emptybill: > Willy will announce to everyone, "It was better in the > Gupta empire 'cause they knew that Shakya the Muni > already had done it all and had just returned back to > the mantra the Saraswati mantra." > In ancient India this was called Yoga, a way to free oneself from suffering, not by the grace of a creator god or through the machinations of a demi-urge, but by the sheer efforts of the individual based on his or her own willpower.
The idea that man can liberate himself through his own initiative (yoga) is the great contribution of the Buddha, the first historical yogin in India,and later the sages of Mother India during the Golden Age, 320 to 550 CE, the Gupta Empire. Yoga Philosophy does not agree with the idea of fate or predestination, rather it is based on volition, action (karma), and the principle that if one person can achieve freedom, then so can another: man is the measure of man. So, what do we know? There is very little that we can actually know through our intellect or senses. Most of our knowledge comes through hearing, seeing, or observing, and we accept these as a valid means of knowledge. Through sense perception and verbal testimony we observe that the material world exhibits change and growth through change. Based on these observations we note a certain order in creation and we *infer* that there must be an intelligent agent. After all, it is a fact that something does not come out of nothing; only a creation based on intelligence would exhibit an orderly pattern of growth and dissolution repeated over time.