Dr. Vidya Damle, Applied Psychologist, Founder and Manager, Indrayani School for Mentally Challenged, Akola, India; Applied Psychologist specialized in: Training Programs for Mentally Challenged, Slow Learners, Autistic Children, and Persons with Learning Disability; Testing & Psychological Assessment; Counseling & Guidance; Behavioral Modification; Learning Skill Development; Rehabilitation; Founder and Manager, Indrayani School for Mentally Challenged, Akola, India; Vidya_nature18@yahoo.co.in
Adhiyoga is not a book but the Amrita-Kalasha (pot with elixir of immortality) that never gets empty. It is a treasure (of knowledge), the wealth in which does not exhaust even when drawn by millions. Each reading reveals new finding. Its very beginning is the life of/for happiness. Actually, happiness is a state of mind. It is easy to quote Saint Tukaram's lines, “Thevile Anante Taisechi Rahave, Chitti Aso Dyave Samadhan (One should keep contentment in whatever life situation God has placed one in.)”. But, Adhiyoga details the methods and life style for achieving that contentment. The things that disturb physical and mental wellbeing, the steps for reaching one's goal, and the appropriate diet-exercise-rest are explained elaborately but in a simple manner. The importance and proper use of Yoga are revealed. The skill needed to make life happy is found in Adhiyoga.
The Adhiyoga is not formed with mere intellectual thinking and a great writing skill. It is an accurate and systematic statement of a prolonged study and experience. It is an excellent integration of many subjects such as Nutrition, Health Science, Philosophy, Social Science, Psychology, and Spiritual Liberation that is considered the ultimate goal of human life.
Psychology is the pillar of Indian culture and Philosophy. Indian scriptures depict the ancient life style with its emotions, social tendencies, and human interaction. Adhiyoga explains these using Modern Psychology. How does learning take place in the brain? How is it related to emotion, attention, cognition, intelligence, and memory? These questions are answered very well. We also find the relation between diet/nutrition and mind in Adhiyoga.
Truly speaking, I find my capacity and intelligence short of fully understanding the Adhiyoga by collecting the shells from this ocean of knowledge.
Dr. Vidya Jayant Damle