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Pranayama (Breathing Exercises)   |   Meditation and Mindfulness   |   Namaste   |   Bindi: The Forehead Dot

Tilaka: The Forehead Mark   |   Yoga for Children   |   Yoga for Christians / Christian Yoga

Difficulties and Dangers of Yoga   |   Yogic Experiences and Testimonies   |   News Stories and Reports

What About?...   |   Alternatives to Yoga   |   The Bigger Picture and the Ultimate Goal

Associated Terms and Definitions   |   Yoga: Quotes and Comments   |   Yoga: Books and Websites

Yoga: Some Scriptures

 

 

Definitions, Philosophy, Origins, History, Aims

Yoga and Yoking: A Biblical Study  (27 February 2023)

"Yoga is from the Sanskrit, originally meaning 'yoking' or 'union'.  Both of these imply 'with' - i.e. the aim of yoga is to yoke, or unite, oneself with someone or something else.  The Online Etymology Dictionary supports this, giving yoga as 'literally "union, yoking" (with the Supreme Spirit'.  Another source expands on this: 'The union referred to is that of the individual self uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit.  Yoga is a means to achieving this goal'..."

On the Origins of Yoga  (06 January 2012)

"I have read widely varying accounts from American yoga teachers on the origins and meanings of yoga.  One popular 'Christian' yoga teacher claims that the practice of yoga predates Hinduism by 1000 years and that it was later adopted by Hindus for its physical and mental benefits, and that the practice of yoga has always been spiritually neutral,  There are many variations of this story that abound so I would like to give some historical clarification here..."

What is Yoga?  (06 April 2009)

"Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yug, which means 'to yoke'. ... A yoke is a crossbar that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together; the term, therefore, is applied metaphorically to people being joined together or united in a cause..."

Yoga History: Historical and Conceptual Foundations  (06 April 2009)

"The yoga system was reputedly developed by the grammarian and Hindu sage Patanjali most likely between the third and second century B.C.  Archaeological finds suggest that yoga in some form has existed since around 3,000 B.C., but in his Yoga Sutras ... Patanjali presented the system that we're familiar with today..."

The Yoga Boom: Yoga in its Original Eastern Context  (2008)

"Yoga was developed by Patanjali, a philosophical dualist, to free the souls of human beings from what he believed was their false identification with matter.  Yoga later was appropriated by Vedantists (pantheists) and became a method for achieving union with the impersonal God of Hinduism..."

Yoga Theory and Practice: Separable? Part One  (2003)

"The basic premise of yoga theory is the fundamental unity of all existence: God, man, and all of creation are ultimately one divine reality ... This is why physical yoga and Eastern philosophy are mutually interdependent; ultimately, you cannot have one without the other..."

Influences From the East  (No Date)

"Today much of the western world's way of thinking is being clouded and even taken over by Eastern Mysteries. Evidence for this can be seen in the rapid increase of Yoga clubs and Transcendental Meditation centres being set up..."

Hinduism  (No Date)

"The precepts of Hinduism go back some 4 - 5,000 years..."

Prana and the Seven Chakras

Prana and the Seven Chakras  (06 April 2009)

"[I]mportant in the philosophy and practice of yoga are the concepts of prana and the seven chakras. Prana is the Hindu concept of a life force that pervades the universe. Prana is believed to flow through the human body by way of energy pathways called nadis through seven chakras (from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel  or  disc ), which are psychic energy centres located at critical points up and down the human nervous system..."

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Yoga Philosophy: Eight Limbs of Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Classical yoga practitioners are not interested in making their minds permanently blank, but rather to so discipline their minds that they no longer identify thoughts and sensory perceptions with their sense of self. This is accomplished by following Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga..."

 

Paths of Yoga

Hatha Yoga: spiritual union through body control/meditation

The Basic Spirituality of Yoga  (08 March 2018)

"The Yoga being discussed here is Hatha Yoga, only one of many Yogas.  Yoga, as a whole, is a complex esoteric system oriented toward attaining liberation from a false reality and uniting with the ultimate reality or god (however that god may be perceived).  Hatha Yoga, meaning 'Sun' and 'Moon', is a practice whereby the body becomes a deliberate tool for this path to a purported enlightenment; that is, becoming more spiritually aware of the true inner divine Self and the need for liberation from this life..."

Four Main Reasons Why I No Longer Practice Hatha Yoga  (05 October 2012)

"There is a major trend in our eclectic Western society that is gaining momentum, a departure from our Judeo-Christian roots ... and a turn to the Far East for concepts and practices that many hope will improve the health and state of their body, mind and soul. One of the chief indicators of this trend is the rise of interest in yoga. ... Hatha is actually one of the simplest, foundational styles of yoga. It appears, on the surface, to be merely a highly developed exercise regime. What could be wrong with just stretching, twisting, bending, breathing, sweating it out and getting the body in shape, regardless of the method used?..."

