Re: Yoga and Anthroposophy
- Dear Art,
>In review, it occurs to me though that the fear- orientation to Yogais
>misplaced.Rudolf, in his lectures on the Bhagavad Gita stated that anthroposophy
was a re-presentation of the three categories of knowledge in that text:
the yogic, vedic and sankyha. He marvelled at the great knowledge
embodied in the Sankyha phliosophy- the Spiritual Science of its time.
>You mentioned your friend's breathing meditation that he adoptedfrom a
>book saying "My death your life-My life your death." Having never readthe
>material it came from it would be difficult to comment on, but in noneof
>the texts I'm familiar with have I ever seen such a meditation. IsSteiner
>the source?You will find many of the privately given exercises in "From the History
& Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School." The above
exercise was done in the presence of a plant.
Some of the exercises given to counteract the harm that occult exercises
may cause, are given in the "sixfold path". Elaine has posted this on
her list- Could you post it here, Elaine, if you're able at this time?
>There are countless meditations being offered today by many sources,that's
>why its a good idea to use trustworthy materials. In India classic Yogapreserved
>schools have the Guru-Chela (Teacher-Pupil) tradition that has
>trustworthy practices and also can suit the practice to the individual,Yes that is the classic model. However Dr.Steiner explained that in the
>particularly in the more advanced stages.
Christian Mystic path the Teacher/Pupil relationship was lessened- even
moreso in the Rosicrucian path.
>I have seen Christianity as Bhakti Yoga, or the Yoga of "devotion".Yes that is the case with mysticism. There is also Christian Occultism
and Esotericism which are two different things.
>are many Yogas and many paths.Agreed- though i wonder if the student should be familiar with all of
the them, not to master them, but receive their benefit in some measure.
> The Eastern Orthodox Church has a tradition very close to Yoga knownas
>the Hesychast tradition which itself is sometimes under attack as notbeing
>orthodox, but it has been around many centuries and represents I feelsome
>valid practices.Yes, I've heard of that. RS speaks of an advanced student who lived last
century, Laurence Oliphant, who came upon deep mysteries after working
with breathing exercises given him by T.L. Harris. But he had to do much
work in the area of developing his will forces before the exercises
became of any benefit.
>Thanks Bruce for the discussion! - ArtNice of you to drop in,