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Is yoga the work of the devil?
The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP

Posted on 06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons.

I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, “Practicing yoga brings evil,” he got my attention.

I’ve long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, I’m inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist.

While yoga indeed has a physical component, it’s the spiritual component that leads to the devil. For yoga, defined as a “union with the divine,” is not about obeisance to the God that Christ followers worship. It’s about homage to the false gods of Hinduism.

That brings me to a lawsuit, brought by parents of children enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District in California, challenging the yoga program the district mandated for its nine public schools, under the guise of “physical education.”

Funding for the program comes from the KP Jois Foundation, which promotes a form of yoga called Ashtanga. The Ashtanga practice traditionally begins with a mantra, which concludes, “To Patanjali I salute.”

“Lord” Patanjali, as he is known by the Hindu faithful, is considered to be one the incarnations of Shesha, a many thousand-headed serpent god.

The Encinitas Union School District maintains that its district-wide yoga program is strictly secular; that neither Shesha, the serpent god, nor Patanjali, his human avatar, are anywhere to be seen.

But that’s not what Harvard-trained religious scholar Candy Brown found when she visited the Encinitas public schools. “I see it all over the place,” she testified in court a fortnight ago.

And even though the school district insists that there is no chanting of mantras, Dr. Brown provided the court written statements from teachers in the district that children have, in fact, been observed chanting while doing their yoga.

They were sending shout outs to Patanjali, the several-thousand-headed serpent god, and they were none the wiser.

Now, many may think the court case in California is much ado about a trifle. And even some Christians may argue that there is nothing unGodly about yoga. That they separate their faith and their workout. That Shesha and Jesus can peacefully co-exist.

Well, that’s KP Jois Foundation wants Encinitas parents. That’s what the devil wants all of us to think.

Which should bring to mind to all of us who count ourselves Christ followers the challenge Joshua issued to the children of Israel: “Choose you this day whom you will serve.

The choice for the Joshua’s people was between the gods their fathers served “that were on the other side of the flood,” or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land they dwelled after the Exodus, or the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The choice today for those who consider themselves faithful Christians, who have been advised by Father Gabriele and others that yoga is a gateway to evil is whether they will stand with the Lord, or sit, in Lotus position, in homage to the serpent god Shesha.


TOPICS: Current Events; Eastern Religions; General Discusssion; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: agitprop; gabrielamorth; kpjois; patanjali; pentangeli; publicschool; tinfoilhatsociety; totalbs; yoga
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Public high school football players risk being suspended for pointing to sky to honor God, but a California school district can get away with mandating yoga, covertly indoctrinating kids in Hinduism. Prima facie evidence of anti-Christian bias.
1 posted on 06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

To do 160,000 exorcisms at one per day he would have to be 438 years old

Unless he tossed them out in groups.


2 posted on 06/01/2013 1:00:40 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The only thing they could possibly offer in defense is that people who practice yoga usually know nothing about Hinduism.


3 posted on 06/01/2013 1:03:01 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Mr. K

Their name was “Legion” for they were many (many thousand).


4 posted on 06/01/2013 1:03:47 PM PDT by BipolarBob (I have sexdaily. Oops, I meant dyslexia.)
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To: Viennacon

I’m not sure that excuses them. It never worked for me when I didn’t know the speed limit.


5 posted on 06/01/2013 1:04:46 PM PDT by BipolarBob (I have sexdaily. Oops, I meant dyslexia.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It’s just a human mental construct to answer the ultimate unanswerable question.


6 posted on 06/01/2013 1:04:53 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Viennacon
There are people who believe in 'word magic' ~ they'll argue that even if you don't know what the words mean you are under the spell of whatever diety first advised someone to say those words.

BTW, I don't believe in word magic.

7 posted on 06/01/2013 1:06:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Mr. K

People can be possessed or oppressed by more than one demon at a time. So performing one exorcism on a single person my cast out hundreds. But thanks for doing the math.


8 posted on 06/01/2013 1:07:57 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Ridiculous.


