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Inner Engineering—INTRODUCTION

I shall be writing brief summaries along with my comments (in color) on the chapters of this book, INNER ENGINEERING.

It is very difficult for me to critique anything that Sadhguru is saying. He is a mystic. The only thing I can do is to expand upon his mysticism, from my point of view, wherever I can.

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The Four-Letter Word

The word “Guru” literally means “dispeller of darkness.” He is there to throw light on the very nature of your existence. The problem is that you suffer a play of your memory and imagination. You need to take charge of it, and not annihilate it. Teachings like “be in the moment,” “do only one thing at a time,” and “positive thinking,” are limited and do not work in the long term.

The only solution for all the ills that plague humanity is self-transformation. Self-transformation is a dimensional shift in the way you perceive and experience life. Self-transformation is achieved by experiencing the limitless nature of who we are.

For me, that self-transformation is the attainment of The Static Viewpoint.

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PART ONE

A Note to the Reader

This book has a strong practical orientation that has come from inner experience. This section seeks to offer a series of fundamental insights on which the more practice-oriented second section is built. It begins on an autobiographical note, then unfolds into an examination of certain basic ideas.

“Sadhana” at the end of chapters are tools that offer a chance for the reader to explore the insights. This book explores an ancient technology, which is based on timeless truths. It uses contemporary language to presents that technology in state-of-the-art form.

This book has the right approach and a nice layout.

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When I Lost My Sense

When the personal mental matrix opens up to the universal matrix, the sense of mine is gone and nature takes over. Real education comes from the direct observation of nature, life and human activity, and not through language. Meditation is simply observing you thoughts just like you observe any other human activity.

With a well-assimilated matrix, one can easily recall all past experiences in vivid details. The person is extroverted and can easily notice anomalies in the environment. To keep one’s matrix well-assimilated, a person always questions everything that doesn’t make sense, no matter how small.

The state of “I don’t know” has immense value in learning. One should not destroy this state with beliefs and assumptions. There is enquiry of the universe with eyes open; there is also the enquiry of “me” with eyes closed. Eventually the certainty of “me” collapses as a deeper sense of what it is to be a human being starts to open up.

The practice of yoga helps develop the sense of what it is to be a human being. If you really want to know spirituality, don’t look for anything. Simply look without motive. It is not the object of your search that is important; it is the faculty of looking.

Wide study is necessary to resolve the anomalies one finds oneself surrounded by. There is a natural urge to resolve anomalies. The most interesting question is, “How?”

The transformation of the energy of food into the energy of body cells, when experienced, shifts the sense of “I”. Conscious awareness of this energy of the body cells has the power of healing you very rapidly. Being in touch with this fundamental intelligence is quite transformative both for you and for those around you.

Human intellect is mere smartness that ensures survival, but, the ultimate intelligence is the life itself. The human body can function as a piece of flesh and blood or as the very source of creation. The human spine isn’t just a bad arrangement of bones; it is the very axis of the universe. 

Yoga is the union of the mental matrix with the universal matrix. We are all seeking to become infinite; the only problem is that we are seeking it in installments. The human desire is not for any particular thing, but just to expand without limit.

Real Yoga is being totally in tune with Nature. There is no attention on “me” then.

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The Way Out Is In

Life doesn’t end with survival; life begins with survival. We have fixed the outside environment. Now we need to fix the inner well-being. Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world. Your body and mind function at their best when you are in a pleasant state. 

Every kind of pleasantness that we experience—whether it is peace, joy or ecstasy—is a kind of chemistry. Peace and joy are not things you attain at the end of life. They are the basis of your life. Human life is longing for unlimited expansion, and that is the only thing that will settle you for good. The foundations of peace and bliss are accessing and organizing the inner nature of your being. 

The human mechanism is the most sophisticated physical form on the planet. To live in empathy is the way a human being is made. If you throw the boundary of your sensation out in an expanded form, you can sit here and experience everyone as yourself. If you do not identify with anything you have accumulated over a period of time, including your body and mind, you will be able to experience this. 

