NAMARUPA, Categories of Indian Thought, is a journal that seeks to record, illustrate, honor, as well as comment on the many systems of knowledge, practical and theoretical, that have originated in India. Passed down through the ages, these systems have left tracks, paths already traveled, which can guide us back to the Self — the source of all names [NAMA] and forms [RUPA]. NAMARUPA presents articles that shed light on the incredible array of DARSHANAS, YOGAS and VIDYAS that have evolved over thousands of years in India’s creatively spiritual minds and hearts. The publishers have created this journal out of a love for the knowledge that it reflects, and desire that its content be presented clearly and inspirationally, but without any particular agenda or sectarian bias. The aim is to permit contributors to present offerings that accurately represent their own traditions, without endorsement or condemnation. Each traditional perspective on reality is like a different branch on a vast tree of knowledge, offering diverse fruits to the discerning reader.
“Just as a big Banyan tree sprouts from a tiny seed, so the wide universe with names & forms sprouts forth from the Heart.” Sri Ramana Maharishi
Publishers & Editors: Robert Moses and Eddie Stern
Robert Moses grew up in South Africa where he studied architecture. He met his guru, Swami Vishnudevananda in Israel in 1972 and served, studied under, and lived with Swamiji until his passing in 1993. Robert then married and worked in the outdoor retail industry as a photographer, maintaining daily sadhana and teaching Yoga and Vedanta. Swamiji told him to “Take people around India” which he does to this day. He lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife Meenakshi, raising their children Satya, Tejas and Sita.
Eddie Stern and his wife Jocelyne are the co-founders of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Yoga Club and the Broome Street Temple. They studied under Ashtanga Yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 1991 until his passing in 2009. Eddie has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Astanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. Jocelyne and Eddie continue to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and his daughter, Saraswati Jois.
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Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983.
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