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Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization Paperback – July 13, 1999
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IngredientsYoga and Ayurveda together form a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness. Yoga & Ayurveda reveals to us the secret powers of the body, breath, senses, mind and chakras. More importantly, it unfolds transformational methods to work on them through diet, herbs asana, pranayama and meditation. This is the first book published in the West on these two extraordinary subjects and their interface. It has the power to change the lives of those who read and apply it.
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He conveniently forgets to mention that ahimsa/nonharm also means not harming oneself. In real yogic literature, following an inadequate diet is defined as self harm. One of the 8 limbs of yoga is taking good care of your body because it needs to be as healthy as possible to support your spiritual pursuits. It could be argued that vegetarianism is not ahimsa or even yogic at all. There is abundant proof that humans evolved as carnivores, that we are designed to subsist primarily on animal products (hello, hydrochloric acid based digestion... *waves to vital nutrients that are only available in saturated fat from animals*... etc etc) but crackpots like Frawley are too married to their delusions of moral superiority to acknowledge any of that research, if they're even aware it exists. I get it. He was one of the first Americans to learn "ancient Indian secrets" and in true American fashion, he wasn't smart enough to separate the cow worshipping hindu nonsense from the universal spirituality of what is actually at its core a non-denominational practice. People like Frawley are to blame for the inappropriate association of vegetarianism with yoga in non-Hindu countries. By the way, the vegetarians in southern india have the lowest life expectancy in the world. I wonder why.
Brainwashing people to follow a blatantly harmful diet based on religious nonsense is not ahimsa. Using guilt to push readers to harm themselves is not ahimsa. Telling readers that their lives are worth less than a farm animal with minimal self awareness and that they don't deserve optimal health because they are beneath that animal is not ahimsa. (Yes, Frawley says that). Whatever his ability to regurgitate ayurvedic remedies, I seriously doubt that Frawley understands anything he more or less plagiarized from his Indian guru's unpublished journals to "write" this book--or any of his others for that matter. (It is stated in the introduction that most of Frawley's content is from the unpublished journals of his Indian guru.) This man has no credibility whatsoever.
If you require scientific proof that a vegetarian diet is selfharm and therefore not ahimsa, read any of Nora Gedgaudas's heavily footnoted books.