In the ancient times, when religion had not yet been invented, Yoga was only known as a spiritual process - a way of healing yourself, a sort of medication for your inner being. Yoga – it one way to look at inner engineering, available to us at all times, and brought to us only to help us reach the state of peace. Yoga can help us get rid of shallow intolerance.
The Origin Of Hinduism And Yoga
In the east, the concept of religion did not exist, or was scarce 1500 years ago. It has only become popular in the last 6 to 8 centuries. And back then, in the ancient times, when religion had not yet been invented, Yoga was only known as a spiritual process – a way of healing yourself, a sort of medication for your inner being.
Origin of Hinduism: It so happens that the practice of Yoga was born on the bank of the river Indus. People that are born within that region are referred to as Hindu; that is, after all, what the word Hindu stands for – people who originate from the region of Indus. Thus, Hindu is only their geographical and cultural identity.
Because of the fact that most of the practices regarding the inner self have taken place in that part of the world, the word Hindu has been associated with said practice, further defining it as a religion.
Hindu way of life has been associated with Yoga practice- but Yoga is merely a way of thinking, a technology, if you will, but it is not a religion or a belief. Just because the practice of Yoga has originated from the Hindu, it doesn’t need to be associated with a sort of religion. It is wrong to identify Yoga through religion- just like it is wrong to identify an American product, for example, as a Christian product or what have you.
The Eyes of Fear
This process of labeling what we do not understand or care for, however abstract it may be, is a result of being skeptical and generally frowning upon that which is different from us and our way of life. This way, this human way of thinking has brought only trouble upon us, such as wars, fears and other illogical generalizations and dramatizations. Labeling is the result of generalization, which is a logical fallacy. It happens when we let our egos think for us.
Separating, classifying, attributing an identity to a human being, based on his beliefs is standing in the way of our evolution
The Eyes of Love
But deep down we know that fearing the different is wrong. Differences are not dangerous – they need to be celebrated. They are capable of extending our horizons so we could know a better and more fascinating world.
Such is Yoga – it one way to look at inner engineering, available to us at all times, and brought to us only to help us reach the state of peace. It is just different from what most of us are used to, and so, we tend to treat it as an enemy. We tend to give it names and label it, when it is, in fact, a friend. If we could stop defining this friend with the help of man-made concepts (religion, race), we could benefit from it, and become better people. And if we are able to see how far Yoga can take us, we could actually rid ourselves from the shallow intolerance that sadly shadows our modern era.