Skip to comments.Is yoga the work of the devil?
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.
Ive 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, Im inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist.
While yoga indeed has a physical component, its 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. Its 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 thats 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, thats KP Jois Foundation wants Encinitas parents. Thats 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 Joshuas 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.
To do 160,000 exorcisms at one per day he would have to be 438 years old
Unless he tossed them out in groups.
The only thing they could possibly offer in defense is that people who practice yoga usually know nothing about Hinduism.
Their name was “Legion” for they were many (many thousand).
I’m not sure that excuses them. It never worked for me when I didn’t know the speed limit.
It’s just a human mental construct to answer the ultimate unanswerable question.
BTW, I don't believe in word magic.
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.
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. :)
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.
I’m 36 years old and ALL of my friends are into yoga. I avoid it at all costs for this reason.
“False gods of Hinduism.”
Wonder what the Hindus have to say about their god.
I think I read that the best estimate of demonic number is actually around 3 million, one third of the heavenly host.
Hindus greatly differ on which of their gods are true. Some sects say Vishnu. Some say Shiva.
Yoga? That’s where you sit down in ways calculated to put you in a wheelchair?
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.
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.
“While the LSM will take anything Christian and make a mockery of it, its 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.
people who are wrong about stuff disagree with people who are right, all the time. that’s why we enjoin in battle against liberals.
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.
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.
Silly cults arguing over imaginary friends and enemies.
160,000 “demon” exorcisms? LOL.
Also known as an incarnation of Shiva the Destroyer.
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....
I prefer Whataburger, found here in the great state of Texas.
Well, all those demons had to go SOMEwhere, didn’t they???
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.
My first ex-wife has three yoga places checked as liked on facebook. I believe what you are saying is true.
How much does it cost to avoid yoga?
“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.
Yes, they are cast into the fires of hell
The mockery & criticism of friends and coworkers. I pray for them. They’re being very foolish
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.
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.
Bet the Hindus recoil at the suggestion that Noah (Man Nu) is considered a prophet by Christians, Jews and Moslems (snork, snork)