How Do You Qualify Yoga?

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It’s been awhile since I last posted. I am so grateful to Chad for holding down the fort with his amazing poetry. If you didn’t get a chance to read his evocative piece, “Aghori” you should definitely do so! If you are not familiar with that name, the Aghori are an obscure Tantric sect from India who engage in unconventional practices to bring them union with The Center of Consciousness. I have to admit, even finding a great link to share on them was nearly impossible. Most pages are super-sensationalized and prejudiced.

I first learned about the Aghori from, the late German-Canadian Yoga Historian and Philosopher, Georg Feuerstein. His in depth, and provocative, work, “Tantra“, demystifies the various aspects of the, often misunderstood, aforementioned philosophy.

This morning, on my way to work, I was listening to another Feuerstein pearl, “The Lost Teachings of Yoga“–even his voice is mesmerizing. Georg elucidates ten points that demark “Authentic Yoga”. Now, whether or not you agree with this list, he provides poignant arguments. Additionally, we (myself, obviously, included) can find our feathers ruffled by the Truth. Perhaps, if these points cause disequilibrium, like Piaget, you can consider them opportunities for growth.

1. Yoga is a Liberation Teaching.

2. Yoga has many branches.

3. All Yoga paths subscribe to Dharma.

4. Yoga is a continuum of theory and practice.

5. All Yogic approaches require a commitment to radical self-transformation.

6. All Yogic approaches require the implementation of discipline and detachment.

7. The closer we come to Enlightenment the more ordinary we become.

8. All Yogic approaches account for surprise and/or grace.

9. All Yogic approaches are initiatory.

10. All Yogic approaches involve the replacement of old habit patterns with new benign patterns.

I will begin a series of 10 posts based on each of Georg’s posits. I hope you enjoy them.

Om Shanti Namasté
ओम शांति नमस