Yoga Training: Not Just Exercise  (February 2012)

"On its website, the Yoga Alliance states that in 1999, the Alliance 'established a national Yoga Teachers' Registry to recognize and promote teachers with training that meets our minimum standards.' ... The Yoga Alliance training includes 'asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.' ... The Yoga Alliance is not a wishy-washy organization trying to dumb down the Hindu roots of Yoga. It is reasonable to assume that anyone who has been trained to teach Yoga has had Hindu teachings..."

Approaches to Yoga: Hatha Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Hatha yoga is physical yoga, and it is the variety of yoga that we most commonly encounter in the West. Indeed, many Westerners think of little else when they hear the word yoga. It is often promoted as a superior method of physical development with no religious ties necessarily attached..."

Yoga: Yokes, Snakes, and Gods  (2004)

"Yoga in India is taught and practiced in many forms because there are various forms of yoga. In [the West], we most often encounter hatha yoga, the physical form of yoga, which is promoted as a healthful exercise, a way to reduce stress, and a means of limbering up the body..."

Yoga: From Hippies to Hip  (February 2004)

"Yoga has become so well packaged as an exercise that people even believe this was the original intent of yoga, often calling yoga 'stretching exercises'. People in the U.S. and other Western countries often do not realise that the yoga they call an exercise, actually hatha yoga ('ha' means 'sun' and 'tha' means 'moon'), is just one of many forms of yoga designed for specific spiritual purposes..."

Yoga Theory and Practice: Separable? Part Two  (2003)

"Yoga exercises are taught as part of YMCA physical education programs, as health spa esoterica, on educational TV, and are incorporated into institutional church youth activities - all on the assumption that these techniques are nothing more than a superior brand of physical conditioning. Yet this assumption is really the worst presumption..."

Kundalini Yoga: spiritual union through focusing inner energy

Kundalini Yoga  (05 October 2012)

"Kundalini yoga is a particular discipline of path of yoga, though its practise is inseparably linked with all other forms of yoga. ... [C]lasses are based on four themes comprising physical, breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises. ... Specific mantras are prescribed in an effort to uncoil the kundalini serpent at the base of the spine..."

Approaches to Yoga: Kundalini Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Kundalini Yoga deliberately attempts to arouse and raise the kundalini, believed to be Shakti or creative divine energy, which sleeps at the base of the spine like a serpent, coiled in three and one-half circles. Toward this end, kundalini yogis place a special emphasis on pranayama or breathing exercises..."

Kundalini Yoga: Part One  (2003)

"Kundalini arousal is not, as commonly thought, restricted to hatha yoga practice. Even yoga authorities have said that all yoga is ultimately kundalini yoga and that yoga is meaningless without it..."

Kundalini Yoga: Part Two  (2003)

"Perhaps the dominant characteristic in kundalini arousal and other yoga practice is an experience of energy infusion, or possession. Gopi Krishna describes the following experiences of most yogic, meditative, and mystical practices..."

Karma Yoga: spiritual union through correct conduct or good works

Approaches to Yoga: Karma Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Karma yoga is yoga for idealists, humanitarians, activists, and ordinary people who want to pursue salvation but are unable to pursue monastic life. it seeks salvation through good works..."

Bhakti Yoga: spiritual union through devotion to a Guru

Approaches to Yoga: Bhakti Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Bhakti yoga seeks salvation through the path of devotion to a personal representation of God. During the centuries that preceded Patanjali, India had been dominated by the atheistic or nontheistic philosophies of original Buddhism, Samkhya, Jainism, and the impersonal God of the Upanishads. The impulse to worship and serve a personal God (which a Christian would consider God-given) therefore had long been frustrated..."

Jnana Yoga: spiritual union through hidden knowledge

Approaches to Yoga: Jnana Yoga  (6 April 2009)

"Jnana yoga could be described as 'yoga for intellectuals' or 'yoga for philosophers'. It seeks salvation through intellectual knowledge and discrimination..."

Raja Yoga: spiritual union through mental control

Approaches to Yoga: Raja Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Raja or 'royal' yoga is the method of seeking salvation through mind control. It is believed that the mind is a fine part of the body, or the body a gross part of the mind ... and so if the yogi can learn to control his body he can also control his mind..."

Is Raja Yoga Religiously Neutral?  (06 April 2009)

"The problem with George Mahoney's position quoted [here] is his assumption that raja yoga can be used for Christian purposes just as effectively as for pantheistic Hindu or other Eastern mystical purposes. The Hindu understanding of God is fundamentally different than the Christian one, and yoga was developed to achieve oneness with the Hindu God..."

