Sunday, June 14, 2009

Yoga, unity, & community

Heidegger perhaps knew it and quietly strayed away incurring the displeasure of his teacher. Finally, Merleau-Ponty spilled the beans that Husserl's reduction is an impossibility. And then began the sequence of mutating Phenomenology by Levinas, Sch├╝tz and others.

Integral Yoga was formulated by Sri Aurobindo around the same time as Husserl. M.P. Pandit once complained of lack of Tapas in the Ashram. In fact, his book titled Life Beautiful is an exposition on the strands of traditional Yoga. Jugal Kishore Mukherjee, in his book, expressed the apprehension that the Ashram is turning into a cultural organisation. M.V. Nadkarni wrote a rejoinder against a neighboring Ashram ridiculing that, "There is no teaching in the Sri Aurobindo ashram." And now Angiras warns, "Stop pretending that anyone is practising Integral Yoga."

The Heehs imbroglio has put enormous strains on the ideal and practice of human unity. A lot of opacity prevails over what is labeled as IY community. The BJP is in turmoil, and so are we. The future needs to be imagined in a much broader context. [TNM]

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