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A Note on ‘Vedic Trolls’

For many in the west, anything “Vedic” (Skt. ‘Vaidika’) and the system of vegetarianism and ahimsa have become systems to make them feel good about themselves. Ahimsa itself is one of the most culturally misappropriated facets of yoga in the west and the world today – that arose not with Hindu yogis, but with the political interests of Mahatma Gandhi – not with true Hindu acharyas as Gorakshanatha, Matsyendranatha, Agastya and others historically, or Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and others in modern times.

Often, there’s little true interest and more of a social interest to improve one’s spiritual resumé. We see this with Facebook groups and posts that misappropriate the entire basis and teaching of the Mahabharata and it’s Bhagavad Gita and try a turn it into a neo-Buddhist system of non-violence (when even Buddhist monks gave us Martial Arts!) -trying to reclaim some sense of a moralistic high-ground for their own purposes of forming a new order of chardonnay socialists!

This has become dangerous for many reasons, as it superimposed ideologies from Christian cultures upon the eastern systems and takes their statements and tenets out of cultural and historical context in a similar heir to how Europeans first interpreted the Vedas, as a result of Eurocentric biases and preconceptions.

Social media today has become a tool for such people as well. It gives their diminutive learning a voice and stamina with which to proselytise their garbled half-truths, hearsays and other misappropriated and hyperbolic statements and views. This doesn’t end there. Many Vaidyas from India have been setting themselves up as Gurus since the ’70s, often having no real learning in yoga, vedanta and such systems back home or in the west. Paraphrasing has become the new “Vedic” and fueled with western blind-faith based naivety, gives rise to a dangerous cocktail.

Often we see articles and posts from Ayurvedic practitioners and yoga teachers that are quite laughable, due to getting basics facts wrong or completely misrepresenting quotes out of philosophical context. Others confuse systems and act as “experts”, which pasteurises the systems and tenets themselves; an example is how we often see “dosha” in Ayurveda as representing a “mind-body type” – which is incorrect and doesn’t even represent the prakriti of a person correctly! Others like to split yoga, ayurveda and tantra up into separate systems, which they are all part of, or buy into the Tantric-Vedic split, which goes along with the Aryan-Dravidian racial divide, that is also not only illogical and scientifically proven to be incorrect, but incorrect as per even the traditional meaning of these within India itself!

Sadly, the maxim “a little knowledge is dangerous” doesn’t seem to resonate with these people. Instead, they see this as in invitation to express their little knowledge as true, gospel and final, and when confronted with complete or integral systems and wisdoms, cannot grasp it and so rather learn, expand and embrace, take to trolling and abusive diatribes! We find little in the way of citations, quotations and references substantiating their claims, beyond their dubious Gurus’ words (which are often in the same contextually incorrect category) – on their websites, blogs and articles or posts, but instead a culture of “I feel so” emotional-isms, that epitomises this modern-age of social media and how it becomes a tool for spiritual sociopaths!

 

The ‘Vedic’ issue

Personalities such as Sri Ramana Maharishi had rare realisations, even for advanced yogis. We cannot simply seek to emulate their atmajnanabhavas or self-realised states today, especially in the west. Becomes intellectual projectory alone. Sri Ramana was a Tamil Brahmin and Sri Ramakrishna was a Bengali Brahmin – even those of us Indians outside their own genetic lineages cannot find a real link with these older and more traditional Hindu people and regions, what to speak of the west!


Here, the digestion of both knowledge, like foods isn’t always lineal. Samtya or suitability here is also mentioned by Charaka (Charaka Samhita, Chikitsa, XXX, 315-19), especially relative to Chinese, Persians, Central Asians and Greeks habitually eating meats and taking wine and thus becoming accustomed to them and of southern Indians with lighter foods as tubers, roots and fruits and variations such as suitability of fish as in eastern India; in the Sindhi region, the liberal use of milk-products is noted and grains as wheat and barley with milk in the central region of India, and that despite being unhealthy, such accumstomed or suitable (satmya) foods should be given to these patients along with medicines for better health, rather than changing it and forcing a localised diet upon them!


Now, this is mentioned in Charaka in ancient times – yet today, we see the same people as the Europeans (Greeks and Persians mentioned in the classics along with Chinese), as being administered along with various herbs for their conditions, due to their (local and genetic) conditioning to being accustomed to such foods and is better than simply, say giving them a sindhi or south-Indian diet of root vegetables and milk products, which doesn’t even suit the eastern Bengalis as per Charaka, due to their customary eating of fish. Here, satmya or suitable items for one’s region alone should be prescribed say the classics.

Here, satmya is both relative to foods and also knowledge, hence why we had the varna system as per samskaras or inherent karmic traits, that cannot be wished, fabricated or forged as in today’s avatars, in the Orient and Occident! Moreover, we see the basic failure even from Ayurveda’s perspective that states of issues when one goes from eating meats genetically to simply taking up a pure vegetarian diet – something that even within peoples of similar genetic strains within the Indian subcontient, is advised against, let alone the other non-Meditteranean people of the west (Nordic, Alpine etc.), when even caution here for western Mediterranean types (Persians, Greeks), is cautioned. What to speak of extreme dietary regimes as veganism!

All is done in the name of “Vedic”, as if it has become the new Christianity which any man and his dog can adopt, and succeed with, as if a panacea or genetic mantra for one and all! Such a liberalistic / socialistic view, while noble, doesn’t find rational sanction in either Hinduism, sacred Yogic and Brahmanical traditions, nor in accordance with the basic fundamentals of Ayurveda and it’s philosophy of individualisation, which contradicts the modern “Vedic Movement” in the west and it’s expounders’ zeal for proselytisation; the exact reason why Hinduism has survived thus far and so traditionally, is by keeping it within traditions, not seeking to ‘muddy the waters’ by outside influences!

Sadly, the Vedas and “Vedic” (now a misnomer) has become somewhat a pop-culture currency, which is against what it’s original intention was. These are some of the reasons I refused to accept people over the years and reduced people down. In many respects, as I have noted, the western genetics are just not there and everyone wants to try and achieve some success in one lifetime. Even yearning for moksha is actually rajasic and the opposite to the conditioning of the Hindu psyche and culture. For most, these things are simply a subconscious transferal of escapism: Jesus failed them, but they wish to embrace the Vedic will full zeal at an emotional-vital level, confused with spiritual or karmic (forcefully repressing the samskaras) and wishing to attain what even advanced Yogis in the Sat-Yuga and even Devas cannot attain. It is the same unconscious transferal of Christocentric qualities of a divinity, a saviourhood or a philosophy that will liberate them from the status quo, rather than seeking to karmically work out their issues, perform social seva to preserve the dharma.

If nothing is done to protect the dharma (as was done by Parashurama, Sri Krishna and Arjuna, Sri Haumanji, Sri ShankaracharyaGorakshanatha and Hatha-Yogis, Swami Vivekananda, Maharishi Dayananda etc.), then the social side fails. Yet, the western “Vedic” wants to be heir to these teachings and adulate the masters, but doesn’t wish to emulate their lives and central core, let alone teaching to stand up, fight and also become a scholar over a neophyte two-work summary “Enlightened Master”, of which is usually their goal!

Everyone wants to become a monk, but even the historical monk took up arms, while the British-style monks sits in ashrams and his armchair, allowing the few kriyas and sadhanas he has done in the recent decades to fill his head with grandiose thoughts, not the same as atmic. ‘Dharmic‘, ‘atmic‘, ‘vedic‘ are simply all culturally misappropriated terms that come to validate, in the European psyche, the so-called “success” of their own austerities etc, forgetting the hundreds of lifetimes within native lineages true yogis, shamans and others had to undergo and continue to. Where this leads to is the reverse-polarisation of the de-magnetisation of the ahankara and instead, activates its rajasic side, which it cannot see in it’s egotistical myopia, simply repeating the mantras “dharmic – vedic – atmic”, believing that what they are doing is purely, solely and completely right, righteous, spiritual and of the highest quality alone, as per their Eurocentrism that has been fueled in many colonies by post-Colonial samskaras that remain.

I am sure that all native people who have striven hard to seek a return of their ancestors’ native and authentic traditions and teachings feel the same as me, here! Sadly, what is “Vedic”, has been used in arguments by westerners to simply rename and reformat their Christian samskaras – these are often not “Vaidika” at all, not substantiated by shastra, tradition or otherwise, but simply the neo-Baptist style rambling of hearsay, so typical of the Christians to misappropriate Hindu terms as “dharma” and “atma” as they did Judaic concepts!

It is here that the native – whether Hindu, Polynesian, Native American, African, Chinese Taoist or Japanese Shinto is shouted down as the inferior, their doctrines used against them in a misappropriated manner, to seek to malign and undermine them, for the European is alone the sole authority on their traditions!

Letter to European Vedics

By Durgadas, Veda Kovid, AYT
Ayu. Clin, Ayu. Pharm, AMPKT, AMBT, ALC

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham / Arogya Ayurvedic Health Ltd.

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Dear European Vedics,

Namaste! Love and Light! Kia Ora! Aloha! Sat Sri Akal!

On this ever so glorious day of days under the Heavenly Father (aka Our Father in Heaven), I wish to express infinite thanks and gratitude to our European brothers and sisters for enlightening us in so many areas of our native faiths, philosophies and healing traditions (that they call “earth-healing” traditions).

For thousands – nay, tens of thousands of years or even millions as per our timelines, our Rishis, Swamis, Acharyas, Gurus, Vaidyas, Jyotishis and others have been lost in the darkness of Mediterranean Caucasoidic influence along with the other (unholies) as Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Sumerians and other leaders of ancient-world civilisations. However, now thanks to the new wave of Alpino-Teutonic Kelto-Germanic stock, we have all been enlightened to the fact that our ancient traditions were nonsense, as you have, through Sri Mahashakti Avatar, Madame Blavatsky and others in the holy and sacred Theosophical Society, brought to light the vast areas that remained unilluminated to us since the time of Vedic revelation with Sri Brahma Adyaprajapati.

