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Dr. Douglas Brooks

Dr. Douglas Brooks

Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India in the home of his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, Professor of Sanskrit at Madurai-Kamaraj University where he also held a visiting fellowship as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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To understand the role of abnegation in Yoga traditions you need to begin with early sources. Here, consider the early Upanishads’ ideas about self-restraint, bodily control and disciplines, and other forms of physical and mental effort directed at your somatic and psychic experiences. This is a vast and important topic in Yoga traditions and to begin your studies, you will need a clear foundation for understanding the role of ascetical behaviors. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.
Practices of discipline, self-abnegation and world renunciation are at the center of yoga traditions. Explore the origins of asceticism historically and systematically, considering how and why it emerged and the extent of its revolutionary claims. In some important ways a counter-movement, even a rejection of Vedic values and aspirations, the ascetics bring a new vision and establish precedents and claims that shape the history of yoga.
The role of the ego is always important in Yoga tradition, but the concept undergoes a process of understanding and development in historical sources. Here you will take a look at early Sankhya-Yoga's formulation of ahamkara, translated as "doing 'I'". Begin to develop a foundation for later explorations in Vedanta and Tantra influenced schools, and other traditions in which ego is a principal issue. Reflect and absorb with this in depth discussion. Props Needed: A blanket or a bolster to sit on.

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