Yoga teaches us tolerance and love for the whole
Some months ago scientists found in their research
something that left them puzzled.
They discovered that human DNA structure is less complex
than they had thought and itís very similar to animal
Upset by this discovery, which threatens human
supremacy, the scientific community is frantically
looking for confirmation that proves and guarantees that
human beings are highly superior to the despised
In addition there is another prejudice which is about to
become obsolete: it has long been thought animals
were created to serve and feed human beings in the same
way that the universe only exists so that human race can
be at the centre of it.
But earthquakes, animal disease, like the mad cow
disease, or heavy downpours are enough for people to
feel totally helpless and insignificant.
Man seems to exorcise his weakness pretending that his
race is superior.
How many times must we bang our heads against the wall
before realizing the uniqueness of life?
Itís precisely this misunderstanding of life that brings
us an illusionary vision of things, divided in good
things and bad things, and of our roles.
This is the root cause of intolerance and racism.
I, as a human being, belonging to the animal reign, am
superior to the animal seen as an ensemble of cells
apparently different from mine. Consequently I am
superior to other human beings physically different from
Any diversity is considered an abnormal product of
The lack of awareness of belonging to the whole, to the
one, generates intolerance and racism.
Yoga philosophy has taught for thousands of years that
any creature and thing possess three qualities called
Guna: Sattva: white, elevated, spiritual, conscious;
Rajas: red, active, moving, passionate and Tamas:
black, solid, lethargic, static.
If we understand this concept we will be able to
eliminate all racial discrimination.
If the human being dedicates himself to the elevation of
his spirit he will be composed mainly of Sattva, which
reinforces his spiritual side; by a certain dose of
Rajas, which helps him to ascend to the spirit and by a
small part of Tamas, which allows him to maintain his
If a human being is more attached to the material world,
the doses will be inverted.
What about this composition in animals, who, although
they are our way to interface with nature, are still
Also animals are made of Sattva, which gives them the
awareness of being an animal. They possess more Rajas if
they are full of energy and more Tamas if they are very
quiet, as, for example, is the sloth.
And a stone?
Stone possesses a considerable dose of Tamas, which
gives it its compactness; a certain dose of Rajas
because also stones are subject to changes, and a
sufficient dose of Sattva, which makes it aware of being
a stone and not something else.
These three qualities are also common in the plant
To conclude, in the light of this knowledge, is there
still someone who wants to continue to be racist?
Hari Om Tat Sat
by Emy Blesio