The Spiritual Deception of Yoga

William - Fife, Scotland

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It is the purpose of this short testimony to show that yoga is a spiritual deception. 

If you think that you can use yoga only for physical training and not be affected by its spiritual side, you are wrong. You are wrong if you believe the many websites and teachers in the West who declare that yoga is just a harmless physical exercise.

The Bible warns of such spiritual seduction: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 TIMOTHY 4:1).

Speaking from my own experience, I am convinced that yoga is one of the seducing doctrines God expressly warns about in the above scripture. I started yoga at age 16, and practiced every day for 1-2 hours. It seemed to strengthen my body and improve my flexibility. At the age of 18, I dived into it (I was at that time unemployed) and did some 4-6 hours of yoga daily. I was convinced that yoga enlightened my own spiritual intelligence and enhanced my physical fitness. I would have vehemently denied that there is anything religious in yoga or that I was in any way influenced by the spiritual or religious aspects of yoga. The following is why I think differently today.

The Roots of Yoga

Let us take a small look at the roots of the yoga tree - and also have a smell at some of its fruit - for well did Christ say in MATTHEW 7:16Ye shall know them by their fruits.

I am convinced that yoga is one of the seducing doctrines God expressly warns about...

It was the Lord Krishna (one of Hindu's many millions of deities), in the Bhagavad Gita, who introduced the ritual of yoga as a way of achieving union with the universe. The Sanskrit word yoga actually means "union" or "yoking", aiming at bringing about the union of the human spirit with the spirit of the universe. But what is more deeply meant is a separation from the physical illusion of life.

A great part of Hindu teaching is that this world and all we see, is nothing more than an illusion.

Ironically, while yoga in the west is, more often than not, promoted as a way to achieve health and a better way of living; in the east, where it originated, it is more openly understood to be a way of dying.

In Hindu and Buddhist writings yoga is described as the only sure way of escaping the endless cycle of reincarnation and the laws of karma, thereby enabling someone to reach the Hindu idea of heaven (named "moksha") – or in the terminology of Buddhist teachings, to return to the buddhistic void (named "Sunyata") - where the idea of it being a way of dying reaches its finality.

Moksha is by most Hindu schools understood to mean the state "which is beyond being", while "Sunyata" means simply emptiness. Both of these accomplishments have, as their finality, the destruction of the self.

In other words, the physical exercises and positions ("asanas"), along with the breathing techniques ("pranayama"), and meditation ("dhyana") were originally developed for VERY spiritual and religious reasons. The Bhagavad Gita testifies of it in over 50 verses, and certainly it would be difficult not to classify the Bhagavad Gita as a guide to Hindu religion.1

How Yoga Became Popular in the West

Although yoga has been known to the West since before Christ, and has been practiced in the East for almost 3000 years, it really only took off in the West in a significant way around the same time of the explosion of the drug culture in the 60’s, and the growth of certain types of music.

Many people involved with psychedelic drugs were (and are still today) attracted to any experience that offered an expansion of conscience, or a change of perceived reality.

It was due to this changing Western (drug) culture that many Hindu missionaries (among other spiritual leaders peddling new religions) slowly began to realise that through the new psychedelic experiences, the West was now entertaining a transcendental experience, or non-physical reality that it had previously been unaware of—or more likely, had simply chosen to ignore. Mind expansion, or altered states of conscience and a search for spirituality, without the constraints of religion were suddenly all the rage, and anything that offered a new experience was sought after with great interest. Very few questions were asked as to the source of these new highs and experiences.

Thus the West was gradually introduced to an ancient Eastern religion through the medium of yoga.

One of the Lies Today

One branch or path of yoga is called Hatha Yoga and this is probably what most people in the West associate with the word "yoga" – believing it is being practised only for mental and physical health.2

Some of the positions in yoga are not quite as harmless as they may appear, but are obviously of occult origin, as in the “cobra”, which is usually followed by “greeting the sun” – and taking the pose of the “mountain”. These are all positions which are designed to welcome Hindu gods.

In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika it mentions the following in chapter one:

Salutations to Shiva, who taught the science of Hatha Yoga. It is the aspirant’s stairway to the heights of Raja Yoga... Yogi Svatmarama … explains the science of hatha for one reason – Raja Yoga.

So here we see clearly that Hatha Yoga was specifically designed to lead the practitioner onto Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga, however, is chiefly concerned with the cultivation of the mind through meditation.

Shiva is also known as the Destroyer (of evil) or Yogeshwara (Lord of Yogis). Shiva's consort is Devi, or Kali, the goddess of death.

Therefore, the idea that Hatha Yoga is "purely physical" is very much once again a distortion of the truth (in other words, an outright lie) and indeed begs the question "Why the cover up or confusion?"

Ouija boards, Tarot cards, Astrology signs and symbols may all seem harmless to some, but like yoga, they have an idea attached

Of course, it could be asked whether something purely physical can have any spiritual implications. One needs only look at such practices as Ouija boards, Tarot cards, Astrology signs and symbols may all seem harmless to some, but like yoga, they have an idea attached to them that is the problem.

A further example that shows how something physical can have spiritual implications is to be found in the account of the Garden of Eden. For in Genesis chapter 3 we have an introduction to the enemy of God and mankind, making the suggestion to Adam’s wife, Eve, that by doing something purely physical (i.e. eating from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) she would not only receive a mighty spiritual blessing, but would indeed live forever, and become as a god.

The real result of this action was Adam and Eve being cast out from Eden and the Fall of Man. Ever since then, man has been trying to sneak back into paradise by jumping over the hedge as it were (using drugs and mysticism).

Karma & Reincarnation

Yoga was specifically designed as a way to escape the constant and never-ending deaths and rebirths of reincarnation - ("...the fire of yoga burns all Karmas", Kundalini Yoga, by Sri Swami Sivananda).

There is much discussion amongst the various Hindu branches concerning karma itself. It is variously claimed that it is not so strict, that it does not always come to pass in this life, it may not come to pass for a few lives, and some consider Karma to be a very just law, as it demands equal in repayment (very much a black eye for a black eye). In any case, as a "law" it is very impersonal, and knows no pity neither does it accept any extenuating circumstances.

If it is a law that demands equal in repayment, then the following sequence of events must occur:

If I steal from someone - I will have something stolen from me, in this life or a next. This means that someone else will have to take the role of thief (#2). Which means that thief #2 will have something stolen from him, in this life or a next. This means that someone else will have to take the role of thief (#3)….And so the wheel turns continually.

Does one remember what one did wrong? Believers in reincarnation will respond with "in the sub-conscience" but how may I change if it is locked away in my sub-conscience? How can I learn from it?

Reincarnation, which was designed to help us work off bad karma, can be upwards or downwards - meaning I could be reborn as an animal or even a vegetable (of course, the various branches of Hindu disagree on this also).

Basically I am being given countless chances, in order to reach a heaven where my personality is then destroyed.

To further investigate this, we shall take an example of such a person as Pol Pot (leader of the Cambodian communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge) - responsible for the deaths of 1.7 to 2.5 million persons.

In order to work off his bad karma, he would have to participate in a minimum of - let’s say a conservative 1.5 million - reincarnations (that's ignoring the tortured victims whose lives he also destroyed).

The idea of karma however goes so far that some believers will not help people...

The idea of karma however goes so far that some believers will not help people - as you may inadvertently be helping someone who is in trouble due to bad karma, and who is supposed to be working it off - and so by helping them you actually take away their chance to work it off.

This all stands of course in total opposition to the Word of God - as stated in HEBREWS 9:27 - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

Is it not a strange situation that in India, where the teaching of karma and reincarnation has been alive for longer than anywhere else in the world, that the economic progress there only breeds social injustice and that poverty, starvation and terrible suffering just continue to increase?

Personal Result of Yoga - Awakening Kundalini

It may be true that the asanas (positions) and even perhaps the pranayama (breathing) can have health benefits, but the ultimate goal in yoga is something much more sinister. Very few Western yoga teachers actually touch upon this aspect of yoga – but according to the ancient texts, it is indeed the main aim - the asanas and the pranayama really intend to produce the awakening of what is known as "kundalini power", which is taught as being a snake coiled around the base of the spine.

When this serpent is awakened, it will then move up through the body, through the "chakras" (the so-called life-force centres) and once it reaches the "crown chakra" (or the top of the head) it will explode into the so called "thousand-petalled lotus".

This is when the danger really starts, and for many people from this point onwards it is almost impossible to return to any semblance of normality. The ancient texts actually include a warning about this, but most Western teachers are either ignorant of it, being too aware of the vast revenues that yoga can bring in, or are indeed themselves deceived and are willingly leading people down a very dangerous path.

