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Hinduism, Yoga and Debate:

Hatha-Yoga and Debate:

True Hatha-Yoga is about engaging in debate and political shades of the social world. Trying to adopt pseudo JnanaYoga, hiding from the world, conflict and debate is a very Jainist notion, not of Hinduism or even Buddhism, who both had their militant orders, intellectual warriors and systems of upholding dharma through debate, taking up arms to defend themselves when all else failed and challenging as well as exposing the falsehood of mithya-dharma (doctrine of falsehood), disguised as a a misappropriated form of satya (truth).
The watchers, social-media “like and share” brigade (not SJWs, but SJW apologetics), and blind masses who call themselves yogis and yoginis are not. Nor are they even sadhakas or sadhakis. Conflict is there in the world in which we are born and it is our dharma to battle it when confronted with it, not adopt a non-Yogic Russian-Christian-cum-Jainist stance like that of Mahatma Gandhi, who misrepresented and distorted the meaning of ahimsa, misused the Gita, yoga and Hinduism for his own gain.
Today also, Yoga has no place for lefty hippies, Marxist commies and others from the hippy era of drugs, deluded political persuasions and numerous other hypocrisies. It is exactly why these socialist-bent individuals today, in their fifties and sixties, wishing to become Gurus (but intellectually and physically devitalised by the narcotics they took in their youth, not to mention unsavory lifestyles) adopt neo-Buddhistic regimes and while claiming they’re “Hindu”, are more Buddisto-Jainist in thought, with an admixture of Maoist and Stalinist tendencies. Others remain purely Catholic or Baptist in thought and their samskaras of these social influences remain, superimposed upon the new ‘Hinduism’ they adopt.
I’m not entirely sure what even Narendra Modi wishes to gain by International Yoga Day. The world already has International Women’s Day! It will simply fuel the feminists and generate another wave of hormonally and emotionally hyperactive women that seek to emasculate their husbands, friends and children. The balance of soma in women is being lost and the poles are reversing. This isn’t about “equality” any more, but it is more about extremes at both ends. Yoga is a sacred and expansive integral facet of Hinduism with numerous sub-limbs, each with their own, within it’s own main ashtangas. International Yoga Day and such simply reduces it down to an exercise regime, just as the argument ‘Yoga isn’t Hindu’ does.
Such arguments need to go and Hindus need to start standing up for their rights. The term ‘Hindu‘ is Persian in origin, but much older than the later term ‘Sanatana Dharma‘. ‘Arya Dharma‘ was the original name – Hindu the Persian rendering of Sanskrit ‘Sindhu‘ – Persians being the ancestors of Vedic people more directly than this English-language in which non ‘Hindu-word’ propounders ironically employ!

The Failure of Socialist Rhetoric:


In many respects, socialist liberalism is a farce that borrows its rhetoric from Christianity’s circular argument process, as well as its self-righteous ‘Holier-than-thou’ superiority complex. It is basically an insidious social virus of backward anti-science and anti-logic thinking that is once again reminiscent of Christianity. That it is mainly atheistic and doesn’t have Jesus or the Bible means nothing, as whether it be Marx, Gandhi or Martin Luther King, socialists still possess their intellectual ‘Deity’ and even zealously idolise them to the point of crude idolatry in a myopic or monotonous manner. 

Like Christians, socialists (comprising mainly of ‘aspiring bourgeoisie’ or the mainstream bourgeoisie / chardonnay socialists) also prey on out of context quotes and references to try and scream down and silence their opponents, which they commence with an all-out war against for no reason (often bordering on violating the tenets of their own arguments such as implying racial slurs or personal attacks in their efforts to assert their superiority complexes), then play the “victim” card.  

