Look around you. Our world is being ripped apart by fundamentalism. In Iraq and Syria, we have fundamentalist Muslims destroying our heritage in the form of ISIS. In America, fundamentalist liberals are battling fundamentalist Christians for the heart of our culture, cloaking themselves in our constitution as a means to force their opinions on others.
Every so often, there comes a time in history where esoteric and spiritual principals need to be taken from the hands of elite and given back to the people. We have seen this many times in the past. Buddhism was formed when Siddhartha confronted the Brahmanistic culture of India. Jesus was put to death for taking on the spiritual leaders in Israel. Now, millennia later, the persecuted have become the persecutors. Dare I say the Vicar of Christ has lost his mind be delving into subjects not even related to Jesus's teachings. Yoga is now a watered down corporately owned farce of itself, relegated to a group of stretches. Gone is the deep introspection and self-analysis of Pantanjali.
Our educational institutions have been overrun by a Brahmanist culture that embraces bureaucracy over academic and intellectual expression. Now our universities seem more interested in gathering tuition than preparing students for a good life.
Those are just a few examples that I perceive happening today. It saddens me to see people lose their individuality and put into conveniently labeled silos so that they can be judged by the nature of that lable instead of the content of their character.
Something miraculous has happened in the past decade or so. We now have the ability to disseminate knowledge for free over the internet. Information is now available at a relatively low cost. We can share our ideas, at least for now, without fear of repression.
I think there is a historic opportunity to return Christianity and Yoga back to their introspective roots.
When the Roman Catholic Church attempted to wipe Gnosticism off the map, its destructive force was thwarted by a person who hid some of the gnostic text in an Egyptian cave.
Is it a coincidence that these text emerged recently?
I don’t really know.
I do know, however, that if Christianity is to evolve as a practice, the primary focus should be on the individual and not the institution.
I also think that Yoga has gotten off course, but this has happened recently.
Hatha Yoga, or the poses we see in modern yoga classes were originally created as a method to prepare the body for long periods of meditation.
It is not a means to an end in itself.
This is why I am calling for the resurgence of Jnana Yoga.
Jnana Yoga is one of the four paths of Yoga.
It is the past of wisdom and intellectual analysis of ones nature in order to understand God.
By returning introspection and logic to Christianity and Yoga, I think we can take the look into ourselves without the need for the approval of the ruling class.
My writings on the Gospel of Thomas and the Yoga Sutras generally reflect that worldview.
As I go along in my writings, I hope to fuse both practices into one set of practices so that we all can personally know Christ.