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Disrespect of Tradition

By Durgadas

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

 

Background:

I have mentioned about books and other aspects of Hindu culture that are sacred, as also Gurus as well. We must honour the physical, which means acting humble and not trying to go more beyond our human psychological complex.

That said, I constantly see egotism arise to the point where it absolves itself in an introverted manner, disrespecting and disregarding tradition. Here, those coming into native faiths violate the native traditions as their Christian masters did before them.

Acceptance and admittance of transgressions are a sign of a true sadhaka. Egotism and ignoring these and pretending that one is one a path of evil and destruction and honours these violations as part of “breaking the cycle” of birth and death, is not the same thing. It is a deeper and darker shade of one’s psychological complex dealt with in Ayurveda as a lesser personality and also personality-disorder that requires actual medical treatment.

Many of these issues commence in youth, when one has no real established boundaries by parents. Here I mean the types of parents that shouldn’t really be parents at all as they give their children too much freedom and false senses of security and encouragement, which fails to set boundaries in later life. Yes, I am talking predominantly about the lower-socioeconomic and beneficiaries here, though this is not always the case. The upper middle-class “spoiled brat” syndrome is also well-known to us.

When this comes into native traditions, it creates a problem. First, these types don’t accept authority of others, but will constantly be seen to defend tradition from other angles, usually quoting a few well-known Indian Yogis but mainly western authors due to their subliminal Eurocentricism that has not yet been addressed. They will also seek to undermine those more qualified than them (as certain Ayurvedic Practitioners and others do graduates of the B.A.M.S system of India and others as I’ve noted elsewhere).

Secondly, they will always see themselves as being superior and even when violating traditional taboos, will explain it away by “taboo-breaking” Vamamarga practices or employ other excuses, but usually these fail to native people as a hypnotist fails with a stronger mind! This is especially with regards to desecrating books through scribbling, writing in them and having them around animals to comparing themselves to traditional Yogis and Rishis or avatars and even creating the perfect pose and picture (today’s “selfies”) to grandstand to the masses “How Great Thou Art“.

It does get beyond a joke. Such sadhakas who, although initially promising, should be stripped of their positions within traditions of such behaviour occurs and is ignored constantly. If the traditions were not what they were seeking, then they should leave and start having a deeper look at themselves and how other members of tradition behave and the lengths and sacrifices they personally make to allow others into these folds.

If respect is not there and there is a hodgepodge of incompatible beliefs, then one should choose the best system and go with it – not simply try and “reinvent” their own system (New-Age style) based on a hybridisation of various philosophical systems or even medical ones and then launch an attack on other New-Age systems as if again to distance one’s self through denial! Such becomes quite apparent to the masses eventually what one is trying to do, which is usually that one is less-informed and has constantly plagiarised others – especially if their correlations have no creative insight or new context / additions and if one has finished one or a few books as they approach middle-age alone!

In many systems, various sadhakas have taken over from higher teachers that have ruined tradition. While the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Kriya-Yoga was a diminutive system, the majority disregarded and distorted it. Swami Kriyananda worked tirelessly to help rebuild it. Swami Muktananda also left two sibling-successors to take over, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and Nityananda – which wasn’t perhaps the best move.

In my own traditions, I wish to establish more discipline and also respect for tradition so that there is a reduction in such occurring. This may mean however sometimes that even those of a Brahmin or more spiritual backgrounds that understand the need for traditional lineages and teachings becomes successors to continue this, compared to ordinary sadhakas or those who have proven difficult and have constantly violated tradition, yet live in the shadows of their own denial due to having not addressed, but accelerated their ahankara or egotism.

Much here arises from systems that have been blended and mixed to the point there are no definitive lines between one actual traditional system and another pseudo-traditional system one adheres to, which culminates in a quasi-traditional cross-contaminated hybrid model of confusion and auto-contradictions, which we shall examine.

The Dangers of Mixing Systems:

The blending of different systems is not always conducive to the overall goal traditionally, which such, as with comparative philosophy may be useful in western academic circles, but as also with the historical foundation of such, it has no place when superimposed upon native traditions and philosophical nuances.

As an example, in the systems of Homeopathy and Naturopathy as even the modern implementation of pseudo-healing methods, to interpolate elements from Ayurveda such as the doshas, daily and seasonal routines for some factors that otherwise contradict Ayurveda on other levels, does not always work. This ‘selective supplementation‘ to validate one system simply reveals the system’s own incapacitation.

Some practitioners of acupuncture for example needle marma points or employ exotic TCM methods to “stimulate” them, when such was never required or actually used historically and was confined to highly-specialised technicians of martial arts schools for manipulation, which still did not rely on these modern mixed methods. Secondly, some may here also employ Ayurvedic elements in TCM points and acupuncture, but also also contradicts the entire system as also violates the basic tenets of Ayurveda.

Even relative to placebos [1], taking acupuncture as an example, we need to look at a few points:

1. Placebo-based systems as also analgesic uses and such can be compared short-term to CBT, hypnotherapy and such as well which have had short-term positive but long-term negative effects that Ayurveda itself (if one wishes to practice is traditionally), assesses.

2. If one employs dinacharya and ritucharya to validate acupuncture over others, yet mixing system’s doesn’t work here. Especially also as needling is contraindicated in Ayurveda as the skin is related to vata as is the nervous system and would see it as deranging vata further long-term thus throwing other doshas out.

Of this alone, some salient sub-points arise:

(a) If we argue that modern needles are so fine they cause no harm, then we contradict the entire basis historically of 

(b) That no fine needles such as today existed in ancient China, thus causing greater damage to the localised areas (based on historical methods) and also questions the modern-practice as an “ancient” one at all or if so, that the modern is admitted as a New-Age invention and thus requires no Ayurvedic interpolations that work against it.

(c) As with [1] it does not reveal any Ayurvedic long-term analysis one to two decades later in relation to diseases arising or other side-effects rather than initial effects (which places it in the same category as western biochemical drugs on the human system.

(d) Such studies would contradict both TCM and Ayurveda on the basis that not all participants are utilising or have been examined as per prakriti and vikriti and as most people have vata disorders these days, especially as a result of lifestyle and diet etc., such studies also further would reveal a heightened sensitivity relative to what Ayurveda would see as “placebo effects” or even typical power of suggestion relative to healing and pain relief as common with many such techniques.

 
Finally, here we would call into question relative [to (d) above] that assessing the manasika prakriti or mental constitution and state of the individual, which almost always involves a vata excess, that such would in most people create a hypersensitive response that could again be seen relative to  the effects of hypnotherapy or placebos in general.

