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The Origins of the Ancient Yôga (Part I)

Marcello1082010-07-05 06:45:22 +0000 #1
I would like to post an article writen by Prof. DeRose - who has been teaching Swasthya, The Ancient Yôga, nearly for 50 years, about the origins of the Ancient Yôga. I do not expect that everyone agrees on this, but I hope you will enjoy reading it and I am confident that it will make sense for a lot of people.

Article written by Master DeRose

Once upon a time a famous dancer improvised instinctive movements that were, however, extremely sophisticated due to his virtuosity and, because of this very fact, absolutely beautiful. This body language was not exactly a dance, but it had undeniably been inspired by it.

The captivating beauty of the technique moved all those who watched; they were overwhelmed with its expressiveness, and asked the dancer to teach them his art. And so he did. In the beginning, the method had no name. It was something spontaneous that came from within and only echoed in the hearts of those who had been born adorned by a more refined sensibility.

As the years passed, the great dancer was able to convey a good part of his knowledge until one day, long after, the Master passed on to the invisible planes. His art, however, did not die. The most loyal disciples preserved it and assumed the mission of re-transmitting it. The pupils of this generation understood the importance of also becoming teachers, and of modifying nothing, altering nothing of the outstanding teachings of the first Mentor.

At some moment in History, this art received the name integrity, integration, union: in Sanskrit, Yôga! Its founder was entered into mythology with the name of Shiva and with the title of Natarája, King of the Dancers.

These facts occurred more than 5,000 years ago in the Northeast of India, in the Indus Valley, populated by the Dravidian people. Therefore, we will study the origins of Yôga in this period and find its original purpose, so that we can identify authentic teachings and distinguish them from others that have been compromised by consumerism and interference from alien and incompatible methods.

Yôga, Tantra and Sámkhya, were developed by this admirable people. Their civilization, which is also one of the most advanced of ancient times, was lost and forgotten for thousands of years until archaeologists, at the end of the 19th century, encountered evidence of its existence and excavated two important archaeological sites, where they discovered the cities of Harappá and Mohenjo-Daro. Later, more and more sites were uncovered. Today, there are already thousands of sites distributed over an area larger than that of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

The archaeologists were impressed with what they encountered. Their excavations of the cities revealed urban planning. Instead of tortuously narrow roads, wide avenues of up to 14 meters, running from North to South and East to West, were found. Among these, there were streets for pedestrians on which ox-carts did not travel. On these streets, the middle class houses had two stories, internal atriums, indoor lavatories and running water! Don’t forget that we are talking about a civilization that flourished over 3,000 years before Christ.

This is not all, however. Lighting on the streets and covered sanitation systems, children’s toys such as cars having wheels that turned as well as detailed images of bulls’ heads and dolls with implanted hair were found. Imposing barns that had an ingenious system of ventilation and elevated platforms to facilitate the loading and unloading of ox-carts were uncovered.

In other cultures of the same period, the buildings of the sovereigns showed opulent palaces and majestic royal tombs while the people subsisted in filthy shacks. In the Dravidian culture, on the contrary, people lived well and the architecture of the public administration was simple.

Gaston Courtillier noted another significant difference between this and other civilizations. “We are truly surprised that, in those profoundly religious times, we did not find temples or remnants of statues, not even of adoration or of divinity for oration, which was the rule in other regions throughout ancient times.” For us, this makes sense, after all, we know that in Ancient India, Sámkhya had its moment of splendour; and in pre-classic India, the Niríshwarasámkhya variety was even more naturalistic than Classic Sámkhya.


InnerAthlete2010-07-05 06:50:31 +0000 #2

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