Swiss occultist Carl Jung, in his book “The Collected Works of CG Jung" - termed it "a deliberately induced psychotic state". Now, in most societies, deliberately inducing a psychotic state in oneself would lead to various sections of the Mental Health Act being quoted whilst having oneself bundled into a white van by some police officers.

I myself came very close to this stage. After I practiced yoga intensively (4-6 hours a day) for about a year, I began to be very depressed and nervous, but as I was unaware of the cause of this depression, I continued to use yoga as a way of filling my day.

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded...

One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded, and my conscience turned white. Suddenly, there were beings dressed in white robes at my side (in the corner of my eye only, in my peripheral vision), telling me that they would guide me into a new life if I would only continue with my yoga.

I did not like that too much, and did not understand what was happening; neither had any of the books I had been reading mentioned anything about this manifestation, so I stopped. I was left in a sort of semi-aware state at that point (similar to the point one would reach just before or after the peak of an LSD trip), and I was also very much aware of what I could only describe as a rent in the fabric of this reality.

I went back into my asanas / pranayama the next day again, and within minutes these spiritual beings were back, with the same advice. They were insistent that I listen to them. There was a palpable anger now also given off by them, as I had consciously rejected them by stopping the day before.

I stopped again, and never returned to it. But I was always aware that these spirit-beings were angry with me, and I had no peace at all from then on. Only in drunken oblivion or drugs could I find any peace.

What Do You Do about It?

Things may not have become as bad as that for you, but be aware anyway – if you practice yoga, you practice Hinduism; and the more you do it, the more you open yourself up to the spiritual side of it. Thousands of others have experienced very similar things while practising yoga. Not all have been as fortunate as I in being set free from this – many have become insane, or indeed been driven to suicide.3

It was at the point in my life when things really got out of control that I met a Christian and I started going to Christian meetings (more for the very decent food than anything else). On the second meeting I was offered the opportunity to really find and experience God.

I received the Holy Spirit within seconds through the laying on of hands, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. As soon as I had received this freely given gift from God, a real peace came; the voices and pressures left, and joy and realisation came almost instantly. The blackness that had followed me around (the "rent in the fabric of this reality") was also gone.

My life has changed drastically since then. Instead of constantly focusing on myself I try to focus on other people. Instead of trying to find self-fulfillment through yoga, I found true peace. Yoga is a very selfish way of life, yet it doesn’t produce the results hoped for. Instead it is a lie and brings only destruction. How true are Christ’s words in MATTHEW 16:25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

So many try to “save their lives” (fill the void in their lives) through all sorts of things, including yoga, but the void will never be filled – they will end up losing their eternal soul.

We live only once, and while here in this life, we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. When we die, "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" - 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10. Those who were born-again through receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and by full submersion baptism, and who have given their lives in following Christ, may enter the eternal paradise of the soul where only love, joy and peace abide, in personal fellowship with Jesus Christ. The sinner and rebel against God will be removed from His presence after this judgment, and placed into a place of eternal torment.

...Do you want to follow Shiva ...who is also named the Destroyer - or Christ

You have to make a choice: Do you want to follow Shiva (who taught the “science” of Hatha Yoga) who is also named the Destroyer - or Christ, who came to heal and save, and who has proved by His life, death and resurrection that He is Lord and that He loves us without us having done anything to deserve it.

Yoga is not just a harmless physical exercise, it opens the door to demonic control. On which side do you ultimately want to stand? The devil’s or Christ’s? The consequences are more serious than you might realise.

JOHN 10:10 - "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

And how is this abundant life given by Jesus Christ?

JOHN 3:5 - "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

by William Downs, Newburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, April 21, 2010

  • 1. One need only read the writing of E.A Wilder-Smith (The Cause and Cure of the Drug Epidemic and The Drug Users) or Charles T. Tart, 'The End of Materialism - How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together or Altered States of Consciousness' to more clearly understand this relationship.

    That the drug culture explosion in the 60's was very much a carefully controlled operation is not generally known. This statement itself may be the topic for hours of discussion and may unfortunately belong to the genre of "conspiracy theory" - however, most people who have any sort of interest in these topics are aware of the LSD experiments carried out by certain US Government agencies - starting in the 1950's with Project MKULTRA. (The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control, by John Marks, and also Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond, by Martin A. Lee)

  • 2. Hatha Yoga basically describes any of the physical practices of yoga. Yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses. When you do lyengar, this is hatha yoga; when you do ashtanga, this is hatha yoga also. Therefore, “Hatha yoga” can be used interchangeably with simply “yoga”.
  • 3. Watch for example the film “Gods of the New Age” which includes testimonies of yoga teachers who describe in detail that which I described above.

Comments

I am gathering information about Yoga to help one of my sister's see what i suspected about this practice. One of my other sister's expressed deep concern about this other sister's weekly practice as we are Christian's. When my sister who practice's these exercises presented to me she attends these classes she stated "I just ignore the chants and don't participate in anything but the actual exercises." I think she's in error but is too stubborn to admit it! She's always been very proud. She loves Jesus but I can't help but think with my other sister roots of Yoga as demon worship and anything presented to a demon as worship cannot be reversed or demon worship is demon worship no matter how covered up it is. Please help me build enough information to help my sister who is a retired Assistant Director/Director of the Department of Social Services. She has had years of serious bone/back issues and uses this stuff to help herself. Thanks for any help you may be able to provide. Stay blessed.

I love this. Thank you for sharing. You have delivered the message directly to the point. God bless and thank you for sharing. Give all the Glory to God s he will do his job Repair and rebuild
Our hearts.

Are you sure it wasn't that you devoted your life to yoga that angered God and then found fulfilment when you devoted your life to God? Also, if you're a Christian then you can't believe in HINDU spirits released through yoga, correct me if I'm wrong.

Hi there,

many thanks for your interest.

I did not know the Lord when I did yoga, my life before yoga was filled with drugs and alcohol and chaos.

Yoga caused more problems than the drugs and alcohol, that's for sure.

It was not until I became a Christian that the desire to get wasted all the time stopped. It was not until Christ became a reality to me that I was able to stop this self-destructive course. So, becoming a Christian stopped the Hindu spirits released through yoga oppressing me.

So, a summary of my life before Christ would be:

I did drugs and alcohol. I then did yoga. I then did more drugs and alcohol. I then repented and received the Holy Spirit - and the drugs and other evils stopped.

Praise the Lord, amen.

Pax et Lux

William

Hello there,
I was intrigued by your article which I stumbled across after my mother warned me about the spiritual side of yoga. I believe myself to be a strong Christian (since birth, Anglican background) and before your article had no idea of the 'evils' which these psychedelic practices may present me with.
However, it does concern me that your post seems to be against all aspects of Hinduism and not just yoga. My belief is that we should lead who we can to God but never disrespect our peers and others around us.

It also concerns me that you are basically telling others their faith is wrong for doing yoga for physical reasons, whilst putting God first still. Everyone who believes in and worships God is surely a Christian. You are not a good or bad christian because you back up your own Opinions with scripture. Of Course, I follow and believe in the scripture but it worries me that your experience was before the fulfilment of the Holy Spirit and are turning away strong, fulfilled Christians because of their need to benefit psychically.

Also, the Lord tells us multiple times throughout the bible that we should put all our trust in him. If you trust him fully, then surely you shall not be filled with evil spirits etc. he says he will protect us and therefore I put my trust fully in God as I continue healing my frequently aching back and legs. Though I ask for healing also, physical efforts are obviously not wrong.
May it not be the evil spirits but the stress of unemployment and drugs that lead you to this state?
I pray you consider my words.
God Bless
Riley

Thank you for your open words Riley.

As for being against all aspects of Hinduism, I'm not sure what you mean there. I think it a deceitful religion, worshiping as it does "330 million gods" - This number may be figurative, or written in hyperbole, but the Bible clearly speaks about only one way of Salvation - the Lord Jesus Christ. I am unaware of any aspect in this page that shows disrespect towards Hindus per se, but I would be foolish indeed if I were to simply go along with the moral relativism that seems to have swept the world, which is nothing else than an idea that is designed to stop Christians preaching the gospel of repentance. Repentance from dead works. Repentance from a selfish life. Repentance, as in the case of Hinduism, from a life of idolatry.

Any persons practicing Hinduism that I personally have met have been the most warm hearted and lovely people.

However, the ten commandmets start with: 

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

The Lord goes onto say:

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

I could go on and on, but the entire volume of the Word of God, the Bible, is clear on this point: there is no other way to be saved except you repent, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and receive His Holy Spirit.

