Being Rooted in Tradition vs Discovering Tradition

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By Durgadas, Ved Kovid
Dip.P.Psych
ALC, AMBT, AMPKT, R.A.P, A.Y.T

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
All Rights Reserved.


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…Sudras will expound the scriptures,
and Brahmanas will wait upon and listen
to them, and settle their course of duty
accepting such interpretations as their
guides.

Mahabharata, Vana Parva, CLXXXIX
(Mohan Ganguli Trans.)

The modern world through the lens of both millennials and snowflakes has shaped the world into a very socialist outlook and one of feelings and emotions over actual mental stability, logic and reason. We can claim that ‘The Universe’ gives, provides or teaches us and we can claim all sorts of falsehoods as a result of our self-proclaimed ‘feelings’ – also a layover from the ‘Hippie Era’, or as I refer to it as, The Age of Cultural Appropriation/Covert Colonialism.

Many people, even native people today don’t find their roots and cultures until they are in their thirties, forties or even fifties. There is then a trend (as the mind has already been culturally conditioned) to self-proclaim what is ‘tradition/traditional’ over what actually is. Here, the fine line between pretending/wishing one is traditional and being actually traditional is another thing.

When we are actually traditional, we can a deeper inner pull towards our native spirituality and esoteric teachings, regardless of what persuasion they were. We don’t simply decide to pursue such in later life, as our samskaras are so strong, that these bonds force us to go for such in an earlier stage of life, usually in our childhood to teens. For many, a premature mid-life crisis dictates otherwise where they wish to become ‘healers’ and ‘leaders’ of the world, but have no or little foundation or true interest in their youth. It is a by-product of the modern age of narcissism and sociopathy – the Ahankara Yuga or the Age of Egotism.

As per the Ayurvedic model, such can come about as a result of adharmika karmas or non-righteous actions that lead to prajnaparadha or impairing the intellect and causing us to do wrong – such as eating the wrong foods as well as environmental concerns such as chemicals in our foods, waters and such, environmental toxins we ingest daily as well as mental toxins such as those in the pop-culture of the world through the media and advertising as well as TV Shows – especially the plastic nature of celebrities on Reality TV shows. It fuels people into falsely believing their karma lies elsewhere or they can match or become like their idols – irrespective of their personal karmas dictated to by their former actions, or ‘money in the bank’ so to speak. As a result, people as in debt, borrow against their good karmas and accrue more ‘karmic debt’, increasing their negative samskaras and this further leading to more prajnaparadha. Is it any wonder out societies today suffer from predominantly psychological disorders and unrest?

People make themselves anxious by living by false maxims and emulating or trying to be clones of others. ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ isn’t always the best move, though many people who identify themselves as ‘spiritual’ actually live by such in a completely ignorant or unconscious manner.

Traditional energies and forces were rarely tapped into, except for powerful and rare yogis and others – it wasn’t for the lay yogi or person, even in traditional cultures. Such energies took lifetimes of sadhana and intense devotion to clear away negative samskaras to even perceive them in a pure light or state of consciousness – not simply wished for or claimed as a prize! Many pseudo-practitioners today, which includes a good 90% of the world’s native systems, don’t respect the efforts that went into such powers and energies, let alone recognise them as they are (instead, they are trapped in mental mudhabhavas or delusional states) – nor do they actually have respect for these energies and deities, which they treat like their own toys to do with as they wish, like a juvenile child unaware of the dangers of playing with a mouse-trap!

Here is the reason children were taught from a young age or had such a drive due to their samskaras – learning the traditional disciplines as they were, as well as the manuals detailing the effects and dangers of certain paths and energies or practices as well as performing them in their integral manners – not in a superficial half-hearted manner or one bereft of any true deeper knowledge at all. Often we find such people acting like millennials and snowflakes -playing the victim or being triggered and offended when true traditionalist explain the detailed nature of the path, versus that of “I-feel-so-isms” in the age of emotion and feelings. Within Hinduism, the system of the four pramanas or shoved to the side and in the sphere of Ayurveda, as also Vedanta Yoga, facets of knowledge are taken in their strategically cherry-picked rather than integral and contextual views to suit the virtue-signalling of self-proclaimed ‘late-comers’ into these systems to justify their own spiritual hyperboles!

As an example, Ayurveda is often treated as a Spa system or self-healing system. Yet, it’s own energetics relative to substances is somewhat atomic in nature and takes upon the role of understanding the metabolic process and the metabolic effects of every substance based on their taste as well as other energetics as their unique qualities. Such a holistically natural system of energetics is often ignored or not even studied in-depth by many who claim to study Ayurveda – instead, treating herbs and therapies all as generic panaceas over their specific actions as dictated to by classical Ayurveda or ‘Ayurvedic thinking’, as Dr. David Frawley calls it. Here, treating the symptom as opposed to the cause as many New-Age healing modalities claiming to be “traditional” do, are actually thinking and practising along allopathic lines rather than traditional. Their examinations are also done using non-traditional methods as well.

