This Article was submitted to the Valley Log for our pastor's regular column for the may 17th edition, but the Valley Log refused to publish it. The reason given was that it was not a topic the paper felt was suited for our readership and only presented one side of the argument. After speaking with the Valley Log they said it might have a tendency to divide people, but they did not refute any of the facts.
I’m sure I will open myself up to some criticism by writing this, but nothing could be more telling about the sad shape of the American church than the acceptance of yoga into our Christian churches. Most people in America think of yoga as nothing more than physical exercise, their doctor or physical therapist or health insurance may have recommended it. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Yoga is more spiritual than physical and it is directly linked to Hinduism, and can open the door to the occult. I’m no expert on yoga, but hopefully what I write will show you the dangers. If you want exercise go to the gym!
The world’s largest missionary organization is not a Christian one, but a Hindu one—India’s Vishva Hindu Parishad. At the “World Congress on Hinduism” in 1979 a speaker declared, “Our mission in the West has been crowned with fantastic success. Hinduism is becoming the dominant world religion, and the end of Christianity has come near.” They said at this gathering that the largest group of missionaries they had in the West were not the gurus that The Beatles and other rockers had brought to America, but the yoga instructors, and that they were succeeding in bringing Hinduism to the West by means of yoga. My old Webster’s Dictionary defines yoga as, “A Hindu theistic philosophy, teaching the suppression of all activity in the body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.” To the Hindu the self is god, so one of the purposes of yoga is to get you liberated as you realize that you are god. Does that sound like purely physical exercise? Yoga was designed to “yoke”, or create union with Hindu deities, of which there are millions. I Corinthians 10:20 calls these deities “devils”, or demons, so doing yoga can bring you into direct contact with demons. For those who think it is only exercise, a true Hindu will tell you there is no such thing as yoga without Hinduism. Yoga is being used to make Hindus out of many naïve professing Christians. Various forms of eastern mysticism have now penetrated every area of Western society, including the church. Our kids are being indoctrinated by it in all kinds of things. The “Star Wars” movies are one of the biggest. If you think “Star Wars” and the spinoffs that followed is OK for your kids, check out a web site entitled, “10 Things Star Wars Can Teach You About Yoga”. To deliberately enter into an altered state of consciousness, whether through drugs, hypnosis, meditation, or yoga, or other occult means, to discover your inner self, or to become one with the universe, is giving permission to evil spirits to take over your life, whether you realize it, or not. The Star Wars “force” has nothing to do with our Christian God, but everything to do with the Hindu ones.
There are various kinds of yoga, but the most dangerous and powerful of them all is Kundalini-yoga. The sole purpose of this kind of yoga is to unleash the Kundalini, or “divine power” that supposedly rests coiled at the base of your spine. Kundalini is portrayed as a serpent and is even called “serpent power”. What Christian in his right mind would want to willingly unleash serpent power into his life! When it is awakened by yoga, this serpent power supposedly moves up the spine through seven chakras, or points, until it is finally unleashed. When that happens you are supposedly flooded with divine ecstasy, as your individual self becomes in union with Braham, a Hindu god. Both the Bible and Hinduism agree that the serpent is a very real and powerful spirit being—they only disagree on whether he’s man’s friend or foe. The Bible identifies the serpent as our foe, Satan, while in the East the snake is worshipped and revered.
During the ‘60’s under the influence of psychedelic drugs like LSD, millions discovered another dimension of reality that surely was not physical. The message was, “tune in, turn on, and drop out”. Those following Timothy Leary’s example, took The Tibetan Book Of The Dead as their guidebook for the LSD experience, as well as other eastern writings. As long as the so-called “trip” lasted, the adventure these psychedelic drugs produced was an adventure that was as real as the universe, except when you had a “bad trip”. The dazzling multi colors one saw while “tripping” were consistent with the exotic guise of the gods and demons of India and Tibet. Dave Hunt wrote in his book, Yoga And The Body Of Christ: “It only remained to be discovered that yoga would produce the same ‘trip’ without drugs—and yoga took off as the new panacea. I remember the mother of a 20-year-old telling me with some sense of relief and little concern, ‘Our son used to be heavily into drugs; but thank God he isn’t using drugs anymore because he started practicing yoga. I don’t know what yoga is, but it can’t be bad if it got him off of drugs!’ My reply must have shocked her: ‘I’m glad that your son no longer gets ‘high’ on drugs. I’m sorry to inform you, however, that he can get a lot ‘higher’ on yoga than on drugs. Drugs were the kindergarten of occultism—yoga is the graduate school.” I would have loved to have seen the look on that mother’s face when Dave told her that! Consider this also from Dave’s book: “Yoga is to Hindu’s what peyote is to native Americans in their religion: a doorway into the spirit world and contact with entities that may become one’s guide, guardian—or destroyer.” The source of a “spirit guide”, whether it’s in yoga, Hinduism, native American religion, the New Age, or whatever is the demonic, and a spirit guide is always a demon, even if it calls itself Jesus! There are all kinds of doorways into the spirit world—yoga is just one of many. Aldous Huxley’s book, “The Doors Of Perception”, opened the door to America’s youth to drugs and eventually yoga. Jim Morrison and “The Doors” based the name of their rock group upon this concept that Huxley borrowed from poet, William Blake: “There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” After psychedelic drugs, yoga became one of the means to open ‘the doors” to other demonic dimensions. I just posted this on our church U-tube channel and a former Hindu lady from India confirmed everything I just said. I could say so much more if I had the space, but have nothing to do with yoga, even if your church says it’s OK. Someone will probably say I’m nuts for writing this, but yoga is not Christian, it is not spiritually neutral and it will only drive Jesus farther away, not bring Him closer!