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Is Initiation Necessary?

Is initiation necessary?

Q: Some say anyone can practice meditation and some say only initiated persons should meditate as it could be dangerous for some. What is true?

Over half a century of yoga practice have demonstrated to me that anyone can practice authentic, traditional yoga safely and with benefit.

By “authentic” I mean what is taught in the eleven principal upanishads (Isha, Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, and Shvetashvatara), the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.

Initiation is not needed to practice such meditation. Other forms such as Tantra are dangerous even for those who receive an initiation into them. That, too, I have seen for half a century.

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