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When is yoga no longer yoga?

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara
    Imagine you see a car, and your friend says, What s that? You say, It s a car. Imagine that the car is missing a wheel, and your friend asks you the same
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2002
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      Imagine you see a car, and your friend says, "What's that?" You
      say, "It's a car." Imagine that the car is missing a wheel, and your
      friend asks you the same question. Still, you say, "It's a car." But
      what if all four wheels were gone, and the doors were gone, and the
      engine was gone. Then, what would you say when your friend
      asked, "What's that?" You might say something like, "Junk." We may
      not know the exact point of change, but somewhere along the way, in
      removing the parts, you'd naturally stop saying, "It's a car."

      At what point, and after how much adaptation to modern culture, does
      Yoga cease to be Yoga? When Yoga is stripped of its higher goals and
      methods, can it still be called Yoga? When is Yoga no longer Yoga?

      See also: http://swamij.com/ancientyoga.htm#nolonger

      Swami Jnaneshvara
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