India Puts Together Digital Database of yogAsanas

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, has completed documenting a list of yogAsanas which will soon be uploaded on the country’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), making them public knowledge [1]. This is definitely a prudent move given the outright commercialization of transcendental fruits of Hinduism (sanAtana dharma) by self-styled gurus (read cultural/philosophical profiteers) in the west. Not to mention the perfidious attempts to deny their inseparable relationship with Hinduism. Not surprisingly, Marxist and Eurocentric “scholars” have also been quite active in these attempts to mendaciously decouple yoga from Hinduism.

According to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Union health ministry’s department of Ayush, “once the database is up online, patent offices across the world will have a reference point to check on everytime a yoga guru claims patent on a particluar `asana’.”

CSIR’s Dr V P Gupta, who created TKDL, told TOI, “All the 26 sequences which are part of Hot Yoga have been mentioned in Indian yoga books written thousands of years ago.”

TKDL will have photos and explanation of the postures. Dr Gupta said, “A voice-over will also point out which text mentions the posture. The information will be available in several international languages. We have screened through several ancient books like Srimad Bhagwat Gita, Vyas Bhashya, Yogasava Vijana, Hatha Praditika, Gheranda Samhita, Shiva Samhita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Sandra Satkarma to exactly document all known `asanas’ and yoga references.”



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