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“But you also have yoga in there—in AlignIt,” Sara said. “How did you come to that?”
“Right. Well, I had also studied yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda, outside seminary, because it didn’t really fit in to my seminary studies, and I knew that there were symbol systems there, too.”
“You practiced yoga,” Jenny said to Roger, setting her plate aside and producing a pad of paper and pen for Tara. She drew Tara’s attention and quietly showed her some drawing games while the adults talked.
“Yes, that’s right,” Roger said. “We practiced together. At a yoga ashram in the Catskills in upstate, New York.”
“Really?” Sara said. “We’ve done yoga together, too.”
“Hmmm.” Roger nodded, acknowledging. “So that’s where we learned about yogic charts, diagrams, and esoteric practices. But these were entirely separate systems to me. I learned the yoga systems in different places from the Western systems, in isolation, so to speak. And no one connected them for me. So I began wondering—were the yoga systems similar to those in Western alchemy, Qabala, and astrology? Were they essentially the same? I wasn’t sure if they were historically related. But it seemed clear they had at least some typological similarities. I noticed, for instance, that Alchemy had a three-term system—mercury, sulfur, and salt. Yoga had sattva, rajas, and tamas. Ayurveda had vata, pitta and kapha. Taoism had jing, chi, shen. Were these essentially the same, or standing in similar relation, despite their different names? If they were different, how so? The more systems I studied, the more I found correspondences like these—sets of threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, it went on and on. Many traditional sciences seemed to have similar deep structures.” (AlignIt, p. 213-214)
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