As to trusting in the Lord, I will ask you a question: How can I trust in the Lord when at the same time I am worshiping other gods? (as yoga most surely is)

"physical efforts are obviously not wrong" - fully agree with you - my writing attacks the ideas of yoga, the meditation, copying the positions of Hindu gods (demons) and following false gods who will lead you to Hell.

Pax et Lux

William

All I can say is that there is no accident to the fact that the blessed apostle and evangelist John closes his first letter with the tender warning: "little children, keep yourselves from idols".

I thank you greatly for this comment - you kept it so simple, and spoke only the pure Word of God. Bless you indeed.

Love in Christ Jesus,

William

No, William, the saints and angels who stand with and intercede for us sinners in these last of days bless you for your honesty and sincere, balanced, loving expose of Satan's schemes. Great perils await all who wish to remain faithful in Christ, I have heard and foreseen...

I am a Christian and do yoga as part of my workout every other day. I can agree with you that we
shouldn't be ignorant to the possibilities of obsession related to yoga and general excercise,
however, I would like to ask why you think it is impossible to simply use yoga as a way of
excersising your muscles and releasing your brain.

I am aware that you support God's teachings that we should embrace this life and use it as a way to
reach God's paradise in heaven but if you use yoga as a physical work out and take time out of your
day to do so surely you can use this as a way to not escape God's world but to make time for God and
be with him. To speak with our God and strengthen your relationship with him, also consequently
destroying any opening for demons or spirits to tempt you because of the power of our Lord? As he is
so powerful and loving that any illusion of other spirits can't enter your mind and we should place
our trust in him.

My second query would be why you refer to other 'spririts' as if they exist. This is more of a
personal viewpoint and may be incorrect but I think that God is our only God and that instead of
other spirits tempting us, the devil tempts us or (if you're jewish) our negative human desires
tempt us with our subconscious making up excuses such as 'spirits.' I believe that rather than our
minds being tempted by spirits we instead allow ourselves to create these spirits as an excuse to
follow wrongful paths, and so by focusing our mind on God and 'meditating' during yoga to let go of
our earthly problems and simply love God and ask his advice with no attached emotions to make us
defy his almighty word.

So I think rather than ebolishing yoga we should be aware of why we're doing it and what we could
begin to believe. When I started doing yoga I had no idea that there were any spiritual implications
and had no doubts in God at all. After reading this I do worry and have put my trust in him as I
develop my body. In all honesty I think the depression you felt was from other causes in your life
effecting you more because of you filling your time with yoga and overworking your body and the
spirits you saw were actually your weakend body and mind from depression and overworking being
infiltrated by your subconscious and if you believe in him the devil in disguise. I thank you for
spreading your opinion and hope you can understand why I don't fully agree with your opinions but
instead think we can benefit from the physical improvement offered by yoga but use it to enhance our
relationship with God. God bless :)

I am surprised about your innocence about 'Yoga'
Pls check what wikipedia itself telling about Yoga.
also check other Hindu myth and others say abt yoga who introduced this.
Moreover pls check about the Holy Bible which is the Word OF God says and believe it.
Do you think only by yoga you will get Healthy life. You can do no of simple excercise and Bible Meditaion which will make you real healthy person both physical and spiritual.
wikipedia article is as follows.
Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit: योग, Listen) is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices and goals[1] in Hinduism, Buddhism (including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism[2][3][4]) and Jainism.[5][6][7][6] The best-known are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic circles, which are also credited with the early sramana movements.[8][note 1] The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads[9] and Buddhist Pāli Canon,[10] probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE,[11][12] but only gained prominence in the 20th century.[13] Hatha yoga texts emerged around 11th century CE, and in its origins was related to Tantrism.[14][15]

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west,[16] following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century.[16] In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world.[15] Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.[17] One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.[18]

Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies[19][20] have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient's psychological healing process.

I further wish to say is the asanas or postures are inducing the devil activity inside us and lead to destruction.
so pla aware of the deception of YOGA.

Many thanks for taking the time to comment on this writing.

To your first question: "why you think it is impossible to simply use yoga as a way of excersising your muscles" - As yoga is part of a false religion, a satanic delusion, leading millions to hell, I have to warn against it. There are many forms of exercise that I could do, so why would I, as a spirit-filled Bible reading, born-again Christian, why would I pick a practise which is designed to bring me into contact with evil spirits?

There is no problem with stretching of course. But when you meditate and perhaps focus on the religious aspects of yoga, then this begins to fall into idolatry. You need to distinguish between purely stretching and yoga itself.  If you are JUST stretching and is involved in the philosophical and religious parts of yoga, then there is nothing wrong with that, neither have I written anything about that. 

Your second query: "why you refer to other 'spririts' as if they exist" - sorry - is this a serious question? Here are a few scriptures to read (in context) and ponder:

Mark 6:7
Mark 9:17-29
Luke 4:33
Luke 7:21
Luke 11:24-26
Luke 13:11-13
Acts 16:16
Acts 19:12-13

The Bible goes onto to decribe how a third of the heavenly host rebelled and fell.

We are called to be ambassadors for Christ - and this entails a specific way of life. Practises from other religions have nothing to do with that way of life.

Pax et Lux

William

If you agree about the spiritual danger of these practices, and wish only to perform stretching and breathing associated with them, then why on earth not seek some 'secular', non-yogic-related form of exercise? Or is it that your treacherous heart is leading you to secretly desire the forbidden fruits yoga subtly implies and promises?? I say this not to condemn or shame you, but to give a tender and sincere warning. Many blessings in Christ to all who hear and heed these words.

Thank you JayC - for your support

In Christ,

William

It's weird...I got pretty heavily into the whole 'synchronicity' New Age thing, which now i see is the extent and scope of the devils' powers to even alter space-time event horizon type stuff. And yet the true God sends us the folks we need at the right time FOR OUR BENEFIT, not to lead us down to nothing like the Pied Piper of old legend. Finding this page has helped me loosen the binding chains I foolishly allowed the evil angels to place on my soul and confirmed for me the deep reality of the spiritual warzone our present age is engulfed in. Yet have no fear, little flock - says our Blessed Lord and Everlasting Savior - for it is the Father's good pleasure to GIVE you the Kingdom...to Him be all the glory in light unapproachable for ever and ever. Amen.

Thank you brother for your post. Its great to see your spiritual maturity and discernment in this matter of Yoga. I live in Australia and was recently very troubled by the fact that my little girl's school (public school) is introducing yoga to kindergarten grade kids. We protested to the teacher and made clear that we will not be allowing our daughter to participate. We also made it known to other parents that we are not participating.

Some parents are following our path but sadly others are not and most troubled fact is some of those are Christian who doesn't see the harm in yoga.

In all things where we are unsure, look at the roots of the object and you soon be clear of what you should do.

The practice of yoga has always been related to physical, mental & spiritual well-being. Meditation forms a big part of yoga.

I would ask why would one, especially Christian open themselves up for other form of spiritual channeling of energy. If you are spiritually bonded, you will be in trouble.

Thank you SO much for your humble, honest stand against yoga. I have recently noticed how the practice of yoga is rapidly increasing in the body of Christ. I have told several people in my sphere of influence that there is no such thing as "Christian yoga!" The saddest, most alarming thing is, they vehemently disagree with me! God bless you dear man of God...I will be praying for you and your ministry!

Agreed...and I, once a young and zealous pastor, had my well-intended censure and warning concerning these practices used as a nail in my feet when they kicked me from the ministry there. Satanic mind control is REAL and it has heavily infected the church just as the Blessed Apostle Paul promised. God deliver us! And may He open the eyes of all His undershepherds to the curses they allow on the people entrusted to them by being ignorant and unwilling to a) carefully, fairly research these issues and b) stand firm against the spiritual forces of evil that OF COURSE will seek to infiltrate and subvert God's faithful people.

Amen brother

God bless your journey ..

Pax et Lux

William

Many thanks for your warm and supportive words.

It is indeed strange how some, Christians included, are so adamant in their refusal to even consider the occultic nature and false-god worship of yoga. I am both the author of this specific page, as well as one of the moderators for this site, and I also am occasionally troubled at some of the responses that people leave here.

The information contained in this web page can be gathered from books and from the internet of course, but my own experiance of being freed by the power of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit can be experienced by anyone.

We can but pray for our friends.

Again, many thanks for your kind response.

Pax et Lux

William

Thanks for the post, I get that yoga is not designed for Chrisitians and can open spiritual doors but can someone help me to understand, if I am doing stretches that are found in yoga/considered to be yoga moves is that the same thing as practising yoga?
I am not looking for spritual enlightment etc from it, I just stretch when I finish working out

Hi there,

difficult question to answer, however asana can be rather specific, and (using their english title) greeting the sun, or raising like a cobra, or even just sitting in lotus, are not "natural" stretch positions...rathermore are consciencely thought out.