Enlightenment is a homecoming. It is the realization that all you experience is within you. It is possible for people to experience this inclusiveness. The reason why everyone is not naturally enlightened is because they have categorized the world into good and bad. Once you have fragmented creation like this, there is no way to arrive at a state of absolute inclusiveness. 

Our natural state is one of borderless unity. To attain this state all you need to do is establish for yourself that all human experience is generated from within—either with the support of external stimuli or without. Then you will never be distressed because your way of being is not in any way enslaved to what’s happening outside.

There is no one “up there”, who is going to rescue you and solve all your problems. Up and down, good and bad, sacred and profane: these are all assumed. But inward and outward: this is the one context we can work with. “The only way out is in.” It is possible for a human being to evolve consciously. All it takes is willingness.

Get rid of all that you are assuming, and you will be able to evolve consciously.

Design Your Destiny

No Boundary, No Burden

“. . . And Now, Yoga”

Tantra: A Technology for Transformation

Reference: Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru

The following is an excerpt from the above book by Sadhguru:

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Tantra: A Technology for Transformation

Today, there are many practices associated with the occult sciences masquerading as spiritual processes.

Let us say I am in India and you are in America. I want to send you a flower, but I am not willing to take the journey that Columbus took. If I make this flower suddenly land in your lap, this is occult. There is nothing spiritual about it; it is just another way of handling the physical dimension of life.

In India, we have many sophisticated occult processes. There are people who can just look at a photograph and make or break a person’s life. They could ensure that the person contracts some ailment that the body could not customarily have acquired in such a short span of time. These occult practitioners can also create health, but unfortunately many of them use their ability in other ways, as there seems to be a better market for these negative talents. In any case, whether it is employed for ill health or good health is beside the point. The use of occult toward any self-oriented goal is inadvisable.

The yogic tradition is filled with stories of the great yogi Gorakhnath. Some say he lived in the eleventh century, but there are many accounts that date him much earlier. He was a disciple of Matsyendranath, an illustrious yogi in his own right. Such was his level of attainment that Matsyendranath was often venerated as a reincarnation of Shiva or Adiyogi. The lore tells us that Matsyendranath lived for about six hundred years. This need not be accepted literally or discarded as hagiography either. It essentially indicates an exceptionally long life span and the tremendous awe with which this iconic figure was regarded.

Gorakhnath became his disciple, and he adored and worshipped his master. Gorakhnath was all fire and intensity. Matsyendranath saw too much fire in him, and not enough restraint. Fire burns through many things, so Gorakhnath started burning through the walls of ignorance, and suddenly he had enormous power. Matsyendranath saw that he was running a little ahead of himself, so he told him, “Go away for fourteen years. Don’t stay near me. You are imbibing too much from me.”

This was the hardest thing for Gorakhnath to do. If Matsyendranath had said, “Give up your life,” he would have done it at once. “Go away” was something he could not bear. But since that was what his beloved master demanded of him, he went away.

For fourteen years, he counted the days and hours, waiting for the moment when he could return. The moment the period was over, he came rushing back. When he came, he found a disciple guarding the cave where Matsyendranath lived. Gorakhnath said, “I want to see my master!”

The yogi who was guarding the cave said, “I have no such instructions, so you had better wait.”

Gorakhnath flared up. He said, “I’ve waited for fourteen years, you fool! I don’t know when you came here. Maybe you came here the day before yesterday. How dare you stop me!”

He pushed him aside and went into the cave. Matsyendranath was not there. Gorakhnath came back and shook the disciple and said, “Where is he? I want to see my master now!”

The disciple said, “I have no instructions to tell you where he is.”

Gorakhnath could not contain himself. He used his occult powers, looked into the disciple’s mind, and identified where Matsyendranath was. He then started heading in that direction. His guru was waiting for him halfway.