Many for example treat neem, turmeric, ashwagandha and other Ayurvedic/Indian herbs as generic panaceas rather than understanding their true traditional energetics and uses in classical Ayurveda (over ‘village Ayurveda’), where such aren’t always useful to all people, conditions or use in various climates etc. Primary, secondary and tertiary effects are also not considered and people make their generic formulas and compounds. This is probably the best example of how medical cultural appropriation fails. Another example is how anything relative to ‘vegetarian cooking’ and using turmeric and bay leaves, suddenly becomes ‘Ayurvedic Cooking’ – again ignoring the depth of knowledge and suitabilities of the individual as well as specific examinations.

Here, delusion and reality are two sides of the same coin. While many speak about the mithya or falsehood of the world, they ignore the power of maya or illusion behind it – ignoring the fact that they are actually being antagonistic towards the path of reality (sat) by ignoring fundamental principles such as viveka (discrimination), jnana (wisdom) and iccha (will) as well as kriya (action) on their part.

Perhaps the lesson here is how great the Divine Mother Maya is herself at causing people to fall into their own self-induced unconscious Stockholm Syndrome and sympathise with her mithya-bhavas!

 

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Ayurveda: The Question of Tradition

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By Durgadas, Ved Kovid
Dip.P.Psych
ALC, AMBT, AMPKT, R.A.P, A.Y.T

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
All Rights Reserved.


When one thinks of or hears Ayurveda today, it often conjures up ideas such as massage, aromatherapy, generic herbs and even exotic measures such as Reiki in the west. Meanwhile in India (except in more traditional communities and rural regions), Ayurveda has come to represent a hodgepodge of allopathic and traditional Ayurvedic herbal and diagnostic disciplines, with the classical texts translated in a more rational allopathic light as well and we get something reminiscent of Naturopathy!

True Ayurveda as in traditional then, is questioned. Many misappropriate terms such as sattvas, karma etc. as well as ahimsa from the context within the traditional aithihya or historical spheres within the ancient shastras or classical texts and their commentaries (bhashyas) as well as the spiritual traditions themselves permeating ancient societies such as ancient Hindu India or Taoist and Buddhist China.

While we have spoken about the two above traditions of New-Age/Spa Ayurveda in the west and the BAMS allopathic system of Ayurveda in India, there is also a third that rides the vahana or vehicle of “Traditional Ayurveda” in the west, but is little more than Vaidika SJWs steering their efforts towards proselytising a hodgepodge of ideas they see as ‘traditional’ by plagiarising the ideas of others. Strictly speaking, unless you’re born a Hindu and practise deeper Hinduism and have studied Ayurveda and all sciences pertaining to Hinduism in a Hindu manner deeply (not simply academic or based on mere conjecture), you’re not at all in a place to pretend to be a Hindu apologetic or ‘Traditional Ayurvedacist’.

Most of these people in America as noted plagiarise others, or suffer at some point from cryptomnesia, despite their zeal for being seen as ‘pure, traditionalist masters of the original sciences’. They often don’t link with or mention Indian Hindu counterparts or reference them, since these works would reveal their Achilles heels and call them out. We may call this “White American ‘Traditional Ayurvedic’ Nationalism”. Like the BAMS system of India, it is fused with the proselytising psychology and self-righteous as also self-entitled nature of Christianity’s influence upon the socio-religious substratum of western society. It is so interwoven in its fabric that it is part of their psychological DNA!

Such people often seem to denigrate Brahmins of India, often in an almost neo-Buddhistic fashion. While seeing malignancy in Brahmanism and the caste system of India, they forget if it weren’t for the strong kshatriyas of India that fought off and protected society and the Brahmins that gave us the Vedas, Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta etc. and faithfully protected them as reformers and in many families across India – they’d cease to exist at all today for people to even misappropriate them! The Brahmins of India also gave us the very basis of science through the Indian numeral and decimal system, zero, algebra, calculus as well as advanced astrology and the ability to do such advanced calculations and even integers.

The spiritual facet of Ayurveda, however, is an important aspect. Ayurveda treats the mind in both a rational manner, seeing many psychological disturbances and even schizophrenia as caused by social factors, relationships etc. as well as toxins, bacteria and the biological humours, as well as a separate class being also caused by karmic factors as a result of the law of cause and effect of karma. Here, people can act in varying manners, not as a result of wicked spirits roaming the earth and preying on the innocent – but as a result of the individual committing certain crimes about such classes, either by mocking or deliberate actions – and these even include the Seers and deities!