It would be foolish of me to suggest that if I was lying on the floor and just happened to stretch because it felt good, then I would be engaging in yogic practises. It's the accompaning pranayama (breathing) and the meditation and the connecting ideas that present doorways.

Pax et lux

William

Thanks very much for your insight.

God bless

Even though Scripture is clear that we are in a spiritual warfare, I don't think that most Christians (myself included) live with a vigilance and discernment of deceptions like the spiritual aspects of Yoga. I know one "strong" Christian who practices yoga and another Christian who practices TM and is bi-polar. I think Scripture is clear that we are to cut off all associations with idols and false gods. In our popular culture....emphasis on "self" has become a false god. Interesting that the underlying spiritual focus of Yoga and meditation tries to deal with obliteration of "self." Self-esteem is another popular theme in our modern culture and yet...Scripture tells us to worship God - to esteem Him.

Many thanks inded for your supportive words...

And how true they ring ... "self" is indeed the knew god

Pax et Lux,

William

 

I know a few Christians who are involved with TM and/or yoga. I think the problem is that many Christians are ignorant of Scripture and lack discernment. They buy into popular culture and don't practice spiritual warfare at all.

All I can say is: Amen !

Praise God that we have the capability nowadays to speak the truth on the internet ... and attempt to spread the news of His Sons life, death, resurrection, and soon return...

love in Christ Jesus

William

Hi,

I am an Indian and a Hindu.

I respect your views even if i consider them to be wrong. Yet, i will not try to change your views. However, i must correct one wrong which is about my Nation which can't be taken lightly.

You said -- "Is it not a strange situation that in India, where the teaching of karma and reincarnation has been alive for longer than anywhere else in the world, that the economic progress there only breeds social injustice and that poverty, starvation and terrible suffering just continue to increase?"

Allow me to present a rebut of the above view, point-wise:

1. Economic Progress / Social Injustice / Poverty are due to Karma and Reincarnation Theories:
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India's GDP prior to UK's invasion was 15% of world's GDP
India's GDP prior to Islamofacism (began around 1000 AD) was more than 55% of World's GDP

Prior to Islamic invasion, Indian ladies held Public Debates on Spiritual Topics, were Warriors, were Saints, were free to Wear whatever They Chose To, even if that meant being nude. (Proof: Indian temple motifs & idols and traditional Indian clothes)

In fact, the only reason the Entire World came searching to loot India was because of its riches !

Famous traveler Historians (like Fa-Hien, Ibn-E-Batuta) during various periods traveled across India and were at a loss of words by seeing the material prosperity. They were even more astounded by compassionate nature of the natives. Fa-Hein used to be astonished to see houses without doors and locks.

Would you also say that India's prosperity was due to Indian's believing in Karma and Reincarnation ?

I can explain why India was prosperous materially and prosperous in own religion at the same time, but that would be diverting from current topic. If anyone wants they can email me. I can certainly inform about the reasons behind problems my country face. However, that's not the topic of discussion.

2. Karma and Reincarnation are not about "Forgetting Duty or Accepting Physical / Social / Mental Violence"
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The corollary that - "All Bad Experiences Are Due to Bad Karma and one must not help a person caught up in trouble" is false.

Same Krishna in Geeta says that the Network of Karma is difficult to comprehend by a human due to its span as well as the way Karma works.

Krishna says it is the Duty of a human to act according to "One's Own Dharma" and leave the results in the hands of God.

That good Karma is like a Seed and one needs to continue to act according to "One's Own Dharma".

To always understand, determine and act out one's own Dharma in a situation one finds herself in.

In fact, that is the reason Krishna in the same text (which you have referenced) asks his friend to pick up his weapons and fight the war against evil, even if they happen to be family.

(Context: the friend was a "Kshatriya" whose duty is to protect weak and act against wrong-doers who harm society --- Government / Army / Police in today's language)

Hence, India's ills are not due to Indians believing in Karma and Reincarnation.

Hi there,

many thanks indeed for your words and understanding.

I am actually the author of this paper on the deception of yoga as well as one of the volunteer forum moderators - but I appreciated your words on the subject so approved them.

Firstly, I would like to state that these surmisations were taken from other men who have also a background in the spiritual as well as an understanding in history.

I did not want to blame yoga specifically for the ills which India suffers - but more wanted to point out that yoga has not helped much. I agree with your summary of it's history; the robbing by the colonials, the islamification which brings along it's inherent stupification and backward looking ideas. 

However, I have seen hundreds of times that when a man (or woman) gets into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that thier life changes dramatically for the best and old addictions and sins are released and this person finds peace and purpose for perhaps the first time in their lives.

Whereas I have also seen that when someone does awaken kundalini, chaos ensues, and the same person can lose all touch touch with reality and peace with oneself, as well as being plagued with demons and evil spirits.

So, we are commanded by Jesus Christ, in the Bible which is the Word of God, to get born again, and life a live accordingly. walking in a certain newness - amongst which is to stop worshiping false Gods and listening to doctrines of demons.

Pax et lux

William

there is no doubt Yoga is a spiritual practice in addition to physical and mental. It brings all parts of a breingg into union, for the practice of meditation. One not need to practice Yoga to have a spiritual experience, it can happen to anyone. We all have spirit.

Yoga is a practice based of action, not philosophy. One can speak about Shiva and Christ all day and never understand what yoga is.

Ganesh, the son of Shiva who has the head of an elephant, is the destroy of obstacles. Chanting the mantra of Ganesh gives one an opportunity of surpassing that which opposes them. Shiva destroys the ego, and with it greed, aversion, and suffering.

There is no deception in Yoga. It is a practice to meditate and still the mind. When the mind is stilled, one may experience their true self, which no other can dictate. One cannot think of something which is beyond the boundaries of mind. So Yoga offers only something which can be realised through practice. The first limb is Yama, respect for ones environment. Respect for all which is not of yourself. The second is respect for ones self.

Those who are given rite of passage to Heaven are bound by God alone. No man may ever condemn another, and presume to speak for God for passage into Heaven.

Hi there.

The deception that is written about here is that the intense spiritual is not taught as such in western yoga classes. That awakening kundalini is a major aim in yoga which is never even mentioned in some classes either is also a deception. That yoga come directly from religious texts from false religions which are totally opposed to the core beliefs of Christianity is also never mentioned in these western yoga classes and therefore also can be classified as a deception.

You are correct in that "No man may ever condemn another, and presume to speak for God for passage into Heaven" -

However, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, says the following in Mark 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

As also he says in John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

It's not man that speaks here, but the son of God, Jesus Christ Himself that speaks, through His Holy Word.

Jesus Christ is the Way - not some false religion where they worship rats and elephants and other creeping things ... a religion will take it's followers to hell...

Repent of your evil beliefs and find peace with Jesus Christ before you die and spend an eternity in hell. He dies on a cross for you, dies willingly to save us from such a fate.

Pax et Lux

William

I've been doing Yoga exercises since I picked up a paperback book of exercises in the 70's at the age of 16. I'm not a yoga fanatic but still do my yoga exercises here and there when I can. I never ever thought of it as anything but stretching. I always felt great after and felt like I was taking care of my body. I do have to say about a year ago, I was about almost done with my yoga tape and my mind was releasing all kinds of emotions. I am very much concerned of losing my 89 year old mom so while exercising was also crying. Suddenly, a voice spoke to me "everythings going to be alright". Honest, no lying, I heard this voice. I was not scared but thought to myself that God just spoke to me. He was telling me everythings will be ok. I only told my mom and daughter because I thought people would think I am strange or sick. That was a year ago, I have never had this happen to me since. What is your opinon? I consider myself a Christian, Baptist.

Greetings from Scotland and many thanks for taking the time to read this blog.

You ask for my opinion about the voice? Well, I cannot say. It may have been the Lord. I suppose it could have been something else also - depends on the outcome and on how fitting with what actually happened.

I am just careful when it coms to spiritual things. As the background of yoga is so terrible, I avoid it. In that respect I have to compare yoga to fornication ... it may feel good, but will lead to disastrous consequences, which may only become apparent when we enter into the afterlife.

Pax et Lux

William

I don't credit this at all but I wonder why our pineal gland does this action trip and the heart does more than what we are told, And why all these internal parts of us does these thing. And all what we have like the heart, pineal gland and the others etc.
But why does our organs and Brains have these traits? If we can't feed them cause that what you have to do to all parts of your body is feed it, Lungs need air, stomach food, brain needs data/learning, ect. But hearing this I understand what you're say it does make sense but these things can happen without yoga practice I had an experience myself.
But by all the laws of God, if this is wrong I will follow the path of God, but what was Jesus trying to show us lots of things being doctrine really, but what was said to the guy who write this does make sense.