Matsyendranath said, “I sent you away for fourteen years, because you were beginning to become occult-oriented. You were losing sight of the spiritual process and beginning to enjoy the power that it gave you. When you come back, the first thing that you do is use occult to open up your brother disciple’s mind. Another fourteen years for you.”

And so he sent him away again.

There are many stories about Gorakhnath making forays into this forbidden realm, and Matsyendranath punishing him again and again. At the same time, Gorakhnath evolved finally into the greatest disciple that Matsyendranath ever produced.

This is how the practice of occult in has always been treated in the yogic culture. It was never treated with respect. It was seen as a way of misusing life, of encroaching into areas where you should not. It was practiced only by certain types of people obsessed with power or money.

At the same time, occult is not always a negative thing. It has earned this reputation through misuse. Occult is essentially a technology. No science or technology is intrinsically negative. If we start using technology to kill or torture people, then after some time we think, “Enough of this damn technology!” That is what has happened to occult. Too many people misused it for personal benefit. So, generally on the spiritual path, occult is shunned.

What is often referred to as occult is broadly what we know as tantra. In the current understanding in society, tantra is about using very unorthodox or socially unacceptable methods. But in its classical sense, tantra simply means “technology.” It has nothing to do with unbridled sexuality. It is important to make a clear distinction between the occult kind of tantra and spiritual tantra. These two were divided as “left- hand tantra” and “right-hand tantra,” and are completely different in nature.

Left-hand tantra involves various rituals which may seem weirder than weird to many. The left hand is very external; you need materials and elaborate arrangements to make it happen. Occult practices, generally referred to as left-hand tantra, gave people powers to communicate across distances, to appear in two different places at the same time, and use energies to their own benefit and to the detriment of others. Right-hand tantra is more internal; it is about enabling you to use your energies to make things happen. You use all the simple aspects of life as a subjective science to turn inward and do something with yourself. The left-hand tantra is a rudimentary technology and more available to the uninitiated, while the right-hand tantra is highly refined and only available through powerful initiations.

Tantra is a certain capability; without it there is no spiritual process. If you have no tantra in you, you have no technology to transform people; all you have are words. Words can be inspirational and directional, but not transformative. A scholar cannot be labeled a guru. Without a technology for transformation there is no master. So there is no guru without tantra. Today there are too many people claiming to be gurus, but all they are doing is rehashing the scriptures. A true guru’s work is to overhaul the entire human mechanism from acquired cyclical patterns of karma toward its ultimate possibility. It is like a mechanic’s job, removing karmic warts! If there is no tantra or technology in him, you cannot call that person a guru.

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Serpent Power

Reference: Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru

The following is an excerpt from the above book by Sadhguru:

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Serpent Power

The word kundalini literally means “energy.” It refers to a certain type of energy within every human being which is largely latent and unmanifest. The kundalini has always been symbolized in the yogic tradition as a coiled cobra.

A coiled cobra knows stillness of a very high quality. When the snake is motionless, it is so absolutely still that even if it is lying in your way, you will miss it. Only when it moves do you see it. But these coils hold a hidden volatile dynamism within themselves. So kundalini is referred to as a coiled cobra because this tremendous energy exists within each and every human being, but until it moves, you never realize it is there.

To live a full-fledged physical life, a minuscule amount of this physical energy is adequate. Only when the need to transcend physicality happens do you need a burst of energy which will launch you beyond this reality. It is like the difference in the quantum of energy required in air travel and in a rocket launch. Flying within the atmosphere is one thing and breaking the atmospheric barrier for space travel is quite another. Similarly, transcending physicality requires another dimension of energy altogether.

There is not a single Indian temple where there is no image of a snake. This is not because this is a culture of serpent worshippers. It signifies that a sacred space holds the possibility of arousing the unmanifest energies in you.

