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Yoga is Bullshit

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Maybe I’m a pessimistic Gnostic, but I just don’t see the spiritual value of Western Yoga. I can see how it helps one to be healthy, connects one to the body, etc., but the Westernized version of yoga (drastically different than Vedic practices and hardly grounded in any sort of real tradition) isn’t much more than glorified stretching. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, but 1. It does not have a system of metaphysics behind it. 2. It connects one to the body. This sounds like a good thing, and I would agree that yoga, if used for increasing mindfulness is a good thing, but if the purpose is only to tie one’s mind together with one’s body, well…this seems like an unhealthy obsession. I am trying to decrease my attachment to the body (while increasing my awareness), not develop some sort of lasting connection between the two. The connection cannot last, of course: our body is destined for the worms of the ground.

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Written by KarlH

September 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Fear and Trembling

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There is no Heaven on Earth, and there never will be. Every action we perform hurts someone or something else. Every moment spent alive marks a moment in which an individual harms another being. Even death does not provide a way out of this: your loved ones will be heartbroken; you will have harmed yourself, and the emotional pain caused to others by suicide is incalculable, meaning that it absolutely cannot be measured or quantified. All attempts to minimize the suffering one causes, while “noble” and “well-intentioned,” are never enough.

This world is fundamentally flawed and must have been created by an inferior being. Is this being worthy of worship? Perhaps for utilitarian purposes. However, this being created the cruelty we see in the world. Violent forces propel evolution. Innocent fawns die in forest fires. While there may be a God behind the god who created us (and who we have likewise created in our hearts), this God cannot be known as this God caused what it means “to know” and lies “above” understanding.

This is not a very “Catholic” post. My apologies to orthodox-leaning readers. I still believe in the Church and Jesus, but these are my doubts about life and everything. Perhaps someday we will dream poppy dreams together in unity and glide right between the man and the beast. However, why should this be hoped for? A finite, non-cyclical universe is one of perpetual slavery to time and decay. If the Forms do not appear again and again, there is no immortality, no freedom, no life everlasting because no one or thing will exist to experience knowledge of the forms through observations of the Forms’ particular manifestations. If “I” could find salvation, it would not last. And if it did, it would be even more of a prison than this wretched, awful, shameful life we all share.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. – Philippians 2:12

Written by KarlH

August 7, 2013 at 4:14 am