New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1960. Octavo, original mauve cloth boards over lavender spine, uncut, original dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #778
"SPUN ABOUT IN THE WHIRL OF BUSINESS, ENSLAVED TO COUNTLESS TECHNICAL INVENTIONS, MAN IS SEVERED FROM GOD AND FROM THE WORLD OF THE SPIRIT" Early printing of the first English translation exploring the "Christian use of an ancient discipline" by a French Benedictine. Jean-Marie Déchanet, O.S.B. ("The Father of Christian Yoga") was working as a missionary in Africa when his book was first published in France, England, and America. In 1964, he returned to Europe where his superiors allowed Déchanet to live and work in Valjouffrey, in southern France, where he taught classes on hatha yoga, whole foods, and theology. Déchanet advocated a holistic spirituality uniting soul and body to counteract "a world of noise," an unusual message for the time from an unusual messenger. The book consists of a lengthy Preface, an Introduction, and two sections: Part One. Yoga and Yogis, Part Two. A Christian Yoga. An epilogue, By Way of Conclusion, prints an address written by Fr. Régamey, O.P., for the first French edition. Appendix I. A Note on the Prayer of the Heart by Jean Gouillard. Appendix II. Extracts from the Philokalia. Originally published in France in 1956; first published in America in the same year as the first British edition. Approbations.