From an Ayurvedic perspective here also, individuals from the same State or Nation due to various regional / geographic influences upon the skin and psyche due to elemental factors (climate) and such would play a role compared to those of another region; in addition as noted the prakriti and vikriti groups would have to be clearly defined to arrive at a traditional conclusion based on Ayurveda.

Thus, these points often raised to claim the validity of these systems eventually contradicts the exact traditional nature that they seek to uphold and places their system somewhere between New-Age quackery and modern science!

Relative to other philosophical systems, those which have been already pasteurised and labelled as “traditional” such as western Buddhist traditions or even the Chinese Mahayana compared to the original Theravada or even Indian Mahayana traditions will show non-origin concepts, just as the modern Catholicism of Mexico and related areas have admixtures of both pre-Spanish and Catholic elements and cannot be considered to be original and authentic or traditional in that sense – any more than modern Vaishnava movements from Sikhism to ISKCON represent traditional vedanta and Hinduism!

Blending these tainted systems in with neo-Tantra, neo-Vedanta and then calling such systems “traditional” and charging others with New-Age tampering of these, is itself the pot calling the kettle black!

Here, tradition becomes disregarded as one then contradicts native teachers, Gurus, teachings and traditions by interpolating outside elements out of both context and originality in an attempt to justify one’s own concocted system or quasi-dharma, much in the same way that original Christianity was a queer mixture of various elements and influences from Judaism, esoteric Judaism, Mithraism and Zoroastrians as also Buddhist teachings and possibly vedantic influences from visiting Gurus of India to Caesar in Athens who self-immolated themselves!

A true return to tradition should be that. If one wishes to blend systems, one should at least here have the decency to not decree their stance as puritan traditionalism, nor seek to be endorsed or associated with traditional teachers doing their best to uphold these exact distortions against the test of time and tides of change – simply to excuse their own violations, actions and disrespect for tradition on many levels!

The Root-Cause and Way Forward:

Many people are social and spiritual leeches, wishing to leech from others their knowledge so that they may repeat it to gain a public following or appear more informed in a lecture or others. Such people are often clones or personality chameleons and have no real clear-cut or defined personality of their own. Like a monkey swinging from branches, they may move from teacher to teacher as social vampires.

People want to be authors and yogis before doing tapas or austerities and sadhana or spiritual practices. They want to be Olympic swimmers before first learning how to swim – or even having the dharma of a swimmer, simply bewitched by the magical world of mayaic (illusory) allures that persuade one against their dharmas – sometimes even by familial influences or others, conscious and subconscious.  People wish to fabricate their own importance rather than following their antaradharma or inner-dharma in any one given birth, seeking to usurp the rights of others.

A good example is that one may have been Max Muller or even a [western] Indologist to even an insignificant follower of Yogananda in a past life that comes to embrace Ayurveda and Vedic culture that way as an American in the next birth – even from a younger age. But it may not still reveal any creative yogic samskaras (yogic traits created by actions past and present that shape the current incarnation) by way of insights as people confuse it for!

The thing is to be content (develop santosha) with where one is, in any one given lifetime. One needs not to compare one’s self with another, nor wisdom or even try and gain or attain such a state. Yet, many try and fail, as the human vital-emotional is a fragile complex and always reverts back to the original, as occurs with New-Age faiths and even those who may initially [appear] promising, but then fail again or remodel their samskaras in vain attempts to elevate the ahankara (ego), rather than to attempt to negate it.

 

Footnotes:

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_poor_misunderstood_placebo

 

 

 

 

 

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The Distorted World

By Durgadas, Ved Kovid, AYT

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
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The Veil of the World:

Spiritual groups created their veil of non confrontation of the truth – Mara of the Buddhists and Satan of the Christians. While this may appear childish in the beginning, there was a reason for such, which reveals the true nature of these doctrines and their effect upon the human psyche as also logic and reason!

To Buddhists however they defied the world which must be evil and wicked, thus able to implement their own social-engineering in the form of anti-Brahmanism and pseudo-sciences imparted to the world in pasteurised and socialist form via Nalanda, Takshashila and via trade routes as monks.

The Buddhistic influence upon even early Christianity cannot be denied.

Today it takes the form of closet-practitioners of Ayurveda who are on raw, juiced, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and other fad diets opposed to the Ayurvedic model. What face does that paint to patients? What do the New-Age movements mean and whence have they actually arisen and for what purpose historically?

Here we begin to question many things, especially the veil of Christianity which presents itself as a religion of love and peace (as it’s younger daughter, Islam), but deep down behind that veil lies an ugly truth that man wishes to avoid and rather not face, as the truth hurts and penetrates too deeply!

It’s the same with Buddhism. Early Buddhist Kings were ruthless dictators that later took up Jainism and Buddhism to be seen as holy men. Chandragupta Maurya did this – after his various conquests of India, moving south and converting to Jainism. His grandson, Ashoka later converted to Buddhism. Later we find this with Caesar and Constantine the Great which morphed into Jesus’ myth.

While many have been quick to connect Shankaracharya’s views with Buddhist, his maya (illusory power) and mithya (falsehood) of the world implied the social substratum that was insidious, not the phsyical manifestation which, on a metaphysical level simply obscured the Self that projected it, but wasn’t itself unreal or an illusion per se!

Here Shankaracharya a shows us the real problem – the social infrastructure in which we live that appears as one thing but deep down is the shadow of another. The Buddhists appeared holy and non-violent but also created a web of lies and violence against Brahmins and Hindus, yet having their own superstitious equivalents.

While Shankaracharya and others sought to reform this society, by the time of Sayanacharya it had become infiltrated by Abrahamic beliefs.

Here, the views of Shankaracharya were replaced by the Buddhists and their anti-Brahmin philosophies, ignoring classical interpretations (symbolism) of the texts, thought his movement sought to defeat them. Prior to Shankaracharya, Buddhists had managed to malign Brahmins (as Romans used the Judaic Old Testament, blending elements of Mithraic rituals, Zroastrianism dualism etc. into it to create the cult of Caesar-Jesus). Buddhists claimed that Hindus Brahmins were ALL performing animal sacrifices, which was more the kshatriya caste, of which later came to adopt Buddhism and Jainism as a scapegoat for their unusual and extreme behaviour, much as the Romans did their Catholicism.

Let us look at history first however, to uncover some of the Marxist distortions.

A New History of India:

Historically, what we can identify with the social engineering through the world began a long time back. The Sarasvati River in India is now known to have dried up around 1900BCE, marking the end of the Vedic Civilisation. It was about this time that later (Samkhya) sects arose; traditionally Mahavira Jaina and Gautama Buddha are placed at around 1800BCE, but 600BCE, which also points to this. We should furthermore state that the 600BCE date was taken from the Sinhalese Theravada tradition (which would actually coincide with the origin of later Sinhalese people through King Vijaya about this period).

