I don’t believe in God. I don’t have to believe in God. Have you ever looked down at the ground to see grass? Do you have to believe in grass? Beneath the grass have you ever looked at the earth and thriving ecosystem in the grass and the earth, the small creatures like ants, aphids, flies, mosquitos, worms, and bees? Do you have to believe in them? I see God everywhere my eyes and mind can possibly go.

Atheists have it all wrong. But so do the bible thumpers. These are like two extremes that couldn’t be any more different, any more in opposition. I can understand why it seems enticing to be an Atheist, especially if there is disdain for religion. It’s like being a Satanist, but being PC about it. The problem here is that if you really are an Atheist, your logical thinking brain is telling you that there is no God. That means that as an Atheist you don’t see God anywhere, in anything, in anyone. This still makes sense to me if the God you are looking for is an old man in a toga with a long white beard sitting on a throne above a cloud. The God that doesn’t exist could also be the one somehow described or characterized in whatever religion there is disdain for, and at least that an Atheist has exactly right: that God certainly doesn’t exist.

But what of seeing divinity in every single thing that exists? If this hasn’t yet been revealed to one confident and proud to call him or herself an Atheist, well, then that is the definition of Atheist! The definition is one who has not yet seen or can’t understand that God is everywhere, in everything, in everyone, is everything. I certainly would not walk around calling myself someone who is proud of understanding that I am short of understanding, but that is what the Atheist does, and most probably unknowingly. This is difficult to swallow because the knowledgeable and thinking brain is what leads one to be skeptical of any God, so it can’t be that there is a lack of understanding; lack of understanding is the hallmark of the one who is led by faith. So, one can say that he or she just doesn’t care.

The scary thing is that these are basically the same concepts that the proselytizer uses to get you to accept a religion, or Jesus, or what or whomever. They say things like, “Let him reveal himself to you”, or “once you accept Jesus as your savior”. The power of love is amazing. It requires no belief in any gods or God, it is religionless. I’m talking about unconditional love, not conditional love which is focused on some object or subject or external thing or person, even the idea of Jesus or God as some kind of paternal entity to Jesus. Many people have a misconception about what the definition of God is, and the head of a religious community may reference a God that I absolutely don’t recognize. In that sense, I certainly would proudly call myself an Atheist; maybe Atheists have it all right.

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Satanism Yoga

April 18, 2011

Are you one who believes in cultivating the self, the importance of individualism, enlightenment, and the enhancement and improvement of oneself by personal education, experiment, and initiation? If so, you could be a Satanist – or one who practices Yoga. Actually, no sane person believes that Yoga is Satanism or vice versa, but using these general, vague concepts that are born of human nature, a Venn diagram would look rather convincing, especially to Christians in opposition to both sets.

Satanism is a group of religions whose shared feature include symbolic association with Satan or similar rebellious, promethean, and liberating figures. That statement was taken from Wikipedia. So far, it sounds a lot like Hinduism. I mean, instead of Satan, you could say Kali, Siva, Vishnu, Narasimha, or any other deity that is characterized with frightening power. Theistic Satanism may include the usage of meditation and self expansion. Sound familiar?

Luciferianism is an auxiliary movement of Satanism that some reject, arguing that Lucifer is a more positive and easy-going ideal than Satan, considered as the “light bearer”, an illuminated aspect of Satan. Luciferians are inspired by the ancient myths of Egypt, Rome and Greece, Gnosticism, along with traditional Western occultism.

Laveyan Satanism, although widely popularized by The Satanic Bible and being overseen by the Church of Satan, is described by religioustolerance.org as a small religious group whose members exhibit kindness to their friends and attack their enemies, while feeling free to satisfy their urges responsibly. They are Atheists, Agnostics, and Apatheists who regard Satan as a symbol of man’s inherent nature.

In music, Pseudo-Satanism is used for shock value. This can be described as a casual, or adolescent satanism, using symbols like the inverted pentagram and demonic imagery to provide the impression of satanism. Authentic Satanists would call them cute.

Now let’s get to this thing called Yoga. Why even make this comparison? For starters, Yoga is taking the world by storm more than ever. Is this a threat to religion? No, not at all. Should you be skeptical of it? Absolutely! The point is that just because you carry a mat on your back like a gymnastic samurai and participate in classes that are built upon a philosophy that includes non-violence, non-possessiveness, purity, and restraint, doesn’t mean you won’t give in to habit and human nature at the smallest threat or attack on the ego outside of the yoga studio. Let’s face it, most people are doing asana because it’s physical activity in an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, and meditation, let alone enlightenment, is an elusive mystery.

Your identity, your character, is not defined by trends. You are not your yoga outfit. External gurus don’t exist. Serve your true nature. If you’re okay with being part of the pseudo-satanist movement of Yoga, what else will you be okay with?

You Were Born Perfect

April 12, 2011

Take that fact in. Say it to yourself. Know it. Believe it because it is true. Between your birth and now you’ve learned a lot. You’ve put things in your mind that have taken you to action. Some of those things may have led to you having a feeling of having gone farther from a place of perfection. This is true in the sense that you were born innocent and unspoiled, perfect! If you are on a quest of any kind that should bring you to a place of feeling satisfaction from being closer to perfection, or less imperfect, stop! You’ve made it. More clearly, you’ve already made it without effort the day you were born. If you don’t believe that, it’s because you’ve been told to believe all the reasons that you think it’s not a reality.

