Psychology in Indian traditions

Syllabus for Mysore University

Credits 4 (L-3 T-1)


Unit 1. Introduction:-

  1. Indigenous perspectives in Psychology and their contemporary relevance
  2. Origin and development of Indian Psychology-Historical and Contemporary trends
  3. Philosophical basis and fundamental assumptions of Indian Psychology

Unit 2. Psychological perspectives in orthodox traditions

Concepts of consciousness, mind, self, cognition, and motivation and emotion in:

  1. Vedas, Upanishads and Vedanta;
  2. Samkhya-Yoga; and
  3. Nyaya-Vaisesika

Unit 3. Psychological perspectives in heterodox traditions

Concepts of consciousness, mind, self, cognition, and motivation and emotion in:

  1. Jaina traditions;
  2. Buddhist traditions

Unit 4. Psychological perspectives in other sources

  1. Bhagavad Gita (Characteristics of trigunas; Characteristics of stithaprajna; Anasakti Yoga -Action theory);
  2. Natya Shastra (Characteristics of rasa and bhava);
  3. Ayurveda (Classification of mental disorders and therapy; health and well-being);
  4. Kama Sutra (Sexuality and sexual behavior);
  5. Transpersonal movement in Bhakti tradition and Shaiva dharma;
  6. Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo


Books for study:

Cornelissen, M. (2001). Consciousness and its Transformation. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education.

Cornelissen, R. M.M., Misra, G., Varma, S. (2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: Concepts and Theories (Vol. 1). New Delhi: Pearson.

Cornelissen, R. M.M., Misra, G., Varma, S. (2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: Practical applications (Vol. 2). New Delhi: Pearson.

Joshi, K. & Cornelissen, M. (2004). Consciousness, Indian Psychology and Yoga. New Delhi: Centre for Studies in Civilizations, 36, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, 110055.

Misra, G. & Mohanty, A. K. (2001). Indigenous Perspectives in Psychology. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co.

Rao, K. R. & Marwaha, S. B. (Eds.) (2005). Towards a spiritual psychology: Essays in Indian Psychology. New Delhi: Samvad India Foundation.

Rao, K. R., Paranjpe, A.C., Dalal, A. K. (Ed.) (2008). Handbook of Indian Psychology. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press of India.

Rao, S. K. R. (1962). Development of Psychological Thought in India. Mysore: Kavyalaya Publishers.

Safaya, R. (1975). Indian Psychology: A critical and historical analysis of the psychological speculations in Indian philosophical literature. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Salagame, K.K.K. (2011). Indian Indigenous Concepts and Perspectives: Developments and Future Possibilities. In G. Misra (Ed.) Psychology in India, Vol. 4.: Theoretical and Methodological Developments (ICSSR Survey of Advances in Research) (p. 93-172). New Delhi: Pearson.

Srivastava, S. P. (2001). Systematic Survey of Indian Psychology. Bahadurgarah, India: Adhyatma Vijanana Prakashan.

Books for reference

Coster, G. (1998). Yoga and Western Psychology. Delhi: Motilal Banarsi Dass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Dalal, A. S. (2001). An introduction to the psychological thought of Sri Aurobindo- A Greater Psychology. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Dalal, A. S. (2007). Sri Aurobindo and the Future Psychology (Supplement to A Greater Psychology). Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Grof, S. (2000). Psychology of the Future. New York: SUNY Press.

Kalghatgi, T. G. (1961). Some Problems in Jaina Psychology. Dharwad: Karnatak University.

Kalupahana, D. J. (1992). The Principles of Buddhist Psychology. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications.

Kiran Kumar, S. K. (2002). Psychology of Meditation: A contextual approach. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Co.

Mehta, M. L. (2002). Jaina Psychology: Introduction. Varanasi: Parshvanath Vidyapeeth.

Rhys Davids, C. A. F (1914). Buddhist Psychology. London: G. Bell and Sons Ltd.

Salmon, D & Maslow, J. (2007). Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing through the eyes of infinity. St. Paul, MN., USA: Paragon House.

Seal, B. (1958). The Positive Sciences of the Ancient Hindus. Delhi: Motilal Banarsi Dass.

Sen, I. (1998). Integral Psychology: The Psychological System of Sri Aurobindo. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education.

Taimni, I. K. (1973). Glimpses into the Psychology of Yoga. Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House.

Veereshwar, P. (2002). Indian Systems of Psychotherapy. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications.

Vrinte, J. (1996). The Quest for the Inner Man: Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integral Sadhana. Pondicherry, India: Sri Mira Trust.