Remedial measures are hence quite exotic, from astrology to elaborate rituals to nullify this subliminal karma. It is a good place to mention here that Carl Jung had a great respect for the yogic traditions and also astrology! It is also well-known that famed physicists as Tesla, Bohr, Schrodinger, Oppenheimer as well as modern recent ones as Capra had great respect for the vedanta tradition of Indian metaphysics, especially the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, relative to quantum physics.

Here, we see true Traditional Ayurveda was true to and covered all of the bases, not just simply one facet alone. Cosmology (samkhya), logic (nyaya), ritualism (mimamsa), metaphysics (vedanta), atomism (vaisheshika) and yoga were all complimentary systems studied together, not contrary.

What we see today however is a lot of ‘cherry-picking’ of verses and systems going on in the name of ‘Traditional Ayurveda’, taken out of context of true tradition and ignoring these values (thus, ignoring the four pramanas or testimonies, viz. inference, comparison, direct-perception and traditional and scriptural testimonies) or the six complimentary systems noted above. Terms are revaluated in more rigid westernised allopathic terms, dubbed ‘Traditional’.

An example of this is the term ‘Acharya‘. It was traditionally a spiritual teacher and guide, one who was respected and had many forms of knowledge, not simply one alone (thus, the physician was also the yogi, counsellor and astrologer as well as ritualist).

The ancient traditional author Sushrutacharya notes of this himself:

 ekam shastramadhiyane na vidyacchastrani’scayam. Tastadvahu’shrutah shastram vijaniyaccakitsakah

– Sushruta Samhita, Sutrasthana, IV.7

This states that studying simply once shastra alone won’t make one a true Vaidya and hence many need to be studied. Now, my view is, those posing as Vaidyas, Shastrapatis etc. today don’t follow this – few alone know jyotisha and yoga as per their entirety, let alone the others.

Getting back to the non-traditional context of things, an acharya is today often misappropriated as a term. I’m not sure that even the modern world of science agrees that misappropriating things is ‘scientific’, as such appears more as a lineally-applied system reminiscent of the Arts rather than science fields of study!

Many today call themselves ‘acharyas‘. An acharya is one that leads by charya or their own good (moral) conduct. This means relative to the laws of dharma and the yamas and niyamas of yoga etc. Again, such a term is spiritually connected to religious teachers and perceptors of all traditional disciplines. One educated in the modern fields of these within systems such as Naturopathy, Yoga Teachers (asana gymnasts) and BAMS graduates alike cannot call themselves or their students acharyas unless they subscribe to the traditional aforementioned disciplines which are included within the Vaidika sphere of texts and its own traditions – or Hinduism itself to put it loosely.

In the west, there are bonafide lineages and systems that do however represent this, from the Saiva Siddhanta Church to movements such as ISKCON and even The Art of Living to some degree, as also the Maharishi or TM Movement, which follows similar models. Those outside of these and the traditional lineages, however, are grossly misappropriating such terms and actually are slandering tradition and taking not only such terms out of context but also those of which Ayurveda has itself maintained as what constitutes a true Vaidya as well as an acharya. Same goes for so-called gurukula traditions that also teach allopathic methods or non-traditionl and non-integral approaches outside the Hindu sphere!

In short, there’s nothing really “traditional” about this in the Indian sense – but everything “traditional” about it in the Christian sense of cultural appropriation, distortion and removing things from their spiritual Hindu roots and reinventing them, thus taking them out of context and confusing true tradition and the nuances of such with modern marketing hyperbole in order to gain students!

Naturally, such systems attract those who have an inborn hostility towards native traditions and subliminally or unconciously (due to social conditioning) wish to “purify” or ‘refine’ them in some sense – meaning making them more completely based on western lineal scientific models within the medical field or Christianising them so they lose their original flavours!

Today’s Lesson: The Power of Maya

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By Durgadas, Ved Kovid
Dip.P.Psych
R.A.P, A.Y.T

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
All Rights Reserved.


Maya or the power of the illusory world (Maya-Shakti) is the greatest power of the goddess that increases as the energy of the world is manifested and becomes more dense, as per her spanda or vibration that represents the continuous evolution and pulsating of all of creation, universes and even multiverses!

There is an ancient story that illustrates such that is as old as Indian civilisation itself, at least in this current epoch that began some 5,200 years ago. That story relates to the avatar of this age, Sri Krishna and his devotee, the immortal Rishi, Narada Muni.

