Russell Frank Atkinson has spent over 40 years writing The Way of Knowing his crowning life s work. In the course of a wandering life he has been an advertising copy writer, a Hatha and Raja Yoga teacher, leading naturopath and Managing Editor ofMoreRussell Frank Atkinson has spent over 40 years writing The Way of Knowing his crowning life s work. In the course of a wandering life he has been an advertising copy writer, a Hatha and Raja Yoga teacher, leading naturopath and Managing Editor of Blackmores Nature & Health magazine. As a young man he introduced his peers to Yoga and Indian philosophy and began public classes in Hatha Yoga in 1950.
The first of Russells nine books was published in 1968.This book of hidden knowledge reveals the nature of the false knowledge and assumptions that obscure the truth about our own true nature. Though a part of ancient traditions these esoteric teachings are only now revealed publicly in this form for the first time. There are many books about these traditions and translations from the original Sanskrit sources but this book is not an exposition, explanation or exegesis it is a step-by-step journey you can take to your real Self with your intelligence, faith and sincerity as your guide.Raja, Tantra, Bhakti and other forms of yoga have the ultimate goal of Jnana Yoga.
Jnana means transcendental wisdom or knowledge. Jnana Yoga is based largely upon Advaita Vedanta, the Hindu philosophy of non-duality. Its goal is the realization of the unity of all life through the knowledge of one s intrinsic Self. This book makes it possible for anyone to explore this most fascinating philosophy - not in an academic way but as an enquiry into the nature of your own being through revealing the delusions, illusions, errors and assumptions produced by a misreading of everyday experience.This non-dualistic philosophy is so all-encompassing that it does not deny dualistic philosophies, but integrates them into a higher understanding.
It regards dualistic religions and philosophies as being necessary steps to a unified knowledge, just as the old science of Newton has been superseded by the startling new science of quantum physics.The possibility of non-duality being the one great truth within and behind our experience of duality is beginning to dawn in the shared mind of the world as spiritual evolution brings the cosmos to the season of springtime. While not denigrating nor neglecting the ancient writings, spiritual evolution makes necessary new expressions of the esoteric wisdom of the Hindus.
In order for them to be spread throughout the modern world they must be expressed in terms acceptable to the times. To paraphrase Shri Ramakrishna, the coins of the Moguls are no longer legal tender, though their value in gold is now greater. The Way of Knowing seeks to make this revelation easily understandable through an enquiry into the unique significance of what we take for granted our everyday experience.
Though our relative consciousness is indeed a light, that light shines in darkness. The Way of Knowing shines light on that darkness.