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Yoga is Religion

By Karl C. Priest July 11, 2017

Yoga is like a spilled can of oil-based paint. It may be pretty, but it ruins what it is on unless careful cleaning is completed. In this article, yoga practitioners’ own words (in italics) will demonstrate the demonic facts of yoga. Bold font is added to direct the reader to a thread of religious references. Any comments inserted by the author are in red bold font. If the reader wants to quickly see proof that yoga is religion, he should simply scan through the bold font. Be sure to take note of asanas. Yoga postures/poses, so popular in Americanized yoga, are major parts of the picture.

With a deceptive introduction yoga leads people step-by-step to deep spiritual deception.

Let’s roll!

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj', meaning 'to unite'. The union here refers to the union of an individual self with the divine consciousness.

Yoga finds mention in the great Hindu scriptures such as the Gita, the Upanishads and other Puranas.

http://www.indiawellness.org/yoga/origin-and-history.html

The major branches of India Yoga in Hindu philosophy encompass Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. This can be compared to Protestant denominations.

Hatha Yoga or the Yoga of postures: It involves physical poses or Asana, Breathing Techniques or Pranayama, and Meditation to achieve healthy body and peaceful mind.
http://www.indiawellness.org/yoga/

Asanas collectively constitute the physical aspect of worship in ancient Yoga and various stretches and meditative poses of modern Yoga.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_asanas

Yoga is more than mastering postures and increasing your flexibility and strength. "The traditional purpose of Yoga, however, has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego," (The self. The conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ego

In Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism the word yoga means "spiritual discipline".

(The poses) were implimented (sic) by Buddhist teachings.
http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Fall05/levy/history.html

Yoga is a family of ancientspiritual practices that originated in India

(In) the United States, yoga has become associated with the asanas(postures) of Hatha Yoga, which are popular as fitness exercises.

The goals of yoga are expressed differently in different traditions. In theistic Hinduism, yoga may be seen as a set of practices intended to bring people closer to God - to help them achieve union with God. In Buddhism, which does not postulate a creator-type God, yoga may help people deepen their wisdom, compassion, and insight. In Western nations, where there is a strong emphasis on individualism, yoga practice may be an extension of the search for meaning in self, and integration of the different aspects of being. The terms Self-Realization and God-Realization are usedinterchangeably in Hindu yoga, with the underlying belief that the true nature of self, revealed through the practice of yoga, is of the same nature as God.

The ultimate goal of yoga is the attainment of liberation from worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and death. Yoga entails mastery over the body, mind, and emotional self, and transcendence of desire. It is said to lead gradually to knowledge of the true nature of reality. The Yogi (A person who practices yoga. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yogi) reaches an enlightened state where there is a cessation of thought and an experience of blissful union. This union may be of the individual soul with the supreme Reality (Brahman: The Highest God of Hinduism.
http://www.hinduwebsite.com/brahmanmain.asp.

For the average person still far from enlightenment, yoga can be a way of increasing one's love for God, or cultivating compassion and insight.

The word "yoga" – from the Sanskrit root yuj ("to yoke") – is generally translated as "union of the individual atma (loosely translated to mean soul) with Paramatma, the universal soul."This may be understood as union with the Divine by integration of body, mind, and spirit.

Hindu practitioners of yoga are proud of their religious traditions, while non-Hindu practitioners claim that yoga may be practiced sincerely by those who have not accepted the Hindu religion. This is like saying you can study the Beatitudes without religion.

Common to most forms of yoga is the practice of concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). Dharana, according to Patanjali's definition, is the "binding of consciousness to a single point." The awareness is concentrated on a fine point of sensation (such as that of the breath entering and leaving the nostrils). Sustained single-pointed concentration gradually leads to meditation (dhyana), in which the inner faculties are able to expand and merge with something vast. Meditators sometimes report feelings of peace, joy, and oneness.

Another common element is the spiritual teacher (guru in Sanskrit; lama in Tibetan). While emphasized to varying degrees by all schools of yoga, in some the guru is seen as an embodiment of the Divine.

When students associate with a particular teacher, school, ashram or order, this naturally creates yoga communities where there are shared practices. Chanting of mantras such as Aum, singing of spiritual songs, and studying sacred texts are all common themes. That sounds like church to me.

The first Yoga text dates to around the 2nd century BC by Patanjali, and prescribes adherence to "eight limbs" (the sum of which constitute "Ashtanga Yoga") to quiet one's mind and merge with the infinite. [Ashtanga is “ a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois…which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another. (Jois believed) that asana, the third limb, must be practiced first, and only after could one master the other seven limbs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_vinyasa_yoga

In the yogic view, the body is a temple of spirit , the care of which is an important stage of our spiritual growth. Through the practice of asanas, we develop the habit of discipline and the ability to concentrate, both of which are necessary for meditation.
http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/the-eight-limbs

Yoga as taught in most of today’s yoga classes, do not cover the entire range of yoga experience. They may concentrate more on asana (physical yogic postures) and pranayama (controlled yogic breathing techniques), without understanding that these are only a part of the entire system of Yoga philosophy…It gives the science of evolution of the mind and is aimed at the highest goal of life, the spiritual realization of the embodied soul…Even though we talk of eight levels, these are not strict compartments. One merges with the other… Asana is an essential step towards the higher practices of yoga. Asanas can be meditative poses or they can be other poses aimed towards attaining strength, balance and steadiness. Apart from the spiritual benefits, each Asana can have particular health benefits too.
http://www.yogicwayoflife.com/the-eight-limbs-of-yoga/

The philosophy of Yoga also presented certain arguments for the existence of God (Ishvara, lit., the Supreme Lord):

  • The Vedas are regarded as evidence. The Vedas and their commentaries, the Upanishads mention and describe God—hence God exists.

