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Bhagavad Gita

by Bob Weisenberg The Bhagavad Gita is so rich and versatile that it tends to take on the character of the translator or commentator: Give it to an historian and you get history. (Feuerstein) Give it to a Bhakti (yoga of love) and you get love. (Schweig) Give it to a teacher of dharma (life [...]

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It’s been a hell of a week for women in politics, and for uteri in general, for that matter. OK, we promise we’re not turning into politicsdork.com (url still available!) but this is important stuff so stay with us here.

Ladies made history, and one in particular, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, an Iraq war veteran, was elected the first Hindu American in Congress. She’ll be sworn in come January and it won’t be over the bible, but the Bhagavad Gita, the Huffington Post reports.

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Excuse us? News like this doesn’t exactly help to brighten up the week. According to a German historian, Mathias Tietke, who’s putting out a book on the subject, the Third Reich had a real interest in yoga and some SS death camp guards were even recommended to try the practice. According to Tietke’s new book, Yoga In National Socialism, SS overlord Heinrich Himmler was fascinated with yoga, and manipulated it to justify the Holocaust, and the Nazi goal to attain ‘perfect spiritual insight and tranquility’.

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Have you felt baffled by the Bhagavad Gita? Perplexed by the ancient texts? Join the club! Or as it so happens, a book group led by the virtual yoga community’s own demystifier, Mr. Bob Weisenberg. You may recognize his name as a frequenter commenter here on YD and across many other yoga blogs offering thoughtful [...]

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Hey it’s Thursday! Almost the weekend! But not quite. When Thursday rolls around we often need that extra oomph to keep us chugging along, especially if some of us have a long weekend coming up due to Presidents’ Day (we do not. pfft who needs it??). In honor of our presidents (most of them), and [...]

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