As for Shankaracharya, we should note that the Kanchi Matha has lists dating back 2,500 years ago, stating that the later Abhinava Shankaracharya (788AD), also a reformer like Adi Shankaracharya and from the south, had some of his works confused with the earlier. Scholars in the west have taken this later date. Secondly, the names of the Indian Kings at the time of Alexander the Greek are closer to the Hindu Gupta Dynasty than the Mauryan (which tradition gives as around 1500BCE). There was also another King Ashoka not of the Mauryan dynasty that did live about 300BCE. The Greeks also note of the Hindu sects of Herakles (Krishna) and Dionysus (Shiva) being popular in India and not the Buddhists – which would be true only if Shankaracharya preceded the Greek invasion by a couple of centuries and Hindu (Gupta) Kings ruled India at that time.

The examples of art as hairstyles and drapery found in later Gandhara are reminiscent more of fusion Indo-Persian styles indigenous to that region; these go back to the Indus-cities such as Dholavira (3000BCE) and Dvaraka (1500BCE) that sport of marble and stone architecture respectively, the former with Grecian-style pillars. The red sandstone bust and other figurines of the Indus are reminiscent of later Mauryan and Gandharan art, as also Dholavira’s polished pillars. Last but not least, we should not forgot the terracotta figurines of the Indus that predate the Hellenes by almost two millennia, which sport numerous hairstyles – as well as the fact that since the Sumerians and Egyptians, India has been the home and origin of textiles and jewelry for the ancient world and Takshashila even conservatively at 600BCE was a centre of learning attracting students from south Asia, Persia, China and the Grecian world long before Alexander!

Ctesias, a Greek physician in the 5th Century BCE before Hippocrates already knew India well, as also many of the inhabitants there in his work Indica. The graphic descriptions also also reveal there was already an exchange of ideas between the two nations.

Marx was not the first ‘Marxist’:

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Above: Jaina Tirthankaras: The Original Marxists

As we see, much in history has been distorted, as also even earlier on by Buddhists and others with their records, later taken by the Anglo-culture and further continued when ignored by modern Marxist-inspired historians that ignore the evidence against the Aryan Invasion Theory and others.

Yet, it wasn’t simply the Buddhists and Jains of India that started a reform in society that infiltrated it with socialistic ideaologies! Caesar and Constantine the Great were both Jesus Christ and also the proselytiser of this doctrine respectively, the state religion of “Christianity” under Constantine that also started many historical distortions in the west to a more Romacentric or rather Christocentric system that would eventually undermine the Jews and their Bible, as Buddhists and Jains did to Brahmins and Hindus in India.

Next however would come Mohammud who would destroy the world with his insidious schizophrenic doctrine of Islam. Here it is no coincidence that with contact with India, budd in Arabic came to denote an idol (from Buddha)! Here it was the challenge to wipe them out.

As Marx was the Jew that rejected Judaism, so also Mahavira Jaina and Gautama Buddha were Hindus that rejected Brahmanism or Hinduism. Mohammud would turn his back on his native religion and the chronicles of Caesar would come to represent Christ under the banners of Constantine’s State-Religion.

Thus we have various personalities to thank for this, the most notable who are the six wise men of our educationally-fabricated society today, upon which (ironically) the New-Age would also structures itself:

i. Mahavira Jaina (c.1800BCE)
ii. Gautama Buddha (c.1800BCE)
iii. Caesar Augustus

iv. Constantine the Great
v. Mohammud
vi. Karl Marx

While can admit of their own usefulness to create a paradigm shift in society, such was not always for the better and the latter sought to reform others. Buddha and Jaina were contemporaries – Buddha was from the city of Kapila (Kapilavastu), the ancient samkhya seat of learning, while Mahavira was preceded by earlier Tirthankaras (himself being the 24th), which included Parshvanatha before him and Arishtanemi, a cousin of Lord Krishna around 3000BCE – a time when India’s civilisation is said to have fallen due to the Mahabharata War and effects of time (India’s past karma).

So great were the Jaina mathematicians however, that they placed Neminatha as appearing 84,000 years before Parshvanatha – making obviously the Mahabharata wrong according to the 3200-3100BCE period of the Hindus! Such a major error of tens of thousands of years itself certainly invalidates the Jains and their claims, just as those of modern socialists are also illogical and irrational, not to mention mathematically not viable!

The veil of the social order of the world is thus the asura-complex that lies hidden to the masses and repressed as an urge that only allows it to fester more when ignored.

We must here take the advice of Shankaracharya and not apply such to metaphysics alone, but to the social order of the world and the insidious substratum of society wherein exists a network of socially-engineered ideals that have sought to annihilate the truth (philosophical and also basic human intellect) and thwart both human progress and implement the “dumbing-down” process through socialism and communism for thousands of years!

Delusion and Denial

By Durgadas, Ved Kovid, AYT

(c) Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham.
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Delusional states of grandeur and denial are the two main tenets of the New-Age systems of the modern day.  Crowley, Danielou and others come to represent Tantra in the minds of the bourgeoisie classes, unable to find Brahmanas and others to avail themselves at their disposal as true percepters of tradition – or rather, heed their teachings and retain such in a traditional linear manner.  These types are up there with so-called Sanskrit scholars such as Max Muller and Monier-Williams and likewise have as much credence to their works relative to the historical traditions of India and Brahmanism.

I have given much thought to my sadhakas over the years and have seen the rise and fall of several New-Age groups and systems. Sadly, most are on the rise, with people abandoning one group in favour of another more “popular” one – here having all to do with marketing above anything else.

One of the most insulting aspects to traditional faiths is westerners posing as Brahmanas, Shamans, Lamas, Zen Masters, Yogis and Jnanis who embrace such from a philosophical or yogic or New-Age background. They confuse even oriental egotistists coming to the west that “cash in” on pseudo-traditional views and reliance on their brown skin and long coconut-oiled hair compared to the genuine acharyas of tradition that seek to teach it in a wholesome manner and also wish to uphold the traditional aspects as opposed to infuse them with inconsistent and uncomplimentary elements as the westerner does.

If we compare the ancient Polynesian beliefs to the modern Hindu, both being continuous traditions, we do find correlations. Yet, if we compare the teachings of Theosophy, Aleister Crowley, Eckhart Tolle etc. to modern Hinduism or culturally appropriated aspects of Polynesian traditions to the modern Hindu, there are contrasts and are not quite the same.

For even an advanced yogi in India or Brahmana to compare himself to the likes of Sri Ramana Maharishi or even claim he is a Jnani (not a Jnana-Yogi) for example exudes narcissism – the exact opposite of what Yoga and true jnanis seek to negate!