If it were not for your Ascended Masters and their sacred ethereal wisdoms from what you call ‘shark-rah’ (chakra)-balancing to the illuminated knowledge of reducing the complex and complicated system of Darth Vader’s vaidya nemesis ‘Ah! Yoor-Vader’ (Ayurveda) down to the ‘dough-shas’ (doshas) alone, as well as other contributions such as channeling the Ascended Masters (Bless It Be!), playing with gemstones on the body, tarot cards and other forms of divination – where would we be with our native traditions as Hindus, Polynesians, Native Americans, Aborigines, Africans, Taoist and Shinto Masters, Buddhists, Jains etc. ?

We have you to thank for all of these wrongful practices we have been practicing since time immemorial and also know now that our so-called insightful Brahmanas and Rishis were fools to spend numerous lifetimes trying to attain siddhis and higher wisdom as also liberation and atmajnana – what takes you enlightened Teutonic stock simply a few hours, months or even only a 200-Hour Yoga Certification course to attain – and in a western air-conditioned studio rather than a mountain or thatched-hut as our primitive yogi-ancestors! What can we do but naively bow down to your superior culture and genetics? I feel blessed to know you, Oh Lords of Light!

Just as your ancestors even rejected Catholicism and the early Mediterranean Christians told the Jews that their Rabbis had misinterpreted the Old Testament for thousands of years – so also now you have graced us with your Holier Than Thou  light of knowledge and inspiration. You have shown us that Jesus was real and an avatar that lived the latter part of his life in Kashmir, not simply Caesar Augustus’ alter-ego as history reveals!

I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of you European Vedics and others that have blessed us with your celestial Colonial Superiorist-style grace and love. It also warms my heart to the core to see you dress as us and yet chastise us innocent children when we dare to dress as you in our native garb – but also rebuke us for not dressing in western fashion as well. We know that only sacred White Avatars such as yourselves as God’s chosen race of people may act as they wish. We Hindus and others apologise for any transgressions.

May you all continue to enlighten us and remind us of our non-spiritual states when we dwell in Satan’s darkness and commit sins such as quoting traditional Rishis, Acharyas and shastras, or when we may even employ logic, reason and rationale as per the ancient and modern systems. May you bring our minds back to the neutrality that is naivety and blind faith, and when you do quote any shastras, do so in a Biblical fashion, taken out of historical and cultural context and make sure that it applies only to us – never to you, who are holy and absolved from all transgressions and behaviours you expect of others!

Love and Light!

Jai Babaji! Jai Jesus!

The Ayurvedic View of Sex

By Durgadas, Veda Kovid, AYT
Ayu. Clin, Ayu. Pharm, AMPKT, AMBT, ALC

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham / Arogya Ayurvedic Health Ltd.

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Sexuality is a most often shunned topic within Yogic circles, or is taken completely out of context due to the modern-day excesses of our materialistic culture that seeks to equate ancient methods of sexual sublimation (brahmacharya) or transformative yogic practices with forceful practices that in either way, can cause issues to the mind-body complex in Ayurveda and also Yoga.

Sex is best during winter to help reduce phlegm (kapha) as a form of vyayama or exercise. In spring it can be moderated but tends to dry the body too much and aggravate vata and pitta in autumn and summer respectively.

The seasons according to the Indian system differ from the west in that India has six seasons that do not directly correlate to the west. However, summer generally increases heat and air (pitta and vata) and hence sex in summer is best avoided by both males and those in older-age, who can suffer more as a result of this seasonal change. It is best to take some kind of tonifying therapy however during the period of sexual activity.

Herbs such as ashwagandha, bala and kapikacchu along with mild spices (as black pepper and ginger for digestibility) can be added to goat-meat soups or chicken-broth soups as aphrodisiacs to help strengthen the sexual systems and provide strength and vitality to the body in weaker constitutions. Alchemical or rasa formulas such as makardhwaj, swarna (gold) bhasma, heeraka (diamond) bhasma etc. are also useful to tonify the system; pravala bhasma (coral calx) can also be used to tonify the semen and also stop bleeding and burning sensations (in cases of infection).

Vaginal sex is the natural form of sex between the male and female as the exchange of the yang and yin forces. The shukravahasrotas or male reproductive system and shukra-dhatu or seminal fluid is more kapha (phlegmatic or sticky) in nature whereas the artavavahasrotas  or female reproductive system is more pitta (bilious) as related to raktadhatu or the blood (the fourth dosha in the Sushruta school as in Hippocratic Greek medicine).

From this perspective, diseases are much less likely to arise in Ayurveda (apart from STIs of course) with a natural interchange of these forces via the natural routes or forcefully displacing natural flow within the srotas or channel systems causing srotavyadhi or vitiation of the srotas and also upadoshavyadhi or vitiation of the sub-doshas and organs related to such.

Historically, Ayurveda actually sees deviant practices such as homosexuality and bisexuality as genetic factors and as a result of incorrect coitus and other factors.

Thus, issues such as homosexuality and lesbianism were also viewed more or less, with a rational and medical approach in ancient India. Sushruta Samhita (Sharirasthana – II.38-44) notes of various types of men who cannot get aroused by conventional methods and thus through more homosexual ones, including the kumbhika or one who can become aroused only through anal penetration and the asekya, who can only obtain an erection when performing oral sex on other males. According to Sushruta, this condition is due to the lack of semen from the father at the time of birth. The sandhika is yet another type that is more passive in heterosexual forms of sex and in addition has feminine features and qualities.

Here, the genetic traits are known to manifest in a female,  (Sharirasthana, II.43) if the mother behaves more as a male during the time of conception – thus giving rise to more “masculine” females. Such is also said to be due to foods, lifestyles etc. of parents, which comes out in the child – which again is based more on medical and genetic factors than anything else – which is how enlightened the ancient Hindus were regarding sexuality and viewing it, as we do today, unlike the modern distortions due to Islam and Christianity!

Likewise, Ayurveda considers the other genetic factor in diseases also, including Lesbianism. Charaka (Chikitsasthana, XXX.34) states that lesbianism is due to a genetic factor in which Vata afflicts the ovaries in the embryo, causing this condition. What is striking here is that there is a link, as modern science has shown a higher rate of Polycystic Ovaries among Lesbian as opposed to heterosexual women [1]. The common term used in the texts to describe genetic defects is bijadosha, which literally means “vitiation of the seed”, sometimes translated as a disorder of the ovum.

The classics also mention other genetic diseases, including hereditary diabetes (Charaka, Chikitsasthana, VII.57, note terms kulaja – familial, jatah – genetic and bijadosha – affliction of the seed); piles (Charaka, Chikitsasthana, XIV.5-8) and even disorders relating to the semen and impotency (Charaka, Chikitsasthana, XXX.190). The ancient science of Ayurveda this has a deep understanding of genetic factors and also the doshas causing the afflictions to the sperm and ovum or embryo, thus creating abnormalities in the foetus, but all of this derived from past-life causative factors, not simply random fate or no explanation for this.

Twins and such, as also difficulties in pregnancy are due to previous karmas (Charaka Samhita, Sharirasthana, II.12-16), causing also differentiation in twins and also bad thoughts or actions of the mother. In cases of hermaphrodites etc., Vata gets disturbed and causes disorders, also due to previous actions (further verses 18-21). The cause here is due to one male and one female zygote fusing, which causes an hermaphrodite – which has also been confirmed by modern science!

The third-sex or transexuals and hermaphrodites have hence been known to India for several thousands of years and the hijra or transgendered community in India is well-respected. Ayurvedic herbs that can be possibly useful to people undergoing transitions from female to male are ashwagandha, which has shown to increase testosterone levels [2] and for male to female transitions, shatavari, which has raised estrogen levels [3] in the respective sexes. Further research however needs to be conduced in these areas and such are mentioned only for educational purposes here.

The Kama-Sutra itself, written long before the advent of Islam, let alone Islamic influences in India, like the Ayurvedic Samhitas, notes of homosexuality in various places (Chapter IX, X.35 especially, VI.50 etc.). The texts also mentions that masseurs and hairdressers in ancient India of this category sometimes got married.

Oral and anal sex would tend to cause vayuprakopa or aggravation of udanavayu (in the throat) and apanavayu (in the colon) respectively, leading to various problems such as loss of ojas or vitality (Frawley, 2000, p.265). We can liken these to excess or wrongful practices of pranayama or excess wrongful movement not done therapeutically in excess as vamana (emesis) and basti (douching).

Ojas or vitality is important to retain in the body which is why orgasm wasn’t always the goal of yogis. Yet repressing such without proper training can also lead to shukravahasrota-vyadhi or vitiation of the semen and reproductive system as well, such as seminally-caused kidney stones (shukra ashmari) and painful ejaculation (disturbing vata’s movement forcefully causing it to accumulate).

Those having a healthy sexual appetite should also consider taking herbs such as guduchi, sariva, gokshura, ashwagandha, purnanava or formulas as makaradhwaj in the winter or others such as ashwagandhavaleha, Brahma rasayana and shilajit to preserve ojas and also for good health of the urogenital system in case of accidental STIs. They (gokshura, sariva, shilajit) help maintain proper flow in the urinary tract (mutravahasrotas). Equal parts of gokshura and sariva to two parts of guduchi can be taken daily for this along with shilajit. The herb brahmi is also good for venereal diseases. Gokshuradi guggulu or chandraprabha in purnanava kashaya or gokshura or sariva (anantamula) decoctions and those as chopchinyadi are useful here for clearing venereal diseases, especially syphilis and gonorrhea (in older classics, these are lumped together as upadamsha, while later ones elaborate more upon them). Chandana or sandalwood preparations are also useful for burning sensations along with this. Garlic,neem, turmeric, brahmi and guggulu themselves are also good as anti-septic drugs and sanjivani vati and such can also be useful. Syphilitic ulcers were cleaned with decoctions as triphala and others and treated with other antiseptic formulas as jaythadi ghrita / taila, commonly used for wounds and ulcers due to the antiseptic and vranaropanika (wound-healing) nature.

