Scott Virden Anderson, MD

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Yoga Science = Yoga X Science PDF Print E-mail

Here the "=" means "should be (imho), at least in principle," and "X" means "a complete cross-accounting" (using the greek capital X, the letter chi — pronounced with hard k + long i, as in "eye" — as in "chiasm.")

My view of Yoga is that it encompasses the whole of the global human tradition of spiritual and esoteric practice and realization, reaching back deep into our collective pre-history.

My view of Science is that it will be, without question, a key feature of our global collective destiny.

"A complete cross-accounting" is like in sexual organisms where, during meiosis, the DNA molecules from each parent line up, recombine, and produce a totally new arrangement — what I've come to think of in this instance as an "unexpected offspring" — the Yoga Science — and which I'm certain will display "hybrid vigor."

Many people nowadays think of Yoga as those poses and postures that might be good for you if only you can manage them.

Few people appreciate either the true depth of Yoga, its many expressions around the world in various cultures and in the context of various traditions — Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian (among many others), not just Hindu — or that its roots reach back to embrace the whole of our human family prior to its prehistoric diaspora.

A continuous history of our human family is slowly being pieced together by the steady progress of paleontology, anthropology, and archeology.

In parallel, evolutionary biology and psychology are gradually revealing a vast spectrum lying between the depths and the heights of our "human potential."

Taken together, and especially if we include transpersonal psychology, these developments point toward an "evolutionary spirituality" as well

Thus Science will become the handmaiden, if you will, of Yoga.

In my view, this is the highest destiny that Science could possibly aspire to — to serve the personal and spiritual growth of all members of our global human family.

In this process, both Yoga and Science will be transformed — sooner or later.

Yoga will gradually shed its historical provincialisms and pre-modern superstitions, become "results oriented" via the availability of ever-more rigorous indicators, develop a degree of global consensuality, and emerge as something completely new and perhaps even nearly unrecognizable.

Science, for its part, will shed its current materialistic presumptions and gradually broaden, in both its theoretical and applied forms, to embrace the totality of our human experience potential.

At least that is my view of the "good news" side of Yoga Science.

Is there perhaps necessarily a "bad news" side as well?

What might it cost us humans to undergo this historic "mating of the ways" as humanity, once long ago most likely a single family, meets iteself anew, and now on a global scale numbering in the billions?

Likely a better question is what will it cost us not to?

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2007 22:42
 
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