Yet today, social media has become a place for stating that one has just done their tapas, that they are jnanis or black-magicians or warlocks and such. It appears strange to me; there were biographers of great yogis and sadhakas, but these are not the same publicising when one last flushed their toilet or chowed down on a vegan burger! Every now and then is fine, but constantly becomes an issue – especially stating one has just performed tapas and is reaching a heightened state!

Sadly, the ‘selfie’ of today’s world has NOTHING to do with the jnani’s realisation or the yogis‘s attainment of any persuasion from austerities to devotional or otherwise and should not be complimented by quotes insinuating one is equal to or has transcended the state of traditional masters. A Buddhist Lama doesn’t pose as a Brahmana and the reverse is also the same!  Yet in the west, it appears that the ancient illumination of Grecian-inspired theater has caused many to delusionally play the role of the Hollywood actor, forgetting their own personal dharma and place in the world!

Swadhyaya or self-study that includes the mastery of the classics from a traditional viewpoint is also not about mastering the art of continuous streams of selfies to convince the masses one is better read than they actually are by posing with a book in hand. One’s references, citations / footnotes and even extensive sources / research bibliography which is often missing would clearly indicate this, as also ones own creative insights that are not simply borrowed from another, including non-standardised references and translations in the same piece, invalidating their writing and educational background in traditional learning over the Université de Phoenix style of pseudo-scholarship!

The behaviour of such people is akin to mockery of the ancient masters of these traditions and their deities – which the shastras of India clearly warn against, especially relative to somatic diseases as well as psychological disorders. It appears these history, philosophy and linguistic majors have clearly skipped these passages (if they’ve at all even read them over their concise western-authored pocketbooks, websites, wikipedia-style references and other such duplicitous sources).

So, why must we try and clone ourselves? Why can we not be individuals and why do we constantly seek to compare ourselves to ancient Indian masters?

The answer is obvious! It is about illegitimacy of our own knowledge, background and training. No European can really stand to be a Hindu, just as no Hindu can really pretend to convert to Christianity and embrace the entirety that is the European Christian tradition! There are deeply ingrained cultural factors at play that remain with one. If your dharma in this life was to be a Hindu yogi or a Hindu – you would be a Hindu from a very young age and not be bothered about New-Age and quasi-traditional systems such as Carribean African traditions, pseudo-Polynesian traditions, neo-Shamanism, neo-Paganism, modern-Druidism and other such incomplete and partially Christianised appropriated systems of modern fancy.

Yet such adherents echo like a bleating goat, their zeal for “traditionalism”. I guess they learnt such over science as they fell asleep and realised that PR skills and marketing techniques that appear to comprise the bulk of most culturally misappropriated “courses” today over anything else – even clinical training. Here, legitimacy cannot be fabricated, no matter how good ones marketing spiel may be and even if it compares with Amway!

Some western GPs, OMDs, TCM practitioners, Chiropractors and others wish to assert their superior knowledge over the Ayurveda graduates from India, both traditional systems of practitioners to holders of a BAMS. Such simply raises questions about their own deep-down inferiority complexes comprised of jealousy that asserts itself in their superiority complexes, always seeking to undermine others.

They generally have no clinical or practical training or formal education in Ayurveda of any substance, especially not clinical Panchakarma – which is even required outside the B.A.M.S system for many Ayurvedic vaidyas in India, what to speak of others! Yet today such graduates of allopathic systems and pseudo-systems of other disciplines, oriental and western think such can be supplemented by reading a few books and such while dismissing the majority of properly-trained individuals that have devoted their lifetimes to a proper training, education and study over “armchair knowledge” and semantic games!
Otherwise one is simply the blind leading the blind.

There are indeed shoddy B.A.M.S graduates and Vaidyas practicing Ayurveda, but there are is more imperfection and blatant quackery in the fields of New-Age and American Ayurveda practitioners that include OMDs, Chiropractors, Herbalists, Naturopaths and other similar types. There is here also a difference between deeper knowledge of Ayurveda and actual study, reflection, clinical instruction and practice or certification and training and fabrication of such or a New-Age adaptation of this.

While some such as Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad are sometimes said to be behind these New-Age incarnations of Ayurveda, their personal knowledge and background appears to contradict this, supersedes most of their students and is often down to what has historically suited the American psyche over the deeper application of true traditional Ayurveda, in addition to the legalities and background education of practicing such in the USA.  Here again, popularity sometimes outweighs the zeal for tradition and indeed, it is also difficult, especially for American audiences to wish to even accept these tradition teachings, being so indoctrinated in superstitious nonsense – even from within their Christian denominations when compared to more orthodox forms as Catholicism and European Protestants! The American diet alone presents a good example here, as culture overall.

As for the mix-and-match systems, these seem quite unusual indeed. One cannot match systems of tinctures for example of European herbalism to the herbal wines and formulas in Ayurveda and related systems. Likewise, acupuncture and reflexology like chakra-balancing has no historical (original) foundation in orthodox systems in India and as in China when employed by lesser classes, was employed in the fields of blood-letting and for analgesic purposes alone, not for actually curing diseases.

These are no more historically valid and accepted as orthodox practices than western Vaishnavism (ISKCON), Osho’s movement, the TM Movement or the south Indian Ayyavazhi movements with their diversified and Abrahamic-influences are traditionally Hindu or the pan-African systems of the Caribbean to Blavatsky’s Theosophy or Crowley’s Tantra – all of which are adulterated systems. These occurred even thousands of years back as well – we see such in Zoroastrianism for example as a variant of the original Vedic system with its radical change in elements.

Variations in tradition, like pronunciations in Sanskrit have numerous defences at the hands of New-Age warriors. An example is the myth that ‘Sanskrit is an ancient and deceased language’. This popular myth allows westerners to butcher Sanskrit or argue the variations in Indian pronunciations which are not the same as their own mispronunciations. It is the typical Eurocentric excuse also used by Christians to validate their Biblical rendering by undermining the Jews. Similarly Brahmanism that retained Sanskrit and chanting of the Vedas remains active and a continuous oral tradition in India and has been patronised throughout history as also required for scholarly pursuits and commentaries.

Other deviations include chakra-balancing through gemstones, crystals and other weird and wonderful exotic practices by New-Agers that defies the Indian system of chakras as psychological states of consciousness and, when compared to physical organs and systems, are dealt with with practical methods such as dietary regimes, herbal formulas and even surgical intervention when required. Pranic-healing through the waving of hands and imparting of so-called prana of life-force is historically the employment of strategic regimes of pranayama or breathing practices, which is a science in itself and such were adapted as per environmental factors, diseases, age etc. as prescription of a diet or herb in Ayurveda – quite a contrast from the easy and simplistic Lemurian-style system employed by westerners dressing as Hindus!  These practices mean nothing more relative to authenticity than one wearing a lab-coat and performing aromatherapy does a Licensed Medical Professional!

