To understand the yogins' concepts, one must understand the history of indians first.
The indian sub-continent holds 2 races - one with fair skin and blue eye in the north while another more pacifist with dark skin and curly hair in the
Through archeological and anthropoligical research, we now know that the northern indians were actually migrant Aryans from the russian steppes.
The Aryan religion was pacifist by nature, with Zorastarian teachings upon the settled agarian society. Unfortunately, many of the young and greedy
were restless, became cattle rustlers and made use of religion to justify their crimes, thus born a cosmology and theology of gods with Indra being
the central figure.
They swept westwards, some into the middle east, and some, into the lush indian sub-continent, where they settled down but without giving up on their
violent gods to ensure the control of their followers and the continuation of their leaders' power, and thus born Hinduism, which is in many ways
similar with the greek Hellenic gods.
With settled life, some of the aryan indians sought an end to the perpetual endless violent warfare between princes and tribes through the enslavement
to rituals of hinduism, endless and senseless Karmic cycles of rebirths to comprehend existance itself.
Patanjali who lived during 600BC, started the road to self enlightenment, through the abandonment of the ego to find inner-peace. Many more indian
acetics and gurus followed his style, meandering in their own ways and culminating with Buddha who defined the process to achieve enlightenment and
the final state of rebirths - nirvana.
Their belief is that achieving nirvana begins in meditation for calmness, the rejection of earthly desires, empathy for all living, self cutivation of
nobler pursuits, etc, practiced regular over long periods of time.
These are the same central tenats shared by many mainstream religions. Unfortunately, majority of indians do not subscribe to Buddha's way of life
except in China and Asia, but cling on to Hinduism, with its worship of gods, endless and fatalistic cycles of rebirths determined by chance and not
by one's previous behaviour in the former life, unlike Buddhism which teaches doing good and right will ensure a better rebirth and a final
destination - nirvana.
I am only an insignificant nobody and know not much. ATS is an international site, and I hope that many more with such religions to share their
knowledge, so that many more outsiders may be aware, that we may not be all that different after all, with common grounds of religious central tenets
to stand on, to progress and evolve, than to be used and abused by the greedy whom sought to divide and kill us all....
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