|YOGA PATENTING:......CAN GOD AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD BE PATENTED?|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on October 14, 2005
CAROL KRON / Copley News Service
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INDIA GOVERNMENT TEAM TO
Hinduism Today +
Washington Times: Mumbai, 6 Oct.
Yoga has to remain an Indian discipline.
It's in this spirit New Delhi's health minister has
approved a project of almost three million euros (US$3.6 million or IRs 151
million) to protect on the international level, the patent on the postures
involved in this thousand-year-old discipline that is an expression of
Indian culture and religion, which the West has been trying to get a hold of
after it gained worldwide popularity.
A team of experts will produce a digital document on the
1,500 asana or yoga postures, to be translated in English, French, German,
Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, and distributed in 11 countries.
Under the supervision of V. K. Gupta - a health ministry expert - the team,
which can count on the collaboration of more than 100 members and 15 Indian
religious schools, examined 16 Vedic texts (Hindu sacred texts) to
illustrate yoga's historical origins and evolution, said patent lawyer K.M.
In the West, yoga generates huge revenues in the range of billions of euros.
Many improvised gurus, of Indian origin, start up their own yoga business.
The Indian health ministry has recorded more than a thousand yoga-related
websites run by these "gurus" who publicize yoga postures and practices
claiming that they are their original creation and therefore protected with
an international patent and covered by copyrights.
Once the Indian government's document is issued, ‘’the so called life-style
gurus cannot claim copyright and allege infringement by others", said
In the United States, in Europe and Japan at least 150 yoga postures are
covered by patents, says the health ministry. In the US alone 2,300 yoga
schools and yoga practices have copyrights.
Yoga is also connected to health, as underlined by the Indian health
ministry's project, which aims to protect this wide religious, scientific
and cultural heritage, which includes 75,000 formulas of ayurvedic medicine
and 50,000 formulas of unani herbal remedies.
"This is a very good idea," says B.K.S. Iyengar, the
86-year old yoga guru credited with having introduced yoga to the West in
the 1970s. "Yoga is an essential part of our heritage, and India has to
The worst "culprits" are Indians based in America, where
yoga has become a $30 billion-a-year business -- a growth fueled by
celebrity adherents such as Madonna.
Among Western gurus who have prompted the concern,
according to an Indian official, is Bikram Choudhury, whose "Bikram" or
"Vikram" method is currently one of the most fashionable styles in the West.
A session involves a series of 26 poses in a room heated to 90 F to 100 F,
enabling students to adopt more "extreme" positions than at normal
A spokesman for Mr. Choudhury refused to discuss the task
force report, but the guru previously said that rather than claiming
intellectual ownership of the individual postures themselves, he has
copyrighted a sequence of poses, the dialogue that accompanies them and the
environment in which they are performed during his classes. These, he
asserts, are all of his own devising.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued 134
patents on yoga accessories, 150 yoga-related copyrights and 2,315 yoga
trademarks, says the Indian task force. It also says that Britain has
approved at least 10 trademarks relating to yoga training aids that are
mentioned in ancient texts.
According to one report, attempts have even been made in
America to patent the syllable "om," the sacred sound with which Hindus
begin their chants.
"No one should be able to claim ownership of these
traditional postures," says Mr. Gupta. "The information has been in the
public domain in India for thousands of years. But, until now, it has only
been available in languages which people in the outside world cannot
The news of yoga in the left hand column is
what the prime characteristic of kli-yug
is as defined in practically
all of 18 puraaAN and 18
up-puraaAN. and the total of 108
puraaANo. Any and all the
puraaAN contain the very
simplified TRUE KNOWLEDGE called
vED. GNaan in
vED is the sciences
on which all creation of life and its infinite physical manifestations are
powered to exist. GNaan in itself is a
shk`ti or power which empowers all
creations to function as per its inherent design and purpose.
As per puraaANo, in kli-yug
with a human time
span of 432,000 years the following will be the prime characteristics of all
All kARm will be guided by wealth and
attainment of wealth;
Production and/or attainment of wealth will
be mainly by aDHARmik means meaning breaking all rules and regulations of
DHARm. The primary effect of
aDHARmik way of life is to create pain and
suffering. And that includes obtaining wealth by cheating, robbing,
forceful means, illegal means, all means which basically would empower one
to have more wealth than one should rightfully possess in a just society.
Wealth will corrupt all relationships as
all relationships will tend to exist on wealth and related to having
wealth with any and all means through relationships. Alternatively,
relationships will not exist if wealth is not a basic factor.
Relationships of husband-wife,
parents-children, all human inter and intra relationship in a community
and inter and intra community will be on need of exchange of wealth for
self-sustenance first and then sustenance of others who are needed for
Wealth will be used for self-pleasure only.