We know this well with Christian preachers who enter others’ homes, temples or religious shrines and nations and seek to rule it over the Pagans or indigenous masses with their ‘word of God’, that in their eyes, requires no ear to logic, reason or rationale whatsoever, let alone question (which is blasphemy!).
The screaming of medieval Christian and their cries of ‘Satanist / heathen / witch / ungodly’ towards those they condemned to death for simply being ‘different’, but not criminals with blood on their hands as they were (self-proclaimed ‘warriors of Christ’) are in the same league as today’s socialist Social Justice Warriors and their attacks on others they deem are ‘aggressive’ for daring to bring forth a traditional or indigenous non-Christian or non-western (non-misappropriated) view of their native traditions, whether they be Zen, Voudon, Tantric, Buddhist, Polynesian or Native American. This is nothing more than the second wave of Colonialism, but often cleverly disguised as “sympathetic” to the aforementioned faiths and causes, but has about as much tradition and authenticity to it as the saffron-clad Christian missionaries in the south of India!
When engaging (or rather, being struck by) such sociopathic tendencies are often best ‘blocked’ on social media, for sanity reasons; no logic will be employed and their attack comes simply as their vital-emotional being has been compromised as their indoctrinated world-view has been challenged, and rather than expand upon it to new horizons and embrace knowledge (as with science compared to the Church mentality), the adopt the Church-regime of monotonous repetition of their so-called indoctrinated “facts of life”, like a well-oiled Dalek that must simply ‘Exterminate’ when challenged, being engineered and programmed to do that alone, with no independent thought of its own!

For more information about Traditional Yoga, note my books:


Militant Origins of Yoga, and Islamic Apologetics

There are many today who have misunderstood yoga, especially in liberal areas such as NM, CA and NY in the U.S and have tried to “Christianise” yoga or turn it into a Buddhistic-system of ahimsa. Yet, even Buddhism itself gave us many martial arts, as via Bodhidharma, a south Indian Buddhist monk that took martial arts from India into China, as also the art of fighting with sticks and attacking marma points or vulnerable spots (as Buddhist monks didn’t carry weapons, but it didn’t mean they weren’t deadly with their blows to pressure-points or unarmed fighting via kicking, punching, throwing etc.). The liberal reader at this point is screwing their face up as if they’ve eaten a sour lemon, as this truth is a little too hard for them to handle. But alas! I’ve not yet finished!

India for centuries has fought, as have yogis. The great incarnation Parashurama himself generated martial-arts, and as a result of his father’s murder, King Kartaviryarjuna, he resolved not only to avenge his father’s death, but to create the system of martial arts and eradicate all kshatriyas or warriors from the entire face of the earth, as all had become corrupted. These things happened long before Islam arose, or even Jainism and Buddhism!

The Ramayana saw the usually peaceful vanaras of the South, including Hanuman fight for justice against the evil BrahminRavanaSri Rama and his brother Lakshmana, aided by the southerners were able to destroy Ravana. The Mahabharata itself, in which the Bhagavad Gita of Krishna is a central part, is about a dharma-yuddha or war for righteousness, to restore dharma by force, as a result of one family’s dispute alone! Here, the yogi Krishna urges Arjuna not to lay down and meditate, nor fast, nor create websites about peacefulness, but to fight his cousins, kill them if necessary to uphold dharma, as was his duty, lest the entire foundations upon which a society of ahimsa or non-harm, becomes compromised if the enemy is given control.

Today’s yoga-liberals in NYC and California are as bad as the Islamic extremists they support by misappropriating the very system that was generated by Gorakshanatha and his Hatha-Yogis to save yoga and Hinduism from Islam – otherwise the entire foundation of the first yama of yoga, ahimsa would have been destroyed, as it is today in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as also Bangladesh, once Hindu-nations. Real freedom here was compromised and the same is occurring today. Gorakshanatha, the great founder of many hatha-Yoga traditions after his Guru Matsyendranatha, ordered many warriors trained under him in the system to go forth into Sindh, Central-Asia and the Middle-East to fight off the invading Islamic forces in the 8th Century AD. So, when they are simply banned from entering nations today to protect citizens, how exactly is this “yogic” and “against yogic tenets?”. Such people espousing such views are best to go drown themselves in water than pretend to be “yogis” – such is grossly misappropriating yoga and the history of yoga, Hinduism and even misappropriating the term dharma in general!
If such liberals really didn’t bump their head and abuse LSD and ganja, while trying to become “enlightened masters” in their youth, their small brains might be able to process that efforts supporting Trump to help Christians- real victims in Islamic nations, require refugee status above other poorly-vetted Muslims that pose a potential threat to the American public at large. India historically imposed similar restrictions, such as “Hindu only” temple admissions. Trump’s vetting operates in the same manner – for the safety of the masses, not for the potential dangers Islam has provided the world with for over 1,200 years and continues!
Such people that misappropriate yoga in such manners are not Hindus, not yogis and are doing as much damage to Hinduism and it’s image, as also Hindus (by association and the pizza-effect) as the AIT and Arya-Dravida divide has done. They are seeking to turn Hindus into Christians and proselytise the hippy-American culture. The entire logic appeals to the European, however over the Hindu as they adopt not the Gita or Yoga’s real views, nor that of the Rishis and Acharyas of India, but of Mahatma Gandhi and his perverted system of satyagraha and ahimsa interpretations which Sri Aurobindo vehemently criticised and have no place in Hinduism, but in Christianity.

