Indian Psychology Institute

Syllabus of two introductory Indian psychology courses 2010

The context of Indian psychology

  • Views of the world & views of psychology
  • Yoga and the ongoing evolution of consciousness
  • Yoga and society

Cognition and methodology

  • How do we know? Inner and outer knowledge
  • Research in the subjective domain;
  • Research methods to be used for the participants' own course-project
  • Knowledge and the mind
  • Sense mind; emotional mind; thought mind; and beyond
  • Ways of knowing; self-observation; silencing the mind
  • Factors that negatively effect our ability to know & what to do about them
  • Consciousness and power

Understanding self & personality

  • Self and Nature – I: Planes and parts: each plane has its own laws and characteristics
  • Self and Nature – II: The person & the personality
  • The vital being: the evolution of the life-force
  • Planes and parts of the being; the three gunas
  • Ways of the mind and ways of the heart
  • The double soul in man: self, psychic being and ego
  • Explorations in the psychic realm: The evolving soul

Motivation and emotions

  • Finding your own path: svabhava and svadharma
  • Levels of determination
  • The yoga of works
  • The role of pain and suffering; dealing with difficulties
  • The vital, mind, & motivation
  • Motivation in learning
  • Karma, dharma& desire
  • Growing in consciousness
  • Motivation and change

Understanding relationships

  • Relationships
  • The self and others
  • Making a mind-map of one’s relations
  • Relationships: with self, work, others, the Divine
  • Oneness and duality

Processes of change: Yoga/ self-perfection

  • Processes of change: Aspiration, rejection, surrender; remember and offer
  • Self-Perfection: Calming the vital; silencing the mind
  • Inner gestures


  • The yoga of works
  • Dealing with difficulties
  • Application of yoga in life
  • Applications in society
  • Application in education
  • Application in therapy

Ancient texts

  1. Vedic image of man: The symbol of the sacrifice
  2. Some major Upanishads
  3. Dualism in Samkhya and Tantra
  4. Some mahavakya in the Gita
  5. Patanjali