Yog is taught all over the world in all forms possible; you name it from hot yoga to Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga [which would be a learning for Patanjali also] to dog yoga…You name it or should I say create a demand and you will have people running to teach you…If I may take some examples, if you have a problem with your body, even if the problem is just in your mind, then there is Ashtanga Yoga for you…which, of course, has nothing to do with the eight limbs of yog as propagated by Sage Patanjali…Or if you have a body ailment then you have the inner engineering yoga…where the only defect being rectified is the teacher’s bank balance…Or if you have a fancy for day dreaming and love to see yourself in the heavens then you have many modern forms of meditational yoga techniques which promise to take you to the heavens and then bring you back also….unchanged and as empty as you were…Or if you have been taught some advanced “mantras and poojas” for materialising thoughts or flying in the air and actually you are as confused and dissatisfied as ever…then it is just foolishness, not yog.

And I can assure the reader that yoga is a journey and also your inner journey, learning and doing techniques and worrying about the way you look, and for having visions which your subconscious shows you or to harm others or to make more money… all this is an utter waste of time, money and effort. If you are doing yog then the signs are clear – your guru is happy with you [without physical favours], there is a change in you [for the better], you are satisfied and happy with what you have and the way you look [without changing your physical self], your life is happy and content and you are forever at peace and harmony, you never fall sick, you develop vak shakti and chitti shakti, i.e., what you think and what you want happens, this is yog and can only happen through a guru and his/her kripa…businessmen selling you courses and you howling and crying out of pure love…or whatever you may call it when you see some white clad gentleman or lady with flowing hair and a beautiful dyed beard [only in the case of men, the women would have had her facial hair removed by lasers] would only leave you poorer in the bank and ready for howling for the next one, whom you may decide to meet to fulfil your desires.


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