Snakes are known to be highly perceptive creatures. (Part of the reason for this of course is that they are stone deaf and perceive only reverberation.) The snake is particularly drawn to a person who is meditative. In the tradition, it is always said that if a yogi is meditating in a place, there will be a snake somewhere nearby. If your energies become still, the snake is naturally drawn to you.

Though physically there is a world of a difference between a snake and a human being, it is very close in terms of its energy system. If you encounter a cobra in the wild, you might find it coming into your hands without any resistance because its energies and yours are so akin to each other. Unless your chemistry shows alarm which it interprets as danger, the snake has no intention of giving up its venom, which is its wealth, the medicinal properties of which are being increasingly acknowledged in the world today.

Historically, of course, the snake has received much bad press because of the biblical story of Adam and Eve. But if you examine the tale closely, you’ll see it is the snake that initiated life on this planet. Otherwise there was just a dumb couple who didn’t know what to do with themselves. You and I wouldn’t have been here without that wonderful serpent!

Ultimately, the rising of the kundalini energy sets the basis for a much larger perception of life. Traditional images of Adiyogi, or Shiva, depict a snake with him to indicate that his perception is at its peak. Only if energy rises to a certain level of intensity and volume can reality be perceived in its utmost purity. Otherwise every other karmic imprint that we have (which goes right back to the single-celled creature that we once were millennia ago) will interfere with the way we perceive reality.

Inner Engineering—BODY

The following are some interesting points derived from the Chapter on BODY from Sadhguru’s amazing book Inner Engineering. These points are offered with my salutations to Sadhguru.

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The Ultimate Machine 

(1) The human body is the ultimate machine.

(2) The physical body is designed and structured to function by itself.

(3) There is an intelligence at work within the body, way beyond the logical mind.

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“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” 

(4) This intelligence has the consciousness of being more than just physical. 

(5) It has the goal to evolve until it becomes boundless. 

(6) It is struggling with the walls of resistance that have come into existence as “self-preservation”. 

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Life Sense: Knowing Life Beyond the Senses 

(7) The human body senses the world through its five physical senses.

(8) The perception relates to what is outside, but the seat of attention is within.

(9) Attention is a dimension beyond the five sense perceptions. 

(10) It is your quality of attention that determines how effective and successful you are.

(11) Enhancing of attention is what you need, and not necessarily the conclusion about things. 

(12) Enhancing of attention means enhancing your ability to receive life, just as it is. 

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Listening to Life 

(13) Hath Yoga is the science of using the body to hasten your evolutionary process.

(14) Yogasana is the science of aligning your inner geometry with the cosmic geometry. 

(15) If you consciously get your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness

(16) When the body doesn’t function as it should, it can rob your life of every other aspiration. 

(17) Preparing the body sufficiently before one goes into more intense forms of meditation is very important. 

(18) Asanas prepare you for growth and transformation by equipping you with a solid and stable foundation.

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Downloading the Cosmos 

(19) Holding body in the right position makes you receptive to all there is in existence.

(20) All that happens to this existence is happening, in some way, to this body. 

(21) In Yoga, we transform the physical body into a powerful instrument of perception and knowing. 

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Intensity of Inactivity 

(22) When you reach the peak of effort, you become effortless, which means you have transcended the need for physical action. 

(23) You arrive at such states in Yoga through the intensity of inactivity of yogic postures. It is in such states that you have a taste of the beyond.

(24) Meditation is not an act, but a natural consequence of the “intensity of being” that has been achieved—your humanity simply overflows.

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Morsel of the Earth 

(25) You are a small outcrop of this planet, everything that is happening to any part of the universe is also in some way happening to you!

(26) Being at the magnetic equator promotes a certain balance and equanimity in the life of the spiritual seeker. 

(27) You can go slowly, step-by-step, accepting all natural assistance available to you, to support your spiritual growth. 

