#MeToo comes to Yoga

 

“Seek in the heart the source of evil and expunge it. It lives fruitfully in the heart of
the devoted disciple as well as in the heart of the [person] of desire. Only the strong can kill it out. The weak must wait for its growth, its fruition, its death. And it is a plant that lives and increases throughout the ages. It flowers when the [disciple] has
accumulated unto himself innumerable existences. [Those] who will enter upon the path of power must tear this thing out of his heart. And then the heart will bleed, and the whole life of the [person] seems to be utterly dissolved. This ordeal must be endured; it may come at the first step of the perilous ladder which leads to the path of life; it may not come until the last. But, O disciple, remember that it has to be endured, and fasten the energies of your soul upon the task. Live neither in the present nor the future, but in the Eternal. This giant weed cannot flower there; this blot upon
existence is wiped out by the very atmosphere of eternal thought.”

There is evil at the root of all human endeavor. No one is exempt. The latest airing of Patabhis Jois’ violence toward his female students is not news, but it brings to mind the question of what do we do with a practice which is a product of history. If history is, indeed, a nightmare, then the path to awakening must lie through truth telling. Perhaps all that we hold dear will seem to dissolve, but it must be torn out by the root.


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