We become skillful actors, and while playing deaf and dumb to the real meaning of the teachings, we find some comfort in pretending to follow the path. ~Chogyam Trunpga Rinpoche

What would you say takes up the vast majority of your energy? Work? Having kids? Relationship problems? Paying the bills? Maybe it’s anxiety, lack of sleep, waiting for something better or money stress?

It's none of those things.

The ultimate waste of energy in your life is being a nice person or so called "people-pleaser".

It takes courage to say what you think and do what you want to do. It takes courage to get rid of our imaginary safety that looks at the approval of others.

People go to Mysore to learn ashtanga yoga! What do you mean by learning anyway?

You do asana practice according to abilities of your physical body: strength and flexibility.

But the ego is not satisfied with that. You want to study ashtanga yoga. You have built an impressive resume, the list of important yoga teachers (celebrities) you have met, practiced with, attended yoga conference classes, done a workshop with.

You are traveling to beautiful and exotic places like Maui, Costa Rica, Goa or Mexico in order to stay on a constant yogic high. You paint your body making it a movable canvas for tattoos displaying thoughts, texts and deities that presents your practice to the world.

Such egomania! So horrendous. But fascinating!

I enjoy reading notes from Sharath's conferences. It is better than Monty Python and South Park together. I see that yogi who is writing the notes sometimes struggle to make sense of Sharat's words...

They don't see that Sharath's message is simple, just do your asana, read Bhagavad Gita, be nice and say you are sorry when you done wrong. Hope for transcendental bliss, cosmic consciousness, kundalini awakening, supreme love...

... be quiet, make babies, smile, breathe deeply, keep moola bandha, be good, don't ask questions, don't use your minds, don't make a disturbance - sound familiar?

Do you really believe that something is wrong and that "living practice of ashtanga yoga" can make it right?

What that something is, what's wrong with it, and how it can be fixed all differ from person to person, but it is generally believed to be impurities of the body and mind.

The truth is that wrongness is entirely imagined.

It is the egomania. It is the core of delusion. The very fight against impurities is the ego.

Yoga asanas, meditation, praying, chanting, vegetarianism, attending darshan and satsang, vipasana,  pranayama, zazen, donating money to charitable institutions, reading classical spiritual literature,  purifying body etc... do not mean anything in the process of awakening.

How many ashtangis who practiced yoga for more than 20 years are "liberated"? None, whatsoever.

For awakening you need to dismantle your false preconceptions and get out from Hindu-Christian-Buddhist-Zen-New Age trap. You need to challenge your opinions; your most cherished and deeply held beliefs.  

Ashtangis must face the facts, they must face their own mortality, their own meaninglessness. There is nothing more devastating to the ego than the contemplation of meaninglessness and insignificance. Of nothingness. Of no-self.