The Aim of Yoga: Hippies Compare To DMT

This video gem appears to be from the Woodstock movie. And I think that the yoga teacher is Tom Law. Anyhow Mr. Law was obviously and earnestly trying to share his understanding of yoga, but grossly misrepresents some ideas, as Hippies are apt to do.

Yoga means union. It's the same energy that drugs give you a rush with, er on... The Kundalini nerve is called the "Nerve of Awareness". You can't dissect it. It's a current that runs up the center of the spine. I don't know if any of you have sat down, crossed your legs, smoked DMT, and watched what happens... but what happens to me is this big thing goes RRRRRRRRRAAAAA! up my spine and flashes in my brain... Well apparently that's what's going to happen if I do this stuff...
Tom Law, Woodstock

So goes the 60's big bang theory of yoga. An argument could be made that the "getting high" of which he speaks is just slang for achieving deep awareness, rather the more colloquial usage of sheer, unabashed, decadence. But probably not a convincing argument. But dag, it's hard not to share in Mr. Law's enthusiasm at the prospect.

For Patanjali, however, the aim of yoga isn't an experience. He calls it kaivalya, which is often translated as isolation or aloneness. The basic idea, and I'm no authority here, seems to be that the mind identifies itself with what it sees and experiences. It confuses itself for all the mind's various fluctuations and definitions. Through the practice of yoga, the mind/perceiver becomes isolated, alone, unencumbered, in it's true nature.

Whatever. That's how I understand it at least... Just watch the video. It's groovy.

(Thanks Abhaya!)

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TAGS — DMT, John Law, kaivalya, kundalini, the 60's, woodstock, yoga

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Yeah, well that was my first exposure to yoga which explains a few things.

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