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About that word "Advanced" (Audio)
May 14, 2010
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Q: When I first heard about Advanced Yoga Practices, I wasn't sure if it
would be for me, because I was a beginner. I was happy to find that AYP
starts at the beginning, and makes it easy for anyone to become an advanced
yogi if they stick with it. My question is, given the ease for beginners,
why is this system called "Advanced?"
A: The "Advanced" in
Advanced Yoga Practices refers to the modern phenomenon of packaging complex
technology in ways that make it easy for anyone to use. The more advanced it
is, the easier and more accessible it is, and more powerful, like the
graphical user interface (GUI) computers and powerful cell phones (a
computer in your pocket) we have nowadays. These are advanced because we can
easily perform sophisticated functions with them. Likewise, AYP is advanced
with its self-paced integration of powerful practices that can be easily
applied within a modern lifestyle. As many have found, the results in
purification and opening can be remarkable for the little we do in applying
It boils down to how we access underlying principles
and natural laws how we activate the laws of nature for our benefit. Whether
we are talking about information technology, aviation, medical biology,
physics, or the inner mechanisms of human spiritual transformation, it is
always about finding the key control levers that simplify the human
interface, while optimizing the end result. This is the challenge science
has always faced in bringing new technologies into the mainstream how to
create those simple levers that
to use radio waves, drive a car, fly an airplane, heal a disease, process
millions of lines of information or become enlightened.
Of course, in
the field of yoga and spiritual practices, nothing is new. Spiritual
practices have been around for thousands of years. But have they been easy
to use, and universally effective? Obviously not, or the world would have
become a much friendlier place long ago. In this scientific age, we have an
opportunity. We have a chance to systematize the application of spiritual
practices in ways that will put the power of the inner processes of human
spiritual transformation in everyone's hands, just the way many other
technologies have been made accessible to people everywhere. This is the
primary objective of AYP to help empower everyone with a simple practice
interface, with easy control levers that can be used to cultivate the
process of human spiritual transformation. With that, everyone, according to
their own desire, will be in a position to unfold their destiny in abiding
inner silence, ecstatic bliss, and outpouring divine love.
you see the word "Advanced" in Advanced Yoga Practices, think easy and
powerful (including for beginners), rather than complicated and
inaccessible. That is the meaning of the word.
The guru is in you.
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