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In the link below you will find a review of David Gordon White: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali - A Biography. My essay - The Iron Cage of Hermeneutics - is discussing how to make sense of ancient metaphysical texts. My essay show that the traditional method of painstaking translating and interpreting old text has its limitations. Such methodology needs to be supplemented with methodologies from cultural sociology. To understand texts and their discourses we need to look deep into the history and culture they evolve from and are an integral part of.
Below you can download a PDF document with a discussion of a reader by M. Singleton and E. Goldberg (eds.): Gurus of Modern Yoga. My essay - The Poverty of Yoga Protestantism - is primarily written for yoga historians and people interested in the philosophy of methodologies. It is about the hidden pitfalls and social biases embedded in much yoga historiography. It compares contemporary yoga historians with 20th Century protestant theologians who were trying to excavate the Christian truth from ancient texts. Doing this yoga scholars - as exemplified in Gurus of Modern Yoga - tend to end up as apologetics and propagators.
I have been involved with yoga asana on and off since the late 1970s. During those years the role of yoga in society has changed dramatically. This blog aims to create debate and awareness of those changes.