Here, Ayurveda offers many alternatives to modern preparations taken by people with a higher-risk of HIV infection such as Truvada and PrEP. One should however not substitute any form of modern or ancient medicine for proper safe sexual practice and by having regular tests.

For those performing oral sex (homosexual or heterosexual), though contraindicated in Ayurveda as discussed, one should use decoctions of turmeric, neem and triphala retained in the mouth afterwards to cleanse the oral cavity and dispel any infection that may arise, as well as take such herbs internally to cleanse the system. Guduchi, brahmi or neem (nimba) and anantamula together are excellent here. Proper hygiene here should be administered and such [practices as oral sex] should as noted, really be avoided.

Those sexually active should consider these, in addition to virechana or purgation therapies with triphala, trivrit or castor oil to dispel toxins from the body.

Those performing anal sex should be like all sex, using protective measures as well as the above herbs to reduce infections in case of breakages or accidental transferal of fluids. Anal douching (preferably following up with or using sesame-based oils afterwards, so as not to dry out the colon too much) should also be performed by receivers for proper hygiene as well as against possible yeast infections of partners in cases of accidental tears etc.

Here, hemorrhoids and fistulas can be created and aggravated as a result of damage to this area where the guda marma resides. Damage to this marma through anal sex and also improper enemas and other insertions can create issues as per Ayurveda. Here, anal sex can create constipation or other issues by disturbing proper apanavayu (downward air movement or elimination) flow as noted. Laxatives and corrective apanavayu formulas such as triphala and hingwashtak (for gas) should be taken over sex to eliminate these issues. Formulas as yogaraja guggulu and chandraprabha can also be taken for hemorrhoids, as can hingwashtak or hinguvachadi (for which can also be used to treat yeast infections and difficulty in urination – the two latter correct proper flow of mutra or urine via correcting apanavayu that expels it from the body).

Some aspects of sex such as kink were historically a part of vajikarana or aphrodisiacs to stimulate the sexual urge between partners. Manuals such as the kama-sutra provided both techniques (and aphrodisiac formulas) and also acted as erotica when being read. It was especially useful in societies where arranged marriages were the norm and couples required some kind of erotic stimulation to consummate the marriage and procreate in more spiritual environments (or those which were culturally conservative an acted as an anaphrodisiac due to guilt and shame) – what would later be abused and come to satisfy or replace base human desire through an obsession. Such obsessions are addictions and involve more vata derangement, though forms such as BDSM and more violent aspects (from the administered) are more pitta traits relating to excess fire and should be treated along such lines.

Classical formulas here for reducing excess pitta accumulating in the liver such as sudarshana churna, kumaryasava, arogyavardhini along with formulas for the mind are useful here as also kshaudradha ghrita, shatavari ghrita etc., especially for females. Formulas for the mind should also be adopted – brahmi ghrita (bindu) or kshirabala (avarthana) can be used as a nasya or nasal-therapy here. One should seek to reduce the fire-element in the body and purify it, restoring it back to its sattvic or pure state.

Other aspects such as sexual-magick and other techniques are derived from village-regions of India and other nations that were never part of the mainstream even within Vamachara Tantra or left-hand Tantra and were consider crude systems of indrajala or sorcery and black-magic. They are driven by shakti (power) and raga (passion) and hence their motivation is not considered spiritual or sattvic in Ayurveda and Yoga, but more likely to derange the mental channels with more rajas and tamas or passion and darkness that would give rise to future (current life or next incarnation) sexual desires or even perversions.

Any aspects of violent sex or those for material gain (even moksha or liberation is a desire) for either giver or receiver are harmful to the body as per Ayurveda, relating to wrongful movement of the body or excessive exercise and exertion. The texts warn against this as also forced yogic postures and wrongful use of exercise.

In either case, reduction in the intake of of excess spices and stimulating foods such as meats (most of which are aphrodisiac), garlic, onions, strong spices as ginger, black pepper and chillies should be be checked. Dairy can be taken, sweetened and with sweet spices as cardamon and cinnamon or in the form of Indian chai and help calm the mind and sedate the nerves.

Herbs such as jatamamsi, shankhapushpi, gotu-kula and ashwagandha or old ghee (purana ghrita) can also be taken to soothe the nerves and calm excess movement of vata in the mind that creates over-stimulation and excitement that causes excessive sexual interest or drive ( as vata pushes pitta as the wind pushes a fire and causes it to spread like desire). Nasya or nasal therapies, especially with brahmi ghrita also help, or a head-massage (or pichu) with calming oils as chandana, bala-hatadi, dhanwantara + kshirabala etc. These help keep excess vata in check and by doing so, also pitta.

Meditation is important here for detachment or development of santosha or contentment within the relationship or life. Have pictures of Lord Krishna, Lalita Devi and Lakshmi about that impart grace, serenity and help calm hyperactive and aggressive hot minds. Vata and pitta types should avoid wrathful and even gaseous deities such as Mahakali, Narasimha, Bhairava etc. as these, while useful to create detachment on one hand, can create excess gas and heat in the body on the other by their mantras. Excess prana or vata in the body causes movement of all other doshas and when excess can invade the tissues, driving things out of normalcy.

Various spiritual methods described by Charaka as manonigraha or methods to sublimate the mind from grasping unwholesome impressions. Much depends on cultures here how we implement these – the above being examples of what was employed traditionally in Indian (Hindu and Buddhist) culture.

Other methods such as cooking one’s favourite dish, visiting a friend etc also work. Do what thing you most enjoy – even going and looking at those classic cars that bring joy to your mind! We can do anything that can help take our mind of the sex-act and transform that rajas or creative desire into something more useful, monumental or creative in nature – even taking up hobby classes. Here, both the idle mind and over-active mind can cause problems by allowing in base-desires to take over the mind.

Surround yourself with pleasant aromas and nothing pungent. Rose, sandalwood along with clearing smells as camphor are useful here. Pranayama is also useful as it helps bring in fresh oxygen to oxygenate the blood and mind, as well as purify the manovahasrotas or mental channels of the malas or wastes such as rajas and tamas that have entered it.

Walking in forests and around lakes and mountains also helps – this detaches the mind from the body and helps transfer our focus of beauty all around us in nature rather than sex or desire and obsession for such. It helps is develop that attitude of happiness that we already live in a world that has true love that not be limited to an orgasm!

Here the vrittis or so-called movements of the mind are important, which are not simply whirlpools of thoughts of the mind, but regulating what we take in relative to diet and lifestyle impressions through diet etc that shape us [4].

The later texts that equated the chitta (mind-consciousness) loosely with the mind has created various misunderstandings. It refers to latent vasanas of the past in the chitta or the higher sanchita– or accumulative karmas from past lives.

These don’t usually move and are not of the physical complex (manas) the physical body experiences and are likened to a pot filled with ash which moves upon contact with wind and scatter, leaving a mess everywhere which; the vrittis are also no so much thoughts or waves related to such per se, but are more primal. Vrittis are also not just movements or revolutions, but also coverings and obstructions – that which unleashes the avaranashakti [5] (veiling power of the mind) and cloaks or clogs up and obstructs the lower levels of the mind, especially the buddhi-manas system. Unless addressed,these can cause issues.

Footnotes:
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15533359
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3863556/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869575/
  4. Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana, XXX.32. Chakrapanyabhasyam here connects vritti to ahara or impressions of the body.
  5. Note the author’s book Vivekachudamani Charvari Sutra Bhashya that adds gloss to this system and movements of the mind relative to avarana-shakti
    References:

    Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham: Arya Nyaya Rahasya, Academy of Tradiional Ayurveda, 2015
    Frawley, David: Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide: Lotus Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2000

Keeping Native Traditions Pure

Many Swamis coming to the west had seriously bumped their head when they said one could become a Hindu, while remaining a Muslim, Christian etc. A Buddhist, Jain or Sikh maybe – or even a Jew, but not a Christian or Muslim! Their ideology was simply politically-based to get money for their ashrams, golden thrones and publishing their books. While the whole “Guru from India, so must be authentic” echoes in the minds of the west – they forget their own hood-winkers, the Gypsies (Romani), had themselves originated from India as well; they’ve had plenty of practice at manipulation as well!

In truth, any attempt to derive or connect sacred and native traditions that protected themselves carefully such as Hinduism cannot be correlated or derivatives seen with systems such as Christianity, that not only had no connection to the materialistic (Greco-Roman) civilisations that cultivated it, nor with the system itself and especially not with its diminutive concept of God, Heaven, Salvation, Original Sin, Hell, Satan and other facets that have no comparison in eastern and native earth systems.

Just as consuming raw foods does no good to one suffering from issues of vayu, so also those practicing forms of Christianity, either ancient or modern, as even combined and tainted native systems (as western Vaishnavism), do no good to combine such with Hinduism and muddy it’s scientific waters. True practitioners of Hinduism will therefore see absolutely no benefit in such nonsense and will ultimately renounce and reject such outright; instead, they will see in true organic systems as Taoism, Native American, true indigenous African, Polynesian and other systems persecuted by this parasitical religion and its offshoots!