Speaking of reality, if you’re reading this and claim to know anything about Yoga, what do you know about reality and illusion? One of the most important aspects of understanding life in this illusory world of time and space is knowing that we view our world in time-slices. We can only experience moments that lead to other moments. Life is a string of moments. This is the illusion that leads us to believe things about ourselves that simply aren’t true. For example, believing the illusion, you can be something right now, but not something else right now, because of dualistic contradictions. For example, you can’t be tall if you’re short, and you can’t be awake if you’re asleep.  Outside of the illusion (beyond the wall Maya) where all of time exists all at once and not in a string of moments, you are perfect now as you were before, and you are all things. Now see the obstacles that have been put in your life between your effortless perfection and any false notion that has you believing the lie. To prove it to yourself, all you have to do is remove everything, one by one, that has distanced you from your initial state of perfection, and you will be now just as you were then, perfect. But you don’t have to actually do anything if you aren’t stubborn; it’s your perception that has to change if you don’t believe, and if you are the most stubborn, it will take the most effort for you to change your perception.

Go and participate in every moment knowing you are already perfect. Or, don’t and wait until you die and see it for yourself then when you shed this body enclosed in the world of three dimensions and time. Either way, it’ll happen, so don’t worry. Do you have what it takes to realize it now?

In the search for pleasure of the senses, there are dangers that come with it. In sutra number 1, the Buddha preached Kama Sutra. Kama refers to aesthetic and erotic pleasure. On the list of the “four main goals of life”, Kama comes in third. In order of importance are Dharma (virtuous living), Artha (material prosperity), Kama (aesthetic and erotic pleasure), and Moksha (liberation). So, simply interpreted, first and foremost live virtuous lives. Make all actions fall into this category. Second, while living virtuous lives, earn a living in which you can support yourself. Third, experience the pleasures of the senses. Lastly, release yourself from the cycle of death and rebirth.

The first three are aims of everyday life. Are people running to Yoga for better sex? Are Yoga enthusiasts in the West lacking some kind of fundamental cultural and psychological framework in which the American way, for example, doesn’t work for their lives and Yoga is going to fix it? Or are they just looking for something to do a few times a week because they are barely engaged in any physical activity and have no hobbies, following trends as they come?

Better sex is a selling point for Yoga, and Yoga is an increasing business that can command high prices. People have had emotional, psychological, physical, and other problems before it was cool or an option to introduce Yoga into lives to improve quality of life, so why Yoga, and why now? These days, what isn’t a selling point for Yoga, and why not sex? After all, isn’t the Kama Sutra a book about human sexual behavior describing 64 different sexual acts as practical advice on sexual intercourse? Maybe, but I’ve never read it, and my sex is just fine, thank you. But, today’s Yoga sex books are flying off the shelves and the authors tend to be women. Ellen Barrett, author of Sexy Yoga, says, “Yoga increases flexibility, which helps you be free and just go for it in sex.”

Let’s go over what some of the supposed benefits of Yoga are in the sex department. Some poses increase blood flow to the pelvis. If you live a lifestyle in which you are worried about your blood flow to your pelvis, maybe Yoga has the power to transform your physical sexual experience. Blood rushing to your privates not only makes them hot but causes a swelling sensation, heightening sensitivity and desire. There are other aspects in which the pelvic floor can be strengthened, which can play a crucial role in how sex is experienced. Apparently, women experience more intense orgasms with stronger contractions and releases as a result of a well-conditioned pelvic floor. The relaxation from releasing tension after inducing it through asana can relax the hips of women who otherwise have hip and thigh tightness that can make sex tough for them.

Mentally, or psychologically, Yoga allows one to be more comfortable in vulnerable positions. Sex or the lack of sex can stem purely from a psychological point of interest, and for some, Yoga can be just what the doctor ordered. Yoga practice helps in improving one’s sensitivity; breathing exercises can help overcome anxiety. A person relieved from tension and stress will actively participate in sexual activity, even with refreshed vigor. Ian Kerner, PhD, a New York sex therapist and the author of Sex Detox, says, “You can’t worry about work, money, or unfolded laundry when your frontal lobe is focused on a reenactment of the train scene in Risky Business. To tune in to a sexual experience, you have to first turn off the parts of your brain associated with stress and anxiety, and fantasizing is the most effective way to accomplish that.”

Kundalini Yoga, often called the most powerful type of Yoga and the mother of all Yoga, seeks to awaken a powerful point at the base of the spine called the Muladhara Chakra. The region of the body referred to as the Kundalini region is located in males between the anus and testicles and in women between the vagina and clitoris. Power and equality for both sexes form the elemental source of all energy when united, Siva the masculine and Sakti the feminine. The union doesn’t take place at the genital region, but in the brain. The rise of Kundalini energy up the spine targets the nervous system which is the pathway between the brain and the body, helping to eliminate negative feelings like jealousy, anger, depression, and sorrow.

Overall energy levels can be improved, harnessed, and accumulated through Yoga in general. With more endurance and fortitude, your body will be able to engage in long sexual activity without tiring. A tired person without the desire for sex may only be lacking the energy reserves to deal with sexual activities. With this comes an improved fitness level and an awareness of potential capacity. Posture is greatly improved along with balance, leading to greater muscle tone and a higher response during intercourse, translating to a better sex experience. A stiff and flabby body is limited to what experiences are available when having sex.

Even those who aren’t getting any sex may think yoga can be a good substitute. Classes have an analogous structure to sex: there is an easy, pleasing mood upon entering the room, a building intensity through asanas into poses that may become more difficult, a sweaty, overheated phase, then a nap at the end. The social aspect of yoga classes can be the closest thing to having sex with strangers without actually having it. Then there’s Hot Nude Yoga. I’ll let you use your imagination.

Nobody’s perfect, and nobody has perfect lives; there has to be a challenge. Each morning is a new gift of a new day for each of us to experience, and with proper time and goal management every day can be filled with time periods allocated to living life fully and happily. This means we lead virtuous lives, prosper, enjoy aesthetic and erotic fulfillment, and become liberated. We can all do it. It’s why we’re here.