Look at the healthy attitude ancients have towards nature,
who can recognise stars we only can photograph in professional observatories:
When being confronted with the damage our civilisation does to the environment the initial knee-jerk-reaction is to blame-shift either “the climate-change-leftists”, or “the bad capitalists”, but here lies the problem:
We all are equally responsible for destroying nature by living a degenerate lifestyle which does make us buy damaging products (which includes even many spiritual gadgets) .
And the dynamics of our ego-driven blame-shift is the next issue:
Blame only creates guilt without usually changing a thing – vice versa – it bolts opinions into the ground or hurts people for decades. Entire lives of others are destroyed all in the name of protecting our egos or out of ignorance.
If those are not reasons enough to evolve, even the least sensitive hardcore-materialist will eventually come to the same conclusion Yuval Noah Harari came in his book “21 lessons for the 21st century”:
The technological revolution might soon push billions of humans out of the job market, and create a massive new useless class, leading to social and political upheavals that no existing ideology knows how to handle. All the talk about technology and ideology might sound abstract and remote, but the very real prospect of mass unemployment – or personal unemployment – leaves nobody indifferent.
When you grow up, you might not have a job
We have no idea what the job market will look like in 2050. It is generally agreed that machine learning and robotics will change almost every line of work – from producing yoghurt to teaching yoga. However, there are conflicting views about the nature of the change and its imminence. Some believe that within a mere decade or two, billions of people will become economically redundant. Others maintain that even in the long run automation will keep generating new jobs and greater prosperity for all.
The prosperity he talked about would only work if wealth is shared in a resource-based economy, but since there were calculations in the 70s estimating that a 4-member family could be fed by one family member working only 11 hours per week, we see where this is heading. Since greed is inbuilt in our loan-based-currency-system it always will lead to the more fortunate ones to grab their big share and leave only the minimum the masses still accept for the rest.
Do you naively believe that social benefit in welfare states would merely be a result of the goodness of politician’s hearts? Benefits may have that noble function, but the other half is to ensure that simpletons do not resort to violence and crime – this is why the TV and internet is even payed for by welfare and being declared as a ‘basic necessity’ of existence (to pacify the population).
If we had no mass media we would see an equal amount of people on the streets as was at times of great recessions in the past. The reason for the mass of folks being oblivious, dumb and careless lies in the lack of school-education to guide humans to their highest self. Instead we were turned into useful working-idiots just needed to sustain the economy of the decade – when more chemists were needed they changed the curricula regardless if someone was rather destined to be a philosopher or carpenter.
And now we ourselves do it to the next generation, because we lost contact to the believe in our purpose providing for us and replaced it with the dogma of having to earn money, so we would not even know what to do with our entire day if we were only to work for 4 hours daily as Thích_Nhất_Hạnh proposed in his book “The sun my heart“.
The biggest danger for humankind is not our current state of affairs but the tremendous inertia with which we can turn around our self-constructed huge oil-tanker before it crashes like the Titanic:
To change the economy towards being more environmental friendly will take decades,
but in order to be able to do that we first have to change society, which also will take decades by the level of todays denial, so in order to tackle that, each of us has to change not to depend on fast throw-away-gadgets, and we know that our ego is the aspect which resists hardest and longest.
But because we don’t have another century of changing comfortably, we now can and even must utilise the new opportunities of internet communication to accelerate our evolution by combining the stalagmites of our physical growth with the stalactites of mental revelations.
|The focus on the physical starts at diets and exercises, but stops at the impatience when needing to meditate or contemplate.||And the focus only on the mental starts with religions or esoteric techniques but stops as soon as we are required to move out of our comfort zone.|
Both paths show limitations as can be seen even by masters of all kinds being prone to fate and setbacks.
Hence I would like to offer an example of a holistic development which beginners as well as advanced students can use as a guide-rail to modify at their own liberty.
The structure will be
- A short physical exercise for all levels, taking Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (SCK) as an example. The principles behind it are
- the principle of meditation
- of up, down, left & right
- hidden breathing techniques
- the right posture,
- And what usually is neglected or dismissed as some tedious time-waster is personality work, and dedication to the principles of life (which is larger than us)
something propagated by orders, such as A.M.O.R.C., or spiritual masters such as Rudolf Steiner.
For that I will use some examples from Raja Yoga which does compliment everything not mentioned in SCK perfectly.
I invite everyone, regardless of which tradition you follow, to undergo this course which will not require you to stop your current practice – vice versa – it even will enhance it;
and if you have not chosen any spiritual practice yet then it is even more important for you to get started to dip your toes into the vast ocean of spirituality.
Young people often believe that spirituality is too boring to deal with in youth, and think that it is something to be postponed until we are old (and to my surprise I even heard two paralysed wheel-chair drivers independently still cherishing their youth higher than their need to evolve out of their pain).
Yet it is not young ones who are likely to skip this course because they are still curious.
The ones least likely to even try this will be the people who already gained some spiritual knowledge and therewith deem themselves to be ‘professional’, ‘advanced’ or ‘teachers’. They especially are asked, despite their experience, to free up 3 minutes for each practical lesson of this 12-lesson-course.
If you need some credentials: I did build up Sodarshan Chakra Kriya up to 2.5 hours over 30 years throughout the most adverse circumstances and can significantly reduce tremendous failures and wastes of time for you.
I do consider meditation-yoga-kriyas much stronger than normal plain sitting (and I am not talking about the non-spiritual wellness sports-yoga).
I for example knew a Buddhist who was not concerned about the speed of his evolution and contempt with meditating 20 minutes daily because he thought that he could do the rest in next life.
He only forgot that meanwhile he still did build up a lot of Karma due to ignorance and ended up in such a emaciated physical condition that he had to revert to eating meat and in the end became a Christian because he did need some saviour to turn to.
In order not to sink down to a begging-child-state our evolution should be faster than the Karma we pile on.
If you do that course sincerely you will come out changed regardless of your starting point.
3 Replies to “Why we should evolve faster – and how to do it.”
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Thanks for very illuminating post. Aluna is just wonderful.
In my understanding, Yoga Sutras of Pathanjali is the first and most authentic text on Yoga. Raja Yoga of Swami Vivekanada is, perhaps, the most authentic (English) interpretation and commentary on Yoga Sutras of Pathanjali. Yoga was morphed into many forms and paths and processes. Most of them are based one limb of Raja Yoga or may be, a couple of them. Many of them are marketed as the ‘best’ or the ‘easiest’ or the ‘fastest’. In my opinion, there is no short cut to Yoga because subset a subset can’t be ‘better’ than the whole.
I am curious about your upcoming lessons and will be following eagerly.
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… and I thank you for your valuable informations – I will have to compare Vivekananda’s lessons with those of the course but I think that W.W.Atkinson did a great job in compressing some of the information of Raja Yoga – if not all than enough for us to work with for quite a while.
As for you feeling justifiedly reserved about phrases such as “the highest or fastest” – I think this is true and may reconsider to change the subtitle of the blog. Yet – on another level I feel that certain ways just are faster:
A carpenter can become as enlightened as a Zen-monk by being fully in the moment, but I would assume that it is more likely that a meditator evolves faster (else we would not need to meditate at all).
In the same way I sense that the advanced yogis such as Vivekananda, Rama Krishna or Trailanga Swami etc.. did manage to evolve even further than plain meditators did.
That’s why I feel that yoga-meditation is a more compressed way to evolve than just sitting in zazen for 20 minutes daily.
Feel free to let me know if you think that I am mistaken – I am very open to advice – especially if it is older and more experienced people like you giving it.