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Posted on January 18 at 10:22 p.m.
Pigeons, Bangalore, Deutschland
On The Quiet Indian
Posted on January 3 at 8:54 p.m.
it hurtsthat what I mistookfor today’s spring mistis just the smoke of woodthat has beenconsumed by the fire—Former Preceptor Keisen
Posted on January 2 at 10:17 a.m.
tsune yori mokyô no kasumi zoaware narutakigi tsukinishikeburi to omoeba
Posted on December 29 at 2:13 p.m.
And, Nandini, keep focused on your compassionate service, by whatever name.
Posted on December 29 at 1:18 p.m.
I am not sure what purpose it serves to bat around terms in conversations wherein the terms are not defined and agreed on. If you take all the Religious Studies professors in the world and place them in an hermetically sealed compartment for eternity, they will never be able to agree on any one definition of the word "religion." So, unless those engaged in a conversation agree precisely on what a religion is, conversations of whether x, y, or z, is a religion serve no productive purpose. Some of those professors of Religious Studies argue that any religion worthy of the name must entail a relationship with a "higher being" or beings. If that is the case, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, does include the word Ishvara (Lord, God), so on that basis, said professors might agree among themselves that yoga is religious. This is especially true if the professors happen to be, for instance, sympathetic to fundamentalist Christian fears of yoga "corrupting the minds of our youth." If such professors were asked to offer a their opinions in a legal proceeding, for example, where fundamentalist Christians were attempting to bar yoga from being taught in public schools, they might, depending on the intelligence and theological persuasions of the court, prevail.
Posted on December 28 at 2:33 p.m.
Links between contemporary American-style postural yoga and India and other developing nations are more numerous than meet the eye. After all, most commonly worn "yoga outfits" at yoga classes in the United States are made by lululemon, a company that has manufactured their apparel in sweatshops in developing nations where there have been allegations of forced child labor and appalling working conditions. Some Americans will spend $15,000 on such apparel in a year.