Many Westerners, in their search for spiritual awakening, join Sanghas, follow a spiritual teacher and even live their life in an Ashram where they hope to find a loving community and the right teachings for their goal of achieving enlightenment.
Traditional teachers of the East offer this opportunity also in the West since the 1970-ies and impose their rigorous ways on their students: Hierarchy, obedience and “getting rid of the ego”..
Things happen there which are not right. When contradictions are perceived, they are pushed under the carpet in the hope that they won’t reach the public. Abuse of all kinds have come to light in the past decade.
Our guest Petra Nienhaber has studied traditional Yoga in certain schools in England, India and Greece and she lived for many years in an Ashram. She couldn’t help noticing strange things, but only with getting to know Ken Wilber’s INTEGRAL THEORY, she was able to understand what was happening there, which, finally, led her to the decision to leave and take on her life as an individual in her country of origin.
In this conversation we talk about the ongoing contradictions and abuse in such communities and explore the reasons behind them from an integral perspective.