from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This blog included. "So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Hooked on Yoga: Manju Jois in Warsaw

Thanks to Pat an independent filmmaker and yogi from Warsaw for inviting me to post this video here.

Some interesting quotes from the video below by Manju

@ 3:50 " My father put all the yoga series together, because it's from many different kinds of books, he got it all together, he put it into beginning, intermediate and advanced. So that's what we started teaching'.

@5.07 "Krishanamacharya taught my father, then my father put all the sequences together. There were a few postures not included, now everything is included and the same tradition I teach."

Hooked On Yoga: Manju Jois in Warsaw, July 2010 from Astanga Yoga Studio on Vimeo.

here's the link to where the video was posted http://vimeo.com/19598795

and a link to manju's own website http://www.manjujois.com/

6 comments:

  1. Liked it a lot, great that she offered to share it with you... enjoyed that

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  2. Thanks, very much enjoyed.

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  3. Wow, very interesting stuff you quoted!

    Probably you should go for it and contact Manju to ask him for an interview. This would give you (and if you post the answers here all the rest of us) a lot of valuable information about the development of the ashtanga yoga tradition.

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  4. Was very happy to get this, hoping to take a workshop with him later this year, can ask him lots of questions then.

    Did you catch the bit where he talks about asana pranayama and mantra chanting Claudia. In those podcasts by ramaswami i posted last week he talks about asana, pranayama and 'some meditative activity' which could be sitting japa mantra meditation or some other chanting or study of texts. I think we tend to think of meditation as Vipassana or Zen. i think I need to do a post on this and unpick it a little.

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  5. in the mahayanan tradition of meditation, another vehicle, chanting is done continuously. this varies from zen or vipassana- yet they are all after the same goal.

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  6. G, yes I did, and I also heard that part in the interview with Ramaswami... would love a post on it, hope you bring one out!

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