It’s now six months since I launched Ancient Futures. Back then, I didn’t have a podcast, so the first conversation with Richard Rosen wound up on YouTube. It's well worth revisiting! We discuss his new book, Yoga by the Numbers, and explore their significance – from zero to 108. We also have a great chat about the meaning of yoga in contemporary terms, as well as how its teachings relate to our lives – including facing the prospect of death.
This was my second time through this recording. I would like to add to Daniel's "Sit down and shut up." My experience is to add the command, "... and listen." Making the transition from the practice of witnessing the breath to witnessing the citta, the mind and its components, is the most under utilized practice in yoga, yet one of the most important. I agree with Rosen that we are the mirror by which the divine consciousness Sees itself, including, you might say, talks to itself, if we are to listen. We can get divine-sourced answers if we can still the ego and manas chatter that is stimulated by our senses; practice disconnecting, as Krishna emphasizes. On the other hand, I find the idea of a life long yogic path to be helpful. Somewhere I came across the concept that dying was your wedding with the divine, which I've adopted.