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But in the end, we are all humans, and our collective cultures are the property of all of us.
The same way we have "Cultural Heritage Sites". We all are an amalgamation of that which comes before us, and what we leave will be the precursor to whatever comes after us.
Our culture, or civilization, is the heritage of our species. Both beautiful and ugly.
originally posted by: Dark Ghost
ETA: This article might seem insignificant in itself, but the deeper issue it touches upon is of extreme importance: denying rights to white people on their skin tone alone is socially permissible.
originally posted by: auraofblack
I couldn't agree more. Western yoga classes, certainly the ones I have been to tend to lack the spiritual aspects and if truth be told, I find it a little disheartening when the teachers start going on about chakras and visualising balls of light.
Many people get confused over what namaste means. Could it be the offence that taken over this is because when a westerner,who usually doesn't have an smidgen of spirituality starts using this word they don't understand what is the divine?
Imagine if you will, an agnostic or atheist using this word to someone who doesn't just believe in yogic practices, but lives them and has done since very young... I can see the offence this would cause. Half these teachers don't know what they are talking about, preferring to regurgitate new age dross wholesale. Some don't even understand what is the divine, preferring to see themselves in the whole as it.
originally posted by: auraofblack
I'll expand a little more on this subject to highlight what I feel is lacking. If you study any form of cultural system that uses our conciousness, life force and spirituality you will see that there is wealth of information out there that contradicts itself. Did you know that most Satanists, for example don't believe in the traditional 7 chakra system, instead opting to use a 13 point system. If on top of that we compound language and cultural concepts that are alien to people from a different cultures then what happens is the original teachings become lost.
originally posted by: peppycat
a reply to: Involutionist Maybe folks that use Yoga for health and fitness should call it something else, same with Tai Chi or Qi Gong if it makes your body healthier, then anyone should be able to practice it for free.
I read a Christian article saying how Christians should stay away from Yoga all together because Yoga is worshipping different Gods.
Your post was very thoughtful, thank you.
originally posted by: SisterDelirium
a reply to: DoctorPoptart
Brown people do their fair share of b*tching and moaning, too. They are human, after all.
It's the b*tching that's getting under my skin. Who cares if someone says a word or what color they are when they say it? If someone uses yoga to get more limber rather than reaching transcendence, what's that to anyone else?
It's called minding your own business and it's a lost art. Could someone culturally appropriate that, maybe? Each to their own? Can we just spread that concept around a little?
It's okay to have a pet peeve about a word, but does it have to be a race thing? Can't it just be a personal preference?