to seek superhuman powers? Is it not so? How will peace be achieved? Why is the peace a goal? What does the peace consist? Is it an end or an acquisition?

We are all one. We do not hate or envy each other. We are all going to merge finally with the Ultimate, the Absolute. Is that the peace? You want to convert people to the ways in which you perceive things. You are free to have such a desire. But, who has given you the right to expect others to accept it when the science is doing its job without such a goal?

Jai Charvahaks. Buy Patanjali products. Bake in India. Oh, Sorry. Make in India. Do Anulom, Pratiloma, Kpalbhatti and Pranayama as told to you by the Great Scientist, Thinker and Nationalist Ghamagha Dev. Consult Ghaal Bhasam for Cancer and HIV and any other incurable disease. Even Aliens visit him. Aliens do visit yogis who live in Himalayas. They have not yet revealed that secret. Right, Mr. Yogi Ganchakra. Oh, Sorry Ramcharak.

Has anyone seen any UFO near Rishikesh?

W. W. Atkinson died too soon? He should have visited Rishikesh. He would have learned about making Chavanprash. That would have definitely helped the Americans. It is good for constipation as well as the lungs.

If I am right and If it is true then let me ask, did The Beatles sue an Indian Yogi? Why did they do so? Probably a Yogi from South India may tell the truth.

I must seek blessings of some Yogi. No, Maha Yogi. I believe that is Shiva of Kailash. But he now camps at Benaras. I should visit Sirsa first.

NamamiIshan Nirvan Rupam
----
Na Jamami Jap Nem Puja.(Sant Tulsidasa)

The Economy and Ground Realities of Published books: A Digital Cheating
There seems to be a truth in an observation that the books by Atkinson are popular even today. As per the American law, the patent rights ends after 60 years. The books by Atkinson are available on archive.org free of cost. They are the original books. There are titles which are available on Google Books and Kindle which are available for a consideration. They are recycled with new title prints and formats so that they can be available in the different digital readable format. Is it not a cheating? I fear that the people behind the Internet Archive may not read it. They are also providing these documents in digitally readable format.


Regardless of the above two points, one can still enjoy reading these books. At least, they encourage you to learn about an exercise of breathing correctly. Do it, find it and get the result. The result will be worth the experience. If it gives you some therapeutic benefit, then it is a bonus. But do observe Moderation.


(to be continued). The observation on the completion of the reading. 



This book has 21 chapters. It can be divided into two sections. Up to chapter 17, it should be called Section I on psychic healing. For three chapters, that are from 18 to 20, it should be called Spiritual Healing or Metaphysical Healing. The author then gives instructions to the Spiritual Healer on how to heal the patient. Does a Spiritually awake mind need such instructions? Who will be the better instructor to him, this author or the Absolute?

Just a view:
Out of the whole world, does this field of knowledge work well if it heal the patient? What are the Health systems meant for? Can no other task be expected to be achieved that such esoteric, mystic, omniscient knowledge may think about? Are other problems of the humanity the task of the State in power? Can such expert not reach to each and every person to spread their impact? Is the Yogi Philosophy meant for it? Can Yogi Philosophy think about some other aspect of humanity or even the whole world?

I can not claim to be an authority. It is just a view after reading the book.


Digital and Economic Issue:
As I have stated above, the free document which is available on archive.org in digital form in pdf format and also in Kindle format, where you have to pay nothing except for the internet data and electricity which you use and no doubt, the time you devout to read such things apart from your other duties, contains some more details about the document.

That archive document declares it a 'Sequel to Hatha Yoga' which I have already reviewed. The author continues to suggest to the reader in the book, that in order to appreciate the contents of this book, he should practice the guidelines of Hatha Yoga.

The actual publisher is Yogi Publication Society, Chicago, Illinois. The author of this particular book has mentioned about the publisher again and again in the body of the book but does not name it. The London Agent is L. N. Fowler & Co. 7, Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, E. C., The Latent Light Culture, Tinnevelly, So. India. It seems that it tried to say South India. Tinnevelly is in India. The Copyright is 1906. Is it another clue of Theosophical Society connection? By that time, it was headed by Annie Besant, the person from Great Britain.

The archive.org book begins with a passionate appeal to the readers to believe in the content. One message is worth noting. It suggests that the healing should be practised on one own self. I believe that is a better idea.

On the whole, in the case of this book and the Hatha Yoga, I felt amused. In the case of other titles, I remained serious, appreciative, contemplative and reflective. I just admired the contents. But, here, I am moving away. Probably, that is why, I just bought two titles of Sadhguru, a person from South India. I had remarked earlier that all the books, which I have collected by now have a Bengal connection. Here, I find that this book is having a South India connection.


So I am moving from East India to South India. From Calcutta to Madra, from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, the way River Ganga moves to the Bay of Bengal. Clive from Great Britain moved from Madras to Calcutta. Wow. Quite Mystic.


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hatha Yoga or the Yogi Philosophy of Physical Being by W. W. Atkinson





I have completed the reading of this book on March 12, 2017. I would have completed the reading yesterday but for a number of hurdles. One of the hurdles was that it for the first time, I have felt tired while reading the works of W. W. Atkinson. Surprise.

