Political Freedom and Spiritual Liberation
Essay by Georg Feuerstein (www.traditionalyogastudies.com)
Proposition 1: "Politics and spirituality don't mix."
Proposition 2: "Take care of your inner life and the rest will fall into place automatically."
Proposition 3: "An apolitical spirituality is short lived."
In my teens, when I first set foot on the self-transcending path, I wholeheartedly subscribed to Proposition 1, which I heard many times in so-called spiritual circles. I was optimistic about the possibility of attaining enlightenment in this life and regarded politics as one of the most noxious and obnoxious aspects of material existence, an untrammeled exercise of the ego and therefore as being by definition contradictory and inimical