We do indeed have to feed all parts of ourselves - but we are to feed them correctly, with that which is pleasing to the Lord.

Pax et Lux

William

I disagree. I believe in the Christian God and I practice yoga for the simple intention of relaxation and stretching. I sit all day in a chair, and am a high stress person. At first, I was concerned with the practice, but after speaking with others who 1) are Atheist and refuse to believe in any type of God yet practice yoga and 2) other believers of Christ who practice, they confirmed that it is just a form of exercise and meditation. Simple as that. No need to chant, no need to ask any other deity for focus and peace other than your own. If one is uncomfortable with going to a studio where they may have symbols or altars, they can simply get a DVD and practice at home, like I do. Kundalini can only be awakened when you actually desire and focus for it to (4-6 hours a day, hello?). The average person attending a 30 minute class is thinking "I need a milkshake after this." At least that is what I am thinking, and that tells me that I am in no way practicing Buddhism or any faith at that point. I decided long ago that God gave me a brain and intention, and He doesn't require me to be afraid of life in order to worship Him. There is a beautiful world out there...I hope you find it.

Hi, instead of turning to an atheist and luke warm christians for answers on this become born again and turn to Jesus for answers and He will show you yoga is evil and give you rest

Many thanks for your ideas.

As someone else wrote here "If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it"...

The fact that the background to Yoga is demonic without question, and is actually well known, makes me wonder why people still insist that it's harmless. Agreed, my practice was to extreme - but I was doing it to cover up some extreme hurt in my life. I broke through to the other side indeed, into an area (dimension) which we are to leave alone. It exists. I am not alone in this, many people in the world have experianced the evil side of the spiritual, and many more are thereby decieved.

It's interesting that some confirmed to you that Yoga is "just a form of exercise and meditation" - I wonder if this conclusion was arrived at by study and prayerful contemplation of the Word of God - or arrived at just by experiance? Those who invented it and in whose books it was first written about say otherwise.

Anyway, I think it was Matthew Henry who said "there are none so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see."

BUt I know it was the Lord who said: James 4:4, Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Pax et Lux

William

I have done yoga about 5 times. I thoroughly enjoyed it at those times, and I too thought " if I'm a Christian, none of this new age stuff will touch me. HAH! The enemy loves this way of deceiving. Like shooting fish in a barrel. I'm watching a documentary on spiritual warfar and it is AMAZING the things Christians (I) didn't know! I thought demons couldn't touch me "because of the Blood", I thought when I got saved I was automaticly an untouchable to Satan! I thought pleading the blood in a situation was all I needed to do to "fix" an issue. We need to repent. After that we need to command the demons/satan to leave and take back the ground WE gave them.
We do it so thoughtlessly and I believe yoga is a big one. Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, here it came cloaked in "better health" and "relaxing" and "good exercise".....I had NO idea the history and religious background yoga had. Everyone seems to be doing it so it MUST be safe! Nope. No thank you. I do not want to be double minded or Serve two gods. I am in Christ alone. If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it?! And what say you to God when you die? "Oh, sorry....I didn't know." It is our duty, to ourselves, to GET educated. Love to you all. I pray God would open the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf, that He would give us all courage to share and warn in love, and that He would protect William as he continues to help educate all of us that are seeking answers. Godly, biblical answers. May God bless you and protect you, William, and everyone else that is choosing "the road less travelled" and speaking up about this.

Thank you very much indeed for your comment and kind words.

I especially liked your comment "If there is an INKLING that yoga can invite the demonic, why risk it" ...

I'm very glad you found the truth for yourself...

in the Love of Jesus Christ

William

I'm a warlock and plan to spend the remaining days of the trifecta casting deadly spells on the Christians who wrote this libelous article. You will be followed by a dark cloud for your remaining days.

BOOOOOO

Well, I'm a Christian and I will spend some days during a coming time of prayer in praying that the Lord Jesus grants you repentance before you die, and that he reveals the great love of God to you.

Pax et Lux

William

Thank you for your insights, I have been concerned about "Christians" that participate in yoga. One concern I have for you has more to do with salvation than yoga. One of the thieves on the cross beside Jesus asked him for salvation and Jesus granted him salvation that very day (Luke 23:43), and yet he never got baptized. Although baptism is an important step of obedience, the bible does not teach it as part of salvation, but I did very much appreciate your accounts and views on yoga.

Many thanks for your comments...

The Lord granting salvation to the thief on the cross is an interesting point, but not one that I personally can use to prove any point...

Before I could say that you have shown that baptism under the new testament was not needed by using the example of the thief on the cross, you would need to explain to me the following points:

1) Was the thief not still under the Old Testament laws?

If the thief was indeed still under the Old Testament laws, then it would actually not have been possible for him to be saved, for it says in Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Christ was neither dead not ressurected at this point... therefore the thief was not able to confess anything. Christ was not yet dead, and the scriptures say in Romans 6:3,4 that we are indeed baptized into His death..It says in Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

2) Perhaps the thief was already baptised? ... as we read in Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. Perhaps the thief was one of them, and then if the Gospel was already in effect (which, as we have seen above, does not seem likely) - the thief may have been more likened unto a backsldden child of God, who repented before his time was up... If you read the account of his words to Christ whilst on the cross, then it would seem that he was indeed a believer - for he gives a better understanding of what Christ was about to go through than even the Apostles at that time - for he both speaks of Christs entering into His kingdom, as well as acknowledges Christ sinless nature.

Christ granted salvation to others at various times during His ministry - and this was also questioned ...

Mark 16 and Acts 2:38 (among other scriptures) seem to sum the need for baptism up quite nicely.

If you desire to discuss, please do write again.

Sincerely,

William

I am a Muslim and I already knew that yoga was bad from Islamic scholars but it wasnt in detail as much as this so thankyou.(btw if ur thinkin y a Muslim is looking at this, its coz most of the concepts are similar) ^ scary story, well done on the recovery and Inshallah others will stop before it gets too late, expecially if its as dangerous as your experience - there are enough possesions/mental health issues without us having to add to it. Anyways thanx for the info again.

Indeed, hearing something supportive from someone of a different faith is indeed uplifting.

The information I included here can for the most part be gained from various internet sites and books - and the personal part is not unique to myself either.

But nonetheless many thanks for your supportive words ...

William

Would normal stretching be considered "yoga"? What if I just stretch and don't worship any gods or do any of the breathing techniques? In fact, just more of my personalized stretches but for flexibility. I'm a dancer and it's very necessary for my movement.
I never got the right feeling from yoga - was never interested in it. I did bikram for a few months but it was only in the hope of being able to get where I wanted faster as far flexibility goes
Because of the heated room! Heat apparently looses the muscles and long story short I was trying to get into a middle split and thought it would help.
Anyways lol
This is all really crazy how a lot of these things that we encounter now a days are more popular than ever
I never knew about chakras yoga "oneness" meditation astrology numerology expanding your consciousness, till the internet blew up.
This world is totally twisted! I love the sober state, it always feels right. Being under the influence of drugs like mushrooms, lsd or dmt is really scary. Seems like fun and giggles at first but once you really get to pay attention and set all the rubbish aside you can see the material and how in those states of awareness one can never wish to stay there forever.

Hi There,

normal stretching is of course just that - stretching. It's the meditation and breathing and the whole concept that is a mess and leads to the spirit world.

Thanks for using the website and your comments

Kindest greetings from Scotland

William

Hello! I wanted to say...I appreciate your testimony on the yoga practice. I have a friend on facebook who is an instructor who claims to be a Christian and this was the 2nd time I posted a article on yoga and she was getting real angry with me-like calling me negative and other names. She will not look into this to see the truth,I was just thinking how you guys need a share button on an article like the one you posted,then I wound up figuring it out and posted it :) my nerves are shot right now from arguing my point with her. How do you get this thru to someone that is an instructor who hasn't had a bad experience yet? She's getting paid so satan leaves her alone-then she goes to hell for not listening to me-so sad!!! Do you have any recommendations for me?

Hi there,

many thanks for your kind comments.

it is indeed a hard thing to watch a friend blindly ignore the meaning behind this satanic practise ... 

I cannot give you a "cure all" answer (as much as I desire to) - especially for those that choose evil over the truth. Truthfully - only prayer will help - and please do not think that I say this lightly, or as a way of shrugging of your sincere question. I know of no other way that will help your friend.

