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Crossroads of Yoga in the West

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    ************************ Swami J s Newsletter ************************ March 5, 2002 Dear Friends, The following was written by Holly Hammond, and was
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2002
      Swami J's Newsletter

      March 5, 2002

      Dear Friends,

      The following was written by Holly Hammond, and was published in the
      Sep/Oct 2000 issue of Yoga Journal. She quotes David Frawley, who
      succinctly captures the current state of Yoga in the West.

      "David Frawley is deeply trained in the classical yoga Vedanta
      tradition and was one of the first Americans to bring Ayurvedic
      medicine and Vedic astrology to the West. He is one of the few
      Western Vedic scholars recognized in India, where he lectures and
      teaches, and where he has been honored by major spiritual and
      political leaders. He is author of more than 20 books, from technical
      studies to popular works, including Yoga and Ayurveda (Lotus Press,
      1999). He is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, and president of the American Council of Vedic
      Astrology. He teaches in the traditions of Ramana Maharshi, Ganapati
      Muni, and Sri Aurobindo.

      "Frawley wants to see `a new yogic culture for the new planetary
      age.' Yoga in the West `has only scratched the surface of the greater
      yoga tradition,' he says. `The yoga community in the West is
      currently at a crossroads. Its recent commercial success can be used
      to build the foundation for a more profound teaching, aimed at
      changing the consciousness of humanity. Or it can reduce yoga to a
      mere business that has lost connection with its spiritual heart. The
      choice that yoga teachers make today will determine this future.'"

      In loving service,

      Swami J

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