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Moral Measures: An Introduction to Ethics West and East (review)

Moral Measures: An Introduction to Ethics West and East (review) ing discussion about the law of karma, which leaves certain deep memories and impressions (vasanas) that instigate future desires and actions. The yogi, through ¯ ¯ discriminative knowledge, is able to neutralize these deep impressions and thus attain unconditioned freedom. Given the clear emphasis on dissociation from false identification with prakriti, it would have been useful if the author had not stressed union with purusha in the first chapter. Part 3 is devoted to physical postures, and part 4 takes up the connection between Yoga and Star Wars. Malhotra argues that the ``Force'' marshaled by characters such as Luke Skywalker is functionally equivalent to the term prana or life ¯ force in that it refers to the all-encompassing energy that holds the world together (p. 93). Besides, Luke's training regimen under Yoda also bears some resemblance to yogic training. The Jedi Knights are warned against using their powers for evil ends just as yogis are. The fight between Luke and his father Darth Vader is also simultaneously an internal struggle for Luke between the forces of good and evil, and here the author draws a comparison to the Gita. While all this is interesting, one wonders ¯¯ also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Moral Measures: An Introduction to Ethics West and East (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 53 (3) – Jun 20, 2003

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ing discussion about the law of karma, which leaves certain deep memories and impressions (vasanas) that instigate future desires and actions. The yogi, through ¯ ¯ discriminative knowledge, is able to neutralize these deep impressions and thus attain unconditioned freedom. Given the clear emphasis on dissociation from false identification with prakriti, it would have been useful if the author had not stressed union with purusha in the first chapter. Part 3 is devoted to physical postures, and part 4 takes up the connection between Yoga and Star Wars. Malhotra argues that the ``Force'' marshaled by characters such as Luke Skywalker is functionally equivalent to the term prana or life ¯ force in that it refers to the all-encompassing energy that holds the world together (p. 93). Besides, Luke's training regimen under Yoda also bears some resemblance to yogic training. The Jedi Knights are warned against using their powers for evil ends just as yogis are. The fight between Luke and his father Darth Vader is also simultaneously an internal struggle for Luke between the forces of good and evil, and here the author draws a comparison to the Gita. While all this is interesting, one wonders ¯¯ also

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Published: Jun 20, 2003

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