In both form and content, the work curated by Aghori Babarrazi presents a jagged paradox, true to his pseudonym, that defibrillates the limping heart of yoga philosophy. His crew consistently speaks for yoga-as-egoic-dissolution—through the most singular and eccentric voice of modern yoga literature. They repeatedly invoke the austerity of complete personal responsibility, while delighting in trash-talk from behind the scrim of anonymity. Aghori’s editorial paradox mirrors... Read More
The moral tales Vivekananda spins are as relevant today as when he first spoke them. The metaphysics of his presentation…an entirely different case.
Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of […]
‘The yogin had to undergo a long period of preparation. He was not allowed to perform a single yogic exercise until he had completed an extensive moral training. The aspirant began by observing the yamas (“prohibitions”). At the top of the list was ahimsa, ‘harmlessness.’ The yogin must not kill or injure other creatures; he […]
In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It […]