Many teachers and people will tell you yoga is not a religion. This is a complete lie. Yoga was created by Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) of the Hindu religion. Yoga is the heart of Hinduism and without yoga there is no Hinduism. The goal of yoga is to yoke oneself with the Supreme Brahman, or Vishnu. Simply, this means that through yoga one will come to recognize there "Higher Self", their "God-Self" and escape the wheel of reincarnation. Jesus Christ never taught these teachings, and it is a myth that Jesus sat under an Indian Guru. Surely he would have mentioned his Guru, but Jesus only spoke of the Father.
Yoga according to Jesus would be considered a religion in the highest sense. By religion we mean a ritual, rite, work one must do to achieve union with God. Jesus Christ came to destroy religion and establish the Kingdom of God. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Yoga is a religion and will put you in bondage. There is no ritual, or work one can do which will allow them to achieve Godhood. This is the very essence of the Christian teaching and the message Jesus came to preach to the religious teachers. This was the very attempt of Lucifer and he failed miserably. Another point to make, if yoga is so great, then why is India one of the poorest and most miserable places in the world? How come this true enlightenment has not enriched this country of great natural resources. Could it be that religion truly corrupts the best?
YOGA DEFINED by Miriam-Websters Online Dictionary
Yoga: Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join -- more at YOKE
1 capitalized: a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
2: a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being. yo·gic /-gik/ adjective, often capitalized
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8
Hinduism and yoga teach that it is through yourself, and the practice of yoga, you save yourself because you recognize the world is an illusion and that you are really God. You are God but you forgot you are God. And what do these god's and Gurus offer to others? In my opinion, NOTHING! Nothing but a lie and bondage.
What salvation does Hinduism offer? That by the practice of Yoga they can achieve a "higher" state of consciousness, where they will "realize" that the physical universe, including their abject misery, is an illusion (maya) and they are really gods. This is the "ancient wisdom" we have received with open arms from the gurus and Yogis who have brought it to America! Hinduism has turned India, in spite of its vast natural resources and manpower, into one of the poorest and most suffering countries on earth.
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