Tantra Yoga: spiritual union through sexual practices

Approaches to Yoga: Tantra Yoga  (06 April 2009)

"Tantra is an esoteric (occult) religious tradition that originated in Hinduism but also exists in Buddhism and other Asian religions. Many orthodox Hindus regard it with suspicion or outright disdain because of its disregard for, or outright rejection of, the primary Hindu scriptures, the Vedas..."

 

Asanas (Yogic Positions)

Articles for this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

 

Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)

Articles for this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

 

Meditation and Mindfulness

The Interface of Medieval Mysticism and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation  (24 October 2016)

"The decades from the 1970s forward have witnessed the increasing popularity of spiritual formation programs within Evangelical circles based on a resurgence of interest in medieval mysticism and its contemplative spiritual techniques ... many Evangelicals began seeking deeper spiritual experiences based on the contemplative techniques of the medieval mystics ... In view of the similarity of experience and the recent assertions of scientific support for the positive health claims of Mindfulness, it is not surprising to find many Evangelicals adopting not only contemplative Catholic spirituality but also Buddhist mysticism (Mindfulness) in an attempt to enrich their Christian experience..."

YOUTUBE:  Dr Peter Jones Discusses the Dangers of Mindfulness  (24 July 2015)

"Mindfulness is a Buddhist form of mediation, which seeks to lay aside all extraneous thinking and to focus on the self. ... As we centre on ourselves, if we have dropped notions of judgementalism and analysis of who we are, then we silence conscience ... it creates a mindset that is very opposite to the Christian faith..."

Mindfulness: Taming the Monkey  (Fall/Autumn 2014)

"You might notice the term monkey mind popping up here and there. In promoting Mindfulness, the thinking mind is targeted as a chattering monkey. Thoughts are the chatter, and meditation is to tame and silence this monkey mind, so that it can become what is called the Buddha mind..."

Mindfulness Goes to Kindergarten  (January 2012)

"An article from Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (October 2011) was given to children in a public [state] school kindergarten class in Northern Virginia to take home to their parents. The article, "It's All In Your Mind", by Lynne Ticknor, promotes mindfulness, a Buddhist concept and meditation practice, along with a brief interview of Goldie Hawn and her Eastern-based Mind-Up programme for schools..."

Mindfulness: No-Mind Over Matter  (November 2010)

"Mindfulness is a Buddhist concept and practice, the seventh step of the Eightfold Path. Mindfulness is more than a meditative practice; it is an outlook on life and reality that ideally results from a type of meditation designed to cultivate detachment. Detachment in Buddhism is necessary, because Buddhism teaches that attachment to this world, to your thinking, to your identity as an individual self, and other attachments, such as desires, keep you in the cycle of rebirth..."

More on Mindfulness: Never Mind the Mind  (March 2010)

"The advocacy of mindfulness mediation in secular society continues to get attention. ... Buddhism believes that everyone is ignorant of true reality and is trapped in the delusion that they are an individual in a real world. Buddhism teaches that the self does not exist; belief in self is a result of attachment to this world. The mind is part of this delusion, so thoughts are in the way of realizing ultimate truth..."

Out of Your Mind: Meditation and Visualization  (No Date)

"Meditation as taught and practiced today in the West originates from practices and beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, the goal of mediation is to realize that one's personal identity is a barrier to the truth that the real self is part of the divine godhead, which is ultimate reality. The mind in both Hinduism and Buddhism is seen as part of the material body and therefore a barrier to spiritual enlightenment. Mediation is designed to bypass the mind, using special breathing techniques..."

Meditation and Psalm 46:10  (No Date)

"Does 'Be still' mean to meditate or practice contemplative prayer? Many people quote the first part of Psalm 46:10, 'Be still and know that I am God', to endorse a form of meditation that involves techniques on 'quieting' the mind or going beyond the mind. Is this what this verse is talking about?..."

 

Namaste: the Yogic Greeting

Namaste, Satan  (13 March 2017)

"These are surely shocking words to the ears of most yoga enthusiasts, who find the association of yoga with Satan to be both disturbing and incongruous with their own understanding and experience of yoga.  Yet, so begins an article announcing yoga classes to be held in the Satanic Temple of Salem, Massachusetts.  How could something so widely considered beneficial in every way suddenly be associated with the devil?..."

The Meaning of Namaste  (No Date)

"The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra..."

