This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Concept and scope of pratayahara for promotion of mental health

K.M. Tripathi — Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

In Astanga Yoga of Patanjali, the Antaranga Yoga (Interior Yoga), leading to meditation and transcendence, is treated as a mental practice for the attainment of spiritual experience, and is therefore a focal aspect of the yoga system. The cognitive or psychological part of the eightlimbic approach of yoga begins with pratayahara, which occupies a central conjunctive place in between the Bahiranga (Exterior Yoga) and the Antaranga Yoga. The present paper, based on observations of the author, points out the possibilities of application of pratayahara, as well as provokes new thoughts among the innovative and enthusiastic scholars.

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