The story goes that Narada once asked Sri Krishna about the power of Maya – what it was like and to describe it. Krishna replied that first, he would like a drink of water and so sent Narada out to fetch some water for him.

Time went on and Narada became thirsty himself. Finally, he reached a village and came to the door of one of the houses in the village. To his surprise, a beautiful woman stood there and he became enamoured. Struck so much by her beauty and appearance, he forgot all about the water and decided to marry this woman!

Kala time itself is a construct of the mistress Maya, as also is niyati (space). These form integral parts of Maya along with others that bind and delude the Self – the mysteries of Shiva’s Maya itself as Shakti in her worldly manifestation as Maya-Shakti. As a result, Narada had children with the women and witnessed them grow up and he and his wife into old age. It was a wonderful time and Narada had led a glorious life.

Prakriti Mata or Mother Nature, however, isn’t always kind, and one day a massive flood came forth. It wiped out the village and Narada’s entire family was swept away. Try as he did, he couldn’t save anyone and was left in despair. It was at this time that he began praying to his dear friend Krishna.

Suddenly, the scene changed. There we no flood, no villages or anything, except Krishna standing right by Narada. Softly, Krishna asked Narada “So, where is that water I asked you to fetch me?”. It was then that Narada has understood Maya and her magnificent energy and power.

The great lesson here is that we cannot learn about Maya from words or books – we have to experience her. This is how the Rishis perceived her, by experience and noted their own findings through trial and error, as well as anatara-drishti or their inner-vision. Simply reading about it or even hearing about it – even if one is as greater Rishi as Narada hearing it from an avatar himself such as Krishna, it still cannot be understood unless one experiences her magnificent energy directly! What to speak of humans in this Kali-Yuga, most of whom are not even close to understanding the philosophical nuances of vedanta, let alone understand the world itself.

Maya assumes numerous forms. As Kali, she helps her devotees cross her energies by unleashing their karmas and samskaras, allowing them to be ‘purged’ as it were, though this process is somewhat dramatic. Only the highest of Indian yogis can take to such a path, despite the delusions of people in the western world. As Durga, she is the mother that remains aloof from the world and is inaccessible, yet she still helps those in need, as through her forms as Tara, the goddess who delivers our minds from the proverbial ocean or sea of maya itself. As Bhairavi and Chinnamasta, she burns up the wall of the three gunas – viz. sattvas, rajas and tamas and allows us clear perception as well as destroys our egos to see beyond the illusory constructs. As Bagalamukhi, she silences the mind to see beyond the ‘noises’ of maya and as Dhumavati, she plunges the mind into the state of shunya or void to contemplate the transcendental primordial darkness before the ‘light’ of maya or creation as Parashiva, the paramatman.

Maya is indeed powerful and we must respect and honour her, not fear her. Always remembering your Ishta-devata or chosen deity on a daily basis is how one can overcome these obstacles – not simply going it alone, as Narada tried to and failed!

Om Namah Shivaya!

 

 

To Hell with LGBT SJWs!


In the world today, we are inundated with nonsensical data through the leftist media dubbed as ‘current affairs’.  Israel which has belonged to the Jews since before the creation of either Islam or Christianity, is maligned and women-hating, sword-wielding, gay-bashing Islamists are protected and honoured by the feminists, LGBT communities etc. while the white male (who, by the way, funds all of this for the plethora of unemployed white-male-hating ‘keyboard jockey’ SJWs sitting on their backsides) becomes the problem – yet he simply goes about his business, hurts nobody and may occasionally make a remark in jest, but not as an insult.

In short, we are taught today about Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia etc. But, what about heterophobia?

We live in a world where minority rights have crossed the line of equality, to become reversed. The balance is out and outweighed by minorities.

The issue with homosexuals and transsexuals isn’t that the average Joe cares about their preferences in the bedroom, but about their extrovert natures and melodramas. Humans, as a rule, don’t like this, as flamboyancy, especially when coupled with superiority complexes and condescension, isn’t attractive.

This is why, homosexual or heterosexual, we all love to hate those in the Performing Arts. Yes, some are great, but the majority feel, act and even pretentiously let us know they are a better class of humans than the rest of us – despite their voluntary and often underpaid minor parts in stage shows or T.V. skits!

The same is with the LGBT world. If someone points out their Freudian narcissism which is often the case, it’s “homophobic”. Yet, we are all just as annoyed by boundary-crossing of Christians and JWs who turn up at our door and seek to proselytise by imposing their philosophy upon us and telling us we’re going to hell otherwise! They then play the victim, just as homosexuals do. Nobody likes a sanctimonious prick!