On Gandhi’s satyagraha, Aurobindo said:

“It is the Christian idea that has taken hold of him. Besides he seems to think that after him his theory and creed of non-violence would continue. I don’t think so. A few people would be there but anything like a wide scale influence like that of his personality does not seem possible.” (Sri Aurobindo, India’s Rebirth, November 28, 1940)

“Like the Christians to whom there is no difference between morality and spirituality. For instance, take this fast now announced [by Gandhi]. It is a Christian idea of atonement for sin. All those other reasons which are given make it rather ridiculous.” (ibid., Dec. 04, 1925)

Do these people, then (like the Congress in India under the Nehru-Gandhian dynasty) wish to act as hidden missionaries to convert Hindus into their misappropriated dharma, just as their ancestors and the Romans did with Judaism by creating Christianity from the Jewish text, distorting their entire system and using it against them, inciting anti-Semitism that lead to WWII?

At the face-value, the pro-Islamic arguments might seem noble, but history and facts tell otherwise; an insidious evil lurks and is a slur upon Hindu traditions, all that Hindu Brahmins and kshatriyas have fought against (Hinduism is the largest and world’s surviving pagan tradition as Islam and Christianity have wiped the rest out with their “peacefulness” as these idiots claim). Hindus fought against Islam for the past 1,200 years, losing lives, temples and countries and gave shelter to foreign people (Jews and Parsis) that were persecuted under Islamic invasions of these natives’ own lands, as well as protected their own from total annihilation by Islam, by which again, Yogic warriors from the classical gurkha Hatha-Yogis to the Sikhs and southern Vijayanagara Empire’s warriors (Brahui people in Baluchistan as descendants) arose to the call!


By ignoring such facts, such protagonists of the “peaceful yoga” and Islamic apologetic movement by white “Vedics” becomes an insult to Hinduism, to all Hindus and to society and women in general. It seems to ignore the successive attacks and insults of Islam, not just from the Middle-East, but also south and Central-Asia that India and Hinduism has suffered for the past 1200 years. It is as ignorant and insensitive as saying the Jewish holocaust didn’t happen and by burying heads in the sands, actually ignores satya the second yama of the yoga tradition, by fabricating the truth. 

In short, such people are best to return to Christianity, their mother-religion, which socially is suitable to them and stop misappropriating our traditions and grandstanding as their ancestors have.

I close with some wise words of a real yogi, Sri Aurobindo (who the white liberal yogis haven’t heard of, as they’re immersed in Gandhi who reads like their Bible, not the satya or truth of our traditions):

“I am sorry they (`Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and Chakraborthy Rajagopalachari) are making a fetish of this Hindu-Muslims unity. It is no use to ignore facts; some day the Hindus may have to fight the Muslims and they must prepare for it. Hindu-Muslims unity should no mean the subjection of the Hindus. Every time the mildness of the Hindus has given way. The best solution would be to allow the Hindus to organize themselves and the Hindu-Muslim unity would take care of itself, it would automatically solve their problem. Otherwise we are lulled into a false sense of satisfaction that we have solved a difficult problem, when in fact we have only shelved it.”

(A.B. Purani, Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, p. 289)

“…You cant unity on such a basis, perhaps, the only way of making the Mohammedans harmless is to make them loose their fanatic faith in their religion.”
(A.B. Purani, Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, p. 291)

How Yoga Has Changed

Gorakshanatha was a great Kshatriya-Yogi or warrior-Yogi who has lived through many yugas (Hindu epochs), under different names and forms. He taught the Hatha-Yoga system, originally an exercise system used by warriors for martial-arts and dancers to make warriors strong against Muslims. Bappa Rawal (c. 800AD) the great King of Rajasthan became his devotee, who named his warriors Gurkhas after Gorakshanath (Gorakhnath) and purged the Islamic invasions of western India, Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan at his time and brought them under his control, at the behest of Gorakhnath and his great training given to him.