9 posted on 06/01/2013 1:08:06 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Of course - yoga improves your health and lengthens your life, extending the time you will spend away from the Kingdom of God. It’s much holier to eat at McDonalds every day and never exercise, so you can go to be with Him sooner. :)


10 posted on 06/01/2013 1:08:42 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

As far as I can tell yoga went from whatever it was all these centuries to the means by which the western media can depict ‘spirituality’ in commercials, TV and movies without indicating anything icky like Jesus or God.


11 posted on 06/01/2013 1:08:58 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’m 36 years old and ALL of my friends are into yoga. I avoid it at all costs for this reason.


12 posted on 06/01/2013 1:09:16 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“False gods of Hinduism.”

Wonder what the Hindus have to say about their god.


13 posted on 06/01/2013 1:09:27 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: BipolarBob

I think I read that the best estimate of demonic number is actually around 3 million, one third of the heavenly host.


14 posted on 06/01/2013 1:12:08 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: wastedyears

Hindus greatly differ on which of their gods are true. Some sects say Vishnu. Some say Shiva.


15 posted on 06/01/2013 1:12:54 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Yoga? That’s where you sit down in ways calculated to put you in a wheelchair?

Prefer yoghurt.


16 posted on 06/01/2013 1:15:12 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

While the LSM will take anything Christian and make a mockery of it, it’s articles like this one and the one down thread about whether or not online dating is Biblical that simply gives the media more fodder. I’m more concerned about Christianity and obamacare, homosexuality, etc. than my cobra pose.


17 posted on 06/01/2013 1:15:17 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I learned about the positive influence of exercise in Military Acadamy 35 years ago. There was no yoga and it was big time christian based.

My liberal friends and clients do yoga. None of my conservative folks do yoga. They either go to a gym and lift weights, ride a bike etc, play in a b-ball league or do nothing. Conservative guys I know wouldn’t be caught dead in a yoga class. Just an observation.


18 posted on 06/01/2013 1:24:11 PM PDT by albie
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To: All
Just for a sec, let us reflect on the Hindu monkey 'god' that Obama keeps in his pocket for 'good luck'. Oh, I forgot, he's a 'christian'. With a monkey 'god'.








19 posted on 06/01/2013 1:25:16 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: goodwithagun; CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“While the LSM will take anything Christian and make a mockery of it, it’s articles like this one and the one down thread about whether or not online dating is Biblical that simply gives the media more fodder. “

The media will NEVER stop mocking.

Follow your convictions and let ‘em holler.


20 posted on 06/01/2013 1:25:58 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: wastedyears

people who are wrong about stuff disagree with people who are right, all the time. that’s why we enjoin in battle against liberals.


21 posted on 06/01/2013 1:27:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: F15Eagle

Does Obama actually carry those religious items in his pocket? I’ve never heard a word about it. If it were Sarah Palin or Nancy Reagan or George Bush carrying those items, it would have been fodder for liberal mockery, proof of their superstitious minds and feeble intellect.


23 posted on 06/01/2013 1:35:23 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Yoga is not evil nor of the devil.

If people want to believe that, that’s their free choice.

Also, Hinduism is not of the devil.

There is one God, not many. Some people worship Him one way, some slightly differently. Hating those of other religions (not counting Islam, as they want to kill us all) is not a way to serve God.


25 posted on 06/01/2013 1:36:12 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Silly cults arguing over imaginary friends and enemies.

160,000 “demon” exorcisms? LOL.


26 posted on 06/01/2013 1:37:21 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: F15Eagle

Hanuman.

Also known as an incarnation of Shiva the Destroyer.


27 posted on 06/01/2013 1:38:08 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Well some words from the Bible come to my mind here...

“Abstain from all appearance of evil”

so I would not do YOGA because if there is doubt then don’t....


29 posted on 06/01/2013 1:38:33 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I prefer Whataburger, found here in the great state of Texas.


30 posted on 06/01/2013 1:38:54 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Mr. K
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31 posted on 06/01/2013 1:40:18 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Just ate there a couple days ago and probably tonight.

