This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The centrality of concentration

Because metaphysical realization concerns knowledge, all that is not knowledge is either unnecessary or necessary as a means for obtaining knowledge. This too should put in its place the Western conception of Yoga that reduces it to the most superficial aspect of hatha-yoga, and makes stretching routines its central activity, as if these could lead to anything of value beyond the purely physical. What actually is central to it, and what is its primary ‘means’ of progressing, is called ekagrya, or ‘concentration.’ Any exercises included in its repertoire only have value insofar as they act as a support for this ekagrya; such things, like symbols or other external rites, are nothing more than aids for the goal of contemplation. All such things have use, and should be respected for the support they provide, but in themselves they could not possibly bring about realization, all actions being extraneous to knowledge. What hatha-yoga accomplishes, when effective, is the destruction or transformation of elements in the human being, including the human body, that may form an obstacle to concentration and to union with the Universal. This is does by aiding the being by helping it to assimilate certain rhythms into itself by physical means, such as the control of breathing. It is knowledge alone which can bring about realization, and this is done through dhynana (intellectual contemplation).

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