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Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition: An Experiment in Faith Thomas Matus

Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition: An Experiment in Faith

Thomas Matus

Published November 1st 1984
ISBN : 9780809126385
Paperback
191 pages
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Thomas Matus compares the yogic realization described by the Tantric Yogis of Hinduism and Buddhism with the personal testimony of a great Eastern Christian mystic, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022). The convergence of their narratives in a sharedMoreThomas Matus compares the yogic realization described by the Tantric Yogis of Hinduism and Buddhism with the personal testimony of a great Eastern Christian mystic, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022). The convergence of their narratives in a shared symbolic language points to an analogy of experience between them. On the basis of this analogy, Matus suggests that the awakening of hidden energies in the body - the kundalini experience - can be understood as a fulfillment of the life of faith in Jesus. In this revised edition of his pioneering study of 1984, Matus goes beyond a purely theoretical reflection and offers both an account of his own experience as a Christian yogi and a clear description of the yogic rites and techniques into which he was initiated more than fifty years ago.