 

Bindi: the Forehead Dot

Bindis: Why Do Indians Wear A Red Dot on Their Forehead?  (12 October 2011)

"The word 'bindi' comes from the word 'bindu' which means 'drop' or 'dot' in Sanskrit ... There are an abundance of theories regarding the meaning behind the ancient tradition of wearing a bindi.  Here are some of the theories unravelling the mystery of the Indian forehead spot: ... Theory 2: It is worn to strengthen the brow chakra..."

Bindi - Meaning and Significance of the 'Dot' on Forehead  (No Date)

"Significance of a bindi for a married woman: ... Use of the bindi in a spiritual way: ... Use of bindi in the society: ... use of wearing bindi from a healthy viewpoint: ... Spiritual significance of a bindi: ..."

 

Tilaka: The Forehead Mark

Why Do Hindus Wear Tilak or Tika - the Forehead Mark?  (21 June 2022)

"Hindu culture has given importance to various signs and symbols ... The shape and style of the Hindu forehead mark depends on the sects and religion to which the person belongs.  Depending on customs, Tilak or Tika is used both in daily life and for specific purposes: religious ceremonies or visits to the temple..."

Significance and Types of Tilaka  (01 March 2022)

"It is a Sanskrit word derived form 'Tilaka', meaning a mark; it is a very common practice in Hinduism ... There is no single type of Tilaka but multiple.  All of them have their own significance and representation.  Hinduism is majorly classified into 4 main sects ort 'samradaya' ... When we dive deep into the sacred texts and literature, the center of the forehead is considered to be the Gurusthan, also known as the spot where Shiva resides in our body.  Therefore, it is known as the point of consciousness, as Shiva is known as the Adi yogi.  It is believed that meditating on this spot can make one rise from temporary pleasures and attain utmost awareness of self...""

The Tilak - Tilaka Sacred Symbol on Forehead or Between Eyebrows  (18 August 2014)

"The tilak (Sanskrit tilaka, 'mark') is a mark worn on the forehead and other parts of the body for spiritual reasons.  On a man, the tilak takes the form of different lines, indicating his religious affiliation.  On women, a tilak usually takes the form of a decorative dot (or Bindi) ... A dit between the eyebrows symbolizes the third eye of Lord Shiva ... The Tilaka has a religious significance and is a visible sign of a person as belonging to a particular religious faith..."

Tilaka  (No Date)

"In Dharmic culture, the tilaka is a mark worn usually on the forehead, at the point of the Ajna chakra ... Tilaka may be worn daily or for rites of passage or special spiritual and religious occasions only..."

 

Yoga for Children

Is Yoga Good for Children?  (October 2009 / 2019 / February 2023)

"Most parents also encourage their children to participate in a good sport or healthy physical activity, and schools require children to attend a physical education class of some kind.  In recent years Yoga has overtaken many traditionally Western forms of exercise to become one of the most popular ways of keeping fit for both adults and children..."

Mindfulness Goes to Kindergarten  (January 2012)

"An article from Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (October 2011) was given to children in a public [state] school kindergarten class in Northern Virginia to take home to their parents. The article, "It's All In Your Mind", by Lynne Ticknor, promotes mindfulness, a Buddhist concept and meditation practice, along with a brief interview of Goldie Hawn and her Eastern-based Mind-Up programme for schools..."

Yoga for Children: Not Child's Play  (March 2010)

"A children's section of the March 7, 2010 Washington Post ('The Mini page), called 'Go Yoga', highlighted Yoga with stories, photos, and puzzles. The feature also offered New Age websites on Yoga for children, a list of books, and a Yoga puzzle with hidden words like 'focus', asana, imagery, namaste, warrior, salutation, stress' and others..."

Yoga in Schools  (06 April 2009)

"The prevailing interpretation of the Second Amendment's establishment clause as enjoining a strict separation of church and state has resulted in a complete ban of such Christian activities as Bible reading, prayer, and gospel preaching as part of American public school programs. ... [but] over the past decade public [state] schools across the country increasingly have been incorporating yoga into school activities..."

Yoga Infiltrates Elementary School  (30 April 2008)

"Have you ever slowly waded into a cool swimming pool? At first it seems cold, but little by little, you inch deeper and deeper into the water as your body gets used to the temperature. Before you know it you are ready to dive right in because you have become accustomed to your surroundings and it no longer feels uncomfortable..."

 

Yoga for Christians / Christian Yoga

Christianity is Teaming with ... Partakers in 'Faith-Based' Yoga  (10 October 2019)

"Over the years I've spent a great deal of time investigating the cults, occult and all sorts of aberrant religious movements that have crept into evangelicalism like a thief in the night ... For over a decade I've gone around and around with Kate, a professing Christian friend, who takes yoga classes - not so-called 'Christian' yoga; she's into traditional Hatha Yoga ... I've explained the basic premise of yoga, which is the fundamental unity of all existence: ... Kate says she doesn't get involved in the spiritual aspect of yoga, she only does the stretches.  What readers must understand is that simply because people think they're just doing gentle stretches doesn't necessarily make it so.  Yoga has its roots in Hinduism.  Yoga poses are meant to be worshipful postures that mimic Hindu gods..."

