Similar to other books, there are many ideas and facts from other authors. There’s a lack of direct quotations because of the desire and need to summarize, synthesize, and clarify the content. I did not include proper academic citations because it’s distracting and unnecessary for the average reader in the Internet Age. Readers can find primary sources by searching for key words, phrases, titles, and authors. Or, contact the author (ClimateChangeYoga@gmail.com). I include the most important and recommended sources in the Select Bibliography. A comprehensive bibliography would list several hundred additional sources. A glossary of Sanskrit would add nearly a hundred pages. Footnoting each sentence with all the relevant information would probably double the page-count. Unfortunately, the number of pages is many people's first consideration when reading a book. Therefore, this edition of Climate Yoga is only about 400 pages rather than 1,500 pages containing full citations, bibliography, indexes, glossaries, and other supplementary material referenced. More comprehensive sources and content shall be online.
I do not intend to plagiarize, infringe on copyrights, profit, or take credit for the ideas of others. The fair use of other’s works includes minimal quotations, which is essential to freedom of speech and an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth and wisdom ultimately prevails.
The use of another’s work is primarily about gathering information and strengthening the fabric of society. The whole end of the State is to make people free to develop their faculties—and Climate Yoga is exactly about the development of people’s incredible, yet under-developed faculties of expanded-consciousness. Everyone has an extraordinary potential for greatness, which is limited by ignorance. Vedas are literally the 'knowledge' to see the Reality of our infinite potential. Limitations on the freedom of speech and the right to use other author’s work interferes with the ability of individuals and society to achieve full potential, which is unacceptable. These important constitutional ideas and ideals are based on matters of legitimate public interests. I hope that Climate Yoga gives the cited authors the increased attention that they deserve. These practices are necessary to make informed decisions as part of democratic, academic, and scientific process. Climate Yoga is therefore about contributing to the ideas of other authors for educational purposes, for providing commentary, and, most importantly, putting other people's work into the critically important context of solving the climate crisis.
I'm assuming that the reader has an average knowledge of both climate science and yoga. I defined Sanskrit terms in their first, and often subsequent uses. Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, is used to convey to advanced readers the multi-layered, sophisticated articulation of complex ideas. I assume readers can look online for other unknown words, abbreviations, and ideas.
This January 2019 edition of the book is poorly edited and self-published due to time and money constraints. Please be willing to look past superficial mistakes in punctuation, spelling, grammar, and layout. More important, I believe, is to have correct, accurate, and verifiable content, context, and a worthwhile analysis. Intellectual and moral integrity is essential. Please look past the mistakes and try to experience samadhi-moksha—and use it.
My bias is against the academic, scientific, political, and economic status quo that has contributed to the climate crisis. My bias is favorable to the mystical side of yoga because of my numerous experience at the top of the mountain of Enlightenment—a state of infinite, eternal, transcendental consciousness. I've had enlightenment experiences and I know some of the terrain, but I am no fully Enlightened or grounded in Samadhi and I am not a guru. However, the inspired words of gurus and other reputable sources of knowledge constitute the heart of Climate Yoga. Climate Yoga contains a high concentration of transcendental wisdom that can help guide yogis and climate warriors, to realize Enlightenment and be of greater service to Humanity and Mother Earth (Prithvi, Gaia).
It was vitally important for me to have direct experiences with the various yoga practices and mystical states of unity, oneness, merging with the forces of nature, and so on, discussed in Climate Yoga. We need to find our Light first before we show others the way. Yoga and mysticism gives us that transcendent Light. We must have a guide to give us transcendental knowledge. We approach the climate and environmental issues in a spirit, not of conquest over the forces of nature, but with humility, surrender, and compassion, to solve the mysteries of existence. The climate crisis is an opportunity for a monumental shift.
While reading, please take the time to mark and highlight what ‘lights you up.’ What catalyzes you into expanded consciousness? Use this wisdom to create your own individualized, optimized meditations, mantras, prayers, affirmations, and visualizations. Use your sense of discernment, let go of whatever does not resonate, avoid defensive objections, and move on. The pure intention of Climate Yoga is for your highest personal and collective god. This material can be a source of light to help guide you to clear skies ahead.
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