My question is, what about heterophobia? Do homosexuals not actually espouse today, a culture of heterophobia, just as feminists see the white male as the Satanic archetype while bowing to Islam, which has no rights for women or gays?

We often hear that people are complaining that homosexuality is ruining family values. Well, the act itself doesn’t, but the culture does! We commonly now hear of children as young as eight years old [1] – or even in kindergarten being educated into the idea of not just sex, but also gender [2][3]. Children – who dream of becoming a fireman or a Doctor, but often end up in completely different careers – what to speak of the confusion that comes later with puberty.

Such is indeed child abuse. There is a fine line between liberality or freedom of choice and proselytisation of minority views (not unlike Christianity’s doctrine of Satan, Sin Original and Hell). We need to draw that line. Children should not be exposed to such, nor influenced by such ideas, especially at an impressionable age!

The LGBT worlds seems to espouse the view that heterosexual people and even bisexuals are abnormal, despite their own status as a minority group. They appear to indoctrinate their members and peers in the nuances of historical battles, forgetting many as Pagans were also crucified under Christendom as well! They teach others that heterosexuals are intolerant – so, are we at all surprised when to heterosexuals rise to the occasion to defend themselves as the heretics also once did, to escape public persecution for innocent crimes of being human?

Nobody likes a person who wants to have their cake and to eat it too. There has to always be allowances, not merely a one-way street of victim-playing, just as there can’t be a one-way street of SJW virtue-signalling, both stereotypical of the “liberal/open-minded” left that every day, creates new boxes to fit humanity into or to classify rather than to de-classify or seek unity in commonality, which should be their goal!

We may wonder where the rights of heterosexuals and the white male or the Hindu Brahmin are today? Sects as Buddhism appear to have historically also been behind virtue-signalling SJW behaviour and maligning people unnecessarily as well, namely the Hindu Brahmins – while their own kings developed new physical or literal concepts of heavens and hells for people and to their new set of rules to justify punishment for such “heretics” according to their own self-proclaimed systems, such as Ashoka’s Hell as an example. A pious Raja, indeed!

The poor and outcasted became the friends of Buddhists, yet such people were excommunicated from mainstream societies due, to their defiance of the law or, in today’s terms, criminal activity! It was to keep society safe that such people lost their status within the varna system of Hinduism – not unlike lawyers being disbarred in today’s world when guilty. It avoids a bad name or stereotype as well.

Relative to the “I don’t fit in / I’m not accepted by society” by the LGBT community, this is utter nonsense. Again, self-imposed inferiority complexes to syphon sympathy from the masses! Naturally, they hate it when one of their own such as Milo Yiannopoulos – not only a homosexual but a Christian, a lover of black men as well, start championing the Right and challenging their self-entitled socialist views!

While LGBT SJWs are quick to attack Milo, they forget they are themselves almost always white and from Christian backgrounds. While they virtue-signal about the issue of the ‘white male’, they are themselves guilty of the same, but due to cognitive dissonance, cannot identify such. For them, how is sexuality such an issue, compared to say swarthy Indian Hindus or Chinese Buddhists who are physically different, in addition to their cultures own and religions being entirely different from the western Christian – even Islam falls under Abrahamic faiths and shares similarities these don’t. Hinduism and Buddhism with moksha (liberation) rather than heaven, samsara (transmigration) of the soul due to karma (it’s own actions or cause and effect) as opposed to Heaven/Hell or Original Sin or a ‘Master Plan’ as well as the fact the atman or soul is a bound entity that can free itself by tapping into the higher potential (paramatman/anatman state) are radically different from Abrahamic faiths – they also have no one ‘Bible’ or text, nor share similarities with the Hebrew Bible.

Yet, we see Hindus and the Chinese as well as other East Asian people succeeding quite well and integrating into western society – and they don’t have their own parades or seek acceptance! 

Take also the example of even the Jews in Europe or the Romani (Gypsy) who originated in India, still look and dress differently and before embracing Christianity, had their own set of Hindu beliefs and practices (many of which still exist today and shaped the New-Age world and occultism). The Jews themselves were persecuted during WWII along with the Romani – yet the modern SJW crowd still seeks to malign the Jews and Israel, while at the same time seeing themselves as ‘victims’. That is like being a NAZI who is Anti-NAZI! Yet I digress – the left is always about hypocrisy and contradictions. A paradoxical enigma!

The truth is, these minority groups with radically different cultures (Jews and Romani etc.) simply get on with their lives without bothering anyone else about their differences in appearance, language, religion or customs – which again I reiterate, are far different from the average LGBT westerner who feels hard done by!

Such is a mere excuse to act however one pleases and gets away with it.