Is Yoga Religious?  (13 June 2019)

"It is difficult to separate any yoga practice from its Hindu roots.  It can be said that there is no Hinduism without yoga and no yoga without Hinduism.  Also, yoga has influenced and been influenced by Buddhism and Jainism.  These facts strongly suggest that yoga is primarily spiritual in nature, which is the explicit understanding of its Eastern practitioners as well as many of its Western devotees ... Furthermore, yoga is usually synonymous with Eastern meditation.  As such, the goal of the yoga practitioner is to unify him or herself with the Divine Self or God-Self..."

Research: Yoga  (15 April 2019)

"Many Christians have been duped into thinking that yoga is just relaxation and exercise when nothing could be further from the truth.  Classical yoga includes stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation to increase one's physical fitness.  It is intended to put the practitioner into an altered state of consciousness.  The word yoga means to yoke or unite.  Believers who think they're 'just exercising' are being swept into a counterfeit religion.  According to God's Word, mystical practices of any sort are evil ... Sooner or later, those who wade into mystic waters will be pulled into the shark tank ... Involvement in Eastern mysticism will lead to destruction..."

The Basic Spirituality of Yoga  (08 March 2018)

"We have received a number of questions about Yoga.  Is it merely exercise and not incompatible with Christianity or is it another religion? ... Yoga is one of the most popular topics I am asked to speak about when I speak in churches or at conferences.  I twice practiced Hatha Yoga at separate times while participating in the New Age for about 20 years, prior to coming to a saving faith ain the true Jesus Christ.  At that time, Yoga was primarily understood as a spiritual practice even though it was beginning to slowly branch out into the secular world..."

Should Christians Do Yoga?  (18 April 2016)

"What about Holy Yoga or other 'Christianized' forms of yoga?  Before I give my answer to this question, I'd like to ask a couple of questions.  Have you ever heard anyone ask the question, 'Should Christians do aerobics/zumba/spinning?'  Ever heard of Holy Weight Lifting, Christian Calisthenics, Redeemed Running or another Christianized version of a particular form of exercise?  There's a reason for that ... because there's doubt in the minds of the Christians asking the question that yoga is kosher with God.  That's a healthy doubt because yoga is a Hindu worship practice..."

Can Yogic Practices Be Integrated With the Christian Faith?  (15 August 2011)

"'Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet...'  Rudyard Kipling's words accent the difference between eastern and western spirituality, between Hinduism and Christianity. But the two, 'the twain' as it were, are now meeting via yogic practices promoted in various places of worship and activities of spirituality..."

Does Yoga Conflict with Christianity?  (16 May 2011)

"In the cover article for the March/April 2001 Yoga Journal, contributing editor Alan Reder argues that yoga can be practiced by Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims ... without any conflict with their religion ... Does yoga conflict with religion?  You betcha?  Anything that tells people that God cannot bring them ultimate happiness conflicts with my belief that the chief end of human beings is to love God and enjoy him forever.  Anything that encourages people to worship their yoga master conflicts with my belief that the Lord is God and there is no other.  Anything that encourages people to believe that spiritual fulfillment can be attained in any religious conflicts with my belief that without Jesus Christ people of all religions are lost."

Christians Get Twisted Out of Shape When They Learn the Truth About Yoga  (14 October 2010)

"Many professing Christians choose to ignore the bare facts about yoga ... Many Christians practice yoga for 'relaxation and exercise' without realising that classical yoga is intended to put you into an altered state of consciousness.  Yoga is not 'just exercising'.  Participants are being swept into a counterfeit religion ... For the Christian, salvation is found by reaching out, trusting someone outside ourselves, we do not look within to find God, nor do we become God Himself as the Hindus believe.  Christians are to look to the cross of Christ and the empty tomb..."

Should Christians Practice Yoga?  (12 June 2010)

"There are a few reasons why Christians should abstain from practicing yoga:  (1) Jesus is the only way to salvation. Salvation is not found in any other religious system, practice or founder ... (2) We are not saved [by] any works that we can do ourselves. It's all by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Saviour ... (3) We as Christians are to be different than the world. We are not to do things the same way as the world ... (4) As Christians, we are to meditate only on God and His Word. We are not focus on ourselves or to clear our minds.  The Bible never gives us a prescription to free our minds. The prescription that the Bible gives us is to only meditate on God and His Word..."

