Andrea is the author of “Selling Yoga” and is a scholar of modern yoga.
Andrew is a spiritual activist and author.
A Critique of Rajiv Malhotra’s book Being Different.
Jonathan is an activist and yoga scholar-practitioner.
JP is a comedian and author.
Marianne is a political organizer and activist.
Chris is an author and “no-bullshit” spiritual teacher.
Kelly is a Holistic Psychiatrist and integrative healing advocate.
The word “enlightenment” is a translation of the German aufklärung, literally “up-clearing.” For scholars, these words (both German and English) are effectively synonymous with the 18th Century, the “Age of Reason.” The metaphor of clarification or aufklärung was used by intellectuals of that time to describe their own project, of clearing away superstition to make room for scientific liberal democracy.
When we do yoga, we move our bodies around, so are working with gesture, tone, and posture, to embed in the bones the understanding that we are one with the underlying principle of Universal Being – Consciousness, (Sat-Chit-Ananda), which yogic sages sometimes call the deathless Self.
To live a life according to the wisdom of ecology is the most urgent task for humanity today. What can the philosophy of yoga contribute to this critical challenge? How can we develop an environmental ethics according to yogic principles? What would a sustainable ethics based on yoga look like?
What’s happening is real and painful, but if we recognize that our emotions function within a narrow level of our consciousness, we can save ourselves from being devoured. Even as we’re being bludgeoned by an experience, we can pull back and tune in to a deeper dimension in ourselves.
Matthew is a cultural critic and journalist.