The word yoga itself is said to have seventeen meanings:
from Heaven Lies Within Us by Theos Bernard.
A reader , Donny, got in touch a while back saying he was starting up a website/blog and could he use some of the material from here. I was happy to oblige,and besides I have this blog down as creative commons licence anyway. Donny got in touch again this week to say it was up and running, it contains some excellent material I hadn't come across before.
The site is called Kaohsiung Yoga after the city of the same name in Taiwan where Donny has his studio.
I particularly like the four part post on Theos Bernard, who went to India and Tibet in the 30s and 40s in search of Yoga. His phd thesis was turned into a book and is still my favourite treatment of the Hatha yoga Pradipka in that it's Theos' experience of being taught HYP as a manual, no doubt it's original intention.
|My own edition stumbled upon in a UK charity shop a few years back.|
Donny's four part Theos Bernard post is based on another work of Theos Bernard, pretty much an autobiography called Heaven lies within. Donny quotes extensively from the book in his posts.
More quotes from the book HERE
The above article is by Paul G. Hackett who wrote this biography of Theos Bernard which I still haven't gotten around to buying, although I did spend all afternoon reading part of it in a bookshop in Santa Monica while on Ramaswami's TT coulrse at LMU.
"There is a broader meaning to Yoga than is commonly supposed. Indeed, it will be found that most persons are practicing Yoga in one form or another at all times; strictly speaking, Yoga is nothing more nor less than the rules of life. Such rules, however, are practiced without system, without real direction, and it is the function of Yoga to provide this system, so that life may be conducted in the light of method instead of in the shadow of confusion. People who go to worship regularly in the churches are practicing Bhakti yoga, those who derive spiritual nourishment from music are practicing Mantra Yoga, those who seek joy and solace in mental activities are following the path of Jnana Yoga, and those who train the body for their happiness are in a mild way practicing Hatha Yoga." Theos Bernard - Heaven lies within us.