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In Sync with the Sun 

(28) For the solar system and for the individual, being rooted in cyclical nature gives a certain firmness and steadiness to life.

(29) Yogic practice is aimed at enabling you to ride the cycle, so you have the right kind of foundation for consciousness.

(30) The surya namaskar is essentially about building a dimension within you where your physical bodily cycles are in sync with the sun’s cycles. 

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Elemental Mischief

(31) The entire cosmos is just a magnified projection of a little occurrence happening within you—the play of five elements. 

(32) The most fundamental practice in the yogic system is the cleansing of the elements in the physical system so that they work in harmony. 

(33) The play of five elements is highly evolved and complicated, but the key to freedom is your limited identity. 

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When the Shit Hit the Ceiling 

(34) Relief from something that has built into a great pressure within you is always the greatest pleasure.

(35) The body with an unwanted condition can become a big issue between you and your enjoyment of life. 

(36) Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the various activities of the body, in relation to food, sleep, and sex. 

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Food as Fuel 

(37) The way you eat not only decides your physical health, but the very way you think, feel, and experience life. 

(38) You need to eat the right kind of food depending on your inclination and what you want out of your life. 

(39) The compatibility of the fuel and the machine is of great importance if you are seeking a certain caliber of service. 

(40) Your system needs certain enzymes to digest cooked food; all the enzymes necessary for this process are not present in the body alone.

(41) The food that you eat also contains these enzymes, but generally eighty to ninety percent of the enzymes are destroyed when you cook the food.

(42) If we ate foods with the necessary enzymes, the system would be functioning at a completely different level of efficiency.

(43) Eating natural foods, in their uncooked condition, when the cells are still alive, will bring an enormous sense of health and vitality to the system. 

(44) The kind of food your body feels most comfortable with, not your tongue, is always the ideal food to eat. 

(45) By just looking at or touching the food you can know its potential impact on your system. 

(46) The more reverence for food you have, the more efficiently it will nourish your body.

(47) Consuming anything in seed form can greatly enhance human health on many levels.

(48) Soak seed, such as, almond, in water for six to eight hours to flush out natural toxins, before eating them.

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Hell’s Kitchen

(49) In yoga, it is only a question of whether the food is compatible with the kind of body that we own. 

(50) We should first pay attention to the type of fuel this body designed for. Modifications, adjustments, and adaptations of diet should come later. 

(51) If there is a choice, it is important that you eat consciously, and are led not by the compulsion of the tongue.

(52) Carnivores are capable of only a cutting action in their jaws, but the herbivores are capable of both cutting and grinding actions. 

(53) In herbivores digestion starts in the mouth; the stomach region is expecting partially digested food to efficiently complete the process. 

(54) Carnivores have distinctly shorter alimentary canals than herbivores, because meat putrefies if it stays for too long in the system. 

(55) Food that is nutritious and full of life is systematically degraded through the cooking process.

(56) The following are the times for food to pass through your digestive system:

… raw meat ………………….. 70 – 72 hours 

… cooked meat ……….….….. 50 – 52 hours 

… cooked vegetables ………. 24 – 30 hours

… uncooked vegetables …… 12 – 15 hours

… fruits ……………………….. 1 1/2 – 3 hours

(57) Most carnivorous animals do not eat every day. They know the food they eat moves very slowly through their tracts. 

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The Protein Debate

(58) Only three percent of our body is composed of protein and excess protein consumption can cause cancer. 

(59) A very small portion of the meat that one consumes can fulfill the human protein requirement. 

(60) The remaining portion manifests as a drop in one’s sensitivity of perception, and, therefore, regarded as spiritually unsupportive.

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Digestion Drama 

(61) One should not consume a jumble of foods, that require both acids and alkalis to digest them.

(62) So, every individual must arrive at his or her own balance of diet by observation and awareness. 

(63) Ayurveda is a system that uses external plant life and earth elements to promote health and to correct systemic irregularities.