As noted, just as various foods as suitable to various people of the globe, so also not everyone is suitable for Hinduism, not does it accept such. It isn’t a “way of life” and one must either be born into Hinduism or convert using shuddhi. You can’t simply just “be” a Hindu and wake up one day, as seems to be the modern trend. It’s not Pentecostal Christianity where you can symbolically become Carrie from the 1970’s film and bathe yourself in Christ’s 2,000 year-old Middle-Eastern blood, rather than than of a pig’s being dumped upon you! No – not that easy, sorry – but nice try! Vaishnavas as Tulsi Gubbard are also not Hindus – her own background is ISKCON, a Christianised form of dualistic Hinduism that abhors the use of the “H-word” – except, clearly where it suits for political purposes or those of inclusion! Such cherry-picking ideals are what is wrong with Christianised people in native faiths and systems – a complete “buggery” of such systems is initiated by them, unconsciously often due to impending different cultural samskaras that long term acts like a bull in a china-shop!

When your own culture or native traditions have been displaced due to your own culture, you seek to appropriate those from others and play the sympathy card. However, this simply reveals the Colonialist and Christian self-entitled gene that caused destruction of native faiths in the first place! Here, immersion, not appropriation or superficiality is the true key to adopting these systems – something many Europeans might want to look at and take a page out of the books of Arthur Avalon or Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, rather than trying to emulate the plethora of neo-Theosophical, neo-Vedantic and New-Age hodgepodge systems and become philosophically, a “master of none!”. Such systems are nothing more than ‘philosophical Naturopathy’ – baseless, non-original, superficial and scientifically useless – but popular with the masses that lust for this same superficialised-stream of tripe with the same heir in which they also love Christianity!

While native systems have multi-faceted beliefs and systems (as the complimentary shad darshanas in Hinduism, ranging from metaphysics to atomism and cosmology), the west is and has retained a mono-culture in all respects – even modern science to some degree. It is not generally all-embracing and accepting, but exclusive. It doesn’t confirm, but converts and proselytizes. We see this in all western Sci Fi characters from Dr. Who’s Daleks and Cybermen to the Sith Lords of Lucas’ Star Wars! There is no compromise, but rather, assimilate and convert into one’s own image – an ethos arising from the doctrine of man being made in God’s own image within their own traditions that, even when religion is separated, remains lodged in the psyche and substratum of their society, lurking and waiting to awaken to full capacity again!

This is a virus that all native people must understand. Don’t be fooled by their “reverse racism” rhetoric they will use to gain entry into native systems, either! This is an old technique that they’ve employed and appropriated from the Romans in order to misappropriate traditions of others – distort, play the victim, malign the native people and then create a cult-following and zealously proselytize!

The allure of Buddhism over Hinduism for example, with it’s own self-righteous attitude and contempt for Vedic shastras and rituals (which came about in later times as Buddhist monks didn’t use true Hindu texts to understand symbolic sacrifices and terms and instead, invented their own to malign Brahmins) – itself shows how the western mind works. They like seeing Brahmins as the evil people of India that are against the aboriginal dalits or outcastes (despite historically these tribes being originally fallen Hindu castes) – forgetting also that Brahmins are and always have been for the most, poor pujaris or village priests and ritualists, and it was the kshatriya or warrior caste that held the actual power, control and domination – who were often Buddhist Kings in earlier times! Hence, we deny the facts and go with “our gut”, aka the ‘Holy Spirit’ or anything uneducated, irrational and non-traditional, such as is the Eurocentric way and has been for the past two millennia! And it won’t change.

The west also likes to equate the Hindu castes within their own God-given self-righteous “rights” as well. Brahmins are any priests; terms as acharya, which stood for a knowledgeable Hindu teacher with spiritual knowledge and also proficiency in traditional sciences are being bounced about and equated with “practitioners”. People are appropriating the term ‘kshatriya’ and using it in all sorts of ways and manners – what denotes a true aristocratically-born, militant-caste Hindu!  We wouldn’t for example by contrast in Hinduism, start calling ourselves ‘Popes’, ‘Cardinals’ and ‘Emporers’, unless we factually were, would we? See how ridiculous it is? Yet, we see this misappropriation of Sanskrit terms in the west, as well as sattvas, dharma etc. as I’ve noted many times, equated with Christian senses of self-righteousness, rather than the cultural context within India and Hinduism on Hindu soil and Sanskrit, as the term itself denotes.

Ironically, we see those who think they are standing for tradition itself and seeking to represent such from a far leap across the bridge in the European fraction of Hindu-ism, misappropriating such terms very frequently, without understanding the insults they are creating – or perhaps they do, and it is simply the western ahankara they talk so much about, that they’ve not yet come to terms with, let alone transcended!

Namah Shivaay!

 

Differences East and West:

For many, the vision of Hindu devatas or deities may seem curious and strike a certain fanciful disposition that they wish to explore, while for others it becomes a system of either equating with their preconceived Christian notions of God and Saints in the Catholic traditions, or try and equate them with modernist socialistic regimes, such as feminism and liberality. Yet still, we see many on social media who are not Hindus using such for their own personal gains to look as if they are being “cool / trendy”, or others as feminists (and feminists in denial), who equate themselves with the goddess in her forms as Kali, Durga etc. they see themselves as avatars or incarnations of!

This whole western vanity clashes with traditional systems as Hinduism, where aesthetics relative to the spiritual realm aren’t overwhelmed by personal human vanity, as appears to be the psyche of the west. Here, we can easily see that the western (European) world is one of flesh and physicalities, whereas the east is one where Spirit triumphs over these, and true (inner) spirituality.

We can historically place this down to the differences between the western Abrahamic systems and the eastern systems. The west looks at scapegoats such as the concept of Satan for man’s errors and ways, whereas the eastern concept is that of prajnaparadha (mistake of the intellect), causing us to act in manners not conducive to good actions (karmas) and thus we, by our own avidya (ignorance), commit mistakes ourselves as a result, which have future (negative) consequences. It is simply cause and effect and requires no separate agency to cause us to err. Likewise, the west views the highest goal in the Universe in totality, as being a physical-like heavenly paradise reminiscent of earth’s historical Kingdoms of civilisations of Babylon, ancient Egypt etc. – whereas the eastern idea is one of moksha (release), where one doesn’t become a servant of God upon death, but either reincarnates or is eventually liberated from the cycle of samsara or rebirth and becomes one with the formless, impersonal Paramatman or Supreme Soul or Parambrahman. This state isn’t simply even the mere shunya or void-state that is the mulaprakriti (primal nature) nor the manifested akasha (ether, the first manifest element), but a transcendental state beyond all of these levels and even the Cosmic Soul (Purusha). The various swargas or heavens are described in Hinduism as quite lowly and simply the third-highest level of the seven main realms of existence (lokas) – earth being the lowest. Even in said heavens, beings are light-forms (jyothirupas) with ethereal non-physical bodies and have a duration of time there alone; even their own devas or celestial “rulers” (higher enlightened beings) are not eternal and are bound by kala (time), the law of cause and effect or karma, as well as samsara (rebirth). Here, the duration of the Devas is said to be 12, 000 “celestial years”, which equates to 4, 320, 000 human years or a cycle of a Mahayuga comprising four ages of human existence.

Where also the Christian world believes the world was created in 4004BCE, Hindus believe we are in the seventh manvantara or cycle of humanity (6 Mahayugas comprising 4, 320 ,000 years each have passed) and we began our final leg of this seventh cycle in 3102BCE, which lasts for 432 ,000 years, after which another age commences.

This glimpse of differences alone reveals that there are numerous differences. As with older faiths as Judaism that has many prophets, Hinduism also has innumerable Rishis (Seers) and avatars (incarnations of the seers and demigods, as well as higher mahadevas or greater celestials) that take birth and give newer teachings. There is no final prophet or one book in Hinduism – though they look back to the four Vedas as the first revealed authoritative texts, which even today preserve the world’s oldest religious texts as well as the world’s oldest continuous language of Vedic Sanskrit.

There are also other differences. Whereas science evolved in the west contrary to and often as a deliberate defiance of Church or theological beliefs of creationism, Hinduism in the east embraces all systems of atomism and physics, logic, cosmology as well as metaphysics, ritualism and yoga (inner science) as complimentary within its field, not simply metaphysics alone. All such schools within these also refer to other systems to explain creation via formation of sub-atomic particles to solid matter, unlike the “God created” explanation of the west, which is seen as incomplete (apurna) and juvenile to the eastern thinkers and philosophers.

The great Sanskrit grammarians (Sanskrit possessing the world’s first texts on grammar in the world) were often also mathematicians, such as Pingalacharya, who first noted binary numbers. Hindu astrologer-astronomers also gave a vast wealth of knowledge to the world via the Arabs, from algebra, trigonometry, as well as the concept of zero and decimal system and numerals we use today, without which, said Einstein, modern calculations would be impossible! Hindus also look back even to a celestial origin for surgery – which included elaborate techniques as plastic surgery via Sushrutacharya that the British first learnt in the 18th Century from Ayurvedic physicians in India. Even today, the ‘Indian technique’ of Sushruta is used in rhinoplasty.

With these advancements and gifts to the world that went hand-in-hand with India’s central religion, again we find no contradiction, but rather, the philosophers were the scientists as well. The Rishis or seers had many facets in the east, not simply one alone as dogmatic ritualists and philosophers as in the west. Moreover, even the Vedic yajnas or rituals themselves were for scientific effects as changing weather patterns and reducing pollution and disease, such as modern research has also substantiated [1].

We hence see that cross-contamination of cultures, or identifying one element of a culture within its own cultural context (as with science) in the west compared to eastern faiths, fails. Many often misappropriate the images and systems and use such for personal marketing zeals, over the respect that is given not only within Hinduism, but all native systems, out of respect also for the law of karma or cause and effect, which is quite different to subliminally believing one is absolved from these as they have belief in a deity (Jesus) alone, or one lusting after material comforts / vanity and uses spirituality for such purpose due to belief in a (physical) heavenly paradise or even having a scapegoat as Satan!

