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     I have heard that you don’t find it particularly good to charge money for teaching yoga. Could you explain your reasons? 

    #5473

    Well, it doesn’t seem appropriate to me to bring the teaching of the ways to liberation into the field of business. As soon as one charges money for teaching a spiritual discipline, there are no more teacher and students but rather a salesman and a clientele. It is no longer teaching yoga or Tai-chi; rather, wisdom is sold like a merchandize. The (professional) teacher depends financially on the students (clients) in order to survive.

    Making profit on spiritual teaching clearly affects the purity of the conveyed wisdom. I believe that any spiritual guide can be paid with a voluntary donation, or dakshina, but never commercialize it.  Such ‘spiritual’ commercialization necessarily brings with it the business world together with its prices, competition, advertisement , etc. This is where the proliferation of teachers and new methods of yoga or Tai-chi come from, each promoting itself as ‘the best!’ 

    #5479

     What’s wrong with money? 

    #5480

     Nothing is wrong with money. But I do not think it proper to commercialize everything. Whatever is really valuable in life is priceless. 

    #5481

     Are you against charging money for teaching yoga? 

    #5482

    I wouldn’t say that I’m against it, but it does make me uncomfortable. The thing is, when a path to liberation is brought to the commercial field, those who stand out are not exactly the best teachers but, obviously, the best businessmen. 

     
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