«Nikakashechkas[1] », or the tale that not all yogas are equally useful.

 

(1) Nikakashechka - something that is pointless and gives no results.

 

«Not all that glitters is gold» - I think everyone knows this expression.

Goodsaying. It can be applied in any sphere of life, including the field of self-development.

 

In my previous article I told that I would prove the inefficiency of Integral yoga as a mean of self-development (well, or so-called “spiritual development”). Thus, I’llstartwithit.

 

I happened to associate with an integral yogi for a long time. Yet I couldn’t seem to understand: if the man has been practicing yoga for more than 5 years there should be some practical results after all. SoIsettosearchingfortheseresults. I kept searching and searching... by the way, that man was also practicing Hatha yoga and the benefit from it was evident and sufficient. (I also knew some other Hatha yogis so I had a basis to rely on).

And what concerns Integral yoga... Ok, there’s something I can’t see and something I can’t understand, it’s a good reason to look closely and try to make it out. SowhatisIntegralyogainfact?

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Well, first of all, it’s an inappropriate joining of physical, etheric and astral bodies into a single amorphous “vital body” which is declared as “inferior”, “animal” and non-spiritual.

I’m not even saying that such joining has no grounds – these bodies are different in structure and methods of working with them.

And I’m not even saying that “inferior” and “non-spiritual” are forms of unacceptance which is not a very developmental approach.

I was stunned by something else – specifically, methods of working with this very “vital body”... there’s no any! Well, surely there is Hatha yoga where the work begins with the physical body, but Integral yoga introduces the idea that there’s no point in working with the vital body and it’s better to focus on higher/high-spiritual spheres.

At least, this approach is disputable... but the matter cannot be confined just to this.

Let’sgofurther.

How should we work with the higher bodies?

Again, I’m not going to merge deep into insinuations regarding the fact that all bodies are inseparably knitted together in a man and that it’s absolutely impossible to have a well-developed mental body if there are serious problems in astral, etheric and physical bodies. There are definitely too many correlations which can be neither loosened nor controlled.

But let me tell you what happened further.

I communicate with the man (yogi), inquire about this issue and get a small booklet of how a man should work with the higher bodies.

I’mreading.

Work, bla-bla-bla, you should work, bla-bla-bla, you should work regularly, bla-bla-bla, you should work hard, bla-bla-bla, work, bla-bla-bla, bla-bla-bla, bla-bla-bla...

 

Again: the man, who is not a stupid man, almost PhD, with a 5-year integral yoga practice behind his back, chooses for me in his quite big library a book about what work is from the Integral yogis’ point of view and there is no single word about what is actually meant by work.  

Of course, I’m puzzled! I go to the man, talk to him, and here’s what I find out: you don’t have to do anything. You should only stick to the Integral yoga postulates (i.e. read the books, honour Aurobindo and the Mother, well, and meditate to their “blessed sacred images”) and wait until the lucid moment comes out of the blue.

Byitself.

Without any efforts to eliminate obstacles in your own mind.

That’s how easy everything appears.

 

And at the same time, having been involved with esoterism and communicating actively with lots of different people (incl. Integral yogis) for 10 years, I never got to hear a mention of an enlightened integral yogi, well, except the Mother, of course.

Thus, this means – at least as I see it currently – that Integral yoga failed to contribute to the people’s enlightenment.

Any of them.

Yet this crowd of …..mmm…. not idiots, of course, but highly credulous people keep believing that they will surely have luck.

For over 60 years no one had it but they will without fail.

At the same time, they love harping on the idea of a spiritual vision but stubbornly refuse to admit that somebody else can obtain it, except:

А) The Mother

B) Aurobindo

C) the speaker him-/herself.

And they absolutely don’t bother about the fact that this postulate strikingly resembles the Toltec feeling of personal significance.

Yet what really astonishes me is praying... oops, I mean meditations to Aurobindo’s sacred image.

Somebody who was not enlightened, not a Master. Just a man who corresponded with the enlightened (supposedly) Mother.

By the way, I can say that the Mother – judging by the texts – was a very complicated person. Maybeenlightened, maybenot... yetverycomplicated.

And Aurobindo was just an ordinary believer – again judging by the energy of his texts. His Vishuddha is well developed – pleasant blue energy – here’s no trace of vision or understanding – but it implies high-quality faith.

Of course, the lovers of such books get “hooked” on these very energies.

Doesn’t it seem to be Bhakti yoga?

No, it’s not a bit Bhakti yoga. Bhakti yogis are devoted to the Supreme Being and Integral yogis – if applying Christian terms – created an idol of an ordinary (and not very smart) person.

Thus, the Supreme Being can do something for Bhakti yogis in principle.

DeadAurobindo– cannot.

Well, and the quality of faith there ...mmm... rather different: Bhakti yogis first of all LOVE their Supreme Being and Integral yogis want to get enlightenment for nothing.

And so it’s in no way Bhakti yoga.

But if it doesn’t resemble Bhakti yoga, what is it similar to? There are a lot of different yogas, so there certainly should be something... and actually there is.

Mantrayoga.

Here it makes sense to make a small parenthetic remark:  Mantra is a powerful instrument for an average or above average yogi after all. Apart that the man should simply know how to perform mantras, he should also possess a basic reserve of certain energies - a kind of “firing pad” for mantras.

