Interactive Lesson 3 – Level 1
Feedback to post No 6373 (Jason Wilson)
I share your reference to the importance of the spiritual aspect of Yoga against a tendency to neglect that aspect and concentrate only on the physical aspect. Over times, particularly in Western culture, importance is given to individual benefit of yoga as it relates to stress reduction and overall impact on physical health. That limits the capacity of one to reach higher consciousness as the mind is directed towards egoistic gains with a focus on external manifestations. It is not to undermine the benefits of Yoga in those areas however, they should not be affirmed without the understanding of the ultimate goal to attain NEHAST.
I like your reference to the cult of ancestors as it is practiced in India with devotion whereas ethical aspects of the teachings are being neglected. We can find similar behavior when we consider practices related to traditional African religion. In the same topic, during his lecture at Manchester (England), Sebai MAA highlighted to the audience about the need for Africans to seek higher power instead of sole reliance on the devotion to ancestors who in some cases may have not been enlightened during their lives. The seeking of true and permanent power along with the practice of MAAT will help transcending worldly consciousness and be able to restore African culture in its highest level.
Your reference on the ultimate goal of spiritual practice is right on point. The teaching of Shetaut Neter is very clear about what it is that we need to achieve as a spiritual aspirant. In that sense, as you said, detachment as a mental process is important to free up the mind from worldly entanglement and be able to have direct mystical experience leading one to affirm and realize: “Nuk pu Nuk ASAR NETER”(I am that I am).