Karma and the Human Condition

Welcome to our second video installment in our series on philosophy. The first video on Samkhya gave an overview of the metaphysical principles on which yoga practice is built. In this second video, we examine the human condition and attempt to explain the cause of this condition.
We hope you find it interesting and useful. In following talks we will discuss the means to overcome this condition and the transformation that takes place in the practitioner.
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  1. Hi Shelley and Ray,

    The video for Karma and the Human Condition shows it has been deleted. Just wanted to let you guys know in case you were unaware of it.


    • Ray says: - reply

      HI Sharon,
      Thank you for pointing this out. It’s still a learning curve for us to get this right and we appreciate you letting us know. I have fixed the link and in the process learned something, so thanks!

  2. Jake says: - reply

    I really like the bag of marbles analogy. Also skillful vs unskillful seems much more useful to me than good vs evil. The former encourages active participation and critical thinking while the latter relies on someone else telling us how to live our lives.

    • Ray says: - reply

      Thank you Jake for this thoughtful comment. I agree with what you said. Yoga is not concerned with morals. It’s primary concern is liberation from the cycle of re-birth and suffering. The technology of yoga is based on knowledge passed down from those who have successfully attained this. Only techniques which are successful are therefore taught and practiced. Merely following moral principles is no guarantee of any success.
      A skillfully lived life is absolutely necessary not blind allegiance to dogma or beliefs.
      It’s a tremendously deep subject and a challenge to many of our strongly held misconceptions about morality, spirituality and the nature of the self.

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