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April 27, 2015
Traditionally, Yoga had an aspirant and Guru relationship. Then Yoga was taught to westerners. As a result Yoga was exported and some aspirants could not visit their Guru very often. Aspirants began to train with aspirants and Yoga bacame more physical in the west. Now, the level of proficiency has come up dramatically due to Yoga teacher courses, workshops, seminars, and programs. This is good for all forms of Yoga, not just good for Hatha Yoga. Now we are in the 21st century. Many of the students, teachers, and Yogacharyas, learn from the old ways of demonstration and lecture still, but there are also many good courses that use DVD, Internet, MP3, PDF, CD, etc. There are so many ways for a yoga instructor to continue education that there is no right or wrong way. It is human nature to think we are better because of what we have, education, gender, skin color, religion, money, caste, and so on. This is not the Yogic path, but it is the path of the evil one.
When you can dehumanize another human being, you can then justify discrimination, intolerance, and ethnic cleansing. Study Yoga as you wish, but live the example of a Yoga teacher or Guru. Do not ever think you are better than anyone, because this is the path of the evil one. I hope you will consider these thoughts as many Yogis have for thousands of years before us. Educate yourself, but remain humble. You are an example to the rest of the world.
Om Namo Rajo Jushei Sristau
Sthithou Sattwa Mayayacha
Tamo Mayaya Sam-harinei
Om Brahmanyei Namaha
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti,
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