  • Continuity: people and things have various degrees of differences among themselves. Some people are foolish, some are wise. Hence there ought to be some Being who has the highest level of knowledge among all—who is omniscient. That Being is God

  • Cosmic Evolution, leading to this universe, occurs because of the contact between Purusha (spirit) and Prakriti (Nature). Purusha is static, and Prakriti is unconscious. Hence there can be no contact between these two things of opposite characteristics, unless God—the omniscient Being—brings about this contact.

  • Meditation upon God is regarded as the best means of attaining Liberation. If meditation on such a Being helps in liberation, and all obstacles are removed, then the object of the meditation must have a real existence.

Ishvara is regarded as a special Purusha, the manifested Brahman, the lord of the Universe, who is beyond sorrow and Karma laws, who is one, perfect, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and eternal.

Hatha yoga

Over the last century the term yoga has come to be especially associated with the postures (Sanskrit asanas) of hatha yoga ("Forced Yoga"). Hatha yoga has gained wide popularity outside of India and traditional yoga-practicing religions, and the postures are sometimes presented as entirely secular or non-spiritual in nature.

Traditional Hatha Yoga is a complete yogic path, including moral disciplines, physical exercises (e.g., postures and breath control), and meditation, and encompasses far more than the yoga of postures and exercises practiced in the West as physical culture.

Hatha Yoga was invented to provide a form of physical purification and training that would prepare aspirants for the higher training that is called Raja Yoga (see above). This is still true today. Despite this, many in the West practice 'Hatha yoga' solely for the perceived health benefits it provides, and not as a path to enlightenment.

Traditional Yoga seeks to provide plausible answers to such profound questions as, “Who am I?”, “Whence do I come?”, “Whither do I go?”, and “What must I do?”

The history of Yoga can conveniently be divided into the following four broad categories:

Vedic Yoga
Preclassical Yoga
Classical Yoga
Postclassical Yoga

These categories are like static snapshots of something that is in actuality in continuous motion—the “march of history.”


VEDIC YOGA

The yogic teachings found in the above-mentioned Rig-Veda and the other three ancient hymnodies are known as Vedic Yoga. The Sanskrit word veda means “knowledge,” while the Sanskrit term rig (from ric) means “praise.” Thus the sacred Rig-Veda is the collection of hymns that are in praise of a higher power. This collection is in fact the fountainhead of Hinduism, which has around one billion adherents today. You could say that the Rig-Veda is to Hinduism what the Book of Genesis is to Christianity.

The other three Vedic hymnodies are the Yajur-Veda (“Knowledge of Sacrifice”), Sama-Veda (“Knowledge of Chants”), and Atharva-Veda (“Knowledge of Atharvan”). These hymnodies can be compared to the various books of the Old Testament.

When successful, the Vedic yogi was graced with a “vision” or experience of the transcendental reality. A great master of Vedic Yoga was called a “seer”—in Sanskrit rishi. The Vedic seers were able to see the very fabric of existence, and their hymns speak of their marvelous intuitions, which can still inspire us today.

PRECLASSICAL YOGA


Yoga came into its own with the Upanishads, which are gnostic texts expounding the hidden teaching about the ultimate unity of all things. There are over 200 of these scriptures, though only a handful of them were composed in the period prior to Gautama the Buddha (fifth century B.C.). These works can be likened to theNew Testament, which rests on the Old Testament but at the same time goes beyond it.

One of the most remarkable Yoga scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ (“Lord’s Song. In its significance, this work of only 700 verses perhaps is to Hindus what Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is to Christians.

These various preclassical schools developed all kinds of techniques for achieving deep meditation through which yogis and yoginis can transcend the body and mind and discover their true nature.


CLASSICAL YOGA

This label applies to the eightfold Yoga—also known as Râja-Yoga—taught by Patanjali in his Yoga-Sûtra. Sooner or later all serious Yoga students discover this work and have to grapple with its terse statements. The word sûtra (which is related to Latin suture) means literally “thread.”

Patanjali, who is by the way often wrongly called the “father of Yoga,” believed that each individual is a composite of matter (prakriti) and spirit (purusha). He understood the process of Yoga to bring about their separation, thereby restoring the spirit in its absolute purity.

POSTCLASSICAL YOGA

In contrast to classical Yoga, postclassical Yoga affirms the ultimate unity of everything.

According to these teachings, you, we, and everyone or everything else is an aspect or expression of one and the same reality. In Sanskrit that singular reality is called brahman (meaning “that which has grown expansive”) or âtman (the transcendental Self as opposed to the limited ego-self).

