THE PURPOSE OF YOGA   (It is a cult or false religion clothed in body exercises.)

One who engages in yoga practices for health purposes may also find himself converted to an occult way of life.

For millions of Americans yoga is a popular pastime, with classes offered at YMCA, YWCA, business seminars and even churches. The claim is often make that yoga practice is not religious and that members of any faith can benefit from a yoga program.

How does it claim to work? The physical exercises of yoga are believed to prevent dis­eases and maintain health through bodily regulation of prana or mystical life energy. Furthermore, because the body is viewed as a crude layer of mind, various manipula­tions of the physical body (some severe) can affect the mind, bringing alleged enlighten­ment In Hindu mythology, the serpent goddess kundalini “rests” at the base of the spine. She is aroused by yoga practice, travels up the spine while regulating prana and opening the body’s alleged psychic centers (chakras), finally reaching the top (crown) chakra, permitting the merging of Shiva/Shakti and occult enlightenment.

Scientific evaluation. Yogic (e.g., psychic) powers and abilities have been scientifically studied, such as Elmer Green’s widely reported research with Swami Rama. Because yoga is essentially an occult practice leading to the manifestation of siddhis (psychic abilities), such research is often parapsychological. Yoga, like meditation and visualiza­tion, can have physical, psychological, and spiritual effects. Science may study these, but it cannot evaluate the spiritual or occult claims made for them (e.g., that they reflect evidence of “higher” consciousness or spiritual “enlightenment”).

Examples of occult potential. Yoga practice involves occult meditation, the development of psychic powers, and may result in spirit contact or spirit possession. (Read also The Dangers Of Hypnosis).

Major problems. The public perception of yoga as a safe, spiritually neutral practice is false. It is difficult, if not impossible, to separate yoga practice from yoga theory. The one who engages in yoga practices for health purposes may also find himself converted to an occult way of life.

Biblical/Christian evaluation. Because yoga is an occult practice, it is prohibited. Potential dangers. Authoritative yoga literature is replete with warnings of serious physical consequences, mental derangement, or harmful spiritual effects.

Note: Different Eastern or mystical religions practice different forms of yoga. Even in a given religion there are various kinds of schools, depending on the emphasis. In Hinduism, we find hatha (physical yoga), raja (mental yoga), bhakti (devotional yoga), jana (the yoga of knowledge), siddha (the yoga of psychic powers), karma (the yoga of action or social responsibility), laya or mantra (the yoga of sound), and other yogas. Kundalini may be labeled as a separate yoga; however, all yoga has the potential to arouse kundalini. Al­though the emphasis may vary, the basic goal in all yoga is the same: union with ultimate reality, however defined. In Hinduism this would be union of the individual self (atman) with the supreme self (paramatman), itself one with Brahman, the highest impersonal Hindu God; in Buddhism it would be union with Nirvana.

If you are practicing yoga you are engaged in a false religion or cult. These 2 articles detail and document what yoga really is and why it is so dangerous. If you want to exercise to improve your health don't do yoga because it is not just exercises but also is a religious cult. If you are thinking about practicing yoga, don't. If you or you children practice yoga stop, now that you have become aware of what the practice of yoga is about.   (KJV Bible Studies)

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People take up Yoga to reduce nervous tension by learning to relax, to slim and to become more agile mentally and physically. Eventually yoga leads them to meditation, thence to modifications of personal and social behavior. Students attending regular classes become more relaxed, more supple and clearer headed, and usually begin to question the purpose of life in a way they have not before. This holistic approach leads to better health, and the improvement or eradication of psychosomatic ailments.

While yoga is a method of physical discipline, it always has distinct spiritual (occult) goals. We will examine the real purpose of yoga, its occult nature, and its physical, mental, and spiritual consequences because we think that people should be told that its alleged “health benefits” carry unforeseen risks. To begin, how is yoga defined? The Oxford American Dictionary defines “yoga” In the following manner: “1. a Hindu system of meditation and self-control designed to produce mystical experience and spiritual insight. 2. a system of physical exercises and breathing control.”

Most people think of yoga only in terms of the second definition. We will show that this is a mistake. When examining the true goal of yoga, one sees why these two definitions ultimately cannot be separated. In other words, the one who practices yoga as “a system of physical exercises and breathing control” is also practicing a system “designed to produce mystical experience and spiritual (occult) insight.” For example, Ernest L. Rossi of the Department of Psychology at UCLA states how yoga is designed to induce altered states of consciousness:

If one considers the ancient yoga science of pranayama (controlled breathing) to have relevance, then one must admit that the manual manipulation of the nasal cycle during meditation (dhyana) is the most thoroughly documented of techniques for altering con­sciousness. For thousands of years these techniques for the subtle alterations of nasal breathing have been gradually codified into classical texts. Some of these are the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (II, 6-9,19-20), Siva Samhita (III, 24,25), Gheranda Samhita (V, 49-52), and Yoga Chudamani Upsanisad (V, 98-100).... A new tradition of psychophysiological and experimental research exploring these ancient techniques has been developing during the past few decades (Hasegawa and Kem, 1978). The work of Vinekar (1966), Rao and Potdar (1970), Eccles (1978), and Funk and Clarke (1980) also provides a broad back­ground of independent studies using Western laboratory methods in studying the relation­ship of this nasal cycle to the ancient yogic tradition of pranayama in achieving psychoso­matic health and the transpersonal states of dhyana [deep contemplation] and samadhi [occult enlightenment].

As we have said, many who recommend yoga claim it is an excellent way in which to loosen one’s muscles, keep fit, and maintain health. For these people, yoga is simply physical exercise and nothing more; the practice has little to do with religion. Such persons, however, do not properly understand the nature and purpose of true yoga practice.

Yoga is much more than merely an innocent form of relaxing the mind and body. One reason that yoga clearly belongs in the category of religion is because the classic yoga texts reveal that proper yoga practice incorporates many goals of occultism. Allegedly, it will not only result in a “sound” mind and a “healthy” body but also in spiritual (occult) enlightenment.

However, a “sound” mind and “healthy” body, as defined in yoga, are different than what most people normally think of. Yoga philosophy teaches that mind and body are ultimately “one.” In yoga theory, to influence the body through yoga practice will result in powerfully Influencing the mind and spirit as well.

How does yoga theory maintain that the body can dramatically influence the mind and spirit, producing major experiences with altered states of consciousness and spiritual enlightenment? In yoga theory, the body is really a crude layer of one’s mind, and both are aspects of the continuum of alleged divine consciousness that is “awakened” by yoga practice. Therefore, manipulation of the body is equivalent to manipulation of the mind and spirit. This is why the physical postures of yoga are designed to manipulate consciousness toward a specific occult goal.

Yogi authority Gopi Krishna comments:

All the systems of yoga... are designed to bring about those psychosomatic changes in the body which are essential for the metamorphosis of consciousness. A new [divine] center—presently dormant in the average man and woman—has to be activated and a more powerful stream of psychic energy must [be awakened].

Yoga postures and breathing, then, are designed to awaken psychic energy and bring about dramatic changes in consciousness. (IE you get high like your on a drug. It opens you up to demonic possession.) (Read How Satan Works).

So what is the final goal of yoga practice and the altered states of consciousness that it generates? The end purpose is for the individual to realize that he or she is one essence with God, or ultimate reality, however this is defined. In other words, one must realize that he or she is God. Whatever school of yoga is used (hatha, raja, bhakti; etc.), whether it is Hindu, Buddhism, Taoist, Sufi, Tantric, or some other religious tradition, the goal is typically the same: occult enlightenment achieved by internal manipulation of occult energies (prana, chi) leading to altered states of consciousness in order to produce awareness of one’s inherent union with God, or ultimate reality.

Swami Rama, an accomplished yogi and founder of the worldwide Himalayan Inter­national Institute of Yoga, Science and Philosophy, affirms that “there are many different methods of yoga, all leading to the same goal of Self-Realization.” He describes this as “the union of man with Absolute Reality.” Swami Ajaya correctly affirms that “the main teaching of Yoga is that man’s true nature is divine.”

The physical exercises of yoga, then, are only a means to a much larger goal: attaining godhood. However, where the goal is to introduce yoga as a physical exercise only, this is probably not stated. Thus, some yoga teachers employ yoga deceptively. They know exactly what it intends, but hope to “enlighten” people on the sly. Yoga will achieve its own transformation in people, so there is no need to mention its controversial religious—espe­cially occult—aspects.

Judith Lasater, Ph.D., in her article “Yoga: An Ancient Technique for Restoring Health” states, on the one hand, that “yoga is widely used as a palliative for various physical problems.” But she agrees the real goal of yoga is to enable the indi­vidual to “perceive his true nature.” The mind and body are both aspects of that nature, divine consciousness, and it is yoga which allows people to discover this as their true nature or essence:

One basic assumption of Yoga Sutras [a standard yoga text] is that the body and mind are part of one continuum of [divine] existence, the mind merely being more subtle than the body. This is the foundation for the yogic view of health. The interaction of body and mind is the central concern of the entire science. It is believed that as the body and mind are brought into balance and health, the individual will be able to perceive his true [divine] nature; this will allow life to be lived through him more freely and spontaneously.

In other words, yoga practice supposedly brings “health and balance” to mind and body. But defined properly, this means a developed awareness of one’s own inner divinity and an allowing of one’s divine nature to be “lived out.”

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