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The Myth of Hindu Supremacy

Many westerners, especially the former colonial slave masters the Britishers, have fully formed opinions and views of what a Hindu is, what a Hindu should be, what Hinduism is and what Yoga is and much of what constitutes these opinions is based upon colonial accounts and memories. When a Hindu seeks to correct or challenge these prejudices, the common charge “you’re a Hindu Supremacist” or “You’re a Hindu Fundamentalist” is laid at their door. .

In praise of generalisations..

One of the strategies of the intellectually mischievous is to deflect responsibility for the consequences of their favoured ideology by rejecting every criticism as a ‘generalisation’.This mechanism is most frequently deployed when one challenges a “religious” ideology, and especially when one is seeking to either protect indigenous understandings, especially dharmic Hindu principles or to differentiate the key impetus driving the colonialist “religions”.

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Why Indigenous Names ARE important..

A recent article by Scientific American magazine introduced the term “Cardiac Coherence Breathing Exercise” in describing what a hundred generations of Hindus have known as Anuloma Viloma. The twitter space picked it up and scores of Occidental self declared yogis rushed to “defend the ramparts” against the demands of natives claiming that this was yet another example cultural appropriation.

From “Post Lineage Yoga” to “Post Scholar Yoga”… in 5 days ..

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.

Can Non Hindus “do Yoga” without “becoming Hindu”? No…. but

Can Non Hindus “do yoga” without becoming Hindu? This question is being asked with increasing frequency …. a “Hindu” answers… If you continue to practise yoga diligently, you will learn WHAT you are. You will become intimately familiar with your own body and in doing so become familiar with every body. When you continue, you …

The rise of the “Evangelizing Yoga Colonialist”.

There is a huge problem with men whose childhood has been marred by low esteem or the lack of adequate positive nurturing. As these men age, they over compensate and a trait appears which is identifiable as narcissism… and they remain ‘man child”. This phenomenon is particularly widespread in post colonial societies, especially with white …

Can “White” people lead Kirtan? A yogini asks

A question was posed yesterday by a dear “white” yoga practitioner “Can white people lead Kirtan?” Unlike an irrelevant question irreverantly asked, a genuine beautiful question respectfully asked warrants an appropriately loving reply …. “Thank you dear friend, as you say it’s an intricate web of threads. Imagine if you will the following story. In …