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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!

 

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!


References / Footnotes:


[1] 
http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/03/top-10-hottest-bisexual-stars-from-jessie-j-to-angelina-jolie-3336673/

[2] http://www.famefocus.com/love/9-male-celebs-who-swing-both-ways/

[3] http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/news/a23387/josh-hutcherson-bisexual-jennifer-lawrence-hunger-games/

[4]  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/09/27/modern-family-casts-tvs-first-transgender-child-actor-jackson-mi/

Vaishnava Gurus and Scandals

It is often we see that people defend the actions of their Gurus, due to the infallibility factor that has been attached to them. The need to see the Guru as “God” and interpolate the western belief of “God” as an infallible omnipresent and omnipotent old man in the sky is nothing short of a juvenile mind-born fetish over waking up to reality and facts. I have explained this more in detail in this article here.

In India existed many systems that believed and still believe in karma, samsara (reincarnation) and moksha (liberation from all lives), that included Adwaita (non-dualistic) Hinduism’s nirgunabhava (state of no qualities), Jainism and Buddhism that were in reality in their highest truth, atheistic – that is, not believing in and going beyond the idea of a personal God, which for all purposes is the limitation of a lesser mind. We also here, need not go on a Vaishnava-style rampage and try to have Adwaita deriving from Buddhism, when the Upanishads of India and even the Rig-Veda reveals the origin of Adwaita thought, ideas of maya (illusion) etc. which Buddhism itself borrowed and worked upon; so also, the idea of a personal deity at the lesser stages of devotion are also seen in the same ancient Vaidika recession also, as well as Tantrika concepts. What isn’t there is the finite God in Heaven or the limitation of a personal formed Deity alone as in Vaishnavism.

The highest Parashiva (supreme Shiva), Nirguna Brahman (attributeless Brahman) etc. was nirakara (formless), nirguna (attributeless), described as both sat (being), chid (consciousness) and ananda (bliss); as prana (life-force), paramatman (the supreme or inner-soul) beyond time, space, the world and all appearances. Any forms, even those of Mahadevas – which we can compare to actual living entities with higher causal embodied existence and greater, yet even finite life-spans, were never beyond the clutch of karma and thus never infallible,as the messages of the texts as the Puranas, the classical historical and mythological texts of India, reveal – many times they themselves had to undergo actions of their transgressions – what to speak of a lowly-embodied creature as a mortal physical humanoid in a much lesser age – even as a ‘Guru’ or pretender?

Somewhere along the line, the Vaishnavas between the 12th and 16th Centuries in India, consorting with and allowing non-Hindu converts from Islamic backgrounds into their faith catalysed a major change in the psyche within Vaishnavism itself, a virus which soon spread to other sects and cults across India – a thought that which Hindu on the face of it, introduced a very Semitic thought of even native systems such as pushti (grace), bhakti (devotion) and even moksha (release from rebirth). They also adopted the Abrahamic trait of cherry-picking verses and taking them out of context and using such to create divisions within older preexisting, more tolerant and integral systems – namely Adwaita traditions and their various yogas as steps or levels. They introduced finite concepts and infallibility of the Guru – much like the western idea of the Papacy and its Divine authority with the Church.

You see, while there are many scandals from across the board of Indian Gurus – and many of these are merely unfounded rants by jealous devotees – within Vaishnava traditions, the highest number and cases are being seen. The reason here is due to the juvenile nature of these people and laying such excessive emphasis on a “human God” or divinity, focusing on the central Deity itself as secondary alone. Even then, the juvenile behaviour of Vaishnavas, such as dictating when a deity eats, is dressed and locking them away, parading them about and even going so far as to devote one’s self to a doll of the deity and tend to it like a child – is somewhat derogatory to the human Rishis that never proclaimed themselves as the Central Deity – but only in a state of atmabhava (self-state), just as Guru Nanak’s statement of “na koi Hindu, na koi Mussalman” (there is no Hindu or Muslim) isn’t meant for the mundane embodied social state, but for the state of the Self, wherein no dualities like. Likewise, Adi Shankaracharya stated he had no mother or father – a statement again in atmabhava (self-state), not to be taken literally and superimposed or applied out of this atmika (self-like) context into the mundane / phenomenal world, any more than his own statements that he is Shiva in actuality are (though they are to Vaishnavas who, again see him as Shiva’s avatar or incarnation, as they do with Krishna’s statements in the Bhagavad Gita).

