OK, so I found that the BBC is broadcast on a local channel (during hours when I had been working). So what was one of their stories tonight? That Yoga can fix Global Warming…
I’ve done a few web searches, even gone to a couple of BBC web sites (why do they need so many?…) and did searches on them. Could not find a link. But I swear I saw it. It was on BBC International (or some such… the news for folks not in the UK) and they really did say that if only we do more Yoga, it will fix global warming. Well, glad that is settled. So we can just keep on driving and using the BBQ as long as we do the right ‘poses’. OK, got it.
I did find this link:
HOT PLANET? HOT YOGA!
Yoga could be an answer to climate change, says India’s prime minister
By Ben Adler on 1 Oct 2014
It seemed like a bad sign that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, skipped the U.N. Climate Summit last week. What with India being the world’s second most populous country, the fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, the U.S., and the European Union, and a fast-growing economy, it would be worrying if its government were more concerned about short-term economic growth than a safe and stable climate, right?
Well, you can rest easy, because Modi spoke to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday, and he revealed a brilliant plan for combating climate change. The only strange thing is that he didn’t want to come to the Climate Summit to share it.
We can achieve the same level of development, prosperity and well-being without necessarily going down the path of reckless consumption. It doesn’t mean that economies will suffer; it will mean that our economies will take on a different character. For us in India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritualism. We treat nature’s bounties as sacred. Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
Maybe reclining bound angle pose can save the planet. Heck, if that’s what it takes, I’m willing to give yoga a try… if I can just find the right instructor ;-)
But seriously, you know something has become a religion when “poses” will save the world. While the ‘reality’ of the story is that if we all just became non-materialistic yogis dedicated to posing and not to consuming, I suppose that there’s some reduction of CO2 production that ought to follow (if it really mattered). But the stronger reality is that this is a trendy PC thing unrelated to physics. It is entirely an artificial ‘social movement’ at this point. It has the fingerprints of ‘manufactured crisis for effect’ all over it, and the proposed ‘solutions’ are feel-good involvement ‘neighborhood organizer’ and propaganda efforts at this point.
Just so faux…
But I can see the advantage to some of those yoga poses… though they look more likely to heat things up than cool them down, IMHO…
OK, just as a counterpoint to the ‘in crowd trendy PC’ line, there’s this Yoga site:
After recounting the Doom In Our Time litany of Earth Ending Fears from ‘climate change’,
Al Gore with his acclaimed and widely popularized film “the Inconvenient Truth” shocks our mind, because our isolated little self’s get worried about our own survival (or at least for the children…). He tells us (supported by great media-skills) the observations, with which we started this contemplation; and paints a grim picture with such projections, as that: a million of species of life will be extinct in the next 40 years.
He does everything possible to install fear and worry in us! Fear is the instrument of manipulation! Not of education. Yes, and there are… at the end, like a trailer, suggestions what to do: such using energy-efficient light-bulbs, drive less, recycle, use less hot water, avoid excessive packaging; plant a tree etc. These suggestions are powerless….doomed, as he says himself… to being ignored. Why? Because fear…only creates the desire for self-preservation. When scarcity of food is announced, one rushes and buys and hordes…until the shelves are empty! “Me” and mine are important! Fear reinforces, the greed, which contributes vastly to those 30 % of Global warming, which man is responsible for.
If the 1st realisation about Global warming is — – the need to accept, man is not in charge; our ego must give up its aspiration of dominance; the 2nd. Point of realisation, is: – fear and worry about a doomsday future, can not propel people into changing habits, on the contrary it reinforces them and creates greed!
So despite buying in to the notion that people cause warming (though only 30% or so of it, by his figures), he does realize The Fear Game being played. Then, couched in some mystical wandering, we have what looks like an argument for adaptation rather than fear and guilt:
How did that saying of the 70th. go: You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf! The preoccupation with the wave… shifts to the beauty of the ocean. Once you see the beauty of the ocean…you would not want to spoil it and destroy it! Every Wave is already ocean; You need to become aware that you are the ocean! You are, every human is… Divine power of life, the ultimate Self….if we destroy Life, we destroy our selves! There is only one message: become aware who you are! Tukaram (Indian sage) sings: “Even though I have this body, I have come to realize, That it’s not just a body, it is the house of God. And in this house of God, Though they say he is formless, His power abides.” The same power is in everybody and everything! That’s the important 3rd. realisation ,hence everything and everybody deserves the same respect, needs to honoured because there is only One earth, One Nature, One Life, One Self! Creation is the manifestation of that Self, that Consciousness, God, light…that immutable constant behind all! Remember… Every Yogic path is meant for gaining this knowledge. We purify our bodies, we meditate, we inquire, do jappa – only to this end, to recognise the absolute Self as our original nature, from there – our attitude to “Global warming” will be different! I.e. Accepting what is, and living in such a way as not to harm self or others, or indeed any facet of nature, for “ The Divine is in Everything”
So in the end is that saying that Yoga will save the world from Global Warming? Or that we just ought to go with the flow? Like most things mystical, it’s a bit of mystery. Rather like all of Global Warming ‘climate science’…