My way is oldest

This is a typical claim made by many people practicing Yoga. As per ancient texts such as Bhagvat Gita Yoga is classified into four types namely Dhyana Yoga, Jana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga. It is just in the modern world that people have invented many types and styles of Yoga. Clearly there are commercial motives behind such inventions. I find it funny when I see these people trying to convince other how their system is original, authentic and oldest. This is totally fully. It simply doesn't matter how much old your system is. What matters is whether your way is able to induce self-realization in the practitioner.

People often believe that oldest Yogic system must be the best. This need not be true. For example Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is considered as one of the classic work on Yoga. However, he rarely includes techniques such as Asanas, Mudras and variety of Pranayams. It is evident that the science of Pranayama and Kundalini awakening was explored in much more details by later Yogis. That means just like any other thing in life Yoga can evolved further!

It is often believed that Yoga has reached saturation in terms of concepts and practices. I do not agree with this. It is true that ancient Yogis took Yoga to one peak and showed us a great way to attain liberation. However, what is lacking is innovation and time relative experimentation. For example how can modern science help us hasten spiritual progress? Can we use its inventions to accomplish spiritual aims? Can modern medicine and science throw some light on functions of mind in relation to spiritual development? Unfortunately only few people seem to be doing work in these areas.

When you try to convince others that your system is best because it is oldest it clearly shows that you have very few plus points as compared to other systems. Real challenge is to assist modern man to realize its spiritual potentials and help him to accomplish his spiritual goals. If all so called styles and their inventors join hands to create a standardize framework of Yogic practices that will help a lot to the world. Unfortunately only few seem to be interested in such work. Everybody wants commercial gains, fame and glory and that's why such people want something "new". Since they can't create anything new in Yoga itself they simply create new styles. 

Anyways...if you are looking for some Yoga instructor or studio don't let them fool you by saying that they are best because their style alone is authentic and oldest. Ask them upfront - how can your so called oldest and authentic style is going to help me? how is it different than rest of the crowd apart from name and luxurious studio?

Bipin Joshi is an independent software consultant, trainer, author, yoga mentor, and meditation teacher with over 24 years of experience in classical form of Yoga. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than twelve books on .NET technologies. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced the Yoga way of life he also teaches Ajapa Yoga to selected individuals.

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Posted On : 06 April 2007

Tags : Yoga Spirituality

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