Perhaps overall, the greatest difference east and west is due to the western zeal for proselytisation in Islam and Christianity, which is almost like a contagious virus when these people come into contact with other systems and seek to “Christianise” the meaning and context of foreign words (notably sattvas and dharma), over the eastern zeal for simply honouring and preserving tradition within itself, and not seeking to proselytise and pasteurise, but to simply keep the original unpasteurised systems and their tenets organic, alive and pure! That alone is one’s dharma – not missionary activity!

Footnotes:

  1. http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/ancient-fire-ritual-has-positive-impact-on-environment-scientists/article2103881.ece

 

The True Yoga of Tradition

Many today take up and see yoga as a blissful system; one of easy enlightenment and exercise that brings us closer to our goal of eventual Nirvāna.

However, the harsh reality is that true, traditional yoga is a difficult and austere path of personal sacrifice, pain and suffering. It is one of intense tapas (austerities), of swadhyaya (self-study and study of the classics or shastras and tradition) beyond the “Yoga Alliance Bibles” of the Bhagwad Gita as Yoga Sutras, to studying hundreds of texts and their commentaries and of various sciences and mastering them and their systems. It is about working deeply with the higher shaktis (powers) and unfolding our past samskaras (karmic traits) and dealing with them face-to-face, not remotely or in a distanced manner. It place pressure on the psyche and also the somatic structure.

What most envision as “yoga”, “sadhana” (spiritual discipline) and “tapas” (austerities) today, can almost always be equated to Christian atonement. It is simply a “shamanika” or palliative yoga, over the harsh and difficult “shauchika” (cleansing) or “shodhana” (purifying) yoga – just as all in the name of “Panchakarma” (five actions of detoxification in Ayurveda) today represents the superficial, palliative Spa modalities for Beverley Hills housewives, over the abrasive and specific true Panchakarma, as a result of our mondernist culture of aesthetics and enterprise.

We contradict ourselves by misusing yoga and creating “Detachment Workshops” aimed at living non-material lifestyles, but are affordable only to the rich and conducted at Five-Star retreats and surroundings.

We call others “aggressive” and malign them, and point out they’re violating ahimsa  (non-violence) when defending a native tradition we’re not part of, or cannot understand it – as we ourselves are unable them first, not realising our own educational and informational short-comings. We trespass on their properties on Social Media, to put them down and make ourselves feel better, or that were truly exercising “ahimsa“, while violating it in actions, mentality and speech, by simply acting out of an inferiority complex that our 200 hours of Yoga training has failed us, and we cannot be humbled by others’ words, or seek to learn anything new from them. We cannot swallow the ego that yoga seeks to dissolve and evaporate, that prevents us from admitting “perhaps I don’t know as much a I thought”. When faced with this fear, we react in the Christianied manner, taking the “holier than thou” approach and see to constantly project on others.

The true spirit of yoga is actually within the realm of the kshatriya or warrior, not the Brahmin. It is the deeper aspect of our rajasika (egotistical, kinetic) selves that seeks to strive forwards and beyond and not be merely satisfied with the status quo. Many talk about sattvas (purity) on a yogic level, denoting purity and clarity – as if they wish to become or emulate Brahmins or yore and dismiss tamas or darkness and inertia. This is what I call “The Ego of Sattvas“. Yet, physical tamas and rajas is sometimes required for different people. It comes into satmya (suitability) in the science of Ayurveda. For them, that can be “sattvika” – otherwise lineal sattvas can become too much of a self-righteous complex that breeds social stagnation and tamas in itself. Like some Abrahamic faiths and their aggressive concepts of purity and religious rigidity and fundamentalism that becomes physically, purely rajasika and ahankarika (egotistical). This comes into one’s biology and also swadharma or the path that unfolds as per one’s own inner-born actions or nature as per his past samskaras. Acting in a physical rajasika manner here is dharmically sattvika and natural for kshatriyas (warriors), for example. Hyperactive people need tamas to slow and ground them with heaviness or gravity (gurutva), as vayu itself is rajasika, being kinetic in nature.

Our modern yoga, however, doesn’t consider these finer aspects and tenets of the deeper traditional system of yoga. It sees and envisions yoga as opening up a horizon of easy kriyas or practices, by which we can attain the “Kingdom of God”, which is transferred and equated to Sanskritic terms as moksha (liberation), nirvana (enlightenment), atmajnana (self-knowledge) etc. by its modern adherents – when such concepts are not only absent in western Christian or Abrahamic traditions, but also have no connection whatsoever to the Abrahamic goal. In many respects, the modern yoga, even in the name of “Vaidika” (Vedic) to seek to validate itself (in vain) and be seen as pure and original – is actually Christian Yoga. Vedanta itself is often reduced to superficialities, rather than looking and examining the nuances of tradition. Time and time again, I see people taking verses from the Rig Veda and Upanishads and having taken them completely out of any plausible translation as a result of quoting only part of the stanza to which they belong, which contradicts the entire meaning of the verse itself – let alone the abysmal Sanskritic translations, which have no real connection to the topical matter yoga teachers wish to push forward (often again, a Christianised viewpoint based on samaritanism).

To stand on the traditional foundations of yoga is a challenge. Yogis were not peaceful, loving people who would come up and give you a hug or a kiss. They were not Jesus! They were very fiery type people, with fiery tempers to match, as is seen when many in the Puranas and elsewhere try and forcibly wake up and disturb a yogi’s meditation – often ending in them being cursed for doing so! Others such as Parashurama and Krishna were great warriors that took up arms to defend the foundations of dharma and even go so far as to evict people of criminal bent from their homelands or purge it, as a careful surgeon cuts out a tumour and cauterises it, to make sure it doesn’t cause future issues and spread. This is why tradition had it’s often excessive rules and regulations to be adhered to. Those as Vasishtha and Durvasa were known to assert their anger when threatened, as well as even the peaceful bhakti saint, Narada, who wasn’t beyond dishing out curses himself, though on the peaceful path of devotion! Lord Shiva himself, the master of yoga and to Vaishnavas, the greatest devotee of Vishnu, is well-known for his fiery temper, as also that of his wife, Maheshwari in her forms of Uma, Parvati etc. that assumes wrathful forms as Durga, Kali, Bhairavi and others! Lord Vishnu himself, the deity in the mode of sattvas or purity, as manifested in the fiery Narasimha, the man-lion where he disemboweled the father of his devotee, Prahlada, who had taunted the saint – as well as the fiery warrior-Brahmin, Parashurama and also Rama, Krishna and others. Krishna’s own brother, Balarama is known for his own anger, and the two defeated many asurika or wicked people in their youth, as in the Bhagavata Purana. The Nathas or the yogis that established Hatha-Yoga were themselves militant, fiery and wrathful, and through Gorakshanatha, gave rise to the yogi-warriors that would become today’s Gurkhas of Nepal, a deadly people.

This shatters the world many have of the blissful yoga, even of the Brahmanical world. Many look up to the saint Bhrigu in devotional traditions of yoga, the father of Goddess Lakshmi, who even cursed Lord Vishnu himself to take avatar. Yet, the modern Christianised Yoga seldom goes beyond the Yoga Sutras and Bhagwad Gita again, or the Christian Bible, as it is scared to dip its toe into the true traditional yoga beyond – that isn’t for the faint-hearted and is often one roller-coaster of a ride, requiring a strong mind, strong physique and above all, a mentality that expects challenges, accepts them and deals with them and his own karmas and karmic consequences directly – not simply seeking to scapegoat them by projection, as is the western virus!

The true yogi or yogini isn’t merely an adept in chiropractic movements, but has the agility of their mind, which is exercised beyond the human norm. It is for this reason that Heisenberg himself saw that there was nothing strange in Quantum Physics to those familiar with the vedantic Upanishads of India, and who stated:

Quantum theory will not look ridiculous to people who have read Vedanta.” 

The true aspirant of yoga dwells within the cave of the heart (hrit-guha), which is hidden (guha / guhya) or secret from the world at large, and through which on the outer level, through his majestic maya or creative-power of illusory energy, manifests his multiple forms and personalities that he brings out to the physical realm, from the inner-world of Brahman alone, but is also able to sustain, protect and honour the ancient tradition of his forefathers, by which these inner-energies are gained!

 

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya and His [Negative] Obsession with the term “Hindu”

The Denunciation of the term “Hinduism”:

“The word “Hinduism” is not found anywhere in either Vedic or classical Sanskrit, nor in any of the recognized sacred scriptures (shastra) of this spiritual path.  Rather, the proper name of this spiritual tradition, the name that is found throughout the scriptures of the tradition, is Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Natural Way.  Additionally, followers of Sanatana Dharma are not properly referred to as “Hindus”, but as “Dharmis”, or followers of Dharma.” [1]

First of all, I have to question what the “recognized scriptures” refer to? The actual Vedic shastras that are authoritative are actually in the Vedic and older Sanskrit, not in the classical Sanskrit and include the four Veda Samhitas (viz, Rig, Sama, Yajur, Atharva), the primary Upanishads (excluding the later) and the Brahmanas – the latter of which comprise the Vedic commentaries and metaphysics. In addition, the authoritative commentaries acting as etymologies or Nirukta and Nighantu are by Sakatayana and the more recent by Yaskacharya.

Now, the term “Hindu” derives from the Persian version of the Vedic Sindhu, the name given to the people dwelling along the banks of the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation, which also came to be known as the “Hindu” later by the Persians. And since “Hindu” is an Iranian term, related to the same branch of Indo-Iranian languages as the Indo-Aryan Sanskrit, from which Sindhu derives, it becomes much more native.

