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The Ascendancy of Psychotic Knowledge (cont.)
By Shunyamurti

Similar regimes of orthodoxy ruled other religious traditions as well. Historically, only in India was freedom of thought allowed, and that only among a single class of people: the yogis. The teachers and practitioners of yoga remained outside the system of vedic doctrine and the control of the Brahmin caste. The great liberated yogis did not fear the brahminical system, and the system recognized its need of yogic sages to maintain its own legitimacy, and so a pax yogica was established. The yogis could teach their own kind of knowledge, could establish their own social forms that allowed dropping of gender and caste discrimination, and could propagate their own lineages of teachings, so long as they remained in their forest retreats and ashrams, and did not try to undermine the social system. Eventually, the yogis became incorporated into the system as its own safety valve. By allowing dissidents to egress from the system of social control through yogic renunciation, the society remained remarkably stable throughout the stormy vicissitudes of history. In this way, the discipline of yoga remained free of mind control by the clerical elites.

In other regions, however, including China, the Middle East, and Russia, as well as Western Europe and the colonized Americas, the effect of suppressing independent thinking led eventually to the blowback of religious schism and turmoil that eventually resulted in the overthrow of the dynasties that had reigned since the ancient times. In Europe, the Protestant Reformation led to the French Revolution and the bourgeois overthrow of the feudal system. Capitalism had its own golden age of free thought. But that was soon controlled by the new priesthood of scientism, applying what Lacan referred to as “university discourse” on behalf of the class of robber barons that had gained control of the levers of society. The older discourse of religion now also bowed to the same masters.

The religious establishments gradually lost their credibility and their membership dwindled. Newer religious movements attracted the alienated adherents of the older ones. But each new movement became co-opted by the same hegemonic forces and lost their steam. Eventually, it became impossible to launch a successful challenge to the dominant regime. Even such originally revolutionary approaches to human understanding as psychoanalysis, which Freud proudly labeled “a plague,” and later, the more transcendentally oriented Jungian analysis, have been tamed and blunted as instruments of change, in fact have been largely converted into instruments of oppression, by the power of the hegemonic masters, through strict licensing laws and the peer pressures and homogenizing edicts of professional societies.

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