The Sanskrit word viveka means "discernment". This quality of seeing the true reality beyond superficial appearances is vital in traditional yoga. Often the term is applied to our inner world: our Ego endlessly shouts that we are separate, lonely, vulnerable, and need to take what we can. Our Heart gently whispers that we are one with the world and we should give all that we can. We hear it only if we can quieten the mind and start on a path to inner peace, freedom and bliss.
Let's be clear, our Yoga school is absolutely not about politics. Yet if we are to live in the modern world it's important to turn our discernment outwards lest we be blinded, manipulated and cheated. Let's take, for example, President Trump. He is often reported to be idiotic or crazy, yet this comes from our mass media controlled by a handful of billionaires who obviously have vested interests in preserving their own huge income and power. So let's consider that the media might be like the inner Ego, endlessly shouting to cover up astonishing truths.
We see another reality if we look deeper to what Trump has actually achieved in the name of his own motto:
We will give the power - which has been stolen - back to the people
During his time in office, he has vocally and even outrageously supported some key policies: attacks on North Korea, then Venezuela; expansion of Israel; strengthening of the US-dominated Swift financial system. Millions of ethically-minded people around the world are profoundly grateful that exactly the opposite has happened. Think about it for a moment: for peace-lovers tired of imperialistic globalism it's been a good Presidency. But isn't it strange that Trump who — whatever you think of him has been hugely successful at getting what he wants in business and politics — should keep making such obvious mistakes? Could there be an alternative explanation?
Try this article that proposes Trump as a subtle genius who has achieved exactly what he wanted, the opposite of his outrageous public demands. Be sure to take an open mind and plenty of discernment. When you are done, turn your discernment back inwards again. How did you react; why; what patterns, habits, attachments might underlie it? Let's be clear: we are not suggesting you need to like Trump or support him politically. It's just an invitation to notice what he's really trying to do, and notice that perhaps it's something you also deeply wish for.
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