A Subtle and Dangerous Shift in Christianity  (09 June 2010)

"It seems everyone's practicing yoga meditation these days.  Physicians recommend it to their patients which means it's beneficial... right?  Meditation is said to relieve stress, anxiety, hypertension, acne and post-nasal drip ... But what if you're a Christian?  Should you practice the same sorts of things as Buddhists, Hindus and New Agers?  Listen to what the Bible says: ... Christian meditation is very different from Eastern meditation..."

Christian Yoga: An Oxymoron?  (December 2009)

"The yoga most practiced by Christians is Hatha Yoga ... If one removes the core aspects of Yoga to make it into something acceptable to Christians, then the breathing techniques and asanas need to be removed, which means there is then little or no Yoga at all..."

Yoga Teaching in the Church  (06 April 2009)

"Yoga has been embraced as an edifying practice in many Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant churches since the 1970s.  For example, the late George A. Mahoney SJ [Society of Jesus: i.e. Jesuit], who authored several books on Catholic spirituality, wrote in 1976:..." 

Christian Yoga: Rooted in Hindu Occultism (Part 1)  (2007)

"The number of people today, including Christians, that are involved with yoga is absolutely astonishing.  Yoga, once considered by the western world to be a Hindu spiritual practice for attaining of occult enlightenment (Self-Realization), has now been thoroughly integrated into the western world..."

Does Yoga Conflict With Christianity?  (2001)

"In the cover article for the March/April 2001 Yoga Journal, contributing editor Alan Reder argues that yoga can be practiced by Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims - and by implication, just about anyone else - without any conflict with their religion..."

How Should A Christian View Yoga?  (No Date)

"For many Christians in the West who don't understand the history behind it, yoga is simply a means of physical exercise and strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles.  However, the philosophy behind yoga is much more than physically improving oneself.  It is an ancient practice derived from India, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment..."

 

Difficulties and Dangers of Yoga

Difficulties and Dangers of Yoga

Comments and quotations from various sources examining some of the lesser known aspects of practising yoga.

Yoga - The Bare Facts  (12 August 2017)

An email discussion in seven parts: (1) Introduction; (2) Basic Yoga Theory; (3) Yoga and the Brain; (4) Warnings from Yogis; (5) Western Yoga and Kundalini; (6) A Kundalini Testimony; (7) Some Conclusions.

Possible Difficulties in Yoga as a Spiritual Path Towards Transcendence  (15 January 2011)

Ahimsa and Vegetarianism  /  Contempt for the World and Attachment to the Guru  /  The Asanas and Religion  /  Potential Dangers of Breath Control  /  Stilling the Mind Through Meditation and the Experiences That Accompany It.

Yoga in Everyday life: Physical Fitness, Workplace, Health Care, Medical Research  (6 April 2009)

"There are some proven health benefits to yoga practice, but most of those claims have only anecdotal support; ... A New York Times article raises the question whether yoga's negative effects may at times outweigh its positive ones: ... Yoga's effect on behaviour is not always positive, either..."

What Eastern Gurus Say About Yoga  (2005)

"Perhaps the most common practice advanced by Eastern occultism is some form of yoga and/or meditation ... [F]ew [western yoga practitioners] have any idea of where such practice may take them ... those who practice the occultism of the East also warn of its dangers..."

Kundalini Yoga - Part One  (2003)

"Spiritual Emergency is one book that seeks to help people integrate pathological occult experience as a positive form of spiritual 'emergence'..."

Kundalini Yoga - Part Two  (2003)

"Perhaps the dominant characteristic in kundalini arousal and other yoga practice is an experience of energy infusion, or possession. Gopi Krishna describes the following experiences of most yogic, meditative, and mystical practices..."

 

Yogic Experiences, Testimonies, Case Studies

Death of a Guru: The Story of Rabi Maharaj  (14 July 2002)

"No matter how fulfilling life becomes, there are always certain regrets when one looks back. My deepest sense of loss involves my father. So much has happened since his death. I often wonder what it would be like to share it all with him, and what his reaction would be. We never shared anything in our lives. Because of vows he had taken before I was born, not once did he ever speak to me or pay me the slightest heed. Just two words from him would have made me unspeakably happy. How I wanted to hear him say, 'Rabi. Son.' Just once. But he never did..."

My Spiritual Journey  (2002)

"Monumental moments are significant turning points in our lives. For the remainder of our days we can look back to those 'moments' - decisions, events, experiences - and feel their worth and their warmth all over again..."

 

News Stories and Reports

Articles for this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

 

What About?...

