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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:00 am 
About "Humanology". Very interesting article about early yoga in the USA.

The American Yoga Scare of 1927


A close look at the lost history of early American yoga shows it to be an important subject in its own right, and one that intersects with many of the known figures and historical sites of South Asian American history. After his case for citizenship was heard by the Supreme Court, Bhagat Singh Thind taught meditation, pranayama, and basic asanas for over forty years. Bhagwan Singh Gyanee briefly dubbed himself “Yogi Bhagvan” and taught what he called “Humanology” for decades after his arrest and imprisonment for his involvement with the Ghadar Party as one of its leaders. Yogi Wassan and Deva Ram Sukul respectively left the lumber mills of the Pacific Northwest and nascent prospects as a journalist and businessman to start careers as traveling yoga teachers that took them both through Oklahoma City and one of the most tumultuous sagas in Oklahoma state history.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:43 pm 
Holy Smokes! I am so behind! This article is written by Philip Deslippe (From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric)!

Wow, Philip.

...One hundred years ago, yoga was seen in a very different light: it was not a matter of flexible bodies moving through postures on mats. Yoga was described as “yogi philosophy,” and it was common to talk of hypnotism and yoga interchangeably. Indian-born yoga teachers in the United States during this time were highly mobile and would move from one city to another, giving public lectures and teaching private courses like a mixture of traveling salesmen and Methodist circuit riding preachers. With very few South Asian immigrants in the country, it was easy for the American public to conjure up fantastic ideas about yoga’s power and the itinerant men from India who taught it.

Starting with the first Indian yoga teachers that came to the United States in the late-nineteenth century, there was a steady stream of scandals that followed them and made national news. Building upon the understanding of yoga during this time as mental and magical, these scandals saw yoga teachers as holding an unnatural hypnotic sway over their usually female followers. Broken marriages, suicides, and contested wills were attributed to yoga, which was imagined to be dangerous and capable of driving a person insane. By the 1920s, figures such as Mabel Daggett grouped these incidents together, connected them to fears of South Asian immigration, and imagined a deliberate conspiracy of “swarthy Hindoo priests” launching a “Heathen Invasion” of the United State


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:09 pm 
The Great Yoga Scare of 1927 is an amazing piece of scholarship. It's as entertaining as it is informative.
https://www.saada.org/tides/article/20150910-4457

What stands out for readers of The Wacko World of Yogi Bhajan is Philip Deslippe's inclusion of the name "Yogi Bhagvan." As the article explains, one of the renowned traveling yogis of the late 1920s and '30s, Bhagwan Singh Gyanee, "briefly dubbed himself Yogi Bhagvan and taught what he called 'Humanology' for decades..."

Philip Deslippe knows this topic inside out and he certainly did not slip the reference to the obscure figure of Yogi Bhagvan or Humanology into this paper without knowing exactly what he was doing. Thank you very much, Professor Deslippe.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:02 am 
The article is quite interesting,and quite long. Were we all taken in by a snake oil salesman,traveling minstrel of sorts?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:19 pm 
Stardreamer, you're catching the drift here, for sure.

The Punjabis who showed up in Oklahoma and elsewhere reinvented themselves quite successfully for their 20th Century American audience. The first of them, Wassan Singh, transformed himself into Yogi Wassan and pitched himself as Super Akasha and Hindu Hatha Yogi.

Harbhajan Singh Puri did his nominally Sikh forerunners one better and marketed his own brand of yoga altogether.

The first wave of Punjabis cultivated political figures and rich dilettantes as well as people like Mae West and Conrad Hilton.

How much of this was known to Harbhajan Singh Puri is a matter of speculation. However, as we understand, his omniscience and ability to foretell the future and to read the past is unquestioned by his disciples who acknowledge his all encompassing awareness.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:30 pm 
Super Akasha,I like it!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:40 pm 
"You have failed me"


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