The importance of lineage can’t be underestimated. A lineage ensures that the accumulation of spiritual wisdom, of many lifetimes of experimentation are not lost. Until the arrival of the “Blind belief is king” ideologies approximately 1400 years ago, lineages were the organically evolved repositories of the accumulated learning of humanity. Family lineages, occupational lineages, creative lineages and knowledge lineages all carried these lessons and wisdom from generation to generation. All lineages served two purposes – the preparation of the individual and the transferral of the body of knowledge so carefully and painstakingly acquired and refined by the lineage. In all of these traditions “mastery of the essence” was what earned a person respect, and often a livelihood also. Membership of the lineage was also a sign that as an individual, this person has been deemed trustworthy. Membership of a lineage was the “badge of honour” which gave comfort to members of the community. Above all, a lineage ensures that the accumulation of spiritual wisdom, of many lifetimes of experimentation is not lost but also is not permitted to pass into the hands of those who would abuse it for harm, personal gain, or self-aggrandisement.
Some long range explorations take many generations and in India the lineage “Guru Shishya Parampara” ensures that this wisdom and knowledge is institutionalised. If there is one thing supremacists and colonialists hate, its indigenous institutions and history bears witness to the corruption and deconstruction of such knowledge traditions by those who would conquer. The Church of the Dark ages, (some would say .. not yet over ) in burning witches and pagans across Europe was undermining and destroying knowledge lineages, St Francis and the burning of thousands of temples and Brahmins in Goa, the British colonialists in India destroying the integrity of the Gurukul system deliberately doing the same and now this new raft of “Yoga Scholars” typified by Theo Wildcroft, in trying to give the appearance of academic sanction and validity for the concept of ‘post lineage yoga’, is doing the same. From a YogaVidya perspective, apart from being another manifestation of a troubled klesha afflicted, deconstructive mind, deliberately or naively, this is an abuse of sacred lineage.
Jnana Yoga teaches that the nature of mind is to seize dumb, inert lifeless concepts and to give them the appearance of 3 dimensional realities, as every cheap 2 bit marketing hustler knows. YogaVidya is the protected curated knowledge space wherein souls troubled by mind find refuge and nourishment, in tranquility. The act of pouring concepts and mind noise into this pristine emptiness is an act of vandalism… and they, being “scholar practitioners” 🙂 should know it to be such. The deceitful ego and it’s search for immortality, “please look at me I’m important”, manifesting here as a desire to be acknowledged for coining a catchphrase, going even to the extent of allegedly plagiarising in order to gain recognition, is an impulse, usually left behind in adolescence. Can you imagine Rishi Patanjali, the father of a lineage, demanding to be recognised and credited for the use of Ashtanga yoga?