I have decided to write a post on a particular favorite of mine, judgement. In the past, I have had many modern “yoga” teachers say that I am judgmental. I can see their point. From a very very shallow and ignorant position of knowledge of yoga and what it is, I probably do look judgmental when I state what is and what is not yoga.
I have had others say, why do you have to say the negative, and point out the flaws? You catch more bees with honey than with fire. My reply is that with out the duality you do not gain discernment and i am not trying to catch bees. those that want to know, will listen and learn what i can teach them. Most people are completely oblivious to what yoga really is. In fact, most people don’t really care at all. They just want to feel good. If they knew the damage that they were doing to themselves from a real yoga lens, they would be shocked. It is a science after all and if you have been following this blog, you get the understanding that there is a lot more to all of this that is not taught to the teachers in any teacher training just for pure lack of knowledge of those doing the teacher teaching. For those that are “yoga” teachers, they also are pretty innocent in their ignorance as to what they teach and the damage they are doing to others. After all, the deeper knowledge has to be given thru lots of study with a real teacher that knows and can give that deeper wisdom.
This all comes down to science of all the vidyas that come from the Vedic tradition. They are all based in the same contextual science of the 5 elements, Gunas of the mind as well as the 20 Gunas of substances. They are based in Prana and rich metaphors of the cosmos and its creation as well as the manifestation of consciousness into matter. Time of year, day, etc as well as season and the age of the person; location, environment; all of these things are important to understand all of the vedic vidyas. They are all based on Sanatana Dharma. No ancient text gives the, oh so desired by the western mind, simplistic list of how to do something and how not to. But instead all of the wisdom comes from understanding the basis of all of this knowledge. It flows into all of the sciences and makes all of the wisdom spring forth from the shastras. It has to be learned, cognizes, adapted and embodied for the fruits of these vidyas to ripen. It takes a persons work to unfold the knowledge, link it all together, with the help of the texts, and a real teacher.
To this context, there needs to be those small few that continue to hold the light while the rest walk into or even dance into the darkness pretending its light.
And to some I will look like a judgmental or dogmatic jerk. But I have the ancient texts behind me and a path with actual progress and results as per the textual content.
Dogma is blind belief in something you don’t understand. Blind faith. Look it up.
Dogmatic is doing something that you don’t understand but continue to do with out trying to understand it any deeper. Sound familiar?
The following is very poorly translated verses from Charaka Samhita, Sutrastana chapter 30
Charaka speaks to the point of false knowledge and those people posing as doctors or what we call practitioners or teachers here in America with very limited education available to us here. He speaks to the damage that those people do to others out of ego and greed. Charaka below speaks to actual confrontation in public with those people. He does not say anything about turning the other cheek and pretending your too spiritual to stand up for truth not does anywhere in the texts speak of disagreement or confrontation not being spiritual. These are Western concepts brought into the juxtapose. But then again, who has that knowledge of yoga to defend what it is in this ocean of “it is whatever one wants it to be” yoga? You gotta know what it is to believe in it. Okay, here we go…..
There are persons having partial and superficial informations whose unexpected flying up creates irritation like that of male bustard. Hence, in the beginning of their talk, one should always confront with a view to testing the superiority or inferiority because there only the well-versed in scriptures can stand while those knowing a portion of it feel fear by the very word of the entire treatise like the weak bustards by the sound of bow-string.
Some animal in the midst of the weak ones behaves like a wolf but finding a real wolf it reverts to it’s natural way. Likewise, a fool on the basis of his talkativeness, establishes his authority among the fools but is exposed in face of the real authority. Like large brown mongoose hidden in it’s own woolen bristles, what the fool having no wide knowledge can speak in discussions as a clumsy, dull one. The physician should not come in conflict with men of noble conduct though having little knowledge but should subdue the otherwise posing themselves as authority at the very start. The fools often are arrogant and talkative speaking too much and irrelevantly while the gentlemen are often good-looking and talking less and relevantly. One, dispassionately, should not tolerate the little-knowing but talkative and quarrel-some persons in order to bring to light the importance of real knowledge. Those who are compassionate to creatures and are sincerely devoted to real knowledge pay attention to checking the ignoble debates
Those who are not authority in their own treatise often condemn others taking resort to ignoble views, lack of time, illness, arrogance and harshness. One should keep away from these scripture-defiles who simulate the noose of death and should be devoted to the good physicians who are full of calmness, knowledge and understanding.
Cause of Misery and Happiness:
Entire misery relating to both mind and body depend on ignorance, the entire happiness resides in pure knowledge
Opening statement of the Charaka Samhita:
This treatise with wide scope is not illuminating to the ignorant people as the sun does not light the path for the blind.
You could seriously write a thesis on each one of these slokas (verses).