Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What to tell a Christian about Yoga

No! Christians should not participate even in Christian yoga!

Again, there are large differences between the Christian meditation and that taught in Yoga. Christians meditate on the word of God, rather than trying to blank out the mind. Psalms 119:99 states, "I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy (the Messiah's) testimonies are my meditations." Psalms 104:34 says. "My meditation on Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord." Thus we can clearly see the Scriptures teach us to use our time of meditation on God and not blank or open our minds for the demons.

another one of yoga's primary promises is to calm your mind through meditation. The difference between yoga meditation and the type God commands in Scripture is twofold: the object of our meditation and the result. Yogi philosophers urge followers to empty their mind. This empty mind, they claim, is the doorway to communion with the Universal Soul. But cult expert Bob Larson warns that yoga mediators "should not be deceived into thinking they have communed with the Lord." What they have done instead is "left [their] mind open to an evil invasion by the spirit being associated with the particular discipline employed."


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Anonymous said...

The important thing is that Hinduism has no concept of a Devil. This is the soft underbelly of Hinduism that makes Hindus vulnerable to conversion to other faiths such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Concerning samadhi or meditation, I cannot comment upon this because I am not acquainted with Hindu meditation, which may indeed by blocking out the mind for all I know, but in other religions meditation is filling the mind, not emptying it.

Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati (Swamiji, Swami J) said...

Would one say that people drinking wine are necessarily practicing the Christian rite of communion? Would one say that people eating bread with a meal are practicing the Christian rite of communion? Of course not.

If one does physical postures outside of its context as a 100% spiritual practice, you cannot call it Yoga, any more than you can call merely drinking wine and eating bread Christian communion.

Here is a brief video entitled
"Can a Christian Practice Yoga?"