There is also nothing in the Samhita portions of the Vedas, which are considered arsha (revealed) and shruti (heard) as opposed to the later smriti (remembered) texts, which include the Puranas, that notes of a Sanatana Dharma. In fact, the term Arya is used instead, denoting ‘one of pure (sattvic) qualities’. Thus, the self-proclaimed Hindu Master that authored this quote appears to liberally use the term “Vedic”, but actually applies it to what traditional Hinduism, or traditional “Sanatana Dharma” knows as the smriti and post-Vedic literature, of a secondary nature.

The term ‘Dharmi’ also appears nowhere in the Vedas, while the concept does appear and is known as Rta or cosmic law and order in the Rig Veda, upheld by Mitra and Varuna. Now, the term for the oldest Vedic people, such as Ila, the daughter of the progenitor Manu, is called as “Maitravaruni” – but not as a “Dharmi”, nor as a “Sanatana Dharmi“. This is a clear invention of ‘Acharya-ji’ himself!

This said however, the author also openly displays his origin within the Vaishnava system of ‘Hindu-ism’ as we shall call it (since Sindhu and Arya identify the Vedic people in the Riig Veda clearer than “sanatana” does), which itself lends its ear towards the system of Bhakti-Yoga or the Yoga of devotion – in their case, blind devotionalism which, like fundamental Islam and Christianity, is hell-bent on criticising everything else around them, but being lenient towards Islam and Christianity, and even reducing the Vedas or traditional shruti texts down as secondary to the post-Vedic classical-Sanskritic Puranas, notably the Bhagavad Purana, which itself, has many inconsistencies with the original Mahabharata (of which the Bhagavad Gita forms a part of), relating to their tutelary deity, Krishna!

For a start, Krishna in the Mahabharata is a reincarnation of Narayana Rishi, not the god Vishnu-Narayana and his peer, Arjuna, of Nara-Rishi, both from Badrinath.

Now, unlike this Dharmi claimant who is of “European-American of Italian and Spanish descentI am of Indian descent and was brought up in a family that recognised the validity of only the arsha or shruti scriptures, of which, we used the term Hindu and Arya and also Rishi-tradition or Arsha, but we never used “dharmi“, which does not occur in our sacred texts, whereas, as noted, Sindhu, the Iranian term for Hindu did – the Iranians who were and are, our sister-culture of Zoroastrians or now Parsis.

The term Arya / Aryan appears in the Rig Veda as “krinvanto vishvamaryam” (Rig Veda, IX. 63.5) as clearly the name of Vedic people, as also when Indra gives the earth or world (bhuma) to the Aryas (Rig Veda. IV.26.2). Indra himself in the former stotra (I) actually identifies himself with the archetype and progenitors of the Arya people – namely Manu, his father the Sun (Surya), Ushana (Shukracharya), Kakshivan (Dhanvantari Divodasa) and Kutsa Arjuni. In this respect, the Vedic people are more “Aindras” than Dharmis etc. and again points to Sindhu‘s indigenous origin. Sindhu is also the supreme of all rivers (Rig Veda.I.75.1).

Sindhu also derived the Persian term Hindu and thereby Indus in Greek and finally in the English-language, India, of which, like the terms in English such as zero and sugar, had a true “Vedic” origin, but the word “Vedic” itself is a more recently-inspired word for these groups of people! We can however say that the Vaidika texts belonged to and were sacred to the Arya people who lived along the banks of the Sindhu river!

Secondly, the two have had much more relationship with each-other than a “European-American of Italian and Spanish descent”, which also doesn’t seem to be mentioned in any of our texts, either! I guess as “America” is not mentioned, we might as well not validate ashrams and temples in America, since these are also “not found anywhere in either Vedic or classical Sanskrit, nor in any of the recognized sacred scriptures (shastra) of this spiritual path”.

We thus begin to see how ridiculous this all sounds, and also how contradictory it sounds – not to mention, like Max Muller, this comes from a Westerner who has the typical Christian attitude of putting the native Hindus in their place (oh, you naughty savages!), but an enlightened Italian-Spanish Hindu, thank the Devas, is here to place us and our tradition on the right track!

Have I missed something here, or have the poles clearly shifted?

We also continue…

“Sri Acharyaji was the very first Sanatana Dharma guru and scholar to write and publically speak about the unfortunate divide that exists between the two separate Vedic communities of A) Indian Hindus, and B) Western Yoga practitioners. Indian Hindus and Western yogis rarely communicate with each other, have found it challenging to relate to one another, have vastly different approaches to Vedic spirituality, and have remained two radically distinct communities. “

Interestingly, now we use the term “Hindus” and also “Indian” and have no issue with it being a non-Vedic, non-sanctioned term. Of course, this man is also writing in English, which, when I last looked, wasn’t even invented at the time classical Sanskrit or even later variants such as Pali came on the scene! But, I guess as Acharya-ji is much more knowledgeable than us native Hindus, he must be right and exercises the right to chastise others for their incorrect use of these terms, but he, being a Supreme Purusha, may act as he pleases!

We should point out here that even Vedic is an anglicised Sanskrit term, derived from Vaidika in Sanskrit, which means “of / pertaining to the Vedas (four Veda Samhitas) and again, implies nothing of these classical and supposed “Vedic” (rather, post-Vedic) texts that Acharya-ji himself commonly quotes from. His own antagonism towards the term Hindu actually comes from his own lack of knowledge and true education on the Vedas (of which, tradition doesn’t require you have a western Doctorate in – that has always historically been the issues with misleading translations and misrepresentations along the path!), as also his own Vaishnava roots in ISKCON, of which he now appears to be ‘closeted’ about.

Sadly for him and his cronies however, I am a Hindu and an Arya – not an Italian-Spaniard who thinks he can still dominate the world by cloaking his Paganism in another dress and giving it another name so he may be revered, just as his own Latin people such as Constantine did with the Pagans of Europe under what is now known as “Christianity”!


The Misleading Information about “Vedic” Texts:

In addition to denouncing “Hinduism”, Acharyaji also appears to have his own interpretation of what constitutes the Vedic texts. He states that the Gita is the most important of all “‪Vedic” texts and also states:


“In addition to the 
‪‎Bhagavad Gita, the most important sacred texts in the Dharma tradition include the Yoga Sutras, Narayana Upanishad, Narada Bhakti Sutras, Lakshmi Tantra and Bhagavata Purana, among others. ” [2]

Now for a start, as I have noted above, and just to reiterate here, none of these are ‪Vaidika, which implies the four‪ Vedas, the Brahmanas, principal ‪Upanishads (which doesn’t include the Narayana). These are POST-VEDIC texts and smriti (remembered), not shruti or authoritative (as their simple minds cant’ grasp the true original and vast Vaidika-sphere!).

In addition, tenet five of Acharya-ji’s “International Sanatana Dharma Society” is also misleading and reads:


“5) Vedic Authenticity: We are radical traditionalists in our approach to the Vedic way. We seek to practice Dharma in as traditional, authentic, orthodox and uncompromisingly real a manner as is possible in the modern era. There is nothing new, “New Age”, or concocted in how we teach or practice the Vedic way. Moreover, we do not “mix and blend” our practice or understanding of Sanatana Dharma with those of other, non-Vedic paths. If you are interested in the ISDS, the teachings of Sri Acharyaji, or being involved in our movement, please do so knowing that what you will be taught and will be following nothing less than the authentic and ancient religion of Sanatana Dharma – the Eternal Natural Way.” 
[3]

Well, this is my take on the above: You DO mix and blend your practices, you are not “radical traditionalists” – otherwise you’d mention the authority of all the original texts as per TRADITION, not as per “New Age” and “concocted” views that you appear to teach!

There is nothing AUTHENTIC and everything WESTERN and NEW AGE about this organisation. Including their overt use of the term “God”, which is a Germanic and Western term with negative monotheistic connotations that one would expect this ‘Acharya-ji‘ with a Doctorate in Religious Studies, would be able to identify from an academic and philosophical perspective!

Such westerners jump on their own band-wagon and misrepresent Hinduism, which then gets re-imported into the uneducated masses in India and Hindus as well as others in the West. One cannot merely “invent” and “re-invent” Hinduism as it suits them. If one wishes to do so and limit the shastras down to what THEY think is correct, then they’re better off going back to their Christian roots and staying there in my opinion…

The Pizza-Effect:

To conclude, the main issue I have with these types of Acharyas is that they actually gravely misrepresent tradition, import Christocentric / misappropriated views into Hindu traditions and then pass them off as “traditional”, which are then reimported back into India, where the scores of both uneducated Hindus, wishing to learn about their ‘spirituality’, not from the local Yogi, but from the likes of these American Acharya-jis and their books, which then becomes the mainstream. This is also how Buddhism once swept the nation of India and required Shankaracharya to restore true and authentic Hinduism, which had become very corrupted and debilitated due to these other cults.

A similar wave is hence occurring now. These Western Swamis appeal to both the West and also to Indians, usually as the latter, as noted, are largely ill-informed as to their traditions and there is a clear lack of viveka or discrimination in Hindus overall.

