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Date Posted: 10:42
Author: anil nerode-28Aug02
Subject: Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?
In reply to: Eponymous-28Aug02 's message, "Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?" on 10:41

Yoga at the highest level is a spiritual quest, not a science. But before commencing any quest we try to equip ourselves with knowledge and training. In Yoga a portion of that knowledge and training is about physiological phenomena which allow us to develop concentration and meditation skills of a high order. These are definitely capable of scientific analysis, though many who have tried experiments are not good scientists and have not framed simple hypotehses to test. Dhirananda was a "scientific" yogi, with a very strong background, electroencephalography with a master's from the University of Calcultta. Otherwise, when he decided to stop teaching in 1933, he could not immediately have gone on to a PhD in the subject, and become a lifelong research professor at the University of Michigan Medical school with 50-100 published papers. He tried with the science of his time to analyze exactly what physiological effects each of the exercises had, and how they contributed to concentration and meditation. Such studies can reveal a lot, and can help distinguish which parts of Yoga are physiological training which makes meditation and concentration more effective, but have absolutely no spiritual content, and those parts which are about attainment of spiritual goals. These are easily confused. This is like confusing a box with its contents, and leads to emphasis on technique and ritual rather than on spirituality. So science has a role, by no means exhausted, in the study and practice of Yoga.

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