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Evolutionary Code

(64) The best non-vegetarian food to eat is fish because it has high nutritional value, is easily digestible as well as assimilable. 

(65) We are incapable of completely integrating more evolved, intelligent, and emotionally endowed creatures into our systems. 

(66) Lack of integration of evolutionary code of such creatures contribute greatly to the levels of stress we experience.

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Gastronomic Sense 

(67) The human system goes through a cycle of forty to forty-eight days called mandala. During three days of this cycle the body does not need food. 

(68) If you are conscious of how your body functions, you will become aware that on a particular day the body does not require food.

(69) People who are not conscious of it, may fast, or opt to go on a fruit diet, on the eleventh day of the lunar segment that recurs every fourteen days. 

(70) Fasting helps forward the purpose of Yoga to free up the attention from the body. 

(71) Fasting helps you loosen you from your identification with the physical body, and enhances your awareness of the other dimensions.

(72) The essence of fasting is turning eating from a compulsive pattern into a conscious process. 

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Restlessness to Restfulness 

(73) it is your inability to handle your own system that is stressing you out. What the body needs is not sleep but restfulness. 

(74) Restfulness essentially defines the replenishing and rejuvenating capability of the body. 

(75) When the pulse rate is low the body is running much more efficiently and at a relaxed pace. 

(76) Keeping yourself fit and well is not a battle. Do some activity that you enjoy. 

(77) There is no need to fix the quota of either food or sleep. Let your body be the judge. 

(78) Keep the body in such a way that it is longing to come awake, and not longing to avoid or escape life.

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Carnal to Cosmic 

(79) What we call sex is just two parts of this duality striving to become one. 

(80) Nature wants to fulfill the functions of procreation and the survival of the species. 

(81) Sex is natural; it is there in the body, it is fine, it is beautiful, but there is fixation on sex among human beings.

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Hormonal Hijack

(82) Sex is a normal function, but the fixation on it is not normal.

(83) Fixation comes about when the normal urges of the body, and the normal curiosity of the mind are not satisfied.

(84) Fixation makes a small aspect of your life become whole of your life.

(85) Fixation on the body is not normal either. 

(86) We get fixated when we forget about the purpose of the body.

(87) The whole purpose of the body is to gain experience from the universe and learn from it.

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The Sexual Function

Sadhguru says, “All duality is striving for unity because what was once one has manifested itself as two; now there is a perpetual longing to become one.” He gives that as the reason for sex.

I don’t think that is correct. All dualities are actually dimensions assigned to Akasha by the attention field. These dimensions can be depicted as scales that stretch to infinity in either direction (see the POSTULATE # 15). This generates the infinite variations of the universe.

Sex is nature’s way of creating new combinations of atoms and monads as new identities. This is Nature’s trial and error method to evolve. Sex is natural and the nature uses DNA programming enforced through electro-chemical means to accomplish it.

The impulse underlying sex is not to become one, but to evolve.

Sexual desire is powerful. It suspends all other mental processes when a certain threshold is crossed. When not understood and suppressed it can become a terrible fixation. It has pretty much become a fixation with most people in the modern societies.

Sex is NOT two opposites making an attempt to become one. Bodies are discrete; they will never become one. You are neither your body, nor your mental matrix or identity. You are the ultimate continuum called the attention field.

The ecstasy of sex is just that. It is simply the conversion of physical energy into metaphysical energy. It gives you a taste of being the attention field.

“Masculine” and “feminine” are not opposite but complementary elements like ‘electrical” and “magnetic” of the electro-magnetic energy. There is a dance between the two as part of pleasing each other since unnecessary force is not natural. Social mores, like courting, simply make it colorful.

Men and women have different biological functions that should be understood, accepted, and smoothly integrated in the fabric of the society.

Yoga (union) doesn’t mean that everything should become one by reducing to a single point. It simply means that the existence should be seen as continuous, harmonious and consistent throughout.

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