Pilates

Pilates  (05 October 2012)

"Pilates (pronounced puh - la - tes) is one of those activities it is hard to come to a conclusion about. It certainly is a discipline in which the practitioner is as important as the practice. We will seek to lay out the facts here and then draw some conclusions and hope this helps you make up your mind concerning this activity..."

Tai Chi

Articles for this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

Reiki

Articles for this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

 

Alternatives to Yoga

"If one desires to achieve physical fitness only, exercises designed for that specific purpose ought rather to be chosen. No part of Yoga can be separated from the philosophy behind it" [Rabi R. Maharaj].

Aerobics  /  Ballet  /  Stretching  /  Swimming  /  Various Kinds of Dance Classes  /  Gymnastics

Specific details for the recommendations in this section due to be uploaded shortly, Lord willing.

 

The Bigger Picture and the Ultimate Goal

Pantheism, Panentheism, Monism

Possible Difficulties in Pantheism  (15 January 2011)

"Since the duality knower-known is an illusion in pantheism, what could be the meaning of knowledge in the case of the atman-Brahman identity? 'Knowing' this identity cannot be a real epistemological process..."

Pantheism and Biblical Christianity  (09 January 2010)

"For millennia the West was based on the monotheistic religions which viewed creation as the finite result of an infinite God, while the East has been shaped by monism (the belief that all is one) and pantheism. But recently these two opposing worldviews have experienced a massive crossover. There are various reasons why East and West have lost their distinctive differences, and become so entwined. I wish to focus on just one area..."

Karma, Reincarnation, Transmigration

Reincarnation  (05 October 2012)

"It is usually believed that reincarnation came from the East and this is predominantly true, however there have been a number of influences from the West too..."

Reincarnation: Its Meaning and Consequences - Part One: Reincarnation In World Religions  (15 January 2011)

"The concept of reincarnation seems to offer one of the most attractive explanations of humanity's origin and destiny. It is accepted not only by adherents of Eastern religions or New Age spirituality, but also by many who don't share such esoteric interests and convictions..."

Reincarnation: Its Meaning and Consequences - Part Two: Past-Life Recall as Modern Proof for Reincarnation  (15 January 2011)

"Many people who accept reincarnation in the West today claim that it can be scientifically proven. They usually ground their belief on so-called past life recall experiences, which represent the ability of certain persons to recall facts of alleged previous lives. There are two categories of this phenomenon..."

Reincarnation: Its Meaning and Consequences - Part Three: Reincarnation and Cosmic Justice  (15 January 2011)

"The most important argument for reincarnation is of a moral nature. It says that karma and reincarnation provide the perfect way to realize justice in our world, by rewarding all one's deeds and thoughts in further lives..."

Reincarnation: Its Meaning and Consequences - Part Four: Reincarnation and Christianity  (15 January 2011)

"Today's religious syncretism not only accepts reincarnation as one of its basic doctrines but also tries to prove that it can be found in the Bible and in the history of the Church..."

Does the Bible Teach Reincarnation? The New Age - A New Twist  (No Date)

"Why are so many people with traditional Christian backgrounds, participating in new Age spirituality? There are many possible reasons..."

Spiritual Ecology and Gaia

The Green Agenda: The Gaia Hypothesis  (No Date. Possibly 2007)

"Anyone who has studied the global green movement has no doubt heard of 'Gaia'. believers in Gaia, or 'Gaians' as they often refer to themselves, claim that the earth is a sentient super-being, an ancient goddess spirit, deserving of worship and reverence. ... Gaians teach that the 'Earth Goddess', or Mother Earth, must be protected from destructive human activity. it is this belief that fuels the environmental movement, sustainable development, and a global push for the return of industrialized nations to a more primitive way of life..."

The Green Agenda: Gaia's Gurus  (No Date. Possibly 2007)

"From a Gaian activist's perspective the theory of Global Warming presents a dream scenario. It strikes at the very heart of 'Gaia's greatest threat' - capitalism and modern industrial society. ... [M]any of the most vocal politicians and scientists currently raising alarms about Global Warming are also actively involved in the Gaia Cult and Deep Ecology. ... these are not the members of some fringe green New Age cult. These are people in positions of significant power and leadership..."

The Green Agenda: The Green Web  (No Date. Possibly 2007)

"The leaders of the Global Green Agenda are deadly serious about their intention to 'transform humanity into an interdependent global sustainable Earth Community, based on reverence and respect for Gaia', and they have been spreading their tentacles into every area of global politics..."

The Green Agenda: Global Consciousness  (No Date. Possibly 2007)

"When I read what [the Gaians] proposed 20 years ago and then see it unfolding before my eyes I have to take their proposals for developing a global consciousness in order to reconnect with Gaia very seriously..."

