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OSMAI^A UNIVERSITY LIBRARY CalkNu. 131. 3/i'fl 1 jy Accession Pfc* Author Akhilananda, Swami 'I'Hie Mental health and Hindu psychology This book shoui . be relumed on or before the dale last marked belo'
MENTAL HEALTH AND HINDU PSYCHOLOGY
FIRST PUBLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN IN 1952 Copyright in the U.S.A. g fj 77/13 book is copyright under the Berne Convention, Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study , research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act /9//, wo portion may be reproduced by any process without written {permission. Inquiry should be made to the publisher. PRINTED 1JY LITHOGRAPHY AND BOUND IN GREAT BRITAIN BY JARROLD AND SONS LIMITED, NORWICH
TO M/ BELOVED MASTER SRIMAT SWAMI BRAHMANANDAJI MAHARAJ SPIRITUAL SON OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA WITH LOVING DEVOTION AND HUMBLE SALUTATIONS
Contents INTRODUCTION IX PREFACE XV I Therapeutic Value of Indian Psychology 1 II How to Overcome Anxiety 25 III Conquest of Fear 37 IV Conquest of Frustration 46 V Forgiveness or Aggression 54 VI Competition or Cooperation 67 VII How to Overcome Conflict and Tension 80 VIII Social Adjustment 101 IX Escape through Alcoholism 109 X Power of Mind 118 XI Power of Love 129 XII Love, Marriage, and Religion 143 XIII Religion and Integration 160 XIV Technique of Integration of Personality 169 XV Is Religion Escapism? 185 XVI Power through Religious Practices 805 BIBLIOGRAPHY 221 INDEX 227
Introduction BY O. HOBART MOWRER Research Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois THE thesis of this book is at once new and very old. In prehis- toric and even early historic times, problems both of the body and of the soul, or psyche, were ministered to by the same per- sons: priests, shamans, medicine men. Medicine, in the modern sense of the term, is often dated from developments in fifth century (B.C.) Greece which were associated with the name of Hippocrates but which dipped back into the earlier civilizations of Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China. By the end of the second century, A.D., the spotlight in medicine had shifted to > Rome, where its brightest star was Galen. During the Dark Ages in Europe, interest in research and medical inquiry was kept alive in Alexandria and a few other spots east and south of the Medi- terranean. But at no time was medicine a serious rival of estab- lished religion, for its rationale was feeble and its practical results problematic. However, with the Renaissance, such men as Vesalius, Harvey, Lister and Leeuwenhoek appeared and then, in the middle of the nineteenth century came Pasteur and the germ theory of disease and the development of anesthesia and surgery. Since that time progress in medicine has been little short of miraculous. In 1850 the average life span in New England was 40 years. By 1900 it had risen to 47 years for the United States as a whole, and at the present time it is 67 years.

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