The very slanderous notions in the Bhagavata Purana – though spiritual allegories, have been taken as literal and not metaphoric by Vaishnavas, where they see Krishna as consorting with gopis at a tender age, having numerous ‘wives’ etc. Again, – allegories, but they don’t classify them as such in their very Abrahamic literal and physical world-view, divorced from the adhyatmika yaugika (inner yogic) view! Herein lies the issue. Moreover, the Mahabharata paints a different portrait of Krishna, as I have explained in my books and articles on the great Yogavatar or incarnation of yoga.

The very peculiar nature of the adherents of Vaishnavism reveals, as with Christianity and any devotee of cult-movements and ashram-dwellers, a sociopathic gene and also one that attempts to mask their numerous psychological conditions.

We also never see a Saivite, Advaitin, a Jewish Rabbi or even a Zoroastrian / Parsi knocking at our door trying to convert us, trolling us on social-media pages with endless quotations from their Masters’ works or mainstream texts – nor are they seeking to slander anyone in a trance of spiritual sociopathy or covert narcissism as we do with Muslims, Christians and the ‘Hindu’ Vaishnavas! The self-righteousness is left at home and in the faith and does no transgress these, unless to simply draw attention to purity of their teachings when attacked, misunderstood or misappropriated by others (again, often Christians, Muslims and Vaishnavas). It is the story of ‘everyone to their own, unless you attack us, and then we will take up arms to defend ourselves’, not the Christian, Islamic and Vaishnava maxim ‘we shall go forth and zealously proselytise at all costs!’.

A peculiarity also that we don’t (commonly) see outside of Vaishnavism, Christian Catholicism and Islam, is the abuse of women and children and notable cases of pedophilia. This may be placed down to the blind-devotional systems in these faiths, in which adherents actually think and act like children with juvenile samskaras (karmic and personal impressions or traits). Take the Vaishnavas for example as noted before – while most Hindus will bathe and dress a sacred murthi (idol) and see it as symbolic devotionalism for a higher purpose – a lesser stage of dwaita (dualism) leading to eventual adwaita (non-dualism) – the Vaishnavas see the image as literally God itself, adore it and modicodle it like a young girl with a Barbie doll, unable to understand the difference between an object of symbolism and one of reality. As noted, the same is also with their textual translations as well. When one has such a juvenile mind, mixed with a self-righteous narcissistic attitude, I guess one is attracted therefore to children and also sees nothing wrong with transgressing their own moralistic barriers and taboos – but will openly engage in criticism of those such as the Aghori Tantrikas that openly display their vulgarity in public, not covertly, in order to transcend the duality of the world and render asunder the boundaries of the ego-mind complex. Here, sattvas becomes not the self-righteous ideology of the ahankara (ego) within the mithya (false)realm of snobbery amidst the self-entitled Vaishnava / Christian and Islamic Puritans – but something to be transcended, as a guna or materialistic trait itself, still a property, not nir-guna (devoid of physical characteristics) per se as in Tantrism. Still, none molest children or degrade and rape women, unlike their Vaishnava / Islamic / Christian attackers who label them as heretics, heathens and evil-beings or sinners!

While Hindu Saivism and Saktism give equal importance to both counterparts as a whole, the Vaishnava feminine as Radha and Lakshmi become somewhat subordinate to the lofty Vishnu in Vaishnava systems (not his ‘power’ as in other systems), which  reflects a strong antagonism towards the Divine Feminine (not the same as human feminists using such to further their liberal gains) – not dissimilar to the male-dominated and almost homoerotic systems of Christianity and Islam in the west, not to mention fantasy paradises after death as moksha, not the state of formless merger in Consciousness per se! Here, Vaishavism reflects many Abrahamic tenets – something seen as early as 400BCE in the Bhagavata cult of India that gained even Greek adherents during Alexander’s time!

Like Islam’s Mosques and Catholicism’s grand Cathedrals, Vaishnavism prides itself upon personal wealth and physical structures of temples as a sign of outer faith rather than inner (like their physical paradises) – such as we see with ISKCON Bangalore with it’s Krishna Lila Theme Park to the grand-scale Akshadham temple of the Swami-Narayan movement of India, back to the historical Padmanabhaswami Temple in Kerala and Venktateshwara / Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh – each personally possessing more wealth than the Vatican itself does! Yes, while other Hindu demonimations do possess grand historic temples, none has ever matched, nor does today, the grand-scale of Vaishnavas and their wealth or lavishness reminiscent of ancient Persia!

And herein lies the issue. I have discussed The Ego of Sattvas here that readers may also care to read and go further with. It connects to what is discussed here relative to such cults and how they have twisted Hinduism and moulded it out of the original fashion, like a yoga-teacher contorting their body out of the bounds of the original intention – to develop supple, male military personnel in ancient Sindh!

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