Sunday, January 22, 2006

Religious Intolerance

"A Princeton woman says she is literally the victim of a modern-day 'witch hunt'. Julie Carpenter says she was fired from her job as a school bus driver and her neighbors are requesting her eviction because of her religious beliefs as a self-proclaimed 'witch'. Carpenter is the wife of Jonathon Sharkey, a 'vampire' who is campaigning for governor..."

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Why am I not amazed at this story? The madness of religious intolerance just continues. How saddening.

~ Rev. Dr. Kheti A. Sahure

Monday, January 16, 2006

Yogic Philosophy

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

What are the Eight Limbs of Yoga?:
According to the Yoga Sutras ofPatanjali, one of the ancient texts that is the basis for the philosophy behind yoga, there are eight "limbs" (Ashtanga in Sanskrit) of yoga. Each limb relates to an aspect of achieving a healthy and fulfilling life and each builds upon the one before it. You may be surprised to hear that only one of the limbs involves the performance of yoga postures. Here is a description of the eight limbs.

1. Yama: Five ethical guidelines regarding moral behavior towards others:
Ahimsa: Nonviolence

Satya: Truthfulness
Asteya: Nonstealing
Brahmacharya: Nonlust
Aparigraha: Noncovetesness

2. Niyama: Five ethical guidelines regarding moral behavior towards oneself:
Saucha: Cleanliness

Santosa: Contentment
Tapas: Sustained Practice
Svadhyaya: Self Study
Isvara pranidhana: Surrender to God

3. Asana: Practice of yoga postures.

4. Pranayama: Practice of breathing exercises.

5. Pratyahara: Withdrawal of the senses, meaning that the exterior world is not a distraction from the interior world within oneself.

6. Dharana: Concentration, meaning the ability to focus on something uninterrupted by external or internal distractions.

7. Dhyana: Meditation. Building upon Dharana, the concentration is nolonger focused on a single thing but is all encompassing.

8. Samadhi: Bliss. Building upon Dhyana, the transcendence of theself through meditation. The merging of the self with the universe. Sometimes translated as enlightenment.

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Life. Rodale, 2005

Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta. Yoga: The Iyengar Way. Knopf, 1990

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Published 1.8.06

Monday, January 2, 2006

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 01.01.06

There are energies and powers within the Universe that are inexplicable forces behind the wonders of life. These energies and powers exist within all humans, animals, and objects and can be transferred from one to another and vice versa.