Delusional states arising from egotism and thereby denial are powerful psychological disturbances opposed to the yogic path of admittance of faults and seeking to transform one’s self from these flaws – which we all have and are all born with in the human form. There is no need to equate ourselves as Christ-figures, infallible in our own eyes and are unwilling to change or even accept boundaries, which simply complicates our own personal karma!

 

 

 

 

A Note on Kundalini

By Durgadas, Ved Kovid, AYT

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

 

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I don’t generally like to talk about kundalini and such experiences, but I am often asked about these, as well as see the many manners in which ‘Kundalini-Yoga’ is bounced about like a yoga in its own right!

Technically speaking, the raising of kundalini is possible only in very few yogis historically and forms an integral part of ancient Yoga traditions from the Vedas onwards. The later so-called ‘Tantric-Yoga’ was nothing more than an updated system of these older rituals, often even in the same language. It is also not something that can be taught in classrooms or in lectures or even books and requires much personal sadhana past and present life; kundalini itself forms a minor place within the integral Raja-Yoga systems of India.

Relating to the chakras, I have counted nine states of realisation within one chakra (spherical domain – of consciousness) alone. The average person has no idea of these nor even the delusional of psychological states that fall outside them. There are also other levels that I discuss in my higher system to advanced sadhakas or spiritual aspirants.

chakra isn’t physically literally a wheel nor a lotus. It is simply symbolised by such as a turning wheel or an opening lotus when awakened at the inner level of the purified subtle body and relates to various psycho-physical states as well as other levels of consciousness that the average human almost always confuses with ‘spiritual’, which can be both lower astral realisations or even projections of one’s own fantasies, desires, impulses to past vasanas or mental impressions to those of the present-day or those caused by foods, lifestyles or even impressions gained while shopping, watching a TV program or from an internet post!

On this, the great Seer Sri Ramana Maharishi has stated:

” If one concentrates on the sahasrara there is no doubt that the ecstasy of samadhi ensues. The vasanas, that is the latent mental tendencies, are not however destroyed. The yogi is therefore bound to wake up from the samadhi because release from bondage has not yet been accomplished.

He must still try to eradicate the vasanas inherent in him so that they cease to disturb the peace of his samadhi. So he passes down from the sahasrara to the Heart through what is called the jivanadi, which is only a continuation of the sushumna.” [1]

Samadhi here is yogic absorption in a trance-like state or fixed state of the mind in intense concentration. Vasanas here are the mental impressions and the sahasrara is the crown of the head through which one attains the supreme Brahman or state of transcendental-consciousness – where the Kundalini unites and tastes the immortal elixir. He hence states here the importance of reducing these impressions and such, which modern pseudo-Yogis ignore through their diets, lifestyles and even practices.

If one comes from a family of tamasic food consumers or biochemical drug use even sparingly, such will itself alter genetics and purity required for awakening. One who has also grown up along with alcohol or alcoholic parents is also more likely to have issues with this as well. In other places, I have dealt at length with these issues and the need for bodily and mental purification in one’s lifetime over decades, in addition to genetic purity through bloodlines and tapas performed in families as well – not simply being passed such on through an initiate.

In my family, some have experienced various states, as my own mother. Yet, her family had been practising Vedic rituals daily for generations in addition to her and her mother’s own practices and experiences with the Devi or the divine Goddess. I myself had to do many severe tapas and practices in my youth as also devotional practices to the Goddess before I even started to understand Sanskrit at a deeper level. Taking a course or reading a book – even second-hand knowledge does not prepare one for these. In addition to this, our parampara or lineage goes back to the ancient Rishis such as Parashara and we also trace our ancestry back to Sri Rama, the great hero of the Ramayana.

Great yogis such as Sri Ramana Maharishi and Sri Ramakrishna were born into important Brahmin families in India that maintained traditional teachings, in addition to their own intense practices that went beyond the ordinary. Sri Ramana himself was well-versed in the ancient texts before his realisation, as well as a devotee of Lord Shiva. After his realisation, he suffered many physical hardships, but continued his austerities and learning – even going out begging for food with Palaniswami, one of his earliest acquaintances. In the pursuit of spirituality in the west, people often dismiss or ignore these aspects.

Others such as The Mother and Sivaya Subramuniyaswami experienced intense spiritual visions and experiences as also knowledge in their earlier life that would later crystallise and proved their continuity with past-lives, as also birth-charts in astrology reveal – showing none can ‘fake’ their so-called spiritual attainments and knowledge, or confuse these with worldly knowledge picked up in books etc., even if at an earlier age!

Many yogis were well-versed in books, but could also explain them and commentate upon them with ease, with creative insight of their own at a younger-age, a sign of truly developed high-level sadhakas. Such cannot be said of others, nor of their ‘spiritual visions for novices’ approaches that they feel makes them somewhat special or ‘chosen’ in a western or Christianised manner, much like the “chosen one” mentality of the western world and psyche!

We often see this echo forth from the westerner or those outside the Hindu traditions when embracing other sciences such as ayurveda and jyotisha (vedic astrology). Often many claim to be adhering to “tradition” relative to such concepts without looking at the deeper science here relative to Hinduism, which applies models on a case by case basis, using historical models and systems as mere examples – quite a contrast to the “one size fits all” of the Western psyche (and modern Indian academic influenced by such) that derives from the literal Christian ideology that Jesus can be for one and all and thus must be applied in such a lineal manner.

This is where there is a difference between the traditional oriental Yogi or Taoist Master, the [Indian] quasi-Yogi influenced by western trends and the western self-proclaimed Yogi that is a derivative of the latter, often having no real basis or foundation in tradition.

Here, relative to social-conditioning and such, the words of Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung relative to Yoga may prove sufficient to drive these points home:

” If the European could turn himself inside out and live as an Oriental, with all the social, moral, religious, intellectual, and aesthetic obligations which such a course would involve, he might be able to benefit by these teachings. But you cannot be a good Christian, either in your faith or in your morality or in your intellectual make-up, and practice genuine yoga at the same time.”

– 
Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, Page 534.

“I do not doubt that the Eastern liberation from vices, as well as from virtues, is coupled with detachment in every respect, so that the yogi is translated beyond this world, and quite inoffensive. But I suspect every European attempt at detachment of being mere liberation from moral considerations. Anybody who tries his hand at yoga ought therefore to be conscious of its far reaching consequences, or else his so-called quest will remain a futile pastime.” 

ibid, Page 507.