Don't give up, but don't push too hard either - 

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

One day she will know the truth

Sincere Greetings

William

Major gurus of yoga have been found to be sexual perverts. Yoga leads to perversion. Google for shishy Mangrove Yoga Ashram and get more enlighnment.

Speaking about Indian culture, 10 million girl foetuses have been aborted in past 20 years. Reason is defects in Indian Culture. Additionally, its own followers have had to shed several traits/customs because these were a misfit with modern society, traits such as Sati (burn a widow), caste system, untouchability, etc. Now, if some of the features of hunduism are evil, what then is the credibility of other parts of hunduism.

Many thanks for your interest, and your supportive comments ...

Pax et Lux

William

The points you have made in your article are your views and your views only. I practice yoga two or three times a week and it makes me feel better, ridding me of headaches and neck pain. If something takes the stress of life and removes aches and pains how can that be bad? I still believe in God and pray to him and it's normally when I'm at my most relaxed - after yoga.

Greetings

Many thanks for reading this blog...

Just want to point out that many christians believe that yoga is a hindu practise...and therefore not of God. The yogis in the east warn people to be careful also - due to the nature of kundalini, so this view is not really mine and mine alone.

I myself choose to avoid that which may be an offence to the Lord

Pax et Lux

William

Thank you for this valuable information. I have forwarded it to a catholic radio host who talked about the dangers of yoga today and emailed many people, among them a Hindu colleague. Thanks for spreading the word. God bless. His radio station is KHJ - Immaculate Heart Radio 930 AM Los Angeles, CA.

Many thanks indeed for your kind words and valuable help in passing this on...

I am in Scotland, but will see if I can find this radio station online...

Pax et Lux

In Christ,

William

Wow, is all I have to say. Wow, This kind of ridiculous idea is what is wrong with America. I mean you, not yoga. I wish you knew how silly you sound. I am deeply concerned about these attitudes because it causes people to have an us against them view of the world and its differences and contributes to that view becoming harmful to the world.

It's ridiculous because it hasn't happened to you.YET. But when many people who don't know each other coincide with the exact same experience, then there has to be truth to it. The cover up is that it is a physical exercise, but Hinduism never explained the spiritual consequences that come along with the practice of yoga. It is the same story from the garden of Eden. Eat the apple, nothing is going to happen, and because of that simple act, humanity paid the price.

Many thanks for at least taking the time to read this posting ... but if this, as well as the other comments, plus the monumental amount of other warnings concerning yoga to be found elsewhere do not at least give you an idea that SOMETHING is wrong with yoga, then there is little hope for you. Like a person who ignore the "Bridge is out" warning...

Matthew Henry said "None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.". 

More importantly, Jesus Christ our Lord said in Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

One thing I can promise you is this: That someone who seeks God through the Bible and prayer, will find God - Jesus Christ delights to reveal Himself and His Word to those who seek Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Pax et Lux

William

Thanks for the article. It is very eye opening. Two scriptures come to mind after reading this. 1 Timothy 4:1-3, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth."
The other is 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3, "Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sinis revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

Many thanks indeed for taking the time to read and understand this artcle, as well as you supporting comments.

Too many people nowadays think it is OK to simply do what they want, as long as they "focus on Christ" ... how sad and how very far from the truth that is.

Pax et Lux

William

Hello William. I am so blessed as are others for your great testimony. God has indeed given you great insight and wisdom on this subject. May you continue boldly in the faith and be a mouthpiece for the Lord against the Occult. I too warn people of the dangers surrounding the occult. So many are blinded by the false hope and promises.

I had been in the occult prior to my conversion in Christ Jesus. I was heavily involved in spiritualism. My practice of Yoga was elementary, I had started because of having two major back surgeries. I also smoked pot 2 or 3 time daily. Shamefully, I continued to smoke periodically after professing faith in our Lord, but I did not think it was wrong (I had not been convicted until quite recently). But Wrong it is, and woe to the servant of Christ that disobeys and practices lawlessness. I was smoking, getting high then "excercising" - walking 1/2 mile to loosen my joints, then coming back to the house to either dance (to worldly music - Gorillaz or Imagine Dragons or something with an awesome beat), or to practice Yoga.
The Yoga was not scripted, my body moved into positions that I was unaware I could obtain...like I was being lead. When I did this or danced (wild and "great" dances psychically linking my mind to the beat I felt as if I was with the Holy Spirit. I would this entire time praise and worship God, but it was not God that I was worshiping.
Sadly this became a more more regular occurrence until I went insane and had a "stigmata" experience. Mind you, I during this same time-frame fervently seek the this of God and read his Word, listen almost constantly to sermons and attend a great Bible believing/teaching church. I called my Pastor and told him all of this. He told me that I should not seek these experiences, that he cannot prove the Stigmata to be of God and I need to return to scripture not experiential things.
The Stigmata; One night after my smoked induced Yoga dance and "worship" of God the Holy Spirit, I was lying down with my arms outstretched when my left arm turned to wood and I could hear the sound of a metal on metal clang, like a pounding of a large hammered nail. And I was scared because there was this mental invitation to "receive" the pain. But I declined and it went away. I was sad. Like my decline was a denial of Christ. Days past and I was in great confusion and heavy prayer, I went to Google and typed in - dancing with demons. After a long search and many read I landed on the Awakening of the Kundalini. As you described but I must add, This serpent rings the Chakras opening the lotus aka third eye (which in my occult worship I had been doing this)giving the person the "god feeling" or "oneness feeling" and that music with certain trace evoking beats are best used for its awakening.
Now as I read this...at the same time God placed the word evoking instead of awakening and demon instead of Kundalini and then filled my head with scripture - And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 Satan, the Serpent is a great mimic of God. He is referred to as the Great Counterfeit. After God reveled to me the truth of how I was deceived I cried and repented of my sin. How violated I felt that I was dancing with an worshiping Satan, how DISGUSTING.
But it was my fault, my SIN. Thank God the Lord Jesus, that he forgives me my sin, that no scheme of Satan will ever pluck my from my Father's hand, I will NEVER be cast into the fire, for my Father is God my my Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ. That All I ever had to do is trust in Him, and believe in Christ and his promises, and he took my sin and bared the wrath of God "that it pleased the Father to crush the Son", that I may be seen as white as snow, pure as wool so that I may be in the presence of a Holy God and have everlasting life worshiping Him.
I LOVE the Lord Jesus!

Hi there,

Many thanks indeed for reading my testimony and for adding your own wonderful conversion and freedom story ... powerful stuff indeed - and it does look like you make a close escape from the adversaries clutches. Can't wait to meet you in heaven...

And many thanks also for your kind words but I cannot take all the credit from what I wrote. Some of it was learned from others who have taken a similar path to that which you and I have taken. I however knew that the Lord would expect from me to write this piece.

Love in Christ,

William

WOW!! This is certainly a heated & passionate discussion. I have been a Christian for 25yrs and have always been very wary of practising yoga etc. Did not want to be 'contaminated' by the things of the world and didn't want to open a portal to the work of the enemy etc. I believe I have the Holy Spirit within me also guiding me into truth and protecting me from evil. He always has. Sometimes I think we can throw the baby out with the bath water though!!! I can undestand that wisdom needs to be used and the individual who wrote ths article did embrace the spiritual aspects
of yoga from a young age and then appears to haave 'found Christ'. Yes, i agree that he was fully immersed in a completely different spiritual journey. If you are centred on Chrsit and when you 'practice' yoga it is 'Christ' that you are focusing on as the Higher (and ultimate) being that you are seeking to unite with further then i can only see this as a good thing. As a Christian I have studied yoga and of course there are aspects that I will not follow or even agree with but the general practices of asanas & pranayama are good and surely it is WHO are you focusing on when you do it? Over the years I have been saddened by the amount of burnt out, exhausted Christians there are because they daren't fully embrace & understand the amazing body, mind, spirit that our God has blessed us with. The principles of Yoga were around centuries before any world religions took hold of them and adopted them into their religious/spiritual practices. He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world, isn't He?? I believe I am sealed by the Holy Spirit and lead by the Holy Spirit and during my study of Yoga I can honestly say that 'yes' there has been a check in my spirit on certain aspects but definetly NOT the principles of the practice of Yoga. I think it would be so narrow minded & potentially arrogant to suggest that Our Heavenly Father would only have given revelation of life and living to westerners (of which I am one). Let's face it westerners are largely the most stressed out people on the planet so i think we can learn alot from our brothers & sisters across the earth.

Hi there - many thanks for takng the time to read this ...

I would like to touch on a few points though, starting at the end and for me the most obvious point: Christianity is not western. It has its roots in the Middle East. The first converts were jewish, from Gallilee and Judea. Jews from "all nations under heaven" were saved at Pentecost. The Apostle Paul started his ministry in Syria, travelled Asia Minor, and regions of Greece, Cyprus and Malta etc.

