My philosophy of balance I call Baraabar Yoga, the new yoga of this new millennium.
I have been a Catholic all my life. For the last 45 years I have been fortunate enough to study many of the other religions of the world and how those religions interact with their followers. It has been a very interesting and informative journey.
One of the main reasons I took this journey was because of my last name, Saran. That name comes to me from my Hindu ancestors who have had that name since the very beginning of Hinduism some 8,000 years ago. That name has been handed down to me through those many generations by way of a specific action that was taken when I was a young boy.
As I said, I have been a Catholic follower all of my life.
Our new pope, Pope Francis, has admonished the followers of the Catholic faith to become the new ”troublemakers,” in the same way that Jesus Christ was probably the biggest and baddest troublemaker the world has ever known.
Pope Francis has commented on the church in America, and the Catholic Church in general, saying that the church must be more than the sum of (in his words) “small minded rules and outdated regulations;” But of course, not dogma.
Pope Francis has said that the church has to find a balance in the way it functions on a daily basis, and how it functions in the world. Yes, the Pope actually said the word…balance.
What the Pope is saying about balance is not coming out of left field.
In Proverbs 11:1 the bible says, emphatically:
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord…but a perfect balance is His delight.”
The Pope also mentioned the Catholic thinker, Thomas Merton. I agree with much of Merton’s philosophy. I have felt for many years that sometimes the church ties itself up into knots over superficial rules and outdated regulations that really don’t further the spiritual growth of its followers.
It seems like the church is very apprehensive to give specific instructions to its followers on how to look within themselves and break out from the mundane, to the sublime.
Thomas Merton said that Hinduism and Buddhism have much to offer Christianity in terms of 8,000 years of experience and perspective; But of course, not doctrine.
I have believed for many years that Christianity has, especially in the way it is portrayed to its Western followers, abandoned many of its venerable traditions which has left its followers detached and disinterested in how to think in those abstract concepts that would allow themselves to fully understand their own lifelong and awesome…Christian…spiritual experience.
As if Westerners are just not up to the spiritual task, Easterners have been practicing for millennia.
That is why I have written a book about my lifelong philosophy that I call “Baraabar Yoga…the New Yoga of Balance.”
The Hindu word for balance is…
B a r a a b a r.
I have practiced my philosophy of balance since I was a young boy. It is the way I conduct my life every day, in every which way.
Baraabar Yoga can be practiced by anyone of any religion. Just as many people of every religion practice those Hindu physical exercises called Hatha Yoga.
It is true that everyone seems to find Hinduism easy to befriend. People seem to just easily adopt meditation and Hindu Hatha Yoga exercises without a second thought – no matter what religion they are practicing.
People are of the opinion that meditation and Hatha Yoga exercises feel like they are a natural adaptation that fit easily into the religion they are practicing.
Practicing meditation or Hatha Yoga requires no profession of faith to the Hindu religion. Simply making time to go to the next yoga class is all that is required.
So, my fellow Catholics…we have arrived. We have made that very awesome transition from one millennium into a brand new millennium.
To be here at this awesome point in the timeline of the world is incredible.
What a chance we have all been given, and even more incredible to be led by an exciting new pope to create the new Catholic Church for those who will follow in our footsteps.
We are like God’s chosen people who have been placed here on this Earth at this significant time in the history of the world, and in the history of the Catholic Church, to make a break with the past and to create that new shining church on the hill.