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- Publication date : June 24, 2010
- File size : 537 KB
- Print length : 235 pages
- ASIN : B003TU1E3A
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Deep Yoga; 1st edition (June 24, 2010)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1607259079
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #578,724 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I cannot include this book in my curriculum even though it contains many useful concepts. The hypocritical messages from the author are astounding. In one paragraph he says we are all spouting off messages that come from the mass media and the next he utilizes talking points from the mass media.
Claiming Ayurveda and Yoga push veganism is dishonest to say the least. I can assure you, no natural people subsist on a plant-based diet. Try it out for yourself in the wild and see. How can you do no-harm to yourself when you don’t even respect yourself enough to give your body what it needs?
In any case, the commentary on Ashtanga is mostly correct to my understanding of the 8-Limbs but he takes some generous leaps of “consciousness” utilizing faulty reasoning, unsound logic, and inserts his own agenda at every twist and turn. Your job is not to push your misunderstanding of the current-world topics on us...it’s to distill information from Yoga and create a neutral space for students to draw their own conclusions. This man TELLS you what to think.
Furthermore, I don’t appreciate this climate of “speech is violence” creeping into books that are supposed to inform us about Yoga.
Neither a scholarly argument nor a New Age how-to manual, Ram's accessible book walks the reader through the celebrated eight limbs first codified thousands of years ago by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Ram gives a chapter to each of the Yamas (the five moral restraints such as non-harming, truthfulness, moderation) and the five Niyamas (the personal practices of purity, contentment, discipline, spiritual self study and constant devotion to the divine). His understanding of how these ancient virtues apply to modern times is both personal and poetic. And though he does not suffer the corporate media or other fools gladly--nor the American food industry!--his gentle tone encourages true seekers to be patient, forgiving, loving toward themselves and others.
Ram uses his own experiences of pain, suffering, and limitation--a broken back, a diagnosis of "fatal" throat cancer--to illustrate the way out of darkness toward the light of physical and spiritual health. He discusses many sutra-derived tools to discover who we really are, to improve focus, sideline the ego, and cultivate life-enhancing emotions such as gratitude, forgiveness, and loving kindness.
He also writes with the authority of a man who has seen violence up close, as a television reporter working in many American cities and eventually as a network correspondent for NBC News in Iraq and Afghanistan. Out of such life experiences came his determination to achieve peace, balance and harmony internally and to model that spiritual serenity for others.
Ram does not pretend to be a scholar, saint or sage. He's the founder, with his wife Laura Plumb, of the Deep Yoga School in San Diego, a composer and singer of devotional music. But his The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Pathway to Liberation also reveals the kind of great heart that Nobel-prize winning Bengali poet and musician, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote of in his preface to Samadhi: The Realization of Life. New interpretations of the ancient texts are always needed, Tagore said, so that the ancient scriptures of India do not become mere archaeological specimens, mummified in old traditions. "The meaning of the living words that come out of the experiences of great hearts can never be exhausted by any one system of logical interpretation. They have to be endlessly explained by the commentaries of individual lives, and they gain an added mystery in each new revelation."
Ram's book stands fully in that tradition of living commentary on the ancient truths of Yoga.
I highly recommend this book