|Sanskrit - U-Turn
... Shantanuji had published an excerpt from Dr. Prodosh Aich's interview, which had this bit about Sanskrit at Stage 5 of U-Turn, which is sadly true. I am just curious to know if Dr. Aich is familiar with Rajivji's U-Turn theory. This sounds like he probably does:
Has anyone in the group read Dr. Aich's book Lies with Long Legs?
Rajiv comment: Yes I have that book and read it. He limits his critique to largely colonial era people. I think today's re-colonizers are more dangerous - see my Uberoi Foundation talk:
"Shiva Samhita is a wonderful work explaining Yoga and Asanas which I think is older than the Bukhs exercises.
Chapter 3, verse 84 of shiva samhita says:
" There are 84 asana postures of various modes. Out of them, four ought to be
adopted, when I mention below: - 1) Siddhasana 2)Padmasana 3)Ugrasana
"......Shri Krishnamacharya learnt his yoga Aasana practice with Shri Ram Mohana Brahmachari in Manasorovar. The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram has published a few of the drawings that were given to Shri Krishnamacharya by his Guru that are the basis of his work. (The Yoga of a Yogi- ISBN 81-87847-24-7). These are part of the tradition followed by his teacher. These drawings are copies of older documents in the Gurus's possession. There are drawings with the use of ropes and staff as props in the practice of aasana.
"Gheranda samhita 2.1 talks about 84 lakh asanas! (as related by Shiva) of which 84 asanas are said to be the best. Of these 84, 32 are said to be useful to mankind (Gheranda samhita 2.2).
Of the 32, many of them (Gheranda samhita 2.3-6) are some of the popular ones today .."
"I had a unique opportunity to meet the nonagenarian BKS Iyengar in person at his Bangalore residence some years back. It was an unforgettable experience in many ways -- BKS was addressing an informal gathering of his family members....
......He was particularly interested in knowing how Iyengar yoga was being represented in the retail sphere i.e. Yoga studios and Gyms in USA, and commented that over 1/2 of all Western yoga schools derive from Iyengar yoga itself. There was feedback from the group about how yoga poses are being "digested" (although they didn't use the exact same expression) by the West and re-packaged as hybrid forms. BKS said he would like to patent or trademark many of these as a safeguard against future intrusions, but not sure about the best approach -- because he wanted them all to be traced back to their origins i.e. Patanjali.
Incidentally BKS has consecrated the only known temple in honor of rishi Patanjali, at his home town in Bellur in 2005.
Rajiv comment: I had a personal meeting with BKS Iyengar on his 89th birthday and the person with me made a video of it. I am trying to get a copy of that video. I told him about the uturns and it bothered him quite a lot. He went on the record saying that most westerners have not gone into the spiritual dimension of his teaching which he felt is inseparable from yoga, how they take that portion out and adopt only a subset. My sense is that after he is gone the digestion will accelerate full steam as even many of the loyal followers will vie with each other to claim to be the latest guru."