by Gillian McCann and Gitte Bechsgaard
This book addresses the fact that, for the first time in history, a large segment of the population in the western world is living without any form of religious belief. While a number of writers have examined the implications of this shift, none have approached the phenomenon from the perspective of religious studies. The authors examine what has been lost from the point of view of sociology, psychology, and philosophy of religion. The book sits at the nexus of a number of important debates including: the role of religion in public life, the connection between religion and physical and psychological well-being, and the implications of the loss of ritual in terms of maintaining communities.
The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras
by Gitte Bechsgaard
The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras by Gitte Bechsgaard, RP, is to be read by those who love Yoga in general and practitioners of Yoga in particular. This book acts as a guide book to take a journey from the bank of mundane life towards the bank of spiritual life.
— from the Foreword to The Gift of Consciousness by B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Master and author
Meticulously researched and compellingly written, The Gift of Consciousness is an engaging and approachable overview of the Yoga Sūtras and through the prism of both Eastern and Western psychology. Grounded in a thorough knowledge of the Sanskrit original and training in psychology, Gitte Bechsgaard opens out these complex texts to the general reading public. Bechsgaard’s clear-eyed approach makes an ancient text relevant to anyone interested in Yoga philosophy and practice. This book, with its emphasis on integrating Yogic insights into everyday life, will be an important resource for Yoga teachers and practitioners, academics, and general readers who have an interest in Eastern religion and philosophy, meditation and psychology.
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