This was a Tantric system that included knowledge of jyotisha (Vedic astrology), sacred rites and rituals and devotion to Shiva and the Shakti or goddess personified as power. It was a highly specialised system with many deeper elements to it, as in the greater Tantric path, not simply superficial or rudimentary occultism as it is often perceived today!

Later, these people (Gurkhas) migrated to Nepal and set up their Kingdom. Ramamohana Brahmachari who Krishnamacharya learnt from was himself in the Gurkha lineage and made Krishnamacharya remember the Gurkha Yoga teachings from Gorakshanath.

BKS Iyengar, the brother-in-law of Krishnamacharya later learnt this system of Hatha-Yoga under him and took it to the West. Iyengar made this system available to one and all, yet Krishnamacharya synthesised it more with Ayurveda at a deeper level and gave his patients personalised instruction.

This is an example of how a rajasic militant-Yoga system for Pitta-type kshatriyas (those of muscular, bilious phenotypes as warriors) has become reduced down to a “one-size fits all approach”. While Iyengar himself taught cautions, they have fallen on deaf ears of his followers who have turned it simply into a vyayama (exercise) cult.

While preaching Jnana or the path of knowledge, modern Iyengar yoga teachers also forget that Krishnamacharya and Iyengar belonged to the Sri Vaishnavas in Ramanuja’s lineage of BhaktiYoga, not the Advaita system commonly preached today of Shankaracharya’s Advaita system or JnanaYoga!  They also forget the aggressive nature of the original Hatha-Yogis that didn’t take the Gandhian-styled ahimsa (non-violence applied to all situations) into account – the system was developed to generate warriors who protected India, dharma and yoga traditions – otherwise we’d not have them to use today and would be replaced by Islam as with all other traditions in the Middle-East, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. 

Yoga and Sexual Labels

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

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

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Today people are obsessed over labels, personalities and also their sexuality and gender. It has become somewhat a culture of exploitation where people see their gender and sexuality as something to become attached to in this life, failing to see the yogic implications of such attachments, rather than understanding the deeper factors at play.

For a deeper discussion on “Sexuality within Hinduism”, please note my article on such here. This compliments the statements here, where such can be correlated relative to genetics and other factors.

The Myth of Sexuality:

The LGBT community (or movement) today has sought to separate itself from the mainstream of society and sadly as a form of cultural elitism rather than social and cultural awareness. It is much like modern-fads as Paleos, Vegans, Vegetarians and others who adopt such regimes more out of a social standing rather than a true inner pull and desire.

I’ve noted before about “social sexuality“, which appears to be going in very different directions these days. There is indeed genetic sexuality which even Ayurveda admits and then there is social-sexuality, which is more or less based upon personal egotism and social influences. Sociopathic traits also appear to manifest in such behaviour – and then we have our sexual deviants outside these.

Bisexuality itself appears largely as a myth. I think based upon our society today which is largely promiscuous, that many men feel “the urge” and often think satisfying it with other men will be somehow more discreet than with women. We have LGBT labels everywhere.

The question is, are we forcing such upon our kids?

The answers is a big fat yes! Today, everyone takes notice of Hollywood actors and aspires to be like them. This impacts us on both a conscious and subconscious level – How to be noticed! As they say – ‘any publicity is good publicity!’ The number of “out” bisexual actors in Hollywood today influences us as a society as a whole, as noted on both a conscious and subconscious level of programming and social conditioning from children to young adults to adulthood. From Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga [1] on the female side to Alan Cumming, Tom Hardy, the late David Bowie [2] on the male side has allowed such to be so “socially acceptable” and a kind of trump-card, that even those such as Josh Hutcherson [3] now appear to be using such “I could be bisexual” techniques to gain the sympathy card of followers!

Not surprisingly most recently the American sitcom Modern Family decided to cast a transgendered actor [4]. Now, this is fine – but not when we read that the individual concerned is an 8-year old child! What? Yes – really! And the best part is that she (now identifying as “he”) has ‘two mothers’. I smell and LGBT rat here!

Trust me, I have no issue with people who identify as L, G, B or T, however when it comes to an eight-year old child with two parents of the same sex, we do have to wonder

(a) How much of this is picked up from the parents

(b) Is this pushed by the two mothers to have a child to brag about?

