Yoga of self-inquiry and self-realization is for everyone, regardless of the different qualities of names and forms that present in the many different bodies and minds, regardless of the different degrees of ignorance and realization, regardless of the different conditions of the physical body and the different states of the mind, of different temperaments, personalities and characteristics, as well as regardless of the different conditions and situations of the surrounding environment.
Although, not all forms of yoga practice are suitable for everyone due to being limited by the different degrees of ignorance and realization, the different conditions of the physical body and the different states of the mind, of different temperaments, personalities and characteristics, as well as the different conditions and situations of the surrounding environment.
Regardless of what form of yoga practice that is suitable or unsuitable for the different bodies and minds being limited by the different qualities of names and forms, or what kind of yoga practice that is suitable or unsuitable in different conditions and situations under the influence of time, space and causation, all and everyone can practice yoga of self-inquiry and self-realization, of purifying, disciplining, quieting and silencing the modification of the mind, to annihilate ignorance and egoism, to realize selflessness and impermanence of all kinds of names and forms.
The practice of the elimination of egoism, is unlimited by any qualities of names and forms that is conditioned by time, space and causation, or selfless impermanent changes.
For example, someone who is suffering from certain illness, injury or limitation/disability in the present moment, or someone who has just eaten a heavy meal, or someone is not physically and/or mentally ready for certain teaching and/or practice, or there’s no suitable time and space in the present moment, then certain type of yoga practice might not be suitable for this particular person under this particular condition and situation in the present moment. But then, it doesn’t and couldn’t stop this person from continuing practicing non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-comparison, non-judgment and non-expectation. It doesn’t stop this mind from being in the present, without being determined or disturbed by the action (including inaction, or action that is not possible or not suitable in the present moment) and the fruit of action, without being determined or disturbed by the selfless mind perception of names and forms that are pleasant or unpleasant, agreeable or disagreeable, and desirable or undesirable.
Regardless of what is going on in the mind or in the surrounding environment, whether in action or in inaction, whether in calmness or in chaos, whether in joyfulness or in painful physical and/or mental suffering, yoga/the teachings of yoga/the yoga practice is there as it is, unlimited by time, space and causation, of ceaseless impermanent selfless changes, when the mind is free from the idea of ‘I’, egoism and the by-products of egoism.
Regardless of the different degrees of ignorance and realization in different minds, where some minds are free from the influence of ignorance, while some minds are under the influence of ignorance, and hence, there are different thinking, understanding, behaviors, desires, actions and inactions in different people, but then, all are the same impermanent and selfless names and forms, and all can be practicing yoga and realizing yoga, if they want.
The current pandemic situation has been affecting and changing many people’s life. Especially in certain countries, where many different activities that used to be accessible for all, might be regulated under certain new rules and regulations now, where certain activities are becoming accessible or inaccessible for certain people due to their decision and action, where life is somehow becoming difficult or inconvenient for certain people who made certain decisions for action and inaction under their own particular thinking and desire, where certain activities such as ‘physical in-person yoga activities’ might be only accessible for certain group of people and inaccessible for other group of people regulated under the ‘law’ of certain countries, even so, all these rules and regulations can’t stop anyone from learning, practicing, or realizing yoga.
For those who truly practice yoga, they make certain decision and perform certain action after weighing what is the most beneficial action that can help the world to move forward, that can help to minimize general healthcare system collapsing, and more importantly, that can help to lessen the financial, physical and mental suffering of many people being impacted by the pandemic situation, especially by the prolonged ‘partial half-baked lockdown’ in certain countries that doesn’t work, but it has taken away many people’s livelihood, where some people couldn’t get through the challenging situation, and had chose to end their own lives.
For those who truly practice yoga and know what is the essence of yoga, which is selflessness, there’s no such idea as ‘This is my body, my choice, my freedom, my right’ or ‘I don’t want to be the guinea pig for scientific testing that would benefit the next generations’. Although there’s nothing wrong if some people are thinking in such way, and it’s everyone’s freedom for their particular thinking, belief, desire, action and reaction. Just that, if those who identifying themselves as ‘sincere yogis who love yoga’ or ‘compassionate beings who advocate compassionate actions’, but then, the minds are being occupied and influenced by such ideas to act and react, then they haven’t realized the essence of yoga, of selflessness and compassion. Again, there’s nothing wrong, and it’s their freedom of thinking, desire and action/reaction.
For the minds that are free from ignorance and egoism, that realized selflessness and compassion, what is ‘I don’t want to be the guinea pig for scientific testing that would BENEFIT the next generations’ or ‘This is my body, my choice, my freedom, my right’?
This is not about ‘right and wrong’, ‘good and bad’.
This is not about agreeing with or supporting corrupted authorization, oppression, discrimination or human rights infringement.
This is not about everyone, especially yoga practitioners, should ‘sacrifice’ themselves for others or to benefit others, in order to be portraying ‘selflessness and compassion’, or to be identifying as ‘selfless compassionate beings’, but it’s about this mind knowing what is occupying and over-powering this mind that influence this mind’s way of thinking, reasoning, judging, behavior, desire, action and reaction.
Yoga, or the teachings and practice of yoga, doesn’t discriminate any names and forms, behavior, action/reaction. It exists particularly for the minds that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism. The minds that are already being free from ignorance and egoism don’t need to learn, practice or realize yoga. There’s no judgment of ‘This is bad and wrong due to ignorance and egoism’ or ‘Being ignorant and egoistic is bad and wrong’. There’s no authorization of ‘This is wrong and sinful, and hence, it’s punishable and suffering deserving’ or ‘People should think and behave like this, and shouldn’t think and behave like that’. There’s no discrimination of ‘This is not qualified for yoga and yoga practice’ or ‘This is not eligible for realizing yoga, or unconditional peace’.
All and everyone who truly want to learn, practice and realize yoga, must be taught, or learn how to look into their own mind, to know what is going on in the mind; developing the foundation of self-control, self-discipline and self-independence; freeing the mind from being conditioned by all kinds of worldly passionate egoistic social, cultural, religious, spiritual and political thinking, belief, values and practice; purifying, disciplining, quieting and silencing the modification of the mind; practicing non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-comparison, non-judgment and non-expectation, to eliminate the idea of ‘I’ or ‘the ego’ and egoism; allowing the mind to be open, to be quiet, to perform self-inquiry inquiring towards the truth of names and forms, including the teachings of yoga, allowing the mind to see things as they are; to realize the truth of selflessness and impermanence; to be free from ignorance and the consequences of ignorance.
If some minds who think and believe that they love yoga very much, that they are practicing yoga, that they are highly experienced and knowledgeable about what is yoga, but would be ‘offended’ by this teaching, that’s their freedom of thinking, action and reaction. Just that this teaching might not be suitable for these minds, yet.