With all the fluff of Celebriyogi week it’s taken a moment to locate our serious YD hat. We found it a lot easier after reading about this…
India’s Yoga prince Swami Ramdev has already made the controversial claim that yoga can cure all, so of course the big news came when last week the Delhi High Court moved to decriminalize “unnatural sex acts”(basically making gay sex legal) upon which Ramdev balked and shot back with a petition citing that
1. Homosexuality is an illness 2. Yoga is the cure! good grief. are you thinking what we’re thinking? here we go…
“It can be treated like any other congenital defect. Such tendencies can be treated by yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises) and other meditation techniques,” he said in the challenge filed in the Supreme Court.
Yep, we were trying hard to give this guy a chance, but after this, sir, no yoga dice. Can’t say for sure if he’ll have much sway in overturning the ruling, but he’s not the only one upset about gayness in India; naturally the conservatives and religious folks are up in arms as well (sound familiar?).
While Westerners have paid little to no attention to the grand swell Swami Ramdev has created in India, we at YD have been monitoring his steep catapulting to Yogi Stardom for a good while now. Yes, in India, Ramdev is revered as the great yoga resurrecter, playing out well for the country’s recent mission to preserve the ancient tradition of Yoga and texts in a massive data bank overhaul to save it from pirates. He’s got the 24/7 yoga channel thing (two actually) with over 20 million viewers, an industrial food camp, an ‘in’ with government, oh and a $4.5 mil compound in Texas, here in the US of A, hadn’t you heard? Ah, and a yearly paycheck of about $39 million. You could say he’s kind of a big deal.
Baba Ramdev may encourage silent meditation, but he sure doesn’t refrain from speaking his mind.
-Ramdev on Yoganomics: advice for the Bombay Stock Exchange (March 09) link
“Yoga will teach you that work is religion, work is worship and sitting idle is a sin. When we work towards attaining goals of our life, we would be able to sail through all economic crises. When we understand that working and doing business is a religion in itself and working for the betterment of our country is also our responsibility, all of us would be happy.”
-Valentine’s Day: Should be celebrated as “Marriage Day”
-On the Indonesian Yoga fatwa: Chant ‘Allah’ instead.
-In response to the terrorist attacks on Mumbai: “If Government has no funds for the war against Pakistan, I will collect it.”
Why you should care…
Yoga guru Ramdev threatened to lead mass protests if homosexuality was legalised. “(Gay sex) is against our Vedic culture.” [ThaiIndian.com]
Eek. Extremism and fanaticism: surely not the way to go, but clearly that is where we’re headed. What say the yogi peanuts on this as ‘yoga’ point of view? Sure does get kinda scary when we know the Swamster is a Yoga mogul machine.
Hindu guru claims homosexuality can be ‘cured’ by yoga [The Telegraph UK]
More YD coverage of Baba ‘Swami’ Ramdev
Further reading.. India to Save Yoga From Western Pirates