The point I am making here is this; once upon a time when we felt egotistical, we just went on a little rampage. Yet, now society tells us how we must act, dress, what cars we should have, what houses – and even what relationships! Advertising does this also with perfect smiles, perfect bodies and perfect looks, subliminally programming us!

As a result, the egotists today jump on various band-wagons from paleo, vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary regimes or take up yoga and pilates as teachers, since such is a talking point at the local country club! It has naught to do with ethical living and health and more to do with pricing such off the market for those in need (such as people actually suffering from celiac who, thanks to the new wave of egotistical women and lipstick lesbians, GF products have been inflated). The same is with vegans and their beloved quinoa, which is becoming difficult to afford for the native Peruvian and Bolivian farmers!

Such becomes a social fad and such groups and organisations that stand apart as social justice missionaries simply proselytise these insidious ideas outside the average Joe who gets on with his life, doesn’t make a fuss about what he eats (whether he be a vegetarian or eats meat) or who he sleeps with!

If one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans-gendered, one does not have to conform to these dictatorial societies and their regimes, any more than Hindus need to with their organisations or true Yogis need to be members of egotistical organisations such as the Yoga Alliance.

Here, sexuality is a myth alone and seeks to bind us to the temporal and culturally-conditioned world around us in which we are born. This here is in the form of the world of mithya or falsehood, which is the social substratum that seeks to cause us bondage to names, forms and appearances while identifying with the mind-body complex and not even addressing or understanding one’s predicament from the karmic or genetic point of view to aid in understanding.

Here, like other Social Justice Warriors and all Socialists, such groups as the LGBT societies and others on the other spectrum such as religious organisations with their homophobic nature, both actually fall outside the mainstream of society.

As with yogis in the Himalayas and forests of India or even the average Hindu or the Ayurvedic Vaidya who doesn’t need to state he belongs to some Yoga Community (sangha) or Ayurvedic Organisation to boost his ego and reveal to the world their egotism – so also one needs not parade one’s sexuality, but one should also not be victimised for it either – just as religion is also personal. While the hypocritical religious preachers from all religions parade their faith and force their own personal ‘doctrine’ down everyone’s throat, so the extremist LGBT community does so as well – whereas the average person of LGBT persuasion simply lives their life in peace as the Yogi in India does aloof from these egotistical trends – and as Hindus, Jains and Buddhists don’t march around the world shouting their faith from rooftops to claim some sort of cultural superiority as the self-entitled religious or ‘spiritual’ people do!

The Soul (Atman) and Sexuality:

Strictly speaking, the soul has no sexuality or gender. Due to various forms of karmic conditioning due to residual impressions (samskaras) in any one given lifetime, these come out and also are seen in the physical genetic structure accordingly.  In the yogic system, there is no kismet or fate / destiny as all arises from our own actions – which can also be reversed as well. Here, we need not play the social victim as the Social Justice Warrior pretender here! Yoga would see such as baddha (bondage) of the soul and avidya or ignorance where one is enamored by the allures and false-appearance of [social structure of] the world.

The soul can take both male and female and hermaphrodite forms as we see in the various Hindu gods and goddesses to the forms such as Ardhanarishwara who comprise both. Vishnu has taken both male and also female (as Mohini,the enchantress) forms. It represents the formless, gender-less and thus asexual self that lies beyond any physical or social distinctions which are impermanent and but fleeting moments in one’s life alone.

Yoga and Ayurveda both have their own views regarding sexuality, in a more enlightened medical and karmic manner, however, relative to one’s own karma. Here, one should live their lives normally as yogis or as per one’s dharma, not falling prey to the false-world of egotism such as in Yoga, LGBT and other socialistic groups that actually appear as spiritual and hopeful, but of which are filled with egotism within themselves. Rather than helping members to become individuals, it wishes to, as with Catholicism and Islam, thwart the viveka or discrimination of people and streamline them into one line of thought – projection of ego over gaining social acceptance.

It is true however that some groups are better than others in spreading awareness and universal tolerance. Yet, they often neglect the deeper aspects of karma and genetics here, as also forgot to allow the freedom to promote individuality – which here is all about the genderless baddhajiva or bound soul’s return and innate wisdom. It has freedom in itself and must allow it’s own samskaras to be dealt with on a personal and individualistic level, not simply an social ideology where it becomes further enmeshed in the mind-body complex due to organisations and their often false pretenses.

