Is ‘Christian’ Yoga Possible?

Is the philosophy of  ‘YOGA’ anti-God, and anti-Christian–a pagan ritual?

“According to the Vedanta philosophy, man first becomes man when he forgets he is god. He is created by nothing but the obscuration of his own consciousness, and he can again become god simply by returning to his original knowledge of himself. Thus he may re-discover himself and know that he has always been god. It is this re-discovery of himself that the Sanskrit word yoga, literally joined, is commonly used to express.”Yoga or Transformation; by William J. Flagg; 1898

“The whole aim of Yoga is to arrive at this state of harmony,—of internal balance or adjustment,—which is also the great aim of magic and mystical practices,—to equilibrate the forces within the body to those without,—to adjust the vibrations, the general forces within the body to the external Cosmos; and when that has been brought about, then you have harmony and happiness.” Higher Psychical Development; (Yoga Philosophy) Hereward Carrington, Ph.D. 1920

“The root of “Yoga” is found in hymn 5.81.1 of the Rig Veda, a dedication to rising Sun-god in the morning (Savitri), interpreted as “yoke” or “yogically control“. [19]

“Atheism (Sanskrit: निरीश्वरवाद, nir-īśvara-vāda, lit. “statement of no Lord“, “doctrine of godlessness”) or disbelief in God or gods has been a historically propounded viewpoint in many of the orthodox and heterodox streams of Hindu philosophies.” [1]

Yoga – Exercise or Religious Practice? ⇐”According to tradition, “yoga” means “union,” the union-by means of various time-tested practices-of the finite “jiva” (transitory self) with the infinite “Atman” or “Brahman” (eternal Self).” ¹

“When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga.” Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Boyce College. ¹  ²

Do these verses apply?

  • Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.—Colossians 2:8
  • But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8: For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.–1 Timothy 4: 7-8
  • Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?—2 Cor. 6:14 

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