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Yoga s history has many places of obscurity and uncertainty due to its oral transmission of sacred texts and the secretive nature of its teachings. The early writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost. The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,555 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 65,555 years old old. Yoga s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice and development. Our Sponsors Japa Mala Beads Beautiful prayer beads to enhance your meditation and yoga practice. Inspiring new books on spirituality & wellness. Save 75% with code: WXAKAmazing how you can talk about honey and not mention the beehive or the bees.

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Yoga is a Sanskirt word, correctly pronounced as Yog. Yoga is a Hindu practice, or a practice of Sanatan Dharma, to be more precise. Not to say that anybody who wants to benefit from the practice needs to acknolwedge or even be bothered about the the religious affiliation, but when you write hundreds of words on its history without mentioning the connection, it smacks of disingenuity, something decidedly non-Yogic. And no, mention of India doesn t count. It only serves as a calculated deception, because there is more to India than Hinduism, even if yoiu re talking just religion. If you re going to be a Yogi, a good place to start is by being honest and open minded. Else it s just a lot of twisting and turning of your muscles and joints. Namaste Rabi. I agree with you. But also do not expect from opportunists the recognition for benefiting from features of Hindu culture. I also like the honey and not mention the beehive or the bees analogy: )Rabi, I completely agree with you. Yoga and Hindusim are like two sides of the same coin. One doesn t exist without the other. Hi rabi, i wanted to ask if you could recommend any texts that would bring me into the light of the connection between yoga and hinduism. Excuse my ignorance in the matter but i would like to study the topic more deeply. Thank you. That is because the Vedas and Upanishads are the foundation for both yoga and Hinduism.

They are linked and share a common history and culture, but they are not part of each other. I m saddened to read that you think we are intentionally being deceptive and dishonest with what we write here. We respect your opinion, but please take your judgements somewhere else. Timothy, A history of lets just say gospels without mentioning Christianity? Vedas and Upanishads are more central to Hinduism than gospels are to Christianity. I grew up chanting Vedas and reading Vagvat Geeta (Upanishad) to my blind grandfather. Hinduism *is* Vedas+Upanishads and then a few other things. Anyway, you ve settled on a narrative common in this part of the world that I dare not attempt to alter, so enough on this. Yoga is a gift that anybody can enjoy with a dose of any narrative that makes it palatable. I may be an anomaly, because I have shamelessly adopted many western and even christian views/traditions that I like. My family celebrates the spirit of Christmas, enjoys good gospel singing, and hunts for eggs during Easter. Rabi, it s really so sad to know that you actually don t know anything about Hinduism and Vedas. Can t you see? ? You even spelled BHAGAVAD GITA as Vagvat Geeta and you re saying that you ve been reading all vedas and upanishads to your blind grandfather since childhood. Knowing some Sanskrit quotes doesn t show that you have been into vedas and Yoga. It s time that you should really practice doing yoga and notice the changes in your current life. Yoga is everything and it s everywhere.

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. Yoga is as old as the God s themselves. It is a knowledge which was given by Lord Shiva himself to Parvati when she asked him how would humans find liberation from the cycle of birth death. Siva Samhita is a treatise of his answer in dialogue form between Shiva Parvati. Hence, I humbly submit that dating Yoga according to our prsent day Calender may be futile. Please add to my knowledge if what I have said is not correct or erroneous. In quest of the Truth, Kamini, Kamini, The date of origin is not what s being discussed here, but the roots. However, if you are willing to consider that religious texts (in written form) have author(s) that conceived (or collected) them at some point, you will find that there are various estimates of Shiva Samhita s date of writing, none going back further than 6555 BCE. You do, curiously, illustrate my point, by mentioning Shiva and Parvati. Shiva makes up the trio of divinity in Hinduism. The point of my comments is the fact that Yoga is entirely a Hindu pratice (by origin), in that it is a tradition inspired by and contained in Hindu philosopy and carried forward by Hindus alone until recent times. Sure, the exact label Hinduism is of more recent origin, but it is the term available to us today to describes the same old belief system in which Yoga originated. Therefore, to say Yoga did not originate in Hinduism is a feeble play on words. To fail to mention its Hindu origin while telling its history is to start new yogis on an ignorant path. I will have a lot of respect for anyboy or any publication that is honest and open-minded enough to use Shiva or any other Hindu symbol as an icon next to a discussion of yoga, instead of having a chic meditating Buddha in Lotus position, a misleading, but more tolerated symbol of eastern relgion/philosophy in the west. A truth, however unomfortable, remains the truth. By suppressing it, you only subtract from the true meaning of yoga. Calmini Yes, the historic dating of yoga is quite vague based on what we know, and is just an intelligent guess.

