In a peculiar circumstance, we have the opportunity to revisit the concept of asteya that Alan Little introduced in our post about the Krishnmacharya and Iyengar videos on YouTube (non-stealing for those of you not fluent in Sanskrit).
It seems that Drishti’s June 2006 newsletter (89k PDF version here) features an article that is eerily similar to Philippe’s – ahem – original article that he thought of all by himself where he compares yoga styles using Google Trends. Remember that one? It was published on May 15, 2006.
I don’t mind others copying and altering our ideas, but it would be nice to be credited for coming up with the ideas, and that is not the case in this newsletter. I have to say, I am a little irritated. Ashtanga is primarily about being a kinder person and developing greater magnanimity, and that’s obviously my challenge even as I write this post.
Perhaps we need to move our Creative Commons license a little higher on the page?
Some of the unfortunate details:
- Philippe compares yoga, pilates, meditation and stretching, while Drishti compares yoga, pilates, aerobics and exercise.
- Philippe compares Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, vinyasa and Anusara, while Drishti compares Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini.
- Philippe compares yoga to Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina and Beatles, while Drishti does not compare any style of yoga to any celebrities. Where’s their sense of humor?
Drishti draws surprisingly similar conclusions – specifically the New Year’s effect and the appearance of Anusara in 2005. Ahem.
I do feel compelled to mention that for those of you who like YogaBeans! (our May 1 post is here), Drishti’s June newsletter does contain a little bio of its creator, Elastigirl, which you can read in the PDF linked above.
So to continue the storm in the teacup, am I right in thinking this may be an incident of “asteya”? If not, how would you characterize it?