In case of Yoga, the spiritual principle to apply is "aspiration, rejection and surrender". All expression must occur out of realization, reticence, self-abnegation and awakening of wisdom. One actively aspires to become part of the Guru's consciousness and the end-result is what is known as Gurumaya Avastha (become like the Guru) Reply
I think, freedom of speech is meant for the perceptive and the responsible. On the East Coast of the US we have the Statue of Liberty, which is great and there is no doubt about it. There should be also the Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast, preferably west of not Los Angeles but San Francisco.
In any case, the ancient scripture speaks of purification of speech, vak-shuddhi. It also speaks of vak-yajna or vak-tapas, the luminous austerity of speech. In these days of mass-media and mass-communication all that is getting lost. The pity is, the ancient tradition rich in India is fast getting degraded. Another yajna-tapas is required. This can happen only when one is established in the higher wisdom, when one is prajna-pratishthita as the Gita stipulates. ~ RYD Reply
Re: Religious Nationalism and Transnationalism in a Global World by Mark Juergensmeyer Debashish
Sun 25 Jan 2009 04:17 PM PST Mr. Sane, Thank you for your comment...
All we can see is "a play of forces" and our part in it, a part we must play by discerning the trajectories of these forces. Of course, I will admit that at any stage we are constrained by our Ignorance and our primary endeavor is to push unceasingly towards the psychological sources of clear sight (dristi).
If the basis of your prescription is such a dristi attained to by yourself, I am willing to take it more seriously, or at least give it greater weight of consideration. But if it is based on an unverified belief, then it can apply only to you as a heuristic during the process of coming to true knowledge. It can have no utility outside of that process. DB Science, Culture and Integral Yoga