When one hears anyone in the west mention about kundalini then – or even the average Hindu or Guru from India that, while having good intentions, is simply a parrot, I generally question their own personal level of experience and also background in such matters. Anyone can read something, hear something and regurgitate it. It is human nature!

Kundalini itself as a serpent, fire or lightening and even light are also all spiritual metaphors for this force or shakti. Emotions such as hysteria, joy, bliss and even insanity and hyperventilation or comatosed states can be confused for it’s awakening. The intensity of 10,000 effulgent suns represents it’s brightness which is blinding, while the intensity of one’s worse nightmare unfolded thousandfold and magnified is the challenge. It is no state of bliss of love and light and a feeling of an orgasmic climax on one’s face as most female Yoga teachers appear to represent it as.

If you’ve ever been in water and drowning, you can multiply that feeling by at least 1,000 times and you’ll come close to the feeling and the pull of the actual kundalini awakening, which requires inner purity, detachment and also a strong immune system or ojas to cope with such. One will also feel as if they are “trapped” and must use their own inner force to transcend such states and try and escape them. One can become lost in their own imaginations also, as one can in dhyana or meditations as well, unable to come out of these states. They are frightful experiences that one has to overcome and cannot simply be equated with punching a few bags in a studio or martial-arts class or the local pub brawl!

The experience has even driven some insane that were not ready. Revelations of St. John in my view is an example of an improperly-trained aspirant that had a failed kundalini experience or saw such visions in a negative manner – perhaps also outside the understanding and context of their own socio-religious background. This is despite what some (as Sri Yukteshwar in his Kaivalya Darshanam) may state – himself appearing not to match the teachings of his own Guru, Lahiri Mahasaya who I studied in full by the time I was seventeen and found no mention of an East-West alliance of his Guru (which surely, he of all people would have mentioned).

The experiences in one’s personal sadhana, especially within such family lineages are often cloaked in secrecy, especially until one is old enough to handle such power. As for myself, I attempted many sadhanas at an age before I should have, only to have varying experiences and being rebuked by my familial Guru (as was well-deserved on my part!).

It can often be years later that one discovers the experiences of like-yogis that have experienced such and can resonate with these experiences, but at the time, being rare, they can be mysterious and even frightening, especially when one’s vitality (ojas) or shraddha (faith) is low or variable. This is as, being unpredictable, the kundalini or shakti of yoga as it ascends, is the power of and form of the Devi or Divine Feminine power herself.

Thus, those who have uniquely experienced it (as the effects differ from practitioner to practitioner based on various concerns, karmic, social and otherwise) also were devotees of the great Goddess for several lifetimes and decades as well – also not deviating from the dharmic path and following pseudo-systems and paths, either, as such simply adds to obscurity of vision and reveals the realms of the mudhabhavas or delusional states of consciousness. 

Here again I stress, it simply fails as there is no actual cultural or genetic “link” with such – even if one comes into contact with external teachers, there is no shakti or power there and such becomes a mere intellectual exercise alone – or worse, can allow in other negative forces in that can take advantage of one’s ignorance and hysterical states, confusing narcissism and European self-entitlement with spiritual evolution!

We see this clearly with examples of western kundalini-yoga teachers. For a start, kundalini-yoga isn’t a unique system of its own and forms a part of the greater shakta path of Hinduism and other yogic disciplines, which require decades – even lifetimes of intense practices, which the European does not possess. Their own zeal to promote such reveals they have no idea what kundalini even is – and if such were raised, they’d die as a result of lack of ojas and also severe fright! Such can harm even advanced yogis brought up and taught within the greater yogic systems, let alone the neophyte westerners and especially women who are practising such today and think they are enlightened or have raised the kundalini! For a start, Yoga views the current humanity as dwelling in the consciousness beneath the muladhara within the immature stages of anger, vice, deceit, pride and arrogance, lust for riches, fame and fortune etc. – there isn’t even a sattvic or pure essence of the earth-planet in their psyche that wishes to even retain and preserve native faiths and their doctrines – but wish to exploit it. This is the nature of the asura-being, not even the human!

In the greater system of chakras, there are twenty-one major chakras with seven lesser ones beneath the muladhara or earth-consciousness, which is where human psyches dwell in this age. That the ‘love and light’ European Nordic-style female that frequents “healing expos” and “spirituals expos” or sets themselves up as a Yoga-teacher neither knows these, nor their states and correlates the subtle chakras with the physical body and think they can transcend native practices in which physical organs require physical healing modalities – just all goes to show that their entire doctrines and practices are flawed.

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. The traditional yoginis were deeply devotional and lived lives of austerities, often around or married to great Yogis and Rishis. They were not jazz and hip-hop teachers who taught in lycra-pants, expensive hair-styles and colouring and make-up  strutting around like a peacock, like some kind of wannabe female escort –which, I am sad to say, is the image they are giving off, over modesty.

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 take over 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!

Yoga and the raising of the kundalini is not about being the powerful pop-culture stereotype of the blonde woman with her quartz chakra-stick or the Gothic-style witch or Wiccan, but harnessing inner power along with the celestial femininity that radiates through the body that represents the celestial grace and charm that is the female, while radiating this power. This grace and nature of the Divine feminine is seen in Anandamayi Maa, Sri Sharada Devi (wife of Sri Ramakrishna), The Mother (the spiritual companion of the great Yogi Sri Aurobindo) Shree Maa and others who possessed this feminine grace and charm. It is quite a contrast from the domineering female person we find predominantly in such circles today!

The Yoga system today as even Ayurveda is more about marketing and having the ‘perfect website’ than anything else. It teaches that you can pass an exam, write an essay and that makes you a teacher – aspects such as sadhana and personal evolution and development, as also the intricacies of karma and actually working with it beyond a few Catholic-style mantric chants are seldom discussed or given any importance over the ‘setting up your own business’. In my traditional training, I did not have this luxury, nor do I wish for it and also explains my sometimes aggressive stance to uphold tradition over attract numerous customers that like my New-Age and all-encompassing pseudo-approach!

For some reason, Europeans think they can ignore the past and elevate themselves to a position transcending native advanced and caste-born Brahmins as well as shamans, native healers etc. with their new systems of intellectual fancy, driven by the Christian self-righteous gene! Until this changes, nobody in the west can even understand what kundalini actually is, much less raise it beyond the sphere of their toes to their knees in the realm of lesser base chakras and base humans instincts comparable with animals – not the high-level Yogin!

