NeoNamaste – a new form of yoga?

It’s strange how some things that should be clear cut are not at all.

One day you wake up with back pain and you didn’t remember any type of injury which could have contributed to it’s cause.  You decide to go to the experts of medicine to find a cure for the pain.

A general practitioner tells you you have a muscle strain and prescribes medication – a muscle relaxer and pain pills.

You then go to a surgeon, who tells you that you would need surgery to correct the problem.

Then to a chiropractor who tells you to come in for back adjustments over the next couple of weeks to relieve you of your pain.

Finally a psychiatrist who tells you that a couple months of therapy would solve you problem.

You would think that one of them would be right and the rest wrong, or maybe they were all right in which case they would be all wrong. Maybe they would be all wrong and there was yet another right way to fix the problem. If you were to ask me which of these doctors were right all I can say is “yes”. They are all right and they are all wrong.

It’s like the story of three blind men and an elephant.

One day, three blind men happened to meet each other and gossiped a long time about many things. Suddenly one of them recalled, “I heard that an elephant is a queer animal. Too bad we’re blind and can’t see it.”

“Ah, yes, truly too bad we don’t have the good fortune to see the strange ani­mal,” another one sighed.

The third one, quite annoyed, joined in and said, “See? Forget it! Just to feel it would be great.”

“Well, that’s true. If only there were some way of touching the elephant, we’d be able to know,” they all agreed.

It so happened that a merchant with a herd of elephants was passing, and overheard their conversation. “You fellows, do you really want to feel an elephant? Then follow me; I will show you,” he said.

The three men were surprised and happy. Taking one another’s hand, they quickly formed a line and followed while the merchant led the way. Each one began to contemplate how he would feel the animal, and tried to figure how he would form an image.

After reaching their destination, the merchant asked them to sit on the ground to wait. In a few minutes he led the first blind man to feel the elephant. With outstretched hand, he touched first the left foreleg and then the right. After that he felt the two legs from the top to the bottom, and with a beaming face, turned to say, “So, the queer animal is just like that.” Then he slowly returned to the group.

Thereupon the second blind man was led to the rear of the elephant. He touched the tail which wagged a few times, and he exclaimed with satisfac­tion, “Ha! Truly a queer animal! Truly odd! I know now. I know.” He hur­riedly stepped aside.

The third blind man’s turn came, and he touched the elephant’s trunk which moved back and forth turning and twisting and he thought, “That’s it! I’ve learned.”

The three blind men thanked the merchant and went their way. Each one was secretly excited over the experience and had a lot to say, yet all walked rap­idly without saying a word.

“Let’s sit down and have a discussion about this queer animal,” the second blind man said, breaking the silence.

“A very good idea. Very good.” the other two agreed for they also had this in mind. Without waiting for anyone to be properly seated, the second one blurted out, “This queer animal is like our straw fans swinging back and forth to give us a breeze. However, it’s not so big or well made. The main portion is rather wispy.”

“No, no!” the first blind man shouted in disagreement. “This queer animal resembles two big trees without any branches.”

“You’re both wrong.” the third man replied. “This queer animal is similar to a snake; it’s long and round, and very strong.”

How they argued! Each one insisted that he alone was correct. Of course, there was no conclusion for not one had thoroughly examined the whole elephant. How can anyone describe the whole until he has learned the total of the parts.

Neonamaste is the combination and harmony of body, mind and spirit. It is not an approach from any one of the three but an culmination of the three, much like being immerged in warm still water. The water not being warm nor cold and the buoyancy creating a feeling of weightlessness and calm and yet have total control.

To experience this is to bring total bliss and joy and a feeling of contentment unlike any other.

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