Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Udvikaasa: The Western Yoga

Beyond Liberation Theology

The Evolutionary Christian Church affirms the idea that human history has religious, historical and material dimensions. We do not exclusively follow the Involutionary Inward Path of identification with the God-Within, liberating only the individual. But in addition, true liberation does not only take up the cause of the exploited classes, we also take up the cause of meritocracy and evolution, since we evolve to Godhood beyond the human and beyond the earth.

To the Eastern-derived three paths of the Involutionary Inward Path: karma (ritual action), bhakt (devotion to personal god), and jnana (gnosis), I add a fourth path, applying the Sanskrit word udvikaasa (evolution), which is the Western “yoga” of the Evolutionary Outward Path. Karma yoga, the yoga of action, remains an Inward Path discipline, the action it takes relates to the same ultimate rejection of the material world as bhakt and jnana yoga as well as the liberation theology of the West.

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