Today’s “transphobia” is a term set out by the LGBT community in defence of themselves as a minority that people don’t actually care about either way, as long as, just with Christians, they keep to themselves and don’t proselytise. It is a term they also use to justify self-imposed hatred from outside when people simply aren’t interested in hearing their messages – we all know you’re trans, we don’t care! However, keep demanding special rights and absolution from good conduct, manners and human behaviour and yes we do care, and no, being a minority is no excuse. Why? As you have all, after all, burnt your bridges and rejected the idea that any of your sexualities/identities are to do with psychological disorders, so that excuse fails – sorry, sweetie!

 

References:

1. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/27/entertainment/modern-family-transgender-actor-jackson-millarker/index.html

2. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/sexual-education-sebastien-proulx-classroom-material-1.4451804

3. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/05/15/call-it-gender-fluidity-schools-to-teach-kids-there-s-no-such-thing-as-boys-or-girls.html

The Issue of Virtue-Signalling and Ayurveda

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By Durgadas, Ved Kovid
Dip.P.Psych
R.A.P, A.Y.T

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
All Rights Reserved.


One of the major issues I see in the modern world is the field of emotion and hysteria over inner potential and karmic traits. As a result, the rajasika ahankara seeks to project, to proselytise and become a teacher before one becomes a student.

Many want to go into Ayurveda with the mentality that “I want to teach Ayurveda and help people” or “I want to be a healer.”. I’ve seen so many of these people who are themselves very ill and have not yet calmed even their hyperactive minds, let alone be able to engage in a study of a system which requires shanta (calmness), santosha (contentment) and sama-dhatu (normality of the bodily tissues) as well as samagni (proper metabolic functioning).

This comes out in a kind of SJW-style virtue-signalling over true inner passion. The mind grasps the zealous facets of Ayurveda and projects them onto the world at large like a gigantic self-righteous mirror, forgetting the complexity of sciences. Ayurveda is modelled not as a science and medical system embracing the deeper study of cells, enzymes, genetics as well as surgery and iatrochemistry, but a superficial almost “village Ayurveda” system of herbs alone (ignoring important trace elements and formulations of the classics), of self-healing and even forgetting the importance of the trained and skilled Vaidya (Ayurvedic practitioner).

Such is an insult to tradition. It is merely like saying that the Rig Veda is itself a collection of primitive hymns from nomadic tribes that are mere primitive poetry with no meaning when we know the Rig Veda contains all keys of Vaidika culture such as Jyotish fundamentals, Ayurveda principles, vedanta, yoga, tantra and much more in its symbolism. The mantras of the Vedas are also used in later times as well and in fact, became the basis of Tantra (especially the Gayatri and Mahamrityunjaya mantras). Many western scholars, not having read the Sanskrit (like modern western Ayurveda muppets) also do the same and assume that the Rig Veda, for example, doesn’t even contain the term ‘Shiva’, which it does numerous times as a proper noun for Vaidika Devatas or deities. This is the kind of ignorance that we have from the rajasika mind.

We entered some decades ago, a culture of feeling rather than exercising the mind. This has crystallised in Generation Snowflake today, who are brought up as SJWs pre-programmed to be on-guard and defensive, taking offence at anything and unable to cognitise the subtle nuances of speech, such as comedy or even sarcasm!

Such a new paradigm reflects a society that wishes to relive the glories of Colonialism on one hand but being seen to reject it on the other. It is the culture and society of hypocrisy and confusion of poorly assimilated or psychically metabolised data. We state we shouldn’t place people in ‘boxes’, yet we have created a society of numerous pronouns and sexualities which actually splinters society and splits it into numerous categories. Along with this we just have a counter-culture (or cultures) that can also go off the deep-end and native sciences and tradition are no exception here – in fact, they are the vahana or vehicles for such in the modern technological age!

Feeling and the sphere of emotions uncontrolled is a layover from Christianity, a kind of samskara or subtle karmic impression that has permeated modern society, found a new host and has infiltrated even Hindu sciences. The modern mind has discarded the Brahmins and misappropriated their sattvika living and used such as a vehicle to elate one’s own ego in a cognitively dissonant manner, as through virtue-signalling, which remains very rajasika and aloof from the actual key and function of sattvika diets and tenets, which were against external and worldly visions as proselytisation and projection of self-righteous behaviours as a mere mental whim. It was first and foremost, about training and transforming one’s own psyche first before accessing the world.

In the Indian/Hindu view, a true yogi doesn’t care what another person consumes or how they act, nor seeks to rectify them. They understand different people, bodies and cultures – as with Ayurveda, react differently as per their own karmic states and issues, mentalities and constitutions and must be given such freedom, not restriction. Each soul comes to their own conclusions and eventual liberation through this and their own understanding and path, not by a universal act, principle or doctrine of forgiveness, and certainly not by a forced system employing a strict set of rules and regulations historically meant for retention of knowledge among special castes as Brahmins who, from birth, underwent various levels of mental and metabolic training to aid their mental faculties for retention of knowledge.