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THE ABOVE KNOWLEDGE......and WHAT yog
MEANS AS PER vED........
To prove that in kli-yug every
kARm involves production of wealth for somebody with just or mostly unjust means,
here is sampling from various web sites of what yoga classes offer in the western
cultures with membership fees which is generating billions of dollars for
the yoga class operators:
- YOGA PERSONALITY QUIZ: In order to understand
the above here is the sampling of the purposes of yoga commercialization
in the news item: As yoga's popularity swells, so does the number of hatha
yoga styles. Many have been around for decades. Other styles pop up as yoga
teachers try to put a personal stamp on their classes and differentiate
themselves in the crowded marketplace.
- WHY DO YOGA?: The short answer is that yoga
makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and
meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you
tune in, chill out, shape up -- all at the same time. For starters, yoga
is good for what ails you. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps
manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure,
carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy,
headaches, heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, stress and other
conditions and diseases.
- LAUGHTER YOGA: a growing global movement that
has devotees simulating chuckles and guffaws – which, judging by this
laugh riot, can turn real. The theory is that forced laughter (with yogic
deep breathing) relieves stress, pumps up disease-fighting hormones, helps
people bond with others, and, as a bonus, promotes world peace.
- FREE YOGA PERSONALS: YogaBasics is excited to
announce a new partnership with YogaConnect "the first online relationship
site for yoga enthusiasts." Search for yogis and yoginis in your town to
interact, discuss, share ideas and create conscious relationships with!
- POST-NATAL YOGA: This new 34-step pose sequence
gently strengthens the core muscles and helps to re-balance the body's
systems after childbirth.
- WARNING TO YOGA BEGINNERS: To get the most out
of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into
the practice. Browse our yoga section for general info on the history and
types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in
hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a
brief meditation. Ahimsa, the yogic practice of non violence must be
adhered to when engaging in the practice of hatha yoga. Respect your
body's limitations and inner wisdom, if something feels wrong or
dangerous, please do not do it. Please consult your health care
practitioner before starting a yoga, pranayama or other exercise program.
Hatha Yoga posture performed at a Hindu
TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS
The word yog
is first of all incorrectly pronounced in the process of its
commercialization as "yogaa". The word yog in
sNskRUt is understood as follows:
yog is any kARm
that makes one realize the existence of God
and thus helps and guide one to unite or yoke with
In Merriam Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
God is defined as the supreme or
ultimate reality : the Deity variously conceived in theology, philosophy,
and popular religion: as a:
(1) : the holy, infinite, and eternal
spiritual reality presented in the Bible as the creator, sustainer,
judge, righteous sovereign, and redeemer of the universe who acts with
power in history in carrying out his purpose *the Hebraic thought of God
as the living sovereign Jehovah ;
(2) : the eternal, invisible,
arbitrarily omnipotent Lord of the worlds and final judge of all men
presented in the Koran as all-knowing, just, compassionate, merciful,
and unchangeable *Allah hath said: Choose not two gods; there is only
One God Koran* b (1) : the unchangeably perfect Being that is the first
and final cause of the universe *it is necessary that there should be as
the first cause of the series of motions an unmoved mover or God
(2) : the whole of the universe in its unity - religion is not forced to
choose the pantheistic God of idealism
(3) : reality opposed to appearance
: ABSOLUTE *Hegel claims that: religion is the self-consciousness
of God - how the Absolute Spirit is conscious of itself in finite spirit
(4) : the creative, integrative, and
redemptive process at work in the world that is the supremely worthful
actuality of all existence and upon which all other forms of existence
depend for life, meaning, freedom, purpose, value, and the realization
of their highest destiny - we are invited to behold a growing universe
and to discern at its heart - a finite growing God
(5) : Hinduism: the one ultimate infinite
reality that is pure existence, consciousness, and bliss without
distinctions (as of time and space)
(6) Christian Science : infinite Mind :
the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit *God
T the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and
eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all
substance; intelligence: (1) : the Being supreme in power, wisdom,
and goodness that men worship and to whom they pray *turn to God in time
of trouble (2) : the ideal or essence of what is best in human life - to
them God became a symbol for the highest human aspirations and without
reality apart from the minds of men
The meaning of the Greek/Latin root of the
word "religion" in the above is: "religio" meaning reverence, piety,
religion, probably from "religare" meaning "to tie back, tie up, tie fast
+ -ion-, -io -ion. This is tending to the knowledge below.
The union of human-self with God through
realization of GNaan = TRUE KNOWLEDGE
is yog. And this
yog is brought about by
kARm performed with GNaan.
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