One of the fundamental assertions in the theory and discipline of yoga, as in any serious spiritual teaching, is that the true knower is not the mind. The real knower –called Purusha, the Very Person– knows through the mind, not with the mind. Truth is not exclusively a matter of knowledge; it also has to involve the quality of being of the searcher who has to evolve in consciousness to come closer and closer to the Real, naturally exuding love and compassion. Any real science of consciousness needs scientists who are willing and able to undergo a radical transformation of their being.
RAVI RAVINDRA: A native of India, he emigrated to Canada and is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served for many years as a professor in three Departments: Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Physics. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Simla, and Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. He has been a member of the Board of Judges for the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He is an honorary member of the Scientific and Medical Network. Ravindra’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. Gurdjieff, Yoga, Zen, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian traditions. He is the author of many books on religion, science, and spiritual disciplines, including:
The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism (American edition of The Yoga of the Christ)
Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree
Science and the Sacred
Pilgrim Without Boundaries
The Spiritual Roots of Yoga
The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras
The Pilgrim Soul: Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions
Heart Without Measure: Gurdjieff Work with Madame de Salzmann
The Bhagavad Gita: Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life
Ravindra is the Series Editor of an eight volume series dealing with The Inner Journey in the major spiritual traditions of the world.