Great presentation on breathwork practices and Tummo tradition of yogic culture by Michael Sheehy, research assistant professor in Tibetan and Buddhist studies and the director of scholarship at the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.
Yoga Nejang demonstration by Dr. Nida shows 24 easy and accessible exercise that can be done as daily regime of healthy body practice.
As you go trough 24 points mindfully checking up on your body from outside with palm touch and from inside with breath presence, you connect with ancient tradition coming from Traditional Tibetan Medicine.
This Yoga Nejang comes from Kalachakra tradition and is a unique blend of Self-massage and Tibetan yoga. I highly recommend it.
Humanity Evolved with Cannabis
Sea squirts are marine organisms that shared a common ancestor with vertebrates (animals, reptiles, birds, fish, etc.) 55 million years ago. These primitive animals have a precursor to the human heart. And they have an endocannabinoid system, producing naturally occurring cannabinoids like other animals. According to NORML, “By comparing the genetics of cannabinoid receptors in different species, scientists estimate that the endocannabinoid system evolved in primitive animals over 600 million years ago.”
Mind-altering plant and fungal medicines grow in every habitable place on earth. Chimps eat over a dozen species of plants for medicinal purposes. Large groups of them have been known to walk long distances to get to these medicinal plants, which scientists later discovered do things like kill parasites, fungi, and viruses. In fact, whole classes of compounds for human use have been formulated as a direct result of watching our wild cousins. Evidence from all over the world shows animals in the wild using psychoactive plants and mushrooms.
Early humans would naturally observe and learn from the animals around them, and, being animals themselves, would also be drawn to various forms of plant medicine. Modern anthropologists studying hunter-gatherer tribes found that they have an encyclopedic knowledge of local flora and fauna. The fungi, plants, and animals that they formed a special connection with were integrated into primitive spiritual rituals, rituals that would later evolve into yoga, for example.
Cannabis is known to be one of humanity’s earliest agricultural crops, having evolved between 6 and 34 million years ago. The exact time and place of first contact is still debated: some scientists point toward central Asia and others identify Europe during the last Ice Age. The herb entered the archaeological record of Asia and eastern Europe at about the same time, between about 12,500 and 10,000 years ago. A recent review of cannabis archaeological data links an intensification of cannabis use in East Asia with the rise of transcontinental trade at the dawn of the Bronze Age, about 5,000 years ago.
Humans used both nonpsychoactive hemp and the more medicinal cannabis version of the plant for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it was first used for food, as it was for other animals, then as medicine, and later as an intoxicant to enter an altered state as part of spiritual rituals. At some point we began making rope and textiles from its fiber, and those ropes may have been instrumental in the domestication of the horse.
Charred seeds have been found inside the burial mounds dating back to 3,000 BCE, and the oldest cannabis archaeological relic in existence is a piece of hemp cloth from 10,000 years ago.
Found in: Chapter 4. THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS AND YOGA, from:
Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery , by Dee Dussault, 2017.
One of the greatest saints of India, Ramana Maharishi, was present from year 1879 until 1950.
His mere walking upon this Earth brought many souls peace and joy and some of this presence is captured in photos of Ramana Maharishi.
It is my understanding that Ramana Maharishi “officially” left no successor to his teaching, because most of it was contained in question “Nan Yar?” or “Who Am I?”. (PDF)
It is sometimes understood that Guru of Ramana Maharishi was sacred hill Arunachala.
But this can mean many things, from Guru being the Elements, Mother Earth, Sacred tradition, 63 Nayanar saints…or that Guru is unmovable, undestructable…and silent.
Many have since claimed having spiritual connection to Ramana Maharishi by taking physical proximity of the sacred hill Arunachala.
Ramana Maharishi did claim some divine beings as his spiritual brothers, but that is another story.
In short, Ramana Maharishi had no human being as teacher and left no human being as pupil. This is proper because Ramana Maharishi reflected perfectly the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.
Many Westerners confuse Advaita Vedanta for whole multitude of philosophical and spiritual teachings of India, and Advaita Vedanta is properly classified as just one Vedanta stream, and Vedanta is just one of the six main philosophies of Hinduism.
Mysteries of Saint Ramana Maharishi are innumerable. It is very well possible that Ramana Maharishi taught some other philosophy privately, but he was very well known for Advaita Vedanta.
Texas born Gangaji met Papaji in 1990.
Mooji met Papaji in 1993. Mooji is well known in internet era with live satsangs and more. As a dreadlocked Jamaican Mooji fills the image of spiritual teacher for many.
All of these teachers just teach direct Self-inquiry. That is it. They do not teach any yoga, bhakti, meditation, mantra, ritual or sacred literature. It is my understanding that this is a tradition without tradition, a lineage without lineage, a path without path.
In Daoism there is a saying: Watch your teacher closely, one day he may escape beyond the clouds.
Point of the saying is you never know when will you lose sacred connection to your teacher, and what will you do after that happens?
Watch your Guru closely, she may self-immolate.
Radha Ma left worldly affairs and settled at the footsteps of sacred hill Arunachala.
In year 2011 she self-immolated and passed on to samadhi.
It is my understanding that by the act of taking one’s own material body back to elements, Radha Ma left us with ultimate spiritual message:
Don’t look for Guru. Guru is in you.
Radha Ma Ki Jai!
In this day and age balance between material and spiritual is crucial. Don’t get caught up in philosophies and personalities.
Understand that any step you take in spiritual battle is filled side by sides with mental illness, physical breakdown, insatiable lust or delusions of grandeur. And so is material life. Even if you zig zag on a crooked path, walk it straight.
I need you to know that Dub Yoga is a real thing. Tonight in Berlin you can join selektress Sister Julie from Roots Daughters sound and yogini Regina Sebald for a unique experience:
“We use the music as a tool in exploring our body through yoga and the healing sounds of dub.”
Our prophecy of Yogi Dread is slowly but surely coming to fulfillment. With Ganja Yoga in Canada, Dubwise Yoga in Germany, outernational Jah9 movements all amass and rally Yogi Dread army globally.
Peace, love and unity shall conquer.
I had a conversation about this not a year ago with a beautiful yogini that moved forward to pure lands. I dedicate this post to you Kate.