Bhaskar I understand your noble thoughts
But there is such a law that I know of called
The Law of Unintended Consquences
This law basically says noble thoughts and actions can at times result
in unintented damages and consequences for the world
You see all christians are not like
savagegardenbeauty,billyblack blake or other hipforum
members who see the oneness of religions
and believe that different religions are different paths
to the same goal
You have differnt types of christians
And the present lot are the type who vote for George W Bush( Campbell34 )
(This act of voting for george bush tells us something about their beliefs)
They believe christianity is under attack and christianity is a
In fact at a recent religions of the world council meet
Representatives of Christians once again refused to acknowledge
the equality of religions
There is an interesting reason for this Bhaskar
Pluralism arouses resistance from religious institutions because if all religions are equally valid, it’s hard to know why I should be especially committed to any one of them except for psychological or biographical reasons.
This is what most christians fear
The official line of the vatican is given below
The charter for Catholic concerns with pluralism is the September 2000 Vatican document Dominus Iesus, which insists that followers of other religions are in a “gravely deficient situation” in comparison to Christians who alone “have the fullness of the means of salvation.” Critics worry that pluralism produces relativism, meaning skepticism about objective truth. They say that pluralism implies at least a reinterpretation, if not an outright rejection, of elements of the Nicene Creed — such as that Jesus is the “only Son of God,” not one savior among many, and that he came for the salvation of all, not just of Christians.
Christians have only to lose from accepting other religions as equal
as they will most likely then witness a mass exodus of disgruntled followers to other religions like buddhism,hinduism and Islam .
Its human nature that
The grass is always greener on the other side
This is why most christians are on the backfoot
How can these people with such narrow views who conform to the narrow dictates of the vatican understand anything about
the essence of yoga other than degrade it to some form of PT exercise ?
You said christianity is perfect
I personally know that the bible is an extremely misogynstic book
and it is not without reason that
Noam chomsky says that
" The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in the history of mankind. "
and believe me I have great respect for Noam chomsky ,he is a great inte
No religion in todays world is perfect
Not christianity ,not hinduism ,not islam ,nor any other
Coming back to christian yoga
I believe yoga teachers are extremely incompetent in the west
All they do is do a 6 month yoga course, practice it ,read a few books and Voila !
You are now a yoga teacher
and then these half knowledged people teach some right and wrong
asanas and then we have people complaining on the internet about how
their ass is burning because of improper kundalini awakening .
Yoga is big business in America and is marketed and innovated to suit personal needs (sic)
and the new teachers who teach yoga do it more as a means to earn or supplement their livelyhood
I have my doubts and fears about the west
This is the same country whose corporations are trying to steal and patent people's knowledge all around the world
It is possible that
these people could slightly alter a few asanas and meditation techniques
and patent it off
and everytime I plan to do an asana by standing on my head here in India I will have to pay them royalty
This notion might sound ridiculous to some of you
but I speak only from experience and knowledge
American corporations have patented everything from basmati rice to
medicinal use of neem
The company that patented the medicinal use of neem claimed that
it was the first to discover the unique healing effects of neem when Indians have been using neem for medicine for thousands of years
It was only after a prolonged battle did some Indian NGO's
win some cases while many are still pending
In fact you must have seen the traditional grinding stone mill used in indian villages ?
Well guess what this too has been patented by an american corporation
The repercussions of these patents will not be felt now but in many decades from now when IPR will be more strictly enforced
What gurantee that they will not patent ayurveda,yoga ?
Yes the knowledge of Yoga is for the whole of humanity
Our age old masters were always
reluctent to teach such practices to immature people
They did not teach every tom,dick and harry but choose their students
Weeding out the unfit and incompetent
because one must be sure of the worth of a student
only then one imparts him knowledge
In the west the only criteria for eligiblity for yoga is how much money you
can afford to spend on it
In the coming years I see that in the west Yoga will be
People will do yoga to have better sex lives , earn money and fame ,
and the real purpose of yoga will get submerged in all the new filth that
it is being heaped on it
Maybe you might one day see Jennifer Lopez in an commercial on TV saying
"The secret of my butt size is Yoga . For the big butt you always desired join J.LO yoga studio now. Hurry! call 1800-400-23-32 and first fifty
people who register will also get free tiger skin mat to meditate on "
I hope the other members in this thread agree with my views
P:S---Bhaskar BTW what exactly are you doing in America ?