For those interested in a deeper analysis of Yoga traditions and depth, note my books:

1. Traditional Yoga

2. Exploring Mantric Ayurveda

3. Agni Rahasya

Footnotes:

1. Arthur Osbourne: The Teachings of Ramana Maharishi: Sri Ramanashram, Random House Group (Publisher), 1962

Native Faiths and Preserving Dharma

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Native Faiths and Preservation:

We have a very liberal world that believes in the idea of liberality for one and all as well as the Christianised view that every teaching can be open to one and all. This Europeanised idea within the modern age of self-entitlement and equality however, isn’t all it’s cracked up to me!

Here, there is a massive difference between having an actual inner and genuine drive for a return to a native tradition and then there is jumping on band-wagons for self-justification. They’re clearly not the same thing.

Today, everyone is hysterical about jumping on the “Vedic” bandwagon as if it’s the New World Order of spirituality and epitomises one’s spiritual-state. It is nothing but a pop-trend and sadly the ‘powers that be’ within it have manufactured the idea of a coming ‘Golden Age’ of Vedic spirituality.

In truth it’s up there with the second coming of Jesus or the belief that Satan is actually real. Simply a novel idea created by Europeans to justify their place within native traditions and also their usual attempt to grandstand on ancient traditions as their own past has been destroyed by the Church – and they let it happen, whereas other cultures in India, China, Africa, the Americas, Pacific and other regions fought and preserved their native faiths. And now these Europeans wish to ‘cash in’ on the hard work our ancestors have done, when their own were too useless and lazy to defend themselves. Harsh – but true! India managed to survive the onslaught of numerous Islamic invasions and also rule, plus British domination and came out still with native faiths, traditions and sciences in-tact!

Likewise, the Jews have diligently preserved their own traditions in a region dominated by numerous foreign elements and threats as even today. They made the best of their lives in Europe, starting with less grace and fortune than the Europeans and were persecuted for this jealousy. The same goes for many east-Asian and Indian owned businesses in the West. It proves that Europeans have been historically lazy and filled with excuses, sit back and allow others to pave a path for them, which they then run on and claim as their own and hence culturally misappropriate. 

Today we have armchair Ayurvedic practitioners, Vedantic and Tantric scholars as well as armchair Sanskrit experts, who argue they are reviving a ‘dead’ language as some white Professor who like Max Muller, has never been to India, has stated so. How can we even take such people seriously when such bizarre and incorrect statements that would make them the laughing stock of any native Hindu are floated about due to spiritual and even general naivety and reveals a lack of general viveka or discrimination, invalidating their own so-called prerequisites they wish to have to enter into Yogic and other native-style traditions?

 
In New Zealand, it is true that we now have many Europeans or Pakehas trying to represent native Maori traditions and wishing to be seen as equals to the Maori people who have fought long and hard against British oppression and Christianity, to keep their native traditions pure, original and sacred. The tapu or the sacred and that which is to be kept safe-guarded such as traditional restrictions here are not to be violated, as such help preserve both the world in which the Maori live and all of live that is associated with the sacred, as with many ancient cultures. Some areas or objects for example may have a tapu placed upon them, which has to be lifted before people can touch or go near them. These are similar to the ancient restrictions placed by the Rishis of ancient India to preserve ancient teachings form the hands of lay-people misusing them, as also upon certain sacred places and such and have to do with the karma an individual will receive of violating these spiritual impositions / injunctions.

Such an important aspects of native traditions to preserve their traditions that the European mind with their invasive culture and mentality, often disregards and comes blundering into.
 

The European Christ Complex and the Indigenous People’s Psyche:

 
In the western (European-dominated) world, it is one of Christ-complexes that radiate an heir of self-entitlement, superiority complexes as well as (hypocritical) ideals of liberality – as in that they must be accepted into native traditions, otherwise native traditions such as Brahmins and Shaman-healers with their close-knit communities are seen as “unenlightened” and “dogmatic” by the European. Yet, in their Christian-style vanity, they forget that if it wasn’t for such social implementation and rigid systems and regulations of acceptance, the very traditions of native healing – whether from Polynesians or Ayurveda in India, to Yoga and the oriental Martial Arts, would cease to exist today for them to even culturally appropriate! Their own traditions, as noted, have long died, yet these even more ancient traditions still survive, many even over 5,000 years, withstanding the test of time!
 

Secondly, this Christianised approach also contradicts itself. While the Christian Colonialists wished to convert their Black slaves in the Americas to Christianity from their ‘heathen’ African traditions as they saw them, they still failed to accept Blacks and others as a valid race, or even equal-status as a human-being and hence created separate communities, quarters and even Churches, seeing the admixture of faiths being ‘unholy’ and not part of their Christian white superiority and self-entitlement. While my words may seem harsh, I wish to state this here before I get inundated with a flood of emails from the Social Justice Warriors of Christo-Hippy extraction that wish to call me a bigot, ignoring their own past, history and aggressive nature, which is again not the same as native faiths that didn’t go around the world creating religious wars, not converting people in missionary attempts to ‘save’ them, nor create bloodshed and cultural destruction as a result of this!

 

Native people such as the Brahmins of India maintained purity through bloodlines and genetics, regulating even what foods and professions one could do in their family lines to keep memories pure, bodies pure and the social environment pure for the memorisation of ancient teachings and texts, that would otherwise have been written down and burnt long ago by the hordes of Islamic invaders!

The Aborigine of Australia, Native Americans and also Polynesians also have similar methods of passing these down in oral traditions and keeping such secrets and teachings close-guarded – that was, until the original socialists in Asia (Buddhists and Jains) freed such and taught the enemies (Persians and Arabs) their science of war, fighting, military tactics and war-technology that was used against them – and later the Europeans who felt it their “right” to spread the teachings of the Vedas to the Christian masses to freely (mis)interpret in their own right. We see here overall then, that there has been a decline in native traditions and faith as also integrity in such since the inception of European ‘Vedic scholars’ and the likes and the liberalisation and distortion of these native sciences and teachings over their originally-intended close-guarded traditions that retained both original purity, translation and understanding as also integral nature. 

I need not go into the pseudo-systems and New-Age methods and distortions that sometimes mirror closely, but still misrepresent ancient practices, namely spiritual and healing practices. Readers will find I have several such articles on these topics, researched in-depth! There are many aspects of which the European will also take light-heartedly due to their own egotism that is born along with the Christocentric complex that is synonymous with Eurocentrism. One such example is initiations or coming into a spiritual fold, which may take many manners and may be of numerous levels depending on both the individual and various traditions, which vary greatly.

Dikshas or initiations can take many forms in the Yogic path and are not the same as the delusions experienced by people existing outside native faiths. These can be higher, lower, inner or on the form of dreams, astral or otherwise. The sanctity of such is also very important.

