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Kabbalic, Christian, Tibetan Buddhist and Muslim Yoga

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011

The Young Poet Rumi

Wisdom will follow all those who seek it with an open heart and unattached mind.

Yoga has no religion, but Universal spiritual foundations. The aim of yoga, no matter one’s religion is to make room for a better version of yourself, or more specifically, to help you relearn the perfect you. Even if you approach yoga from a  more scientific point of you, there is Universal truth in the messages from even a secular viewpoint. Dr. John Hagelin, Quantum Physicist said, “Quantum cosmology confirms it. The Universe essentially emerges from thought and all of this matter around us is just precipitated thought. Ultimately we are the source of the Universe.” No matter where you look, the lessons of yoga are repeated like a set of Russian dolls, nesting into one another, a smaller and smaller confirmation of the larger supposition – we are all one.

Fred Alan Wolf, a theoretical physicist concurs, “. . .you can’t have a Universe without mind entering into it, and that the mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived.” The various religious traditions have common advice for us based upon this undeniable fact:

  • Romans 12:2 from the Christian Bible “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Also sometimes translated as “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • “Give up all forms of parrotry. Start practicing to be truly true and justly just. Do not make a show of your faith and beliefs. You have not to give up your religion, but to give up clinging to the husk of mere ritual and ceremony. To get to the fundamental core of Truth of all religions, reach beyond religion.”  Meher Baba, Kabbalist teacher

  • “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” The Buddha
  • “A man’s behavior is the index of his mind.” – Muslim quote translated from the Koran

The tools with which you change the content of your mind are numerous. You can spend time in nature, you can practice yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and calm, relaxed breathing. You can practice karma yoga – giving to others with no expectation of reward. You can look long and hard at your current thought patterns in order to change them. You can keep a journal, or an emotional check-in sheet where you write down unpleasant emotions each time they happen and what caused them to be triggered. You can spend time with other people who are uplifted and happy. You can hold a baby or pet a dog. Changing your mind is a universal principle, an act of will that will create your world. 

An Islamic Sufi and poet, Rumi, said, “Christian, Jew, Muslim, Shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being in the mystery, unique and not to be judged.” 

Instead of trying to convert your friends to your religion, let them be that tree, or that rock. Let them rest in the mystery of the Universe, and instead, practice letting go of your egoic convictions. Sit in mindful realization that your brothers and sisters of this world usually seek the same things you do. They want to be loved, fed and wanted. They want to succeed in their own unique ways. They want to feel important and unique. Yoga teaches us not to covet what we don’t have. Patanjali called it Aparigraha. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, change your mind.  Your mind is creating your reality right now. If it is filled with love, that is what you will experience. If it is filled with gratitude, you will create situations and circumstances for which to be grateful. The opposite is also true. Yoga is the union of the divine mind – the yoking of the physical and mental with the spiritual but it is truly the dog-eared, relentless observation and control of the mind until you only think that which you desire to think, and not what the ego would have you cling to. No matter your religious point of view, the wisdom remains the same, and it is echoed in the ancient yogic texts.

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