It is a large book because it contains 32 chapters. However, it is a small book because many chapters contain merely two to three pages.

One may ask that if you have read the book then tell us about Hatha Yoga.

 Ok, Explain, What is Hatha Yoga?

My answer will be that I have not learned anything about Hatha Yoga.

Amusing.

Ok, Let me explain. I believe that I have a preconceived notion about Hatha Yoga without exactly knowing the real meaning of Hatha Yoga. Yoga, as generally perceived is a practice of a set of some postures which are not generally acquired or followed in day to day life. You have to learn about them in order to recognise that you can put your body in a particular posture. Some may say that they are a set of peculiar exercises.

A person who may like to flaunt his eruditeness may say it includes doing pranayama, anoloma and pratiloma, sheersh Asana, Makar Asana, Surya Namaskar, Kpal Bhatti, pavan mukta asana, pachimuttan asana, vakra asana, padam asana, gumukha asana, vajra asana and many more.

He may say that it is a high level learning. You may have to be a blessed one in order to fully understand the Yoga. Then, he would utter some sounds, which you may not comprehend.

You may say, "What was that? Are you a human mockingbird? If so, then Charles Darwin study is incomplete."

He would reply that this is what I have told you that you are not a blessed one. Baby, it is Sanskrit.

Now, W. W. Atkinson had tried to explain it in a very simple English.

What has he told?

I believe that it is about the Deep Breathing and Complete Breathing. It is about a suggestion that one should do regular exercise.

If I quote him from his last chapter then, read the following quotations borrowed from the chapter 32.

"The whole theory and practice of Hatha Yogi is based upon this idea of return to nature—" (Atkinson, William Walker. The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson (Unabridged)

One of the chapters attracted my attention. I was highly amused to read into the actual nature of the content. It is chapter number 30 titled Regeneration. I did not know that the western world observe restraint in talking about this subject in print in 1910. I had a different impression of the western world on this aspect. One can learn about the actual cultural attitude of the Indians about this topic by reading the Autobiography of a Yogi.

It is also amusing to learn about the features of the culture of the America as it was prevailing there in 1910. The author has tried to address some of the cultural habits of the Americans by writing chapters on exercise, bathing and general hygiene.


'The actual contents are same as I have commented on in my other post on Raja Yoga. I reproduce the comment here.

"यहाँ'तक पहुँच कर एक रूप और स्पष्ट होता है । कथन के दो हिस्से रहते है। योगी पद्धतियों से एक सम्मिकरण उठाया जाता है। उन पर चन्द शब्दों का प्रयोग किया जाता है। यह एक हिस्सा बनता है।


दुसरे हिस्से में एक व्याख्या होती है जिस की रचना पश्चमी समाज के बुद्धिजीविओं के कथनों के संग्रह से की जाती है। His selection of the western scholars is quite specific. The explanation can be termed as a motivational and psychological counselling.'



However, in the case of this book, he has discussed the anatomy and physiology in more detail without referring to any Yogic thought.

Among all the books written by W. W. Atkinson, which I have read, this book is not all that gripping. In the case of other books, I yearned to return back to his writing. In the case of this book, I just glided through it. If I was able to read the whole, it is only because of the attractiveness of the writing of the author.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Adolf Hitler A Life from Beginning to End by Hourly History


Adolf Hitler - A Life from Beginning to End by Hourly History was made available on Amazon as a free of cost book. I have completed this reading on March 10, 2017, while reading the books by W. W. Atkinson. There is a holiday today as the Election Commission and the local district administration have taken over our premises for election purpose. On March 11, 2017, there will be counting. There is a holiday tomorrow also. Do the Election Commission and the district administration not have enough infrastructure to secure their material? Is it justifiable to disrupt one activity in name of doing a national activity? Probably, the education is not a national activity.भारत का मुरली मनोहर महकमा । We are definitely making a Skilled India. 

There are eight chapters. The first chapter is titled introduction. It contains the whole history in one chapter. It is like a summary before the book begins. The next six chapters provide you a glimpse into the life of Hitler. Some chapters give you details which one may not know about Hitler. Other chapters cover important issues hurriedly. A reader feels cheated. The Conclusion, the last chapter, is an opinion of the author who is behind the Hourly History. 

Yes, one can read the book in near about an hour. But, I undertook usual googling through the features available in the Kindle. No doubt, I digressed to some different topics on the internet while reading the new search. I found only Wikipedia entries worth reading. I was soon directed to some of the YouTube entries. They are quite informative. I did not care to look out for some serious reading on this topic.

Adolf wanted to be a  painter. I knew it. Adolf had a troubled childhood. This is a theory which has been otherwise emphasized in the western world. This is not a place to take up that issue. 

On the whole, it helps to revisit the contents which you may have studied during the academic years while pursuing a specified course or syllabus for exams. I do not find that this is a work which can be used as a reference material. It may provide one or two or even more than that count, some names and places to look out further. It is a brief biography. But, it can not be recommended for a serious study. 

There are many more titles which are provided as the free gifts on the internet. Many of them are provided by Hourly History series. I have downloaded these free gifts as per my interest and information which I already have. I will definitely read and write about the rest of them gradually in coming days.

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.