Yoga And Hinduism


A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies



  1. Buddhism is a backslidden form of Hinduism. Ancient Hinduism is the key to enlightenment Just like have religions manipulated by greedy rich ppl. Greedy people destroying our souls. Commercial thrill seekers should not be taught the spiritual paths.

  2. You’re grasp of this subject is phenomenal, how I wish I could be an Oxford student. Thank you for your Hinduism videos. For those of us thirsting for this information, you are cold pure water.

  3. Thank U brother.I am from tamilnadu India.gòod speech. We are doing Yoga 4 nearly 17 years.our Guru sadhguru jagi vasudev at Isha Yoga centre near coimbatore..India near Vellingiri hills.U all please watch on related programmes.

  4. Beauty of our Sanathana Dharma is that any person can have his or her perception about life and still respects his or her interpretation but will never oppose. Finally it is said that truth cannot be described but can only be realised. After realisation he or she will remain silent.

    ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |
    पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ||

  5. This is the best talk that I have ever heard, on Yoga( Ashatangayoga). A more refined, objective, balanced clear stream of words. Really its a real challenge. interestingly he had satisfied this demand.. One or two points, would be more appropriate if think about these specific points:
    17:00 t0 17: 03. "Mosksha" has an another dimension- breaking the "karma and karma phala".
    Yama and Niyamas are the back- bone yoga since both are the exercise of mind which will keep the chitta away from the clouding of the rajasa tamasa gunas. Yes, interestingly yoga means is engagement or reunion of more than one entities. But in the "saastra sanketika pada" or "saastra sanketa" ( the technical or scientific word for the specific saastra) in yoga saastra is suspending citta (as Dr Nick Sutton mentioned) or restricting arresting the functions of citta. But how it can be possible to have opposite meanings can have for the same word? Here is the most interesting part:
    yoga can be interpreted as the re-union or dissolving ( I don't feel this would be the exact word for the layana) of the gunas back to their origin i.e. manifestation of mahatatwa or moola prakruti. The entity of our wold or conscious or perception of the world is due to the cittavrutti and it is nothing but the manifestation of gunas i.e. satwa-raja-thams. If the citta is suspended the gunas will dissolve in their origin i.e. avyakta moolaprkruti which will give purusha to have the self realization, i.e. the karma guna ahankara a are belongs to prakruti. The purusha himself is sat chit- anada if there is no gunas left purusha will have the realization which is sat-chit-ananda.
    Or it ( yoga) can be the union of the purusha and his self realization. Here we should know the prakrti is asat ( illusion? or which is necessarily not the reality). The meaning of prakruti can be understood better if we borrow the concordant concept, "avidya" or "maya" from vedanta. Maya means aghatita ghtanA patiyasi maya i.e.two extreme opposite entities van be present at the same time and same place, like existence and nonexistence, srushti nasa i.e. both opposite entities can stay together which is paradoxical. If the reason for the illusion is maya or the avidya which manifestation of chitta, then the remedy for dissolving the problem( or moksha margga)will be appeared as a "paradoxical" .
    Please forgive me for my bad English.

  6. Very clear and easy to follow explanation of a very challenging and complex subject. You are more learned Hindu teacher than many so called Hindus. I like the reference to Geeta and Patanjali yoga , very interesting.

  7. Unbelievable! These western buffoons have given each other advanced degrees in Indian thought without Indians evaluating them? WTF? You can't pronounce anything properly, you get many nuances wrong, and, you are taking political sides. A simple rule: All western "experts" on India must have an Indian boss. Otherwise, we reject your credentials you frikkin jackasses. Go get a honest job in your world and learn to say, "Do you want to supersize it?"

  8. Hindus are born philosophers. Philosophy without interpretation of bhava (emotions) carries less meaning. That is difference between Indian and Western philosophy.

    Indian philosophy revolves around the knowledge of true self.

    Some thing on Karma. As speaker touched it. Its too simplistic to say that its actions and rewards. Its not really what it means. Its actually abbreviated usage of Karma Sanskar. Means training your mind and habits by continuous repeated actions. Its about making subtle impressions. example given can be of learning to swim or cycle. When you are new to trade you make mistakes, but as you train more and more it becomes easier. Then later when you leave and try use the trade even after years you can till do it well. This subtle imprint what Karma means. Whenever one uses word Karma one should interpret it as Karma Sanskar

    Hence its said do good karmas to weed of bad karmas. And later transcend even good Karmas, to get your mind closer to true self.

    Lastly from Patanjali texts if the physical postures do not seem to have emphasis as in Tantric, I think its still incorrect to ignore that the primary stage of getting stable mind is stable body.
    Infact the Yama and Niyama and Karma Sanskars as explained by Patanjali include all practices to purify (todays word is detox) your body and mind before you move to higher level of practices.

    I think all the spiritual traditions in India (be it Arihant, Bauddha, Saankhya or Vedic) have basis of Yoga (at posture level) in its practices. Name and form could vary, as it does every 100 km in this world.

    Om Shant Shanti Shanti

  9. So wise talks! Hinduism has been influenced by Abrahamic theology through centuries so that the concept of "God" has come to the fore in the Indian Dharmic traditions quite a time now.

  10. Extremely interesting, engaging and incredibly informative introduction to yoga. Thank you for presenting a clear and relatively simple oversight, a glimpse, into highly complex philosophical and spiritual concepts. Nick Suttons irrepressible enthusiasm, energy and knowledge carry the listener along.

  11. Another great video. I have been living with awakened kundalini for eight years now and I completely agree with all the points you made in this talk. Well done Sir, well done. Aum Namah Shivaya

  12. It is nice talk, yoga means union of yourself(it is not mind, not body, not ego, it is your pure conspicuousness, you can call it soul) with divine(supreme truth(it is brhaman/sada shiva/Maha vishnu, you can call it different names but it is one god, no second)). Yoga is not only physical exercise. Final goal of yoga is to achieve moksha. As non-believe(hindu) of god, you can train your brain with different yoga techniques, it will improve your concentration and your productivity will improve lot compare to before in materialistic view point. yoga is always win win for believer of god and non-believer of god. Yoga(+believer of god) will do miracle to those people, who are suffering from chronic health problem, directly or indirectly it will improve/solve people immunity problem and other lungs related problem, most of the time, it is root cause of 90% health problems in this world. I have truly experience this in my life as there is no medicine for my health problem(PH) and doctor could not do anything. it took 6 months to improve my condition with help of yoga(after finding specific yoga, which will help for my health problem). it took 6 months plus 1 hours time of mine every day, yoga is now part of my life. if any one have any health problem, yoga is one alternative option to cure yourself(it will help you in long term, after 6 month, you can see result), but please take medicine as per doctor prescription and take doctor advice on this.

  13. Remember Philosophy is not equal with DARSHANA. This guy is trying to say Philosophy = Darshana. Philosophy = Yuktivad
    Philosophy is a kind of rational though. Darshana is one person's practical experience.
    Don't try to mix up with Darshana with philosophy.


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