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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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HINDU AND VEDIC KNOWLEDGE IN MODERN AGE
In 1920 Paramahamsa Yogananda became the first great teacher from India to establish his residency here. Since then many other yogis, swamis and gurus have come, or have sent their representatives or teachings. Today an ever increasing number visit, work or reside here. It would require a catalog to list them all.  Most known of these teachings is the practice of yoga itself.  The teachers of India chose this term from the many in their tradition that represent their teaching as it provides a greater access to spiritual truth for the western mind which is in revolt from dogmatic religious beliefs. 

Yoga is neutral term for the practices, free of any cultural or intellectual bias. Of yoga it is the physical side of yoga, called Hatha Yoga, the science of postures, that we are most familiar with. Yet this is only one aspect, the most visible rung of a great system of knowledge which includes all aspects of life and links all of life with the evolution of consciousness. Previous to the journeys of these great teachers Vedic and Yogic knowledge was largely kept in secret in India, preserved mainly for the worthy or select few.

For these modern teachers to make the trip to the West was a break from tradition. It is not that the Yogic teaching was always kept hidden. Previous teachers from India, not only Buddhists but also Hindus, traveled from Rome in the West to Indonesia and China in the East. Hinduism itself prevailed as far east as Indonesia until the sixteenth century. The Yogic teaching was made secret largely as a defensive measure from repeated foreign invasions, largely from the west of India. The Persians, Greeks, Huns, Scythes, Muslims and finally the British and Portuguese made India their target. Invasion followed invasion for over two thousand years. And whenever a culture is attacked it tends to try become contracted. Hence the closed nature the teaching assumed in the Middle Ages and up into recent times is not characteristic of its true nature which is open to all humanity but does not seek to impose itself on anyone. It was an understandable overreaction that has created some misconceptions.

 

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