You have to believe me when I say that I don’t spend much time wanting to “change” the minds behind the personalities we discuss on this site. I have no real interest in “getting to” what lurks behind the facade of Sadie Nardini, held up as some sort of beacon of progressive yogic enterprise by shitty yoga blogs. I’m not interested in convincing the neurons behind the Amy Ippoliti image that basically everything that she sells is kooked out.
And yet, once in a while I do totally wish I could get one of these materialists in a room in order to discuss quotes like the one below. Maybe just for fun. Have a chat over some tea. Ask difficult questions. Talk about statements made by one of the biggest Buddhist representatives in the West, whose hand in fashioning contemporary spirituality is felt every day by thousands.
Quotes like this one by the man who crashed into a joke shop only to drop the Buddhist cloak and put on the rainbow suspenders. From The Mishap Lineage: Transforming Confusion into Wisdom (2009):
“We would like to use spiritual discipline and traditional wisdom to fit into our own particular pigeonholes, our own desires. We usually want to glorify ourselves by collecting stories and wisdom from every worthy person. We would like to meet lots of people who are seemingly worthy people according to our own judgment, and we constantly collect all of those stories and re-edit them according to what we want. When we begin to do that, we develop our own version of freedom, which is, “I would to become a greater version of myself, spiritually uplifted, and so forth. I might even have a special place in social situations, be known as an important wise person, so that people will come to me and consult me.” We have those kinds of desires. We are not really interested in developing spiritually; we are more interested in evolving politically in the name of spirituality. Such a situation is known as “spiritual materialism.”
Oh, good Lord of all that is Righteous, please have all of contemporary commercial yoga culture read this quote, and may it quicken their hearts in such a way as to bring about laughing tears—the kind that occur when one sees oneself as if for the first time and the nervous system goes whoosh!