They regarded the body as a temple of the immortal spirit, not merely as a container to be discarded at the first opportunity. They even explored through advanced yogic techniques the possibility of energizing the physical body to such a degree that its biochemistry is changed and even its basic matter is reorganized to render it immortal.

This preoccupation of theirs led to the creation of Hatha-Yoga, an amateur version of which is today widely practiced throughout the world. It also led to the various branches and schools of Tantra-Yoga, of which Hatha-Yoga is just one approach.


MODERN YOGA

Yoga, in the form of Hatha-Yoga, entered mainstream America when the Russian-born yoginî Indra Devi, who has been called the “First Lady of Yoga,” opened her Yoga studio in Hollywood in 1947. She taught stars like Gloria Swanson, Jennifer Jones, and Robert Ryan, and trained hundreds of teachers.

In the 1950s, one of the most prominent Yoga teacher was Selvarajan Yesudian whose book Sport and Yoga has been translated into fourteen or so languages, with more than 500,000 copies sold.

In 1961, Richard Hittleman brought Hatha-Yoga to American television, and his book The Twenty-Eight-Day Yoga Plan sold millions of copies. In the mid-1960s, the Western Yoga movement received a big boost through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, largely because of his brief association with the Beatles. He popularized yogic contemplation in the form of Transcendental Meditation (TM), which still has tens of thousands of practitioners around the world. TM practitioners also introduced meditation and Yoga into the corporate world.

http://swamij.com/history-yoga.htm

Both Buddhism and Hinduism believe in an (almost) endless cycle of births, known as samsara. They also both seek release from this cycle of rebirths.

Hindus believe in an everlasting soul (atman) that is reincarnated more-or-less intact from birth to birth. Through spiritual practice, Hindus seek release (moksha, also known as liberation) so that the soul can join with the Universal Divine Force (Brahman, often simply translated as God).

The Buddha, however, taught that there wasn't a constant soul, but a collection of feelings, perceptions, senses, and other intangibles that made up all living beings. The concept of the lack of a constant sould is known as anatta.

Hence, for Buddhists, the ultimate goal is something more abstract: ending suffering by escaping the cycle of rebirths, and entering into a state of Nirvana. It is a common misconception to translate Nirvana as meaning "Paradise," or as "Heaven."

Both Buddhism and Hinduism believe in the concept of Karma, which states that our past actions affect our present and future life states. One could do evil in this life and be reborn a worm in the next life. Similarly, afflictions in this life are often explained away as the effects of Karma from a previous life (or from misdeeds earlier in this life).

The Hindu concept of Dharma (duty) might be thought of as being "one's role in the universe." The concept includes not only one's performance of religious acts, but how they act in society and how they act toward their family responsibilities.

Hinduism, which has thousands of gods and goddesses, is for the most part actually a monotheistic religion. Each god is seen as one manifestation of the one Supreme God.

The Buddha, on the other hand, taught that we should not concern ourselves with worship or devotion to a particular God. The Buddha did not deny the existence of a Supreme God: he just said that we are responsible for our on enlightenment, and not to believe that a supreme being could help us.

In Hinduism, Yoga is more than a series of postures to be held as a form of exercise. Instead, Yoga (which literally means Yoke, as in to be yoked to God), consists of 8 different practices as follow:
It cannot get any plainer than that!

Abstention from sins such as theft, violence, sex, greed, dishonesty
Observance of self and tolerance
Postures (known as Asana), which are familiar to most Westerners
Breath Control
Withdrawal of senses
Mental concentration and stilling the mind
Meditation

http://www.thebuddhagarden.com/difference-buddhism-hinduism.html

The above is indisputable confirmation that yoga is religion. As we used to side on the West Side streets of Charleston, WV, “Shuck and jive all you want. It don’t change nuthin.” Liberals who allow it in government schools, but go berserk over a Ten Commandments plaque are hypocrites and liars. How about Christians who ignore the problem or, amazingly, think there is such a thing as “Christian yoga?" “Guess who is ‘The Lord of Yoga’? This Hindu idol (god/demon) is only 1 of the 330 million Hindu gods. Yoga postures are offerings to these gods. The ‘Lord of Yoga’ is ‘Shiva, The Destroyer’ also known as ‘The god of Death.’” (http://praisemoves.com/about-praisemoves/why-a-christian-alternative-to-yoga/the-lord-of-yoga/)

ADDENDUM

1. Hinduism Is Of The Devil

Hinduism

2. Why Yoga Cannot Be Christianized

3. 12 Manifestations of Shiva

4. Scroll down to the April 12 article “Religion Established in Public Schools

5. A March 9, 2013 news report said “Yoga on the rise in West Virginia”. From the article: Twisting this way and stretching that way during a yoga class is like attending therapy, church and the gym all at once. At least that's what Folded Leaf owner April Woody tells her yoga classes. "Yoga is different than plain exercise and just stretching," Woody said last week. "There's a deeper spiritual component to it.

6. Yoga is closely tied to “Mindfulness”.

7. See the Common Thread Addendum: (Also, search for “yoga” on that page.)

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