The Reversal of Poles and ‘Social Sexuality’

While the majority of people and their sexuality is determined by karma and genetics, there is also what I term as ‘Social-Sexuality’, or that which has arisen due to emulation of social norms or arising due to an unconscious imitation as a result of aharas or intake of impressions at a subconscious and even unconscious level that shapes and alters the psyche opposite one’s true dharma or inner-nature, confused for it as a result of this.

I place it down to hormonal issues relative to the science of yoga and Ayurveda; men are more soma or watery and lunar here at a hormonal level, so their emotions governed by this tend to be more balanced; females being more agni-rakta (fire-blood, hormonally) tend to be more aggressive and agni (fire) is also easier changed or altered by vayu (wind or air) increase, whereas soma takes some more pushing. In Ayurveda, vayu or vata as the wind causes movement in the body, which also causes shifts in the doshas or biological humours that cause diseases due to their altered states of deficiency or increase.

Physically however, these are opposite – men are more fiery and more elemental (can be detached more easily or Shiva-Yogi types closer to the subtle elements as the wind and ether), whereas women tend to be more watery and hence tend to hold onto grudges etc. and become more materialistic in outlook (more manifest or Maya-Prithivi). This is why historically women were not meant for war and such due to their hyper-emotionalism.

Socially we see an increase in tejas or fiery nature in females in the West and vata or air with out fast-paced culture depleting ojas (vitality) in men as a result of this (vata increased due to insecurity caused by projection of excess unnatural tejas from women). This makes men more hypersensitive and emotional and women more rajasic or materialistic and egotistical. This causes women to often become more masculine and aggressive and men to become more emotional and passive as a result of this.

As an example; most females today when in relationships tend to dress as if they are “available”, thus creating an inferiority complex in men as a result of this. The female’s dominance here overshadows the man’s emotional security and causes issues.

As a result of this,we can see issues such as social-sexuality as men being turned off from women due to their masculinity and over-bearing tejas to seek other men, while some females seeing men in their lives becoming more effeminate as a result of the hyper-emotionalism of men on TV and such as other factors such as being emasculated by former partners or even mothers – seek other females as each sex gives up on each other as a result of these underlying issues at a subconscious level that affects the normal pull of attraction in the world. It plants the seed for this ‘social-sexuality’ which begins with cheating or polygamous relationships in an attempt to escape the issue at hand.

There is a difference between the feminine shakti or power that comes out in confidence-boosting in females as opposed to seeking to deliberately emasculate males as many women today do in the modern-world. There is also a difference between a male in touch with his ‘feminine’ side, but is still masculine for all intensive purposes (as with aesthetic eastern cultures) and then there is the sniveling modern-male that becomes upset and hyper-emotional  over small things – what the traditional male, regardless of sexuality would embrace and dismiss or consume with his inherent agni or fire, not obsess over and claim they are “depressed”! The two poles here,especially the emasculation of males which then creates more tejas in women and somic-emotionalism in men hence becomes out of the normal balance as per yoga and Ayurveda.

Ironically, this is most common in the yogic sphere.

The female Yoga-teacher today also ignores the biological aspect of Yoga historically.

Historical yoginis or female practitioners of Yoga were not simply gymnasts as today’s style are, which was confined to the systems of dance. They were deeply devotional and lived lives of austerities, often around or married to great Yogis and Rishis.

As noted, today’s western female tends to be overly highly taijasika or fiery in nature and often emasculates men with their feminist zeal to dominate the world, almost Hitler-style – what would be termed as an asuric or rajasic impulse in Yoga and Ayurveda and certainly not a trait for disciples like Yoga! This fiery nature also consumes one’s ojas or natural vitality, mental and physical required for awakening the kundalini or even spirituality in general, overruling the natural feminine nature of kapha or phlegm and their lunar-nature, but allowing their tejas-like reproductive system to takeover their psychology and biology.

In the eastern world however and native cultures, we still see the divine feminine flow – the warrioress and the high Priest may yield power, but she can still return home, cook a meal for her family and act as the counselor without taking the over-domineering approach that seeks to emasculate her husband, children and students or seeks to project their egotism upon the world and confuse the female shakti or powerful energy with the male domain!

