This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007

 

Models for intellectual development from Patanjali Yoga Sutram, Bhagavad Gita and Taittiriya Upanishad

S Bashyam — SVYASA, Bangalore

In the welter of concepts, theories and models credited to the galaxy of western psychologists, two facts emerge. The discipline of psychology is still developing. The original meaning of the term has undergone sea changes. In a similar fashion, in India psychology was never an independent discipline. However psychological aspects of man as part of nature were subsumed under the vast canvas of philosophy or darsanas. The article is an attempt to identify a few models from Patanjali Yoga Sutram, Bhagavad Gita and Taittiriya Upanishad for intellectual development of individuals and society. The author considers intellectual development as fundamental to the progress of mankind. For discerning research scholars there are many more models for development to be tapped.

Email the author, Mr. S. Bashyam, at lakshmibashyam@yahoo.com