30 October 2009
The Kali Yuga: the "Dark Age" lasting 432,000 years...when avarice and wrath are common, rulers become unreasonable, cowards have the reputation of bravery and the brave are called cowards...and lies are passed out as truth.
"In the age of Kali, every virtue had been engulfed by the sins of Kali-Yuga; all good books had disappeared; impostors had promulgated a number of creeds which they had invented out of their own wit. The people had all fallen prey to delusion and all pious acts had been swallowed by greed....
In the age of Kali duplicity, perversity, hypocrisy, malice, heresy, pride, infatuation, concupiscence and arrogance etc. pervade the whole universe....
In the age of Kali there is no contentment, nor discernment, nor composure...Envy, harsh words and covetousness are rampant; while evenness of mind is absent....
Self-control, charity, compassion and wisdom disappear while stupidity and fraud multiply to a large extent. Men and women all pamper their body; while slanderers are diffused all over the world...."
(excerpts from the Tulsi Ramayana.)
As roseanne wrote, it sure does seem like the end of yoga as we know it....
I saw this over at YogaDork and shook my head. Just when you thought the commercialization of American Yoga couldn't get any worse, eh?
Everything eventually comes full circle. I used to be a fitness instructor and saw things come and go. Is that tai-bo guy still around?
This is why I say the "new yogi" will be a "radical yoga traditionalist."** Two teachers I consider radical traditional yogis are Paul Grilley and Mark Whitwell (uh, and me, too, because like Paul I'm a traditionalist but don't mind killing yoga's sacred cows on occasion.)
Yup, Playboy Yoga, no chanting and no Sanskrit for sure (but does she eat granola?). No clothes either, because you can download her naked yoga (which will be a boon for everyone who searches for "naked yoga" and hits on this blog post so knock yourself out.)
Talk amongst yourselves.
**"radical yoga traditionalist" concept originating here, comment #6. if that inspires you, then please give credit where credit is due. or else I'm calling Bikram's lawyer regarding copyright.