Sri Ramana Maharishi summed this up quite eloquently:

What is this talk of another – there is only the one. Try to realize that there is no I, no you, no he, only the one Self which is all. If you believe in the problem of another, you are believing in something outside the Self. You will best help him by realising the oneness of everything rather than by outward activity. [1]

Here, the Hindu varna or caste system reflects the mentalities of people along the gaunika scales from pure sattvas to pure tamas. We cannot change what one is genetically suited to and what one’s background was, as also culture. In one lifetime for even a Kshatriya Hindu for example, it was impossible for him to become equal in sattvas to a Brahmin karmically and physically – what to speak of a westerner accustomed in their family to Christian tenets, meat-eating diets and a Colonialist culture opposite the Hindu for decades. One cannot simply “wish away” these things and we cannot seek to change others, as Sri Ramana also states:

Similarly one must not be conceited, “I am helping a man below me. He needs help. I am in a position to help. I am superior and he inferior.” But you must help the man as a means of worshipping God in that man. All such service too is for the Self, not for anybody else. You are not helping anybody else, but only yourself. [2]

While such examples of rare people that can change samskaras by birth do exist in rare form, they are exceptions rather than the normality and such traits are seen as a natural flow from birth rather than a forced or emotional pull in later life, or in most cases, delusional hyperbole!

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References:

  1. Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharishi, Edited by David Godman, Penguin Group, London, 1985
  2. Day by Day with Bhagavan from the Diary of A. Devaraja Mudaliar, Sri Ramanashram, 1994

Oral Books and Their Importance

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By Durgadas, Ved Kovid

Dip.P.Psych
R.A.P, A.Y.T


Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha!

(I bow to Goddess Saraswati).

Devi Saraswati represents Vak/ Vacha or speech personified and the oral tradition of the Vedas of ancient India. She is foremost of Goddesses in the Vedas as a result of representing the mental faculty of buddhi (intellect) and its own functions of iccha (will), kriya (action), jnana (wisdom) as well as viveka (discrimination).

This was as ancient India was the culture of the mind whereas other cultures of the world were the cultures of the world or materialistic cultures. From India came our numerals and thus mathematics and related fields as astronomy, physics, metaphysics, medicine and surgery, astrology and much, much more. The sacred Vedas of India record the basics of, through metaphoric speech and spiritual allegories, various specific sciences and also truths.

The tradition of India stood the test of time due to what we can call “oral books” – not merely sets of teachings and stories, but of accurately recorded information and sacred chants in the world’s oldest language and surviving language of Vaidika Samskrta which is still chanted by priests today as it was some 5,000+ years ago. As a result of this, various shastras (texts), sutras (‘threads’ – auxiliary texts), upavedas (sub-wisdoms) and their own texts such as the Sushruta, Charaka, Kashyapa etc. samhitas of Ayurveda and those of the six schools of philosophy viz. yoga, vedanta, samkhya,vaisheshika, mimamsa and nyaya still exist today, as also do their numerous bhasyas or commentaries – recorded primarily within vachika paramparas or oral lineages, word for word, line for line etc. and carefully dictated, unlike “Chinese whispers”!

Oral traditions exist throughout the ancient world, but not so much as in India. Other cultures as noted built the culture of materialism and of the body, yet India primarily retained the inner-worlds and aspect of vachika (oral) and the more saukshmika or subtle facets of retaining knowledge as the manasika (mental) culture over the jagat (worldly) culture – though it did develop both. The difference also is that India maintained the practical application as opposed to merely the aesthetic alone, as even in its philosophies. Temples were practical and mental tools for developing the base mind and helping it shift inwards – not merely remaining at the bahya (external) level alone.

A good example of this are the so-called Indus-Saraswati cities. These cities are uniquely constructed in a specific format with paved streets, public baths, houses with running water and sewage systems as well as elaborate sewage -management and water resorvoir systems unparalleled in the ancient world. Houses even had sit-down toilets and some tandoors for cooking as in later India. Such sophistication, the grid-layouts and also in accordance to the mathematical practicalities of the earliest mathematical texts relative to architecture as the Sulba Sutras again make these practical rather than aesthetic and reflects a society again of the mind rather than of the body alone.