The Green Agenda: Deep Ecology  (No Date. Possibly 2007)

"Deep Ecology is a semi-religious movement that believes modern civilisation's anthropocentric worldview is the root cause of an imminent complete ecological collapse. ... Deep ecologists argue for a radical reduction in human population ... While Gaians tend to focus on spiritual aspects of communing with Mother Earth, Deep ecologists focus on the negative aspects of human activity on the earth..."

For more on Ecology and Environmentalism see here and here.

For more on the replacement of Patriarchy (Father God) with Matriarchy (Mother Earth/Gaia/Goddess) see the sections on Feminism here and here.

God/Goddess Within, the New Age, Babylon Rising

The New Age An Overview - Part One: Roots, Spread, Popularity, Beliefs  (No Date. Possibly 2009 or 2013)

"The New Age Movement first appeared as an entity in the 1960s and 1970s, with widespread use of the term 'New Age' starting in the mid 70s. However, with roots that stretch back into antiquity, the New Age Movement is anything but new. It is, instead, a modern revival of various ancient religious traditions and practices that have come together in a decentralised Western social and spiritual movement..."

The New Age An Overview - Part Two: Ushering In the Antichrist  (No Date. Possibly 2009 or 2013)

"[W]hile many New Agers may merely subscribe to some elements of New Age philosophies, a large branch of the New Age movement believes that the utopian age will only come about under the leadership and guidance of a world leader/teacher..."

The New Age An Overview - Part Three: The New Age Infiltration of the Church  (No Date. Possibly 2009 or 2013)

"Tal Brooke, former New Age disciple of Hindu [guru] Sai Baba, confirms that 'the New Age movement, and its progeny, Gaia, are spiritually correct for a new world order. Christianity is not..."

Spirit Warriors  (19 January 2010)

"[T]he fate of the world lies in the hands of a teenager and her friends ... If the heroes succeed they'll save the universe ... If they fail, both the spirit world and our own will fall under the evil warlord's power..."

Lucifer Rising Part One: Counterfeit Light of the World  (2002)

"'A generation would soon be born that had never known a world without Lucifer.'  Best-selling author and world renowned scientist, Arthur C. Clarke, penned these words in his science fiction masterpiece, 2010: Odyssey Two - a book./movie sequel to his ground breaking 1968 work, 2001: A Space Odyssey..."

Lucifer Rising Part Two: Occult Initiation  (2002)

"Within the world of the New Age and the occult, initiation is the principle key used in advancing the student of mysticism along the path of occult learning. Practically all esoteric societies employ initiation. ... Once inside the group, the society uses initiation as a way of advancing members into higher degrees of 'illumination'..."

Lucifer Rising Part Three: Educating For the New Age  (2002)

"It was April of 1997 and I was a 'participant' at the Global Citizenship 2000 Youth Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia. Former high-ranking United Nations official, Dr. Robert Muller, was a special guest, helping to facilitate the 'visioning' process of the many students and educators in attendance. The purpose of the Congress: to formulate, through 'group effort', a new public education philosophy steeped in paganism, humanism, and globalism..."

The Ascended Masters: Rulers of the Darkness of This Age  (1994)

"These beings are alleged by Neo-Gnostics to be overseeing the spiritual and 'evolutionary' development of the human race on both an individual level and in terms of the process of global civilization..."

World Vision 2000 & University Seminars: Purpose and Scope  (1992)

"[H]umanity needs to recognize certain universal ideals that will bring all nations, cultures, and religions closer.  Humanity can experience peace, harmony, and progress through friendship, fellowship, and cooperation. ... We are at the dawn of a new age, a new world view, and a new human order. ... the world will have to enter into anew age if we are to preserve our species and this planet.  Hence, the global transformation has begun..."

The Goddess in Every Person  (1992)

"A charming little book called The Magic Locket has touched the hearts of millions of little girls with the seductive message of the Goddess. In its peach-colored cover is a heart-shaped locket, and inside the golden heart hides a wonderful surprise. Through this surprise, a clumsy little girl learns the secret of her human potential. And what is it?..."

The New Age of Disgrace  (No Date)

"The New Age Movement believes and teaches that all that is, is God. ... New Agers seek to accomplish a universal cosmic consciousness that will herald the beginning of a new human race, a new evolution of mankind in which this present age of worshipping God as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit must end, and the beginning of a new age ... [which] will supplant the 'false' teachings of Christianity..."

Maitreya  (No Date)

"The concept of a coming World Teacher who sets up a Golden Age on earth can be found in many world religious systems as well as in the literature of the occult..."

 

 

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:28-30)

 

 

 

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