I keep filling out their brief online survey and they keep giving me a free Whataburger with purchase of fries and drink.

Sure, it’s basically just a coupon but it saves nearly a couple bucks.

Jack in the Box has a great one on their receipt as well. 2 free tacos with any purchase. Online survey is quick and you don’t actually have to give any personal info, just like the other.


32 posted on 06/01/2013 1:41:30 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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34 posted on 06/01/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Gargantua

Well, all those demons had to go SOMEwhere, didn’t they???

hmmmmMMMMMM????


35 posted on 06/01/2013 1:46:07 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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36 posted on 06/01/2013 1:46:12 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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[snip] Patanjali... fl. 150 BC or 2nd century BC is one among the 18 siddhars in the Tamil siddha tradition. He is the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga practice. According to tradition, the same Patanjali was also the author of the Mahabhaṣya, a commentary on Katyayana's varttikas (short comments) on Paṇini's Aṣṭadhyayi and of an unspecified work of medicine (ayurveda). Patanjali's place of birth is held to be "Gonarda" (Thiru-Gona-Malai), a "country in the east" and he described himself as a "Gonardiya" throughout his life. [/snip] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patanjali http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali
37 posted on 06/01/2013 1:50:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
A world prepared for Antichrist ascribes to a once-obscure politician messianic-like qualities during times of extreme economic hardship and duress. Is it 1933 or 1938?




38 posted on 06/01/2013 1:52:44 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Hardraade

Read Kipling’s “The Mark of The Beast” for a tale of demonic possession through the power of Hanuman.

At a party a woman was telling me about the benefits of Hathayoga. I said, “Oh well, hatha yoga is better than none!”

She spun on her heel & stormed off.

;^)


39 posted on 06/01/2013 1:53:28 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

He’s got the whole wide world ... in his hands.


40 posted on 06/01/2013 1:53:34 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

My first ex-wife has three yoga places checked as liked on facebook. I believe what you are saying is true.


41 posted on 06/01/2013 1:56:06 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: surroundedbyblue
I’m 36 years old and ALL of my friends are into yoga. I avoid it at all costs for this reason.

How much does it cost to avoid yoga?

42 posted on 06/01/2013 1:56:28 PM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil”

I believe that makes him a whakadoodle.


43 posted on 06/01/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Mr. K

Yes, they are cast into the fires of hell


44 posted on 06/01/2013 2:00:57 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: Misterioso

The mockery & criticism of friends and coworkers. I pray for them. They’re being very foolish


45 posted on 06/01/2013 2:02:57 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: albie
My liberal friends and clients do yoga. None of my conservative folks do yoga..... Conservative guys I know wouldn’t be caught dead in a yoga class. Just an observation.


46 posted on 06/01/2013 2:05:22 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I remember reading about Zen meditation and how it was normal that at a certain stage very odd and occult seeming things would happen to practitioners. They were instructed to struggle through these. Perhaps, like a Ouija board, the act of deep meditation opens one up to the Evil Channel. I do know, from having been taken by a friend who was into TM (attended their “university” in Switzerland in the 70’s) to a meeting where acolytes were told the next stage would be levitation that the f***ers running that enterprise were palpably evil.


47 posted on 06/01/2013 2:06:03 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Gargantua
Spoken like a real "Yoga lover." Just don't move into my neighborhood, n'kay? Housing values here have already plummeted far enough.

I'll say this for yoga: I practiced it for several years without any chanting or homage to Hindu gods, and the stretching healed my badly damaged joint without any more of those horrible cortisone shots or surgery. I'm getting old; so it worked better for me than lifting weights or anything like that.

48 posted on 06/01/2013 2:10:09 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: elcid1970
“Oh well, hatha yoga is better than none!”

LOL!!

49 posted on 06/01/2013 2:12:35 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: wastedyears

Bet the Hindus recoil at the suggestion that Noah (Man Nu) is considered a prophet by Christians, Jews and Moslems (snork, snork)


50 posted on 06/01/2013 2:13:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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