We must differentiate between these and also between different forms of sexuality such as social-sexuality’, which may arise as a mere phase alone of psychological escapism from one’s partners as a result of their overbearing (female) or emasculated (male) traits that puts the partner off them – or off attraction to the opposite gender alone due to this imbalance in the social psychology.

Social Conditioning vs Soul Attraction:

There is a difference between the social conditioning caused by these groups which often causes social samskaras or traits rather than the inner genetic and karmic traits of the individual, especially relative to attraction.

Physical attraction is one thing, yet there are also others. Some individuals have lived their past-lives in close proximity to another and sometimes outside the normal bounds of society, which causes issues such as GSA (Genetic Sexual Attraction) between members within families in the next life. Such has to be understood at a deeper karmic level as with sexuality here and addressed accordingly by appropriate yogic means to both understanding the karmic or past origin of this in the soul’s evolution and how to eradicate these samskaras.

This here is where soul-attraction between like-souls can be platonic in one life and be confused for sexual in another, as a result of the social wave of sexuality and sexual undertones that permeates our society and gives off the wrong messages. Here, the evolving soul (bound soul) becomes trapped within both it’s own past samskaras and also the newly-found social norms and influences in society that cause it to confuse these feelings of platonic love and what we can call karmic or “soul-attraction” with sexual attraction or lust.

Here again one must return to the karmic roots and consult yogis and astrologers who can help people understand these implications and how to deal with them at the root-level or causal level, not simply at the physical or even psychological, which but masks the problem that can arise again in the future or future lives (as the root remains, unaddressed, dormant as it were).

A return to the remembrance that we are a genderless soul, a unique individual shaped not by society but by our own samskaras due to our own past actions is what is required here over simply masking the issues and projecting our sexuality or views upon the world, rather than addressing the deeper issues that we have caused ourselves due to our own past actions, creating genetic dispositions in the future birth.

Once we realise we can be the soul and be freed from this, we start to understand our own true nature and successive births and actions and circumstances that have brought this about and seek to rectify it personally, rather than fall pray to the materialistic falsehood of the social world in the garb of the satya or truth, which simply seeks to spread rajas or action and raga – passion or desire, causing further bondage and also issues for us in the future at a karmic level and thwarts our own innate sense of creativity as individuals!

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The Issue of Cultural Superimposition

Just as foods are suitable to various races and climates, so also such come into context, relative to cultural appropriation as well. Many people over time become ingrained in various religions systems – some more limited than others, which even when becoming more agnostic and even atheistic over time, shape the dominating psyche of the people or regions as a result of its influence upon the social structure. An example is in how in the east, ahimsa or non-violence predominated, that meant one did not forcefully go looking for trouble or attack another, but defended themselves only, as need be, to keep all communities and individuals safe, where threats to their own safety and dharma was involved.

The west (European world) has had quite a different psyche relative to this – even going back to Greco-Roman times when the west was more materialistic, and travellers to India noted that unlike Greece and Rome, India had no slaves, but only servant classes, who were free citizens and enjoyed benefits of freedom as others. Naturally however, these facets are ignored when the European tries to project their own culture upon the caste-system in India, and turn the poor Brahmin priests into what was wealthy kshatriyas and also try and see the whole Indian caste-system as something heathen and inferior, to deflect from their own culture and when such was taken out of cultural context of the Hindu world – but was true of the Islamic and European that indulged in slavery and the slave-trading for over a millennia.

This aspect alone shows how in the past 2,000+ years, the western world, shaped by the Greco-Roman influences, especially through Roman Catholicism and the Roman Empire, generated a superiority and self-righteous attitude and psyche among its people, often extending to all inferior (lower socioeconomic demographic) classes that sought to emulate them, like the bourgeoisie to the actual aristocrats, as a classic example! The age of the Colonialists from the Spanish to the British also drove a culture of Christian superiority that was dominated by the feeling of them doing the work of the One True God – the lands that they occupied, being ruled by inferior classes of people from the Americas to India, that didn’t subscribe to the One God, One Book, One Way mentality of the Colonialists.

