Isha Kriya Meditation’s logic stuns me
I had previously talked about Isha Yoga here, and today there was another email at my workplace. This time the email is about Isha Kriya Meditation. You can read about it, if you really want to waste your time, at their website.
See this gem.
This kriya will create a certain space between you and your body, between you and your mind. If at all there is any struggle in your life, it is because you identify yourself with these limited aspects of yourself.
Dualism is just plain wrong. An immaterial soul does not exist (if the concept even means anything). But this is not the reason why I write about this, since almost everybody believes in a soul.There are much worse examples on the FAQ for us to laugh at.
Here is what the website says about uttering the sound “Aa”.
As there is a physical body, there is a whole energy body… This energy that we generally refer to as either prana or Shakti, flows through the body in certain established patterns; it is not moving randomly. There are 72,000 different ways in which it moves. In other words, there are 72,000 pathways in the system through which it is flowing. So nadis are pathways or channels in the system. They do not have a physical manifestation; if you cut the body and look inside, you will not find these nadis. But as you become more and more aware, you will notice the energy is not moving at random; it is moving in established pathways.
Sound “Aa” is the only vibration which spreads right across the body because the manipuraka is the only place where the 72,000 nadis meet and redistribute themselves. When you utter the sound “Aa,” you will see the vibration will start about three-fourths of an inch below the navel and spread right across the body. This vibration can assist greatly in energizing your maintenance center. Activating this center will bring health, dynamism, prosperity and wellbeing.
Isn’t that funny? PG Wodehouse would not have been able to make me laugh so much. See the pseudo-scientific language of the paragraphs. Notice the part highlighted (by me) where it conveniently says they do not have a physical manifestation. If there is no physical manifestation, how does it interact with rest of the body? Madness.
But what really provoked me today was this impeccable piece of logic that came as part of the email.
For different levels of thought and emotion that you go through, your breath takes on different types of patterns. If you are angry you breathe one way, you are peaceful you breathe another way. You are happy, you breathe in another way. You are sad, you will breathe in a completely different way. Have you noticed this? Based on this conversely is the science of Isha Yoga: there are conscious patterns of breath which can leave you in a constant state of bliss and healthfulness.
Do you see what is wrong here? In case you could not spot it, I will let His Holiness Panditji Sri Sri Madhavananda explain.
For different levels of thought and emotion you go through, your hair takes on different types of patterns. If you are angry, you pull out your hair. If you are peaceful, you will comb it in a neat manner, and if you are happy, you will comb it in a fashionably. If you are sad, you will not comb at all. Have you noticed this? Based on this conversely is the science of Hisha Yoga: there are conscious patterns of hair style that can leave you in a constant state of bliss and healthfulness. The next time you are not feeling happy, just comb your hair. You will feel happiness welling up in your soul.
Do you see it now? This is similar to concluding that if you want the sun to rise, all you need to do is to make the rooster crow by observing daily that every time the sun rises, the rooster crows. This is the example, my mother uses as an old saying, to mock others who use faulty logic. I cannot come to terms to the fact that this is the level of reasoning that so many people fall for.