I read it in a hippie book that's probably out of print, but I'll show it to you some day. She's very famous and all so I bet you can find another source given your research capabilities. Of course, with me, I probably spelled her name differently than everyone else. And that's part of my new belief system: I don't misspell words or names, I just spell them differently.
Yes, that's exactly right. My first teachers (ex-total-hippies who unwittingly found patriarchically conservative teachers in India to replace their conservative fathers) used to tell us to "get this yoga while the getting is good" because anything that feels this good will be illegal soon. And yes, you're right about the religious points as well, and the evolution is so perfectly suited to Colinized perspectives because what they thing will happen from it ends up being reversed.
The greatest of all Nones, Anandamayama, used to ask people who asked her what her religion was "What religion do you want me to be?" And she would be that.
It also just hit me that your ideas on belief here are relatable to the evolution of yoga. You may have even been unconsciously influenced by what we wrote together in WIHY. Yoga started out connected to something almost no one recognized as a unification interest: The Absolute. Obviously, if almost no one recognizes The Absolute (Om), then almost no one believes in it. The Rishis (first yogis--the seers), then, were like the reverse of the "Nones," and being the reverse they were something of the same. But yoga evolved in the opposite way that you describe the rest of humanity evolving because it evolved from the Nones to the Everyones. There were a increasing number of yogis after the Rishis because the unification interests of yoga were increasingly believable, or increasingly accessible in relation to belief. So after The Absolute form of yogic belief, more people believed in God (the bhakti yoga unification interest), then more people believed in Knowledge (the jnana yoga unification interest, then almost everyone could believe in Presence (the karma yoga unification interest), and now everyone believes in Energy (the hatha yoga unification interest).
CK--I have been envisioning a movie you could make. It would be made up of the most ridiculous, frustrating, hilarious, mind numbing, bizarre, boring, and creepy comments written on blogs, and YouTube video posts, etc. You would make it visually interesting with all of your great visual twists--like endless regressions, etc. The idea came to me when I was reading the comments below a YouTube video post of a Pianist clip. One guy added another link to a piece played by Arthur Rubenstein (however he spells his name), and another guy wrote in that it wasn't Rubenstein. "Why do you say that?," the first guy responded. But that was it. No response. Then another guy wrote in to contradict the posters appreciation of the Chopin piece. "I know relative beginners who can play that piece almost in its entirety." I started feeling sorry for the original poster. So I started thinking of a guy who just writes in the most hard to handle comments. They are just mind-blowingly hard to handle because they aren't argumentative--they're just declarative in the most puzzling of ways and that's the point. Maybe, eventually, we discover the main character of your movie writes these things on purpose, just to piss people off in the oddest of ways. Or something.