This is reflected in dana or charity within Indic systems. The ancient story of the King of Kerala, Mahabali is well-known. After annexing the entire three worlds (heavens, the atmospheric or sub-astral region and the earth or physical region), he became somewhat puffed up. Here, the deity Vishnu, disguised as a dwarf (VamanaBrahmin begging alms came to the king. In those days, whatever a priest asked for was given. Here, the poor Brahmin asked for only three steps of land that he could himself step upon. Mahabali agreed, even while ignoring the advice of his preceptor. As a result, the Brahmin then assumed his universal form as Vishnu (‘he who pervades all’) and placed his three footsteps on the triple-regions and thus gained them. Bali himself who came from a lineage of Vaishnavas or devotees of the deity Vishnu accepted this as his paternal grandfather was one Prahlada who was saved by his own father (Mahabali’s paternal great-grandfather), Hiranyakashipu who taunted him unnecessarily throughout his lifetime. Mahabali, as a result, was allowed to rule over the Patalaloka, the lowest region and also visit his subjects once yearly on the festival of Onam, when he is still honoured. He will also become the next Indra or lord of heavenly planets and deities in the future Manvantara or world epoch cycle.

Mahabali is significant here since his father (Virochana) is seen as the materialist and leader of the anti-gods or Asuras in the ancient text Chandogyopanishad (VIII.7-12) where he goes up against Indra, the lord of the Devas or Gods. Here, Indra sees no benefit of the world and of the material body and thus goes after the inner Self (Atman) as the true reality, whereas Virochana and the asuras deem the body to be the Self. This also reflects the split between ancient peoples as the Hindus and the Egyptians, as does the ancient story of the first King of Videha, the East-Indian solar dynasty relative to losing and regaining one’s material body and even embalming as noted in the Vishnu Purana, as well as the story of possible cloning via DNA, as he was born from a father without a body .[1]

This here also reflects the culture of India that emphasised the more subtle as opposed to the material approach, as even with the mortal or physical body. To the Hindus, the body, just as books and material possessions could all decay and could be destroyed – as we see with the destructions of Indus-Saraswati cities with various floods, and even beforehand through  Puranas state that the Aryas such as Manu, the progenitor of the Vedic people, was a south-Indian king named Satyavrata who sailed north during the great flood (Bhagavata Purana, VIII.24.13). There are of course numerous legends about sunken cities around the region off the coast of Tamil Nadu in southern India and also the Gulf of Cambay, where cities date back to 7500BCE [2].

This was perhaps motivation for the oral tradition at the time of the Vedas, themselves already ancient collections of hymns that were codified and the following even further ancient texts, sciences and traditions. India was also hit by sucessive invasions from around 500BCE onwards with the Persians, later Scythians, Huns, Greeks and then Muslims Arabs, Persians, Turks etc. who destroyed many hospitals, temples, libraries in universities etc. [3] If it weren’t for this already ancient tradition of oral books and the mental culture, such wouldn’t have remained!

We may be grateful for the ancient Hindus for this. The Rig Veda as I have noted elsewhere provides keys to the ancient Hindu zodiac and astrological system and thus the auxiliary texts as vedanga jyotisha that went as part of such systems, their mathematics and such calculations also. All of these remained in oral tradition and were passed on in succession to the Arabs, where they reached Europe and became the basis of many developments there. We still use the decimal place system, zero and numerals of the Hindus that was recorded in oral tradition since the time of the Vedas (they were in vogue in the RigVeda).

We may also learn from the Hindus about the importance of developing the culture of the mind and consigning such to smarana or memory, rather than paper or electronic devices and such. Hindu mathematicians became ‘human calculators’ and the Hindu surgeons remained the most sophisticated in the ancient world, just as many Hindus today make the finest physicians. The Hindus here looked at what ahara – intake of impressions of vachika (oral), manasika (mental) and annika (food and substances) affected the mind, its levels and how. They tuned various foods to what best develops the mind relative to actions, speech, conduct, words, lifestyle and even sounds (through mantras) as well as specific foods and how they are taken, as also when such are taken to help smarana-shakti or the power of memory as well as numerous systems of how to memorise entire stanzas to entire books, volumes and such that the modern mind can only dream of!


Citations / Footnotes:

  1. Vishnu Purana, Book V (Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840 translation):”The corpse of Nimi was preserved from decay by being embalmed with fragrant oils and resins, and it remained as entire as if it were immortal“It continues: “As Nimi left no successor, the Munis, apprehensive of the consequences of the earth being without a ruler, agitated the body of the prince, and produced from it a prince who was called Janaka, from being born without a progenitor. In consequence of his father being without a body (videha), he was termed also Vaideha, ‘the son of the bodiless;’ and the further received the name of Mithi, from having been produced by agitation (mathana)
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1768109.stm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda#Decline_and_end