Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are among the most important writings of the Yoga school, and have remained relevant for 2,300 years because of their wisdom and inspiration. In this webinar course, Ravi Ravindra will explore the heart and purpose of yoga as expressed in the Yoga Sutras, with special emphasis on section 2.2 which states that the true purpose of yoga is the cultivation of Samadhi, meaning freedom from the ego-self, and the diminishing of the kleshas, that are the impediments standing in the way of achieving this goal.
The course will be based on Ravi Ravindra’s book The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Ravi Ravindra is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses in The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, Calif. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. His last book was The Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions and his new book on the Bhagavad Gita will be published by Shambhala Publications in the spring of 2017. For more information visit www.ravindra.ca .
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1860-1944). A dedicated early worker for the Theosophical Society (TS). Keightley was born April 4, 1860, at Birkenhead in England. He joined the TS in 1884. He was one of the small group who, in 1887, contributed the finance for the purchase of the property at 27 Lansdowne Road, making it possible for Helena P. BLAVATSKY to reside in England. Keightley was one of the group around Blavatsky who helped to edit The Secret Doctrine. He was secretary of the London Lodge of the TS and was, in 1889, sent by Blavatsky as special messenger to America; later in the same year he went to India to found the Indian Section and was its first General Secretary from 1897 to 1901. Keightley was one of the founders of the Central Hindu College 1898-99. He was General Secretary of the English Section of the TS, 1901-05, during which time he helped to found the International European Theosophical Federation. Keightley seems to have disagreed with the policies of Henry S. OLCOTT, the President of the TS, and he withdrew from active work for the Society. He died in Allahabad, India, at the age of 85.
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