YOGA, A GREAT DECEPTION, INDEED!
Webster’s defines yoga as “a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.”
A great deception, indeed. Instead of giving the victim liberation, yoga creates the passive condition where evil spirits can control the person as their unresisting slave. The source of Yoga is clearly demonic.
“Learn not the way of the heathen” are the words of the only true God, yet Hindu philosophy is infiltrating ungodly churches and is contradicting the teaching of Jesus Christ, who said:
“ … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
CHRISTIANITY IS AN ACTIVE FAITH --NOT PASSIVE
Open your eyes so that you can see. Open your ears so that you can hear. Get understanding with your hearts and minds so that you can be converted and healed!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Our Creator wants us to know the truth that will set us free from sin. He has given us a mind that He wants us to actively use to prove all things. He has given us free-will to make rational choices that pertain to wisdom and godliness.
“O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalms 119:97
“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” Psalms 119:99
Righteous meditation continuously thinks about the omnipotence of our Creator. We ponder His unchangeable character that renders every man according to his deeds. Then, we soberly consider our duty to Him. When we reflect upon those things, the result is true humility and peace; because it rightly places all creation under His authority.
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands” Psa 143:5
“I will meditate in thy precepts [commandments], and have respect unto thy ways.” Psalms 119:15
Harold and Donna Kupp
Michael Sharif writes:
“Yoga is pervasive. Yoga is in the east and the west. Yoga classes are offered in Central Africa, in Russia, in Australia. Flyers for yoga are on university bulletin boards, in health food stores, in the elevators of high rise apartment buildings in downtown Los Angeles, and even as part of some YMCA physical education programs. Is yoga merely a physical exercise?
Regarding the yoga asanas or physical postures Swami Vivekananda writes in his book Raja Yoga : ‘A series of exercises, physical and mental, is to be gone through every day until certain higher states are reached. Nerve currents will have to be dispatched and given a new channel. New sorts of vibrations will begin: the whole constitution will be remodeled, as it were.’
In Yoga: The Method of Re-Intergation Alain Danielou, a French scholar on yoga, writes that the real import of yoga is as ‘a process of control of the gross body which aims at freeing the subtle body.’ The subtle body is regarded as extremely complex and consisting of 72,000 invisible psychic channels called nadis corresponding to the physical or gross body. The subtle body and the physical body are connected at seven primary points or chakras ranging from the top of the head to the base of the spine.
The charkas are believed to control the consciousness of an individual. Manipulating the spine through various yoga postures is believed to increase the energy flow from the subtle body altering the consciousness of the individual. Kundalini yoga and hatha yoga directly manipulate the charkas through their various postures and breathing exercises.
In a mind over body relationship mantra yoga also seeks to alter consciousness of an individual by the repetition of mantras, which Guru Dev, the guru of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, considered the ‘favorite names of the gods..’ Mantras are repeated silently or audibly up to several hours and produce altered states of consciousness.
Yoga is bound up in Eastern religious metaphysics and is not an innocent form of relaxing the body and the mind. The goal of yoga is the same as that of Hinduism, which is realizing that one is Brahman, the underlying impersonal God of the Universe in Hinduism. According to Psychic Forces and Occult Shock (Wilson and Weldon): ‘The physical exercises of yoga are designed to prepare the body for the psychospiritual change vital to inculcating this idea (the realization that one is Brahman) into the consciousness and being of the person. Hence talk of separating yoga practice from theory is meaningless. From a Christian perspective, whether the two can safely be divided is doubtful. 'I do yoga, but Hinduism isn't involved,' is an incorrect statement.”
A Spiritual Counterfeits Project (Berkeley, California) publication on "Yoga" states: ‘For while it may suit the secular fancy to espouse only that selected aspect (the physical) of yoga which fits the bourgeois notion of what yoga is supposed to do (i.e. make a beautiful body), the fact still remains that even physical yoga is inextricably bound up in the whole of Eastern religious metaphysics. In fact, it is quite accurate to say that physical yoga and Indian metaphysics are mutually interdependent; you really can't have one without the other.’
In the Shankara tradition, which pervades most of contemporary Hinduism, the raindrop is pictured as the symbol of the individual self and the ocean is the symbol of the universal soul (J.Isamu Yamamoto, SCP Newsletter). ‘The absorption of the raindrop into the ocean is symbolic of the absorption of the person into the impersonal universe. After people attain enlightenment, they lose their identities and become one with the all. Absorption is the goal of the monist Hindu’ (J.Isamu Yamamoto, SCP Newsletter , March-April 1983).
‘The candle flame is a Buddhist image of the individual; it is the light of life that flickers in the darkness of sorrow. The quest of each ardent Buddhist is to extinguish their own flame. They seek not merely a physical death but a death that will deliver them from both the physical and spiritual life. Extinction is the goal of the traditional Buddhist’ (J. Isamu Yamamoto, SCP Newsletter , op.cit.).
For this author more persuasive than any authority is the author's personal experience in mantra yoga, hatha yoga, and kundalini yoga. Definite altered states of consciousness are produced by yoga. However, these states of consciousness while initially anesthetic became with constant yoga practice progressively more oppressive resulting in a disassociation from the external world. Sensory input was accentuated and produced an overreaction to external stimuli resulting in anxiety. On intensive asana-meditation courses the author experienced several blackouts during mantra meditation sessions which lasted up to an hour and a half. No consciousness of elapsed time and no memory of what had transpired during the blackout existed after such an experience.
Coping with these altered states of consciousness produced in the author mounting tension making him easily upset by trifles (slamming of a door, the screeching of a jet fighter plane, traffic). In many ways the meditation/yoga experience is the classic experience of anxiety disorder so well documented by the Australian doctor Claire Weekes in her classic book Hope and Help For Your Nerves , which also offers the best non clinical approach for curing anxiety disorder of which panic attacks are common symptoms.
Meditation and yoga in many instances cause anxiety disorder. This author's experience is that the techniques result in feelings of unreality, feelings of personality disintegration, and depression. It is the author's belief that many of the so-called 'advanced states of consciousness' are no more than the result of extreme sensitization, a state in which our nerves react in an exaggerated way to stress induced by the yoga/meditation techniques, producing an overshadowing sensory unreality similar to those induced by consciousness altering drugs.”
With the psalmist of old, let us say:
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14