As to the asanas and pranayama being good, consider the following scriptures.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.10 Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I decided to be cautious and not do them anymore. Some of the asana are made for the purpose of imitating Hindu gods (such as the Cobra, greeting the sun and so on.) The hand positions (mudras) help to channel prana, a supposed force or breath of the universe, but this is not the divine breath of God which could not be manipulated by mankind.

The principles of Yoga were around centuries before any world religions took hold of them and adopted them into their religious/spiritual practices .. yes, they were, but only to be found within the very evil Babylon Mystery religions...therefore this is hardly a good advert for yoga.

If you have studied yoga (and you did not say how this study took place, whether by just watching / learning the asanas or digging into such books as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for example) then you would have seen from such books, that the exercises are a way to both worship the hindu gods and minor gods (demons) as well as to help disassociate the mind from the body, a very dangerous practice indeed. You would also have seen that the very purpose for which yoga was vreated was to awaken kundalini - i.e induce demonic influence in your life, which the Bible calls possession.

Pax et Lux

William

Thank you for posting this. I too got involved in yoga. My mom, a bohemian type, used transcendental meditation during my delivery. She taught me to practice yoga from a young age, but we were paradoxically conservative christians. I thought hatha yoga was safe and purely physical. The longer I did it the more interested I became in the culture behind it and the further I was led astray.

It started with little things slipping in, the way all sin starts. I read lots of ghost stories, especially the "true" ones. I loved the zodiac and astrology and learned star charts. Then through my love of incense and bath products, I discovered herbal healing, essential oils, and diets like "raw foods". I began to bellydance, read tarot cards, and then became a witch and then a Druid (Wicca seemed contrived and cheesy). However, I began to have chronic fatigue, then chronic pain. I took up meditation to deal with the pain. I spent more and more time in meditation, listening to binaural beats and Tibetan chants, till I spent more time checked out than involved in the world.

I was warned about the occult by irish pagans. They had previously been Wiccan and their teacher (head of a national mystery school) had gone insane. I didn't listen. I was convinced I could handle it and become an elite instructor. I was already a frequently requested tarot card reader and had been offered a professional belly dance job. I was having a great time. I felt powerful, mysterious, and sexy.

Then I found reiki, energy healing, and tapping to deal with the chronic pain. I accidentally awakened kundalini on my own. It was the final straw in a four decade journey. I had a derealization experience and ended up in therapy and on meds.

The whole occult/yoga/new age thing is a rabbit hole. As each step makes you more ill you are likewise convinced that going farther into the new age is the only way to get better. Everything is a "die off" reaction. If you don't feel better, YOU must be doing it wrong. The whole thing is insane.

Yoga seemed the least occult of the lot, but rather than achieving strength and flexibility my body went into painful spasms that meds could not treat. As I continued to train, my body began to breakdown. I lost muscle tone. I lived with constant fatigue. My son was diagnosed with autism. My husband threatened to leave. My yoga friends answer to all of this? My son and I were too enlightened for this world. I must be "ascending." In fact, I was descending into the pit of hell. I was told I had many food allergies. I needed to strength test everything I ate, used, or wore. If it didn't make my hand tingle, I shouldn't use it. I should eat only organic and never use western medicine. So there I was in my small town, limping around like a cripple, holding my hand over everything, and trying desperately to get my eyes to focus on anything.

I finally called a Christian friend and cried my eyes out. She asked immediately if I'd been doing anything "occult". We prayed together. I started attending church again and I slowly got rid of all my new age items. Today I am a leader in women's ministry and children's ministry. My son has recovered considerably, my marriage is strong. I'm healthy, employed, and content. Praise God! However even now I have to restrain myself from picking up louise hay books, performing reiki on suffering people, or trying to "read" someone. Some may practice yoga and never go through what I've gone through, but it's just not worth the risk. There are other activities that provide the same health benefits without the spiritual overtones.

Hi there,

many thanks for adding your testimony.

it does seem as though you got out just in time. My kundalinik awakening was terrifying and caused me a couple of years of continuing battle, until I repented and received the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Take care,

love in Christ,

William

I completely disagree. I too have been practicing yoga for quite a while now. Yoga has many many many benefits that far outweigh the negatives. It sharpens the mind, is good for focus, and increases your memory. All of this has been proven by science. Yoga is obviously a spiritual journey, as described by everyone. However, spirituality and religion are not the same. I quite admire the Hindu religion and their respect and toleration of all other religions. Unlike the Muslims or the pagans, they are peaceful and extremely intelligent. We should use their spiritual intelligence to benefit us. And whats up with the crazy whiteness in your eye? I hope its not LSD

Many Thanks supporting comments.

Yoga and Hinduism is like human body and Blood within human body you can't separate the Hindu Dharma which is known as Sanatan Dharm.

Hi 

Many thanks for your comment on Hindu Dharma - 

It's interesting that the name of mankinds adversary can be found directly within your Sanatan Dharm..

Pax et Lux ...

William

The name Satan can be found in Sanatan? Good Lord you're really reaching...

Greetings and thanks for taking the time to read this article. 

f it was just an individual case of a particular word being contained in a text string, then just because "Sanatan" contains the word "Satan" - I don't suppose it would not mean much in itself.

But as the term is part of an idea  - and a part of this idea is indeed very evil (the kundalini arising and the sprit beings etc part) then one can assume that the term was indeed selected for a reason. Especially when that term intends to convey some deep spiritual truth. For else, why not call it simply something like "Jalebi" instead...? A term given at random makes no sense..

Using the phrase Sanatana-dharma conveys the idea (amongst others) of attaining divine knowledge of the soul - indeed that part in Genesis 3 where the adversary of minkind (Lucifer or Satan) promises exactly that to Eve, during his tempting her to rebellion.

So, I must actually agree with the person who pointed this out ...

Discussion ?

Pax et Lux

William

Many thanks for your comment ...

As far as Yoga being a spiritual journey, the Word of God says that Jesus Christ is the "Way, the truth and the Life" and that "no man cometh unto the father except by Him..." All other religions lead people to Hell.

Regardless whether Yoga is in any way good for you in this short life, there are other exercises that are equaly as good. Regular exercise helps maintain healthy blood pressure and weight, improves energy, lifts mood, lowers stress and anxiety, and keeps the heart healthy, all of which contribute to a healthy brain.

Exercise also stimulates brain regions that are involved in memory function to release a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor... 

Etc, etc

The question is:

Why would I engage in a practise that is designed to invite spirits into my life? Why would I engage in a practise that is designed to invite demonic possession?

It's not just me - there is an amazing amount of information on the web / youtube etc that show what this is about.

As far as my eyes go - that's just the colour, was always so, since I was a kid.

Love in Christ Jesus, our Saviour

William

Don't you think that probably body is first, religion is second??? Have you seen the flexibility of a baby for example? Babies are so flexible, naturally, so God created human beings' bodies to be this way. The only way to keep our bodies naturally strong and flexible is to exercise, right? So, if Indians discovered this plus the connection between body and mind, which I'm sure you'd acknowledge, having in mind what you yourself went through, could they also make the the mistake to translate this and their natural strife to find God in the wrong way, by creating deities and giving them names, making up stories about them and then connecting them to the physical practice, coz it's all connected? It sounds logical to me. It's not the deity first and then the physical practice, but the other way around in this case, unless they practised physically while being on weed or other heavy drugs! I also believe that if you practice for clearly only the physical benefits, from purely anatomical standpoint, like a gymnast, for example, and do it for a few hours a week with no spiritual attachments whatsoever, you are on the safe side experiencing all the benefits! I'm a dancer and I can tell you that in all dance practices and gymnastics there are yoga postures, why? Coz these are all natural ways to open your body and burn toxins, no strings attached!What is Pilates? I also practice this. Same thing - yoga without the spirituality and with some appliances and equipment, coz the guy was physically challenged since he was very young. I practice yoga and I'm a Christian. My physical practice enhances my spiritual life, helping me to develop my patience towards myself and others, to learn to accept and love myself and others, to be grateful in every situation, even when things or my body don't go the way I want them, teach me to detach from final results and enjoy the journey. Is this bad in any way and isn't this part of being a Christian? also, what would you say about the claiming that Jesus went to India to learn yoga? Your answers will be much appreciated! Rali

Hi Rali,

many thanks for taking the time to read and answer ...

Yoga comes from Hinduism - correct?

And as a Christian, why would I engage in any "un-Christian" practise?

There is enough info available to the diligent searcher, my few pages do not do this theme justice in any way.

