Sunday, 24 June 2012
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Dear Instructors,
I see nothing wrong with doing Sun Salutations and other traditional poses/stretches that
are usually considered "Hatha" Yoga. I think what the Master was referring to, when he wrote about the issue in the Yellow Book, were Yogi's who were doing it for money at carnivals. Contortionists, if you will.

The Five Tibetan Rites of rejuvenation are very similar to Hatha yoga, if not directly based on it.

When I look at the Master, I admit I do see physical tension.

I trust there are many Gnostic Instructors here who do forms of Hatha Yoga, but they do it
in a more conscious way which includes pranayama, mantra, comprehension, and ego elimination
simultaneous to the so-called "Hatha" yogic stretching, breathing, and posing.

Are my assumptions fair?

I am reading a book by Sami Sivananda where he gives no judgement either for or against Hatha Yoga.

Are there any other references to Hatha Yoga by the Venerable Master Samael Aun Weor?

Thanks.

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10 years ago
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The issue with Yoga is when it is taught a method of self-realization. When it is taught with meditation and pranayama is better, but even then, usually the primary focus is still on asanas.

"The Tantric type of Hatha Yoga is extraordinary and leads the esotericist to the realization of the Innermost Self. However, Hatha Yoga without Tantra is like a garden without water." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

"Many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists read the literature of Sivananda. There is no doubt that this man was truly a Guru-Deva who worked intensely for this suffering humanity. I truly confess that I never liked his Hatha Yoga. This type of acrobatics always appeared to me to be quite circus-like. I never found that someone could Self-realize by converting himself into an acrobat. Nonetheless, it is well known that this said yogi profoundly worked in strict secrecy with Sex Yoga. It seems that Hatha Yoga was only a bait in order to fish within the rivers of life." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Magic of the Runes
10 years ago
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#1601
Accepted Answer
The issue with Yoga is when it is taught a method of self-realization. When it is taught with meditation and pranayama is better, but even then, usually the primary focus is still on asanas.

"The Tantric type of Hatha Yoga is extraordinary and leads the esotericist to the realization of the Innermost Self. However, Hatha Yoga without Tantra is like a garden without water." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

"Many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists read the literature of Sivananda. There is no doubt that this man was truly a Guru-Deva who worked intensely for this suffering humanity. I truly confess that I never liked his Hatha Yoga. This type of acrobatics always appeared to me to be quite circus-like. I never found that someone could Self-realize by converting himself into an acrobat. Nonetheless, it is well known that this said yogi profoundly worked in strict secrecy with Sex Yoga. It seems that Hatha Yoga was only a bait in order to fish within the rivers of life." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Magic of the Runes
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