As a result of this impending psyche, many Europeans that come into contact with what to them, opposed to their ‘vanilla doctrine’ religion and monochrome (‘conservative‘) culture is “exotic”, as being able to be token Hindus or Indians by defending native traditions in the heir that they feel they are more spiritually and emotionally connected and advanced or elevated, as even to deeper cultural and racial issues, than the swarthy Hindus, Native Americans and others, and also understand better, their plights, pains and suffering! This “spiritual fast-tracking”, as we often seen with yoga, jumping straight to asana and dismissing the preliminaries as yamas and niyamas and their own subcategories is a good example of this complex – it mirrors the Christian doctrine where one doesn’t bother about the rites, rituals and tenets of the Old Testament of the Jews to whom it belongs, but we can invent a newer, faster way;- accept Jesus, ignore philosophical debate and even actions and even logic itself, and where (blind) belief alone is enough to absolve us from all transgressions or even ignorance in the text itself! Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing at all wrong in defending a native tradition, as long as we don’t use “we” and autonomously include ourselves into another’s culture, simply to try and deny we’re culturally appropriating!

As an example, I defend native traditions, Jews, Polynesians etc., but I’d never be their representative or speaker, as I’m not – just as I’m not black and wouldn’t seek to be seen as an authority on their traditions, as I have my own. I’d NEVER pose as a Jewish Rabbi, for example and likewise, not as a Christian Orthodox Priest or equivalent. Likewise, I wouldn’t try and pretend to be a Celtic Druid as that’s also not my culture or blood! But, I can sympathize with them, agree and find common ground.Yet, the self-righteous European wishes to even superseded the Hindu Brahmin or native American Shaman when they emulate them, throwing all caution as per cultural sensitivities we have grown up with, into the wind, superimposing that same Christocentric Colonialist self-righteous superiority-complex and attitude of the “superior” opposed to the “inferior” – whether they see it or not. Often it is, sadly, an unconscious trait they’re unaware of, but it’s seen quite transparently from others outside. When they do violate these cultural norms within certain cultures – they try and defend themselves by projecting – yet, heaven forbid for example, if any native person were to come to their house and not eat properly with a knife and a folk, quoting the maxim “When in Rome!”. It’s very much a one-way street, a one rule for them and another for everybody else – what is truly subliminal racism”.

Can you imagine here, for example, if a Chinese Christian person were to go to America and start telling Christians how to be good Christians, stating they alone knew about it and the American Christians knew nothing, even though it had been a part of their culture for several centuries and some regions, almost two millennia? All hell would break loose! Yet, this kind of colonialist attitude is what Europeans today project onto native people and their cultures when adopting them – often out of a pop-culture influence or other materialistic / social zeal for personal ego-development.

The issue with Europeans is they do not have a tradition of metaphysics, karma (which is replaced with “fate” as per their reckoning), samsara, reverence for nature and natural energies, ecology, vegetarianism, atman or the impersonal Godhead as native traditions do, as they’ve lost these centuries ago. All they have today has been appropriated from other groups and faiths or cultures aloof from their own in all respects and regards and have been franchised and proselytised as they have done with Christianity; not a true digestion and assimilation of foreign concepts in their original forms, but distorted and used in a self-righteous manner of self-entitlement of egotism. For example, despite the attempted correlations between say, the Maori Io, the Hindu Brahman as impersonal concepts to the western “God”, such completely fail, but the European uses such to try and carry his past burden of samskaras rather than accepting that one cannot simply fast-track one’s karmas as in Christianity and superimpose the doctrine of automatic “saviour-hood” in Jesus’ name and you’re done – in eastern and native traditions, it is about cause and effect of past lives to even be born in a native lineage, which then alone allows one to actually understand the context and traditions as a member from inside, not from without, looking in!

In closing, just as I myself cannot represent and understand the true suffering of Black Americans and their ancestors, but can sympathise with them and agree (the difference between Europeans and us however, is both groups have traditions aloof from the limited and limitations of Abrahamic doctrines and have both been dominated by Christianised Eurocentric history of our own traditions) – so also, Europeans need to start looking at their own cultures and not trying to continuously appropriate from others in a fragmented or deconstructive manner, as they have done already with their own faith of Christianity that was appropriated from the Middle-East and then used to attack and destroy their own religions and cultures – and didn’t stop there, but spread this insidious belief and psyche across continents where they conquered, in the name of God!


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.” 

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.”



  4.  Rig Veda Samhita


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!