Yoga and the Jesus Prayer
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Number of Pages: 156
Width: 14.1 cm
Height: 21.7 cm
Thomas Matus studies the yogic realization described by Hindu Tantric writers and the personal testimony of a great Eastern Christian mystic, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022). The convergence of their respective 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 can be understood as the fulfilment of a 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.
This precious little book has already become my guide to a new order of realizations. (Joseph Campbell, best-selling author of Myths to Live by) Thomas Matus reminds us that it also means the Body of Man. This is a pioneer work in the right direction. (Raimon Panikkar, author of The Vedic Experience) Thomas Matus is especially good at cross-cultural spiritual correlations. He neatly relates or connects the physical and psychic ways by which some of us attempt to enter, or begin to enter, the mystery we call God. (Anthony Wilhelm, author of the Catholic best-seller Christ Among Us.)