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By Swami Akhilananda

The six quantity Psychology ann faith set of the overseas Library of Psychology explores the interface among psychology and faith, elements of non secular trust and mysticism as on the topic of the research of human realization. Hindu Psychology appears on the relevance of Hindu trust platforms and theories of conception for the West.

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Apart from that, a particular expression may have different causes. There is a popular saying that a fool laughs three times over a joke. He laughs first when he sees others laughing; again he laughs when he understands it; and then he laughs thinking what a fool he was not to understand the joke in the first place. As laughter was created by three different causes, so an external expression can be caused by different inner emotions and urges. Consequently, the interpretive method can hardly give convincing understanding of the inner nature of the mind, as neuroses and psychoses may be created in various persons by different subconscious and conscious urges and mental conditions.

Visions (not hallucinations) and similar experiences are well-known examples of perception of this type. In dreams, or 32 HINDU PSYCHOLOGY in certain extraordinary states, some persons have had perceptions that were proved to be prophetic. All this indicates the indriya’s independence of the sense organs and nervous system. There is another aspect of perception that needs to be considered. This is the power of the mind to interpret the sensations of external objects or sense stimuli. According to Western psychology, when an object is perceived, its image is reflected by light waves upon the retina of the eye in an inverted form, and from this image the mind draws its conclusions about the object.

Visions (not hallucinations) and similar experiences are well-known examples of perception of this type. In dreams, or 32 HINDU PSYCHOLOGY in certain extraordinary states, some persons have had perceptions that were proved to be prophetic. All this indicates the indriya’s independence of the sense organs and nervous system. There is another aspect of perception that needs to be considered. This is the power of the mind to interpret the sensations of external objects or sense stimuli. According to Western psychology, when an object is perceived, its image is reflected by light waves upon the retina of the eye in an inverted form, and from this image the mind draws its conclusions about the object.

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