In closing, I quote Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), a British turned Hindu-Shakta, and an authority on Hinduism with knowledge far surpassing the neo-Vedantins and others points out and his Shakti and Shakta in 1918 (“Tantra Shastra and Veda, Chapter IV), re the misinterpretation of Hinduism and Hindu concepts, and also how many Hindus (Indians) themselves follow likewise (thus affected by the Christocentric Superimposition):

“Even when giving an account of Eastern thought the Western is apt to take up a “superior” attitude because he believes himself to be superior. The Bishop of Durham very clearly reveals this sense of superiority (Christian Aspects of Life, by B. F. Westcott, 175) when after stating that the duty of the Christian missionary was to substitute for “the sterile theism of Islam and the shadowy vagueness of Hindu Philosophy a belief in a living and speaking God” he goes on to point out that “our very advantages” by way of “the consciousness of social and intellectual superiority with which we are filled” and “the national force which sets us as conquerors where we come as evangelists” constitute a danger in the mission field. It is this notion of “superiority” also which prevents a right understanding, and which notwithstanding the facts, insists on charges which, if established, would maintain the reputation for inferiority of the colored races. It is this reiterated claim to superiority that has hypnotized many persons amongst Eastern races into the belief that the European is, amongst other things, always a safe and learned critic even of their own beliefs and practices…”

He continues (with respect to how this affects the Hindu psyche):

“There are, however, still many Indians, particularly those of my own generation, whose English Gurus and their teaching have made them captives. Their mind has been so dominated and molded to a Western manner of thinking (philosophical, religious, artistic, social and political) that they have scarcely any greater capacity to appreciate their own cultural inheritance than their teachers, be that capacity in any particular case more or less. Some of them care nothing for their Shastra. Others do not understand it. The class of whom I speak are, in fact, as I have said, the Manasaputra of the English in a strict sense of the term. The Indian who has lost his Indian soul must regain it if he would retain that independence in his thought and in the ordering of his life which is the mark of a man, that is of one who seeks Svarajya-siddhi. How can an imitator be on the same level as his original? Rather he must sit as a Cela at the latter’s feet. Whilst we can all learn something from one another, yet some in this land have yet to learn that their cultural inheritance with all its defects (and none is without such) is yet a noble one; an equal in rank, (to say the least), with those great past civilizations which have molded the life and thought of the West. All this has been admitted by Indians who have discernment. Such value as my own remarks possess, is due to the fact that I can see and judge from without as an outsider, though (I will admit in one sense) interested observer — interested because I have at heart Indian welfare and that of all others which, as the world now stands, is bound up with it.”

 

References:

  1. http://www.dharmacentral.com/acharyaji.php 
  2.  http://www.dharmacentral.com/dharmainfo/dharmafaq.php 
  3. http://www.dharmacentral.com/dharmaactivism/about_ISDS.php 
  4.  Rig Veda Samhita

 

Eurocentric Socialistic Self-Entitlement

Background:

The negative shades of socialism today still sadly exist in the fabric of mainstream society as an insidious post-Colonialist-samskaraWe see it permeating everywhere, especially now filtering into native systems as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga and numerous others as Native American traditions, which it does in a disguised manner of an apologetic, but with a very strong Christianised slant to it that it superimposes upon, seeking to replace the original foundations of these systems and also undermine the authority of tradition teachers, education systems and other authorities – just as Christianity did with Jewish rabbis and Jainism and Buddhism did with Hinduism’s Brahmins and the vedas.

Over the years, I’ve seen many even do this with my own writings. If you’re going to plagiarise someone, then refrain from doing so in a verbatim manner with complete passages and sentences, as certain people have done with my books, without citations or even references. When this was brought to their attention, their behaviour was somewhat juvenile, claiming (despite their own copyright on their page etc. and disclaimers) that “all is one” and everyone owns everything. By that logic, I’d go and take this guy’s car without him having an issue, right? I was wrong – it works only in a one-sided manner with the European, still dealing with his ahankarika Eurocentrism that he thinks he’s uniquely qualified to ignore and instead hypnotise himself into believing he’s transcended everything!

Another such person took it upon themselves, after reading my books and articles, to misappropriate and even represent my own Vedic teachings and those of my family Guru’s tradition, which are not only not a part of, nor even related to, coming from a Catholic background, and feels such misappropriation for their “cult” is valid. Narcissists however, as sociopaths and psychopaths, as appear to be the disorders that Catholicism has generated over so many generations – can never actually realise their wrongs. If they even kill someone, it’s somebody else’s fault! It doesn’t take long to see where this arises from – the Catholic complex that itself misappropriated the Hebrew tradition and maligns the Jews, while appearing as the “holier” party – just take a look at the said person’s anti-Semitic subtext and you’ll soon get the gist of it.

Sadly, we are inundated with them coming into native systems, as a means of their ego-transference and also an easier way for them to “transcend away” their personality disorders, or at least, tell themselves they’re doing so in their self-hypnotic delusional manners, rather than seeking proper psychiatric help! These kinds of faux philosophies, neo-vedantic rants and delusional “meditations” are about as useful in actually solving the issue than obscuring or repressing it, as placing a plaster over a malignant tumour and ignoring it, thinking the cancer won’t eventually spread is!

Such people however, come in pairs and share a similar attitude, arising from an inferiority complex. They think they can represent other’s traditions much better than native people. These people are the ones that wish to be Americans, but due to their culturally distant and British Crown allegiance, actually cannot, so act out instead in a condescending Victorian British manner, like spoiled schoolchild! You guessed it – I’m talking about Canadians!

Where there’s a troll, there’s a thousand supporters. Today, where there are criminals and pseudo-Gurus, the masses will support them over the victims or real tradition.

Take for example how westerners as John Douillard, Melanie Sachs, Lisa Coffey, Marc Halpern and New-Age Indians such as Deepak Chopra etc. are seen as an Ayurvedic authorities over true Ayurvedic physicians as Dr. Vasant Lad and his BAMS graduate student, Robert Svoboda or others such as Jessica Vellela that have completed the Indian Ayurvedic BAMS systems and adhere to a more authentic Ayurveda as per classical tradition, opposed to the westernised New-Age hyperbolised versions that are the mere narcotic-inspired misappropriated fetishes of the hippie-era! Vellala and others do represent a different style of Ayurveda from the classics, as even as Dr. Lad does to some degree. In India, Bhagwan Dash, Prof. Srikanthamurthy, P.H. Kulkarni, PV Sharma and others have become almost household Ayurveda names in true Ayurveda communities with their in-depth scholarship on the matter, that make the western hybrid of the hippie-era look like they’re not even skimming the top of Ayurvedic vidya!

My family comes from a lineage where we use the authority of shruti or the Veda samhitas alone. I find it insulting that post Vedic texts have been labelled as “Vedic” and markets by Hindu Swamis as such as some kind of spiritual currency.

For thousands of years, Hinduism’s sacred Vedic texts (viz. four vedas, upanishads and brahmanas) have been guarded with utmost respect. There has been no need to convert people across the globe or to spread their message as in Christianity! In fact, few were ever born with the knowledge to decipher them, which is why these systems existed. Few are people like Arthur Avalon, Aleister Crowley, Paul Brunton, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and others that really immersed themselves in the in-depth study of Hindu traditions!

Today however, Hinduism and Vedic have become social labels for the elite, Hollywood stars and others that don’t want to use LGBT titles to be seen as popular or having a point of difference. Thus, “Vedic” today has become sort of “Vedic Club for white people and their opinions“, rather than actually Vaidika. They commonly quote the post-Vedic literature for a start, in addition to being perpetually stoned or on meth or other narcotic substance for their “knowledge”, over traditional learning. The reject any traditional native systems, their pramanasshastras and their bhashyas etc. in favour of their myopic self-born views, such as we see.

The white subliminal culture doesn’t end there. African Americans will often look down at African people from the Caribbean or the African mainland, as often their culture and features are different. Hence, while claiming the victims of “racism” on one hand, they dish it out, on the other. The behaviour of not only white Americans, but also African Americans towards Asian communities and Latino minorities is also not a harmonious and socially conducive one honouring cultural acceptance and assimilation, either! Here, such people, while claiming to be victims, have actually themselves fallen prey to the Eurocentric racist gene and superiority complex.

The same exists in all minority groups, claiming to be historical “victims” and taking their awareness of acceptance too far. The LGBT communities for example. How often do we see white same-sex couples on TV shows, sitcoms and movies, compared to interracial or even ethnic same-sex couples? It is a rarity compared to the white majority, which obviously the LGBT community itself wishes to promote, while again claiming “equal rights” in a hypocritical manner! How are trans-people accepted in the mainstream gay communities? This is another issue.

Just as we support these people and groups however that themselves continue to carry colonialist bigotries and dogmas internally, we ignore the majority that are still being hurt by these groups and people. Another example is Islamic apologetics, who would completely wipe out the continuous bloodshed and dominating destructive psyche that Islam has generated since the 7th Century AD onwards, to the present day (only with more dangerous weaponry) – however, their victims as Hindus, Buddhists and others, we crucify when they dare to (a) expose historical facts (b) defend themselves against centuries-old Islamic attacks and slander! So much for ‘human rights’ and ‘equality’, socialists!

Most socialists today however are either of, or are members of the lower socioeconomic ‘aspiring bourgeoisie’ classes, far from the haute bourgoisie at the upper end of the social spectrum. We see this with the lower socioeconomic demographic trying to emulate Hipters that has become a pop-culture sensation as a result, but divorced from the original foundations of which it was generated by the upper middle-classes as a means to appear “toned down”! Similarly, the plethora of oversexed, menstruating females from the lower social demographics and their male peers are usually those who wish to reinvent themselves as some kind of quasi-Druid Priestesses and Priests, emulating even the Brahmanical classes and hypocritically even trying to become vegetarian and self-righteous like a Hindu monk on one hand – but on the other, are married and continue to engage in their less-than-Brahmanical and brahmachari / brahmacharini behavior as would befit traditional values as a whole! This cultural selectivity is also seen by Christians who, on one hand argue that the New Testament overrides the Old Testament God and laws – but select and chose which of these they’d keep. Their homophobia for example is driven from the Old Testament, but they ignore the taboo of eating pork, also from the Old Testament – and ignore the fact that Jesus and the New Testament for them stands as a new tradition, not of the old ways they wish to carefully select from to enslave others into their irrational and non-lineal social substructures!

