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Yoga, as we find taught in Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra, is one of the four basic ethical theories of philosophy and unique to traditions of yoga philosophy. According to Yoga:

  • Right action is defined by devotion to the ideal of personhood, the Lord, defined by the characteristics of unconservativism and self-governance. 

  • As we practice our devotion to this ideal, by freeing ourselves from past prejudices, habits and pathologies by working on our own self-mastery, we begin to instantiate the traits of Lordliness ourselves.

  • As we transform ourselves, the world transforms. Our personal trans-formation involves changing the world to make it free for people to be unconservative and self-governing. 

Hence, by adopting an ethics of Yoga, we bust the myth that carrying for ourselves is selfish, and that our own prosperity and welfare depends upon self-denial and asceticism. A commitment to the ethics of yoga involves an expansive concern for people across species, and the Earth, all of which are people in so far as they have an interest in their own unconservativism and self-governance as a condition of their own thriving. 

Ideas of competition and scarcity as a basic fact of ethical life are among the facts of life structured not by our commitment to yoga, but conservatism and a lack of self-mastery. 

Dr. Ranganathan's teachings on Yoga Philosophy are based on his extensive history of field-changing, peer reviewed research across the Chinese, European and Indian traditions of philosophy---and especially his sustained and leading role in researching Indian moral philosophy. Subscribers gain access to free Yoga Philosophy content that they can use in support of their own commitment to unconservativism and self-governance, as they move from a past of suppression to a freer future.


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