Richard Freeman: Dueling with non-dualism

This is a few weeks old now, but the Yoga Workshop sneaked (well, to me anyway) a new talk by Richard Freeman up on the website and/or Soundcloud page. Give it a listen at either link. It’s about 75 minutes.

And to avoid that being our shortest post ever, here’s a link to a piece about Russell Brand’s meeting Amma. It includes this quote:

When I first heard of ‘The hugging saint’ I thought, how can you get to be a saint just by hugging? My understanding is that you have to do at least three miracles that are then verified by the Vatican. I suppose my fervently competitive nature is incensed by the notion of another’s canonisation “That’s not fair, I want to be a saint”, I think. Plus if epic physical interaction is now a milieu that’s acknowledged in the mystical realm I’d like to trade my awards for something more spiritually substantial. Like sainthood.

This frivolity aside, I first met Amma in Manhattan about five years ago with my mate Eddie Stern who happens to be one of the world’s foremost yoga teachers. At the summit, Amma, which is Malalayam (sic) for ‘Mother’ is backed by swamis and sari swathed acolytes. There is no grandeur, no messianic staring or theatrical laying on of hands, just a woman dressed in white giving out cuddles and sweets.

There you have it, my italics added.

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