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Yoga Reconsiders the Role of the Guru in the Age of #MeToo

By The New Yorker

In traditional yogic practice, devotion to the guru is meant to symbolize devotion to the teachings, not to the man. But in the Western context gurus become rock stars, and students compete for theRead full story

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  • Culture, norms, mores and biases evolve and society changes along with our understanding of right and wrong. What was not considered "wrong" by a 90 year old guru is definitely inappropriate for us at so many levels for society today. While it is infuriating and violates our sensibilities for someone

    Culture, norms, mores and biases evolve and society changes along with our understanding of right and wrong. What was not considered "wrong" by a 90 year old guru is definitely inappropriate for us at so many levels for society today. While it is infuriating and violates our sensibilities for someone 90 years old to adapt and change when he was put in a pedagogical position or idolatry is really difficult to understand for us today. Always a difficult and complicated challenge to work through between legacies of culture and heritage from days where society was so different.

  • As someone who regularly practices (and yes, went through a hardcore Bikram phase) I can only thank god that I am fortunate enough to have practiced under men and women who understand and respect boundaries.

    I’ve heard stories about a few of the names in this article, and I do not doubt the accusations

    As someone who regularly practices (and yes, went through a hardcore Bikram phase) I can only thank god that I am fortunate enough to have practiced under men and women who understand and respect boundaries.

    I’ve heard stories about a few of the names in this article, and I do not doubt the accusations because I have heard from people who practiced under these gurus. It’s so awful that a form of therapy and well-being for many can be turned against them, I can only imagine the frustration of the victims as well as the people left behind to clean up the mess.

    I don’t want to excuse age or time period, but the lack of speaking up from people in the past has allowed all of this to boil over. We are in such a challenging time to be finally calling out sexual harassment and trying to prevent while also seek justice.

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