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Yoga And The Wounded Heart

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This chapter explores the yoga of the heart. The mandala has traditionally been used as an aid to meditation. The authors' efforts to give shape to a Hindu-Christian iconography has been based on this search for the archetypal, especially in the search for spiritual wholeness which is found in the typology of icons but also in the tradition of the Hindu and Buddhist mandala. The chapter tries to link the image of the cave of the heart, a metaphor often found in Indian spiritual thought, with the figure of the wounded or pierced Jesus, who is also the wounded healer. The effort has been to bring together these various images of the yoga of Jesus and the yoga of the heart in relation to an emerging Dalit theology and a theology rooted in the land. These poetic metaphors are interrelated, though in a lateral, symbolic way.

Keywords: Dalit theology; Jesus; yoga of Jesus; yoga of the heart



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