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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-60

Personal maturity indicators: An assessment tool based on selected concepts from the bhagavad-gītā

Research Department, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sandhya Chandrashekar
31, 4th Cross Street, R K Nagar, Mandaveli, Chennai - 600 028, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijny.ijoyppp_11_17

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Introduction: Traditionally in India, health and happiness have always been linked to inner peace and harmonious relationships. Indian philosophical systems, historical narratives, and folk traditions have consistently emphasized upon holistic wellbeing from a developmental perspective. In line with this thinking, Yoga has always been intended as a holistic, wholesome mind-body practice, focusing not only on physical fitness, but also on enhancement of the quality of mind. Yoga research has generally been skewed towards using measurement tools based on personality measurement theories that are premised largely upon western psychological models. However, there is a need to build a measurement tool completely based on yoga theory, which aims to index mental maturity by considering factors such as a comprehensive enhancement of emotional health, cognitive skills, decision-making skills and value orientation towards life and self. This has been attempted in a sporadic manner using concepts like the Tri-guṇa theory, and some aspects of moral and value education. Objective and Methods: The present project aims to develop a comprehensive personal maturity index based on principles outlined in the Bhagavad-gītā – a model which presents the evolution of mental quality from confusion to clarity. Using inputs from this ancient text, certain critical mental health components are identified, and a schedule has been developed to assess the self-reported level of mental maturity. Outcome: The present paper outlines key concepts that have been culled out from the Bhagavad-gītā. In addition, item writing, face validity and initial psychometric properties of the questionnaire, and the norms for interpretation are also presented.

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