The Jivamukti MethodACTIVISM
Jivamukti Yoga sees our activism in three primary areas:
Animal Activism / Ethical Veganism, Earth Activism / Environmentalism, Political Activism
ANIMAL ACTIVISM / ETHICAL VEGANISM
Animals that we raise for food are slaves, deprived of all of their rights and respect as persons and ultimately killed, merely to satisfy our appetites for meat, dairy, eggs, leather, silk, wool, etc. The fundamental ethical precepts of yoga (the yamas) teach that if we want to be free and happy, we should not harm others, we should not lie to others, we should not steal from others, we should not misuse others sexually and we should not be so greedy as to leave others impoverished. The meat and dairy industries are based on all of these behaviors.
EARTH ACTIVISM / ENVIRONMENTALISM
ORGANIZATIONS WE WORK WITH
Animal Mukti and PETA are two of our favorite charitable organizations. Please consider donating money to them and supporting them in any other ways you are able.
The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean “chaotic” or “disorganized,” but the word actually means “living true to one’s nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others.” The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truthfully.
Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other “pests,” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement and protest campaigns. For more information, please visit to http://www.peta.org.