This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The meaning of Yoga

The word Yoga means ‘union,’ and the same root is found in the English word ‘yoke.’ The union in question is that of the human being with the Universal, and the concern of this darshana is to prepare the way for such a union. The formulation of the sutras for this darshana is attributed to Patanjali. While Sankhya was concerned with theoretical preparation, Yoga can be seen as providing the means of realization which complement and complete the theoretical foundation laid by Sankhya. Because Yoga, specifically within the branch of itself called hatha-yoga, deals with preparations and techniques relating to the physical body, we should be careful not to take from this the false idea that its goal pertains to the physical domain. Yoga is not a method for developing ‘the powers of the human organism,’ but merely deals with the human organism so as to put it in its proper place and prepare the way for realization in the metaphysical sense, a realization in which the physical body does not play an effective part. The ‘yoga’ of the West, conceived as a form of ‘spiritualized exercise,’ resembles Hindu Yoga in nothing more than a very particular and most superficial way, and should not really even retain the name.

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