A mantra can reinforce something considerably, but if there’s nothing to reinforce (even considering correct performance) it will be of zero efficiency.

Well... not absolutely zero – there’ll appear the involvement of an egregore, but that will be a different state of things...

Thus, applying mantras within the standard yoga is efficient.

I’ll repeat myself: that concerns average and above average yogis (i.e. starting from the 8th year of practices, but that’s very roughly).

And actually what is Mantra yoga about? Nothing: just mutter mantras and after n-thousand number of repetitions you’ll obtain enlightenment. The main thing is not to lose count and everything will be great.

Absolutely the same implicit imperative: «You don’t have to do anything», well except for this very mantra-singing.

The origin of this ...mmm... school lies in very and very high antiquity – particularly, in the Vedas.

I don’t know what kind of ...mmm... person wrote there the postulate that “the goodness of Kali Yuga is that to obtain enlightenment it’s enough to repeat some mantras for certain thousand times” but I came across similar mentions over and over again.

Yet I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know the Vedas very well and so can’t say if it really contains this postulate or not.

But I can say for sure: with all surely useful qualities of mantras, they alone are categorically not enough. Mantras are an excellent auxiliary instrument. Auxiliary – but not the main.

Let’s go ahead: why don’t I touch the blessed sacred image of Agni yoga with my dirty hands.

Seemingly: yoga! And when you take a closer look – it’s not.  A volume of tales, clear respectful attitude towards fire and Agni particularly... Andwhat?

Nothing. There is nothing more there.

It is excellent as a collection of tales, parables and myths. It is splendid as a reading matter for true-esotericians.

As an instrument for self-development – come on, don’t make my shoes laugh.

Have you ever seen a single enlightened Agni yogi? Neither have I. And never heard of any. Althoughthisschoolexistsforabouthundredyears. It’s about time, it’s about time... yet it hangs in the wind.

Reading beautiful parables is just as useful as multiple repetitions of mantras – it only gives the feeling of being smart and nothing more.

But Agni yogis are one and all smart – so their lot is to show off their intelligence (even more than I do ))) ).

Yet they didn’t succeed with the results of their practices. But they live cheerfully :)

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I can carry on but don’t want to.

I can mention Blavatskaya accompanied with theosophists respected by me – they didn’t succeed with the enlightened too, I can mention a whole lot of schools, I can have a dig at undisguised money-makers... it’s not the point.

I’d love you to think over the following:

Once Jesus said “Judge the tree by its fruit”. Let’s forget for a moment that, generally speaking, judging is not constructive – let’s just try to take a sensible look at the variety of different yogas.

There are enlightened people in Bhakti yoga. Even among such pop Bhakti yogis as Krishnaites.

There are loads of the enlightened in Hatha yoga.

And there are a lot of the enlightened in Ashtanga yoga (well not that pop version that is sold around, but in the original Indian version). Of course, you can say that one thing is a part of another and that a practicing yogi practises Hatha yoga, Pranayama, Ashtanga yoga and subsequently Raja yoga at the same time – and surely you’ll be right.

That’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m saying that there are lots of different methods. Yet some of them yield results, the others do not (I can in no way consider “wow” type insights as results).

Both groups have rather specific features, not evident at first sight though.

Theyare:

- efficient methods involve rather specific sequence of actions.

Of course, it doesn’t ensure enlightenment (or Samadhi... the name doesn’t matter in this case).

- actually there are no actions in “nikakashechkas”. Their major paradigm – for all of them – consists in the simple postulate “You don’t have to do anything”.

Well, of course, you should sing mantras in Mantra yoga, you should believe in the possibility of spontaneous enlightenment in Integral yoga and so on.  But in fact – it’s just regular but not difficult pastime.

Pastime, not work.

And if somebody tells you that to love all living beings on the planet is a hard work, please, do me a favour: spend 30 minutes in this “practice” and then count how many beads of sweat your body exuded.

Compare it to your regular sweating.

I assure you – no matter how hard you try there’ll be no difference.

Because self-delusion is not a work. And reading the most proper books as well. And even drawing some sacral geometric figures (regards to Drunvalo) is not a bit work either.

Now chakra breathing for an hour is work. Or Blacksmith's Bellows exercise. Of course, none of the exercises can ensure Samadhi, but!

But if your efforts are none, it makes no sense to expect that the result will be variant from none.

That means that you’ll get a nikakashechka as a result.

But people long for freebies…. Oh, oh, oh!….

“You don’t have to do anything! Just wear this magic belt and your abs will become perfect!” How many years this commercial has been on flimflam TV but people buy these things!

“You don’t have to do anything! Just take this pill and your kilos will disappear!”

And yet pills are being sold!

“You don’t have to do anything! Just ____________________ and enlightenment will come over you”

Remember this cliché; and if you ever hear it again – remember that none of Angi yogis, Integral yogis, theosophists, Krayon’s followers, Rother’s followers or “warriors of the light” obtained enlightenment/ascension. (and none of Melchizedek’s followers learnt how to teleport :-р)

But much time (and money) was wasted. Absolutely in vain.

P.S.

You still want to practice self-development doing nothing?

Then one of these guys is surely on his way to you!