Yoga has similarly been misappropriated in the west and reduced down to rigid stereotyping as being vyayama and asana or exercises and poses alone, while Tantra has become all about magical rituals and rights and sexual practices – forgetting that real tantragama shastra was simply the updated Vedic ritualism, as scholars such as Swami Vivekananda and Arthur Avalon had also stated, as also others as Sri Aurobindo, Ganapati Muni etc., as is also evident from the Rigveda, Brahmanas, Upanishads and their commentaries, in which tantra, yoga etc. are all part of the one Raja-Yoga system, as even Shankaracharya promoted across India! Yet, even he is reduced down as a vedanta teacher alone, by the uneducated plebeian masses  becoming “wiki-quote” self-professed authorities and scholars, misinterpreting things out of context (as even half-verses and stanzas, like Baptist preacher does) – without even understanding the crux and deeper side of Shankaracharya’s Advaita system, which isn’t as simply and non-complex as these fools make it out to be!

This also brings us to the main issue here of our western yogic sub-culture: vegetarianism and it’s aggressive proselytisation by its western adherents in an almost Baptist-zeal, rather than one of equality, rational and medical understanding and acceptance, that vegans and vegetarians demand from others, but (like a true Christian superimposing their Christocentric puritanism upon others), labels others as inferiors – a modern notion that simply stands as the contemporary updated-slander cognates for “heathen / satanist / witch / infidel / atheist / non-believer” of the Abrahamic traditions.

As with atheists and Jews however, the meat-eater doesn’t seek to convert you to meat-eating as the vegan and vegetarian does through psychopathic insults and ridicule, rather than peaceful logic, as is the facade of their ways, as a Christian preaches “Christ’s love for humanity”, while burning down a village, or a Muslim preaches Islam is a “religion of peace” as he slices open your throat! Sociopaths, psychopaths, schizophrenics and others are hence attracted to these systems, not due to moral causes, to simply to be seen to be standing on a higher moral ground and code of ethics of which they can laud over others. It is the ago and culture of egotism alone that even has naught to do with historical vegetarianism within the south Asian traditions!

The Moral Vegetarian Issue:

Vegetarianism was for the Brahmin caste predominantly and also brahmacharis (celibates) to keep their minds pure, especially in southern India. Hence, before deciding to adopt vegetarianism as per Hinduism, we have to ask ourselves three main questions:

  1. Is this satmya (suitable) for me as per by prakriti and also genetic background? Different groups of people even in India and across the globe are stated in the classical texts to have a kind of immunity to eating meats and shouldn’t simply stop this, as such may otherwise cause diseases – similar to how one not used to taking hit, spicy foods as chilies will suffer from ulcers and issues as a result of non-suitability.
  2. Am I a Brahmin that performs daily rituals as pujas, yajnas etc. for the benefit of others in temples or am I a single, celibate monk living in a monastery and keeping away from all rajasic aspects of society, including the use of TV, internet, tea, coffee, refined sugars and processed foods etc.?

One here should also ask themselves if they’re well-versed in these food-types and have studied all of the available ancient Ayurvedic texts on food articles and their properties, as also ahara or dietary intake. Here, no sadhana can commence unless the body itself is operating at the state of normalcy in arogya or healthy state, not vitiated due to some social-concern etc. that could affect the mind and thereby the body, or vice versa.

Here, adopting vegetarianism as a moralistic or social-concern alone and ignoring the classical opinion and thinking one is “Hindu” is hypocritical – as these same people reject the notions as the Aryan Invasion Theory of India, which is also on the grounds of historical texts or shastra as well, or arguing the karmic facet of vegetarianism alone (without even udnerstanding karma‘s doctrine – a philosophy in itself), is as bad as reducing yoga down to mere exercise or tantra down to sex alone! Both again that rest on the classics. It shows a very selective culture that we have generated in the west – one of superiority complexes resulting in down-right narcissism!

  1. Do I understand that while karma is involved in killing animals, that these are (a) part of the food chain when required (just as it is the dharma of a kshatriya to take up arms and even kill others – even his own family if necessary for the greater benefit of all, as in the Gita’s message) (b) that animal sacrifices were a part of Vedic society and Hindu society that helped this and (c) that as with the use of sex, that vegetarianism in India was primarily of concern relative to how not only meats, but also even some vegetable substances (garlic, onions etc.) affected the mind?

Relative to (3), western vegetarianism itself often misappropriates the Brahmanical shades of purity of south Indian orthodoxy. Here, such regimes were due to the south being pitta-kapha (hot and humid) tropical climates, where vegetable dishes are more suitable than heating and fatty meats for logical purposes, as discussed in Ayurvedic texts, that also double as the Vedic food rationale.

The Vedic Brahmanas and Yajurvedas also mention numerous kinds of meats in sacrifices as well (some symbolic). True Hindu vegetarian Brahmins won’t eat various root-vegetables at all – such also stems from even various vegetable classes being higher life-forms and due to their properties upon the mind – much as noted is also a geographic issue that later became a part of superstition, over the original rational and logic Vedic systems as we see with the shad darshanas and ayurveda etc. Due to cooler climates in northern India for example, sarson ka tel (mustard oil) and til tel (sesame oil) are often used over nariyal tel and nariyal (coconut oil and coconut) in the southern preparations, but in the desert Sindhi-regions of the Thar desert where there is excessive dryness, dairy is used with foods (the Ayurvedic texts also mentioned this also).

In addition, I often see many people trying to cover up their own insecurities and lack of learning by stating that yoga, vedanta, ayurvedahatha-yoga and tantra were different traditions. While posing as teachers or even “traditional authorities”, their mindset is actually clearly one white Colonialist Masters with self-entitled superiority complexes and reminiscent of the likes of Max Muller and his Aryan Invasion Theory and racial divisions and other European distortions (including their Indian counterparts entertaining such, as Romila Tharpar) that adhere to one set of teachings alone – whether it be the concise Bhagavad Gita + Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras or one text of Adi Shankaracharya on vedanta, taken out of spiritual and cultural context and seen through the lens of a Christcentric mind bereft of true Hindu vidya and insight! This is what I call a ‘Christian samskara’ – not necessarily religious, but a myopic culture centered on monotones that permeates all facets of what it seeks to learn and pasteurise in an autonomous fashion!

The other issue here is that many come into these traditions with poor mental and physical health. Ashrams in the west and India are a breeding-ground for the mentally unstable, physically weak or ill, schizophrenics to psychopaths and sociopaths on the other – that all need true psychological help and counselling, not simply to drown and deny their issues under a veil of ‘spiritual’ -isms and Self-healing, Self-diagnostic / assessing hyperbole! Original yogis and great health, mentally and physically – which is what both Patanjali’s and the later Hatha Yoga system both aim at – developing ojas or vitality and also purifying the body of unwanted wastes – regardless of the plethora of chubby and anorexic rogi (diseased)-apologetics and their (flawed) rhetoric that dominate the Vedo-sphere today! It ruins it for those who want to learn or do need actual help and are receptive to it, traditionally!

The issue with the west today is that it quickly appropriates something – a mantra, a yoga or technique (kriya) or diet, but improperly without the full system, and thinks that eastern systems are safe enough to be seen as “self-managed” systems, without any proper training, study or depth. This in itself is due to a residual colonialist arrogance that (subtly) undermines and reduces these eastern systems down to simplistic systems – opposite to what they are. Vedanta alone, even of the advaita variety takes several years to master and numerous texts to understand the depth of it and reflection – not simply reading a few Ramana Maharishi quotes, or pulling half-quotes from the Upnishads out of context as many do.

This kind of uneducated narcissistic self-entitled, self-righteous motivated appropriation is exactly what reduces down all native faiths, and such blatant ignorance can be compared to the historical missionaries’ view towards Hindus and Native Americans or even Caribbean pan-African Voudon [1] traditions, rather than immersing themselves in these foreign cultures, philosophies and systems and understanding the complete picture first, rather than superimposing their own biases and interpretations upon them.

Such people constantly seek to be validated, which is precisely why all ancient cultures and even the modern such as the British, not simply those of India and Asia, had their social classes and substructures. One cannot merely ‘fast-track’ as an ‘intuitive pilot’ – one has to have the skills for that and also background. Today, we have those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, the ‘aspiring bourgeoisie‘ to the ‘aspiring haute bourgoisie‘ (or wannabes) becoming educated, taking up positions that were historically meant for certain aristocratic classes that could both handle the power, work and responsibility and ethics that went with it and endure these with the vigour they were born with! The same cannot be said of the menial classes – mutton dressed as lamb, always remains mutton, as leopards never change their spots!

If philosophy in India or ancient Greece, was never about actual learning before one debates – and instead interpolating the excuse ‘Holy Spirit / God / Universe guides me’ when one doesn’t know to try and win an argument – then even rabid barking dogs would be allowed to debate and there’d be no need of pramanas, such as Islam and Christianity have both done away with!

Footnotes:

1. In a similar heir to how people in the west argue that yoga and tantra are not related and are simply asana or posture and sexual-rituals alone, so also the missionaries in the Caribbean superimposed the European dogma upon so-called effigies as “Voodoo dolls”, that in Africa traditions were meant for healing, not nefarious purposes; the culture of using effigies were cursing by inserting pins and needles is part of the European culture and acts as a good example of how these Eurocentric biases were superimposed upon other cultures with similar practices – but the technique and purpose was wholly different!

Today sadly, just as the mainstream think of Voudon in this manner thanks to the Eurocentric biases dating back to Colonial times, so also people have become indoctrinated into what tantra and yoga is, and even Indians cannot accept the classical opinions about these, due to European education.

Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe) in his Shakti and Shakta text in the 18th Century brings attention to this:

It is this reiterated claim to superiority that has hypnotized many persons amongst Eastern races into the belief that the European is, amongst other things, always a safe and learned critic even of their own beliefs and practices…”