Over the years I have come to see many people desiring such,  but often not honouring these. Some have wished for them and then stated they have no belief in the manner in which they were initiated which raises many questions. While we can all have our own ideas and opinions, if we wish to uphold a certain tradition or lineage, we should not seek to constantly see ourselves as “traditionalists” on one hand and distort or interpolate New-Age and Christianised concepts and ideals on the other.

One of the common examples I see is western Ayurvedic Practitioners. They are often brainwashed into criticising graduates of Indian programs and Clinical Training as also the BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in a vain attempt to validate their own theories. However, they always fall into the category of neither true traditional Ayurveda nor the BAMS-style system in India and remain somewhere in between in the sphere of pseudo-Ayurveda or New-Age Ayurveda.

Many for example will claim that marma points in Ayurveda match the TCM acu-points and systems and can be treated in the same manner or even through acupuncture. Others claim that surgery on marmas was performed historically – both of which reveal a complete ignorance of traditional Ayurvedic learning, either through the study of traditional classics or Ayurvedic Surgical methods and falls into the category of hearsay and mental fetishes that are so typical of the New-Age sphere.

The issue here is that the samskaras or traits of the European born outside or having no genetic connection, even remotely to a native tradition always tends to revert back to his Christian infantile stages, even if progressing well in the beginning. The superiority complex always raises its head and again causes issues and eventually degenerates into a crude-form of franchisation of the ancient knowledge which then becomes further distorted!

It is here that we can clearly see why the ancient Hindu Brahmins, the Jewish Rabbinal traditions and several native people and their Shamans and Priests, Healers and others, kept their traditions secluded from even their own native people and lesser uneducated classes, what to speak of those who had no kinship to even their religious and cultural traditions of even a plebeian manner. They could foresee these dangers and distortions that we are having today in our age of liberality, dominated by socialism’s constant pressure upon them for variation and the open-market.

May this be a lesson to all native people!

 

The Truth about Meditation

By Ved Kovid, Durgadas.

(c) 2014 www.nzayurveda.com. All rights reserved.

Many groups today such as the TM Movement try and promote so-called ‘meditations’, as do Yoga teachers. However, meditations must be given to people only after knowing their spiritual growth, their constitutions, health issues and also other factors at play.

First of all, one cannot and should not do any meditations until the mind is stilled. And this isn’t simply a 5-minute process!

Many advanced Yogis took several years of practices for stilling the mind, before attempting meditation – and this was in peaceful conditions. Trying to attempt such today in modern lifestyles and cities is foolishness, and is also why people cannot focus or concentrate properly on meditation or it becomes merely superficial or imagined at best. Then it creates other influences.

The greater path of meditation was also part of the greater Tantric Yoga of which the Vedic was part of. Tantric Yoga itself is merely the play of Vedic Yogic energies of Indragnisoma or Vayu, Agni-Surya and Soma.

Most meditation today also does not follow deities or the proper path of mantras and such. Becoming a Yogi is a long and tiresome path – even for those born with previous strong Yogic samskaras and brought up doing Yoga from early ages in a Hindu family – let alone those who become Yoga teachers and such and try and teach others!

Various mental impressions or vasanas also surface in meditation and people often don’t know how to deal with them. This is as they are lodged in the Chitta along with accumulating vasanas and there is no vivekagni to help release or burn them up. This is also why Homas and such were important on a psycho-physical level socially.

Deity practices or sadhanas were also done for this to help release them, as also fire practices and such. These also gave Yogis the power to use mantras for both meditation and otherwise, as without this, mantras have little effect on the mind alone, not at the deeper level (not even subtle, let alone causal!). As an example, before any mantras were used in any way, they were chanted by the individual at least 100,000 times in order to release their energies to the individual. Some are able to do less, due to previous Yogic samskaras or traits that they had from former lives and awakened, however.

The higher forms of Shiva and the Goddess were generally taken here as the inner guides or Gurus along these steps, as also protecting the individual from various harms along the way. As one advances, they also teach subtly the lessons that unfold in our lives and how to deal with it. Bhakti or devotion hence forms an important part along with Jnana or wisdom, even in non-dualistic or Advaita traditions, due to nature, which has the modes of sattvas (purity), rajas (agitation, desire and passion) and tamas (darkness, ignorance and inertia), which we can easily fall pray to, or even open up to astral negative influences in meditation, if we don’t do it properly with protection. Without such tools, meditation can be a bit like walking out into cool snowy weather without proper clothes and as dangerous!

These are actually examples of practices that sadhaks or aspirants traditionally did for years before taking up any meditations, otherwise they cause others to surface, without detaching from the present. After this, we can begin to work better with these tendencies or traits that come out in a more positive manner.

There are many challenges along the path that modern Yoga teachers and students alike are blissfully ignorant of, but are known in the greater Tantric tradition, if we examine the classical texts and such. 

Yoga as Asana meaning postures is also false – Asana means “a seated position” and implies sthira (stillness). This is required for meditation. Hatha Yoga Pradeepika also states Siddhasana is the best Asana on this – of which many Yoga teachers have ignored! Yoga Sutras, the Gita, Swetasvara Upanishad and Vivekachudamani also state that the Asana is having the spine, neck etc. straight alone and calming the mind. The Vedic Rishis were Munis (silent seers), as taking up mauna-tapasya (vow of silence), it stills the physical speech, which in turn stills the manas or mind, which in turn, when manas or mind is stilled, stills the indriyas or senses. Indra is “one who is master of indriyas” or Yogeshwara (Shiva) – one accomplished in Yoga!

So, first before we begin meditation, we must calm the mind. Bhakti is useful, as are bhajans before we go into deeper mantras and such, which can be more difficult to harness and also require much inner effort to work with at a deeper level, as higher sadhanas also open us up astrally to several asuric influences – not only the Divine!

We must know how to protect ourselves and also the implications that come with such. Even when contemplating the Self, there are influences that will magnify around us, as our own previous residual karmas (prarabdha) start coming out, and even the Devas as demigod Indra are jealous of humans who attain great heights and try and send distractions as they did to mighty Rishis as Vishwamitra and others – let alone the current humanity!

Properties of Garlic

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The many properties of Garlic. This is a poster I created from the research one will find in more depth in my book “Aushadh Rahasya: The Secret of Ayurvedic Herbs and Disorders of the Mind”.

Aushadh Rahasya expands and adds depth to the relationship between Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic teachings. Filled with important and little known references to the Vedas and the rich spiritual tradition of Ayurveda; it is destined to be an important reference book for teachers, and an important book for all students of Yoga, Ayurveda, health, and spirituality.

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Durgadas (“Rodney”) Lingham is a traditionally trained practitioner in all aspects of Ayurveda in the Ashtavaidya system of Ayurvedic medicine in Kerala, India and is also a student of Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) – one of the world’s noted authorities on Ayurveda in … Continue reading About