The dates are given to give context and a sequence to the unfolding of the yoga tradition. Rabi Yoga and Hinduism share the same common roots, but that does not mean that Yoga is entirely a Hindu practice. Your analogy of the Gospels and Christianity is flawed because Christianity existed prior to the writing of the Gospels. You cannot say that Hinduism existed prior to the Vedas. Also many of the early Christian texts are also intertwined with the Jewish texts, which according to your logic would make Christianity an entirely Jewish practice. Timothy, I acknowledge the depth of your belief on this topic, so I have nothing left to say. As a testimony to the complexiity of human thought, personal as well as professional practice of Yoga can coexist with wholesale diminutive and derogatory view of the religion that originated and carried it for centuires. This is my purely personal and totally arguable explanation for the increasing necessity for distancing of Yoga from Hinduism as the practice gets to the larger masses in the West. Branding is after all not an exercise in brutal and awkward truth. If anybody is interested in learning of the roots of Yoga, I encourage them to look further than glib explanations (developed over time by many, to be fair this is nothing recent) that serve as much to obfuscate as much to illuminate. This is the last comment, I promise, and I end with this Sanskrit quote: विषादप्यमृतं ग्राह्यं अमेध्यादपि काञ्चनम्। अमित्रादपि सद्वृत्तं स्त्रीरत्नं दुष्कुलादपि॥Elixir of life is to be accepted even if comes from poison, a piece of gold is to be accepted even from impurity. A good conduct is to be learnt even from an enemy and a good lady is to be accepted even from a bad community. Ha, did I just reinforce the perception I deplored? Let me try a different one (disclaimer: the crude translation is not mine): अयं निà¤: परो वेति गणना लघुचेतसाम्। उदारमनसानां तु वसुधैव कुटुंबकम्॥ This is mine or (somebody) else”™s (is the way) narrow minded people count.

But for broad minded people, (whole) earth is (like their) family. I sincerely agree. The exact date is unknown but it all depends upon what it is. I do not say, that it does not originate from shivkaal, but there is no proof that it does eitherrabi I m glad we are agreeing to disagree here, although I would have appreciated (and enjoyed) a logical rebuttal based on facts rather than a dogmatic viewpoint. If you are not open to discussing this topic using facts and reason then please do not continue this conversation. And if you continue to lace your posts with judgements and a patronizing tone then I ll delete them as inappropriate. It is not only disrespectful to disregard the history of Hinduism in yoga. What do you think Indus originated from? The Hindu people who live there. It is even more disrespectful for WHITE MAN to capitalize of our culture and educate us on what it is. What a joke you are. Typical colonial white dude speak. Sophia Name calling and/or putting people down is not tolerated on this website. Any further posts from you that violate our comment guidelines will be deleted. There is no evidence that Hinduism was practiced or invented by the Indus Valley Civilization. Secondly, yoga ≠ Hinduism. Yoga is a spiritual practice (like prayer) and Hinduism is a religion. They share similar aspects and philosophies, but were developed as separate practices.

If you disagree with this viewpoint please cite any modern yoga research to back up your claims.

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