As to the claim that Jesus Christ went to India to learn yoga, apart from some New Age assertions, there is no evidence whatsoever to show that he was in India, indeed there may be enough indirect evidence in the Bible itself to refute this. Hindu teaching itself is basically pantheistic, whilst Jesus' teaching about God was monotheistic, Christ only ever quoting from the Old Testament, never quoting from the Vedas or the Gita.

The gospels show clearly that he was known to the people who lived in Nazareth, as well as showing that he went to the Temple yearly ... 

Anyway, The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, was sent to teach us patience, to allow Christ to grow in us. CHrist in us, the hope of Glory - NOT some demonic practise.

Pax et Lux,

 

William

I came to "Google" today, when I learned that my 7 year old was being taught Yoga at school and I instantly felt uncomfortable. I steer clear of anything "new age"....but Yoga has become so very mainstream that I know I may very well fight a losing battle onb this one. When my innocent girl told me that the instructor rang a bell behind her head while her eyes were closed, I felt physically sick. I don't know what to do wit5h this. My daughter attends a private school and every parent I know is thrilled that they are getting Yoga. I am sick over it.

Many thanks for your comment -

This is terrible - children being taught yoga. And the ringing of the bell, I think (perhaps someone will correct me here) that this is a part of Tantra yoga - very esoteric indeed.

I am unsure of the law in you country, indeed unsure of your country, but if it were my child, I would arm myself with some information about yoga, tantric especially, and demand answers and reasons as to why they are insisting that my child lears an ancient Hindu practise.

The yogis of the east know very well the dangers in yoga ... they know the spiritiual dimension and intent behind yoga.

Many thanks for using this site, and if you have any other questions as to yoga or other topics in general concerning the eternal world reality, do not hesitate to write.

Love in Christ,

William

Thank you William. I am in the US. I am unsure of the laws in my state (NY) but also know that a tuition-based private school is immune to most every 'law' that public schools or those who accept state funding have to follow. I literally had myself in tears tonight as my daughter shares more with me. She told me of scents waved around her while her eyes were closed. She told me how she was told to 'clear her mind'. I am not ready to tackle the school...I need to think and not to act on emotion, so I need some time. We spoke to our daughter about what we believe, and that she is not to chant (she was told to say "OM") and indeed is not to do anything she doesn't want to do. We told her she is a child of God, and that Jesus lives in her heart. We told her we aren't in agreement with what is going on, but that it is very delicate and we need some time to figure out what the right things to do and say are.
The tough part is that I KNOW we'll be seen as crazy, since nobody else has said a word about it, and those who have are happy that the kids are getting yoga for free. We, on the other hand, are horrified. Our daughter is in the infancy of her faith, she is only 7, and we feel she is vulnerable to the mysticism and influence of whatever is being invited near her. So we prayed, and we will continue to pray for her protection and for our wisdom that God might put words in our mouths to speak to the school. The more my child shares, the more violated I feel. Thank you for listening. Pray for us, ok? Thanks.

Oh dear Grace. That is really a difficult situation you are in. It's a terrible world -  I fully understand that this needs to be dealt with wisely - not rushing into it.

May I ask - does your daughter enjoy it?

Of course I will pray for your situation - absolutely. That the Lord gives you the wisdom and that He looks after your child.

Let me know how it goes...

Love in Christ,

William

I agree with your article. I also want to add this please, maybe it can help someone in need:

-for movement we can also practice sport and instead of meditation there is prayer

- the passive attitude teached in yoga leads to a sleepy conscience and can cause great harm to someone's personality. Step by step, the person is deprived of their values, ambitions and basically any expectation for the future. This means a very emotionally fragile person, which is easy to manipulate

-please do not resort to such a practice if you consider yourself Christian because I have seen people being impressed by these ''hallucinations'' and ending up thanking yoga instead of God. Please read the scientific facts, do not let yourself be fooled by false claims.

Thank you for discussing the meaning of yoga. There is only one choice to make here for me and that is to choose Jesus Christ. I was not aware of yoga and its meaning until a sister in Christ told me with great sorrow that her son was seduced by yoga's teachings had fallen into this trap. It has now taken hold on four of my housemates. They believe that yoga is just a physical exercise. How can I prove to them that it is a fishing line cast from a different boat. There is no honoring Jesus Christ. They consider themselves as "Christians". A true Christian will stay away from what is offensive to God, our heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your comment.

Thank you for sharing the true meanung of yoga. My housemates think that yoga is just a physical exercise; however, it is a miserable experience for me, because of the deception I am sensing with this yoga visit. They do not even have a clue to what they are exposing themselves. I attended one time as part of a birthday celebration of one of my housemates. I was asked if I was thinking of returning to it and I said no. I decided to research this practice the household is into except for two others and me. I choose Jesus Christ, all the way, for who he is. He does not reqiure me to pose. I am very appreciative of his humility and honesty. God our heavenly Father is good. I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Like the ouija board, yoga is a bear trap or land mine! Just because it is popular or people write it off as nothing, doesn't mean that the facts don't point you in the opposite direction! Looks like a goat in the yoga pose with a pentagram(5 point star). Plus, yoga poses are bowing to the floor to something! Yoga from pictures seems that it is full of symbols; Christianity is not! What does that tell me about it?! Stay away and don't touch it with a 30 foot pole!

It must be God that brought me to this article. I had just stumbled across another article related to balancing ones chakras. Unsure what that meant I read on and followed up with more research on that same website. I was then led to the thought of practicing yoga as a way of releasing whatever pent up energy was blocking my flow into happiness. No sooner than I began searching for easy yoga poses, a Facebook friend posted a comment related to God's displeasure with yoga practices. I was confused and asked for clarity (which didn't come on Facebook) and wouldn't you know, here God is answering my question. Thank you Father for always having my back and answering me right on time. I guess now I will wait on the answer regarding pilates as I feel there is something I need to be doing to strengthen and stabilize my core and tone. Thank you William for sharing your testimony.

It is also as though I have been guided to this topic as a reminder. A friend sent me a link that said that yoga is satanic. I think she was laughing, but I found myself explaining the dangers to her. Many items on here remind me of my own experience. I suppose some people are more or less vulnerable, but I need to keep my armour in place. It has helped me to understand myself by reading this. Thank you.

Hi Judy - most appreciated your support and kind words.

Pax et Lux

William

Many thanks for the kind comments ... it is always good to hear someone support this message

I am so pleased to have been able to read this article and the comments. Like others, I thought yoga was a physical exercise thing only and never gave it any real thought. I've never actually done any yoga. I've done a little bit of religious "tourism" or enquiry over the years - literally, when I was in Japan a couple of years ago I delved into finding out what Hinduism, Buddhist practices and the Shinto religions were about (I am a Catholic myself) and I understand some of the basic differences between some of the Christian religions.

I'd like to pose a question for an opinion: I was led to a book called "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, which I found very heavy going despite it being quite brief. Putting that aside, I then read Byrne's book titled "The Magic" which is based on Matthew 13:11, "For the person who has something will be given more, so that he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he has" (and apparently comparable quotes from the Koran and other texts). She propounds that the words "something" and "nothing" should be read as "GRATITUDE" and the book outlines a number of practices in which gratitude is the factor that attracts more of the things we are grateful for into our lives. Clearly, this is a seductive concept. I quite like it and see it as harmless providing my gratitude is directed to God and only to God - a thought which has consciously gone through my mind when I am reading it - I actually follow the practices in the book, being grateful for the various aspects of my life on a daily basis and aligning the specific practice for a particular day with the date of the month. However, and herein lies my doubt/problem which is amplified by having read the above article and seeing just how easily we can be seduced, there is much said about "the Universe" in the book. There is a "qualifier" that says "the Universe" is what you perceive it to be - it accommodates the reader's belief system. I consciously think "God" when I read "Universe" because, even though I'm sometimes a bit wishy-washy about espousing my belief systems to the world, God is my belief system.

Am I treading on dangerous ground?

Hi there,

Please excuse the late answer - but I wanted to have a (brief) look at the book you mention, or at least the principles behind what is written therein.

Purely the fact that this women proclaims that "something" and "nothing" should be read as "GRATITUDE" is an interpretation ...

Because the Hindu gods are not real I just start my (physical) yoga exercises mixed with pilates and dedicate my entire workout to Jesus with the sign of the cross. I know the postures were designed for hindu gods but whenever there is bowing or the cobra position I look up at my crucifix and internally say "I bow only to you Christ" and basically make every exercise a physical prayer to Him. Then I receive good physical benefit in my body and a calm mind afterwards which I use for prayer and Christian meditation. Surely you can't have a problem with that? Christian's just need to remember we have the victory in Christ and everything else is subjugated to Christ.

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