Yoga’s benefits are twofold: better health and a more harmonious relationship between the mind and body. Pose and breathing/meditation practises are used to achieve this goal, although there are many other ways to do it.
In the Christian community, this creates a lot of questions. I was shocked by the Christian apologists’ views on yoga and yoga practise while researching this article. Because of that, I’ve been hesitant to write this post. However, I believe that this issue and the Christian community’s response to it merit more consideration.
Yoga has a long and illustrious history, reaching back to the dawn of human civilisation some 5,000 years ago. There is a lot of confusion concerning Yoga. An early neolithic settlement in what is now Afghanistan called Mehrgarh is thought to have inspired the invention of the arrowhead. Researchers believe that Stone Age Shamanism is the root of modern Shamanism. For centuries, Yoga was a valuable community resource because of its efforts to discover cosmic order through inner vision and apply it to everyday life.. Eventually, yoga became an internal debate in which practitioners attempted to find their own salvation and enlightenment.
Stone seals unearthed from the Indus Valley initially revealed the presence of Yoga. Several yogic poses, called asanas, were portrayed, formally dating the practise back to around 3000 B.C. More importantly, it established a connection between yoga and the magnificent Indus-Sarasvati Civilization, a time period regarded as contemporary and efficient……………………..
The oldest scriptures in the world, the Vedas, came from the Indus-Sarasvati civilization. It is in the Vedas, a collection of hymns dedicated to the worship of a supreme being, that the earliest records of the practise of yoga can be found. According to the Vedas, in order to achieve enlightenment, a person must rise above the restrictions of physical existence. The ceremonies and songs of the Vedas were explained in subsequent books known as the Brahmanas. The Aranyakas scriptures, which describe the practise of Yogis who live in the jungle, followed…. Ayurveda, India’s medical tradition, was born as a result of this. In the end, Yoga evolved into a way of life, a means of health, and a way of spiritual harmony.
The Christian idea is that demonic possession might occur if the mind is opened to clearer thinking and inner perception. Openness to the spiritual benefits of yoga is viewed as both harmful and at odds with all the church preaches, according to others, who believe it borders on occultism. If you are a Christian and are interested in yoga, you are practising Hinduism, and you can’t separate the two, no matter how beneficial it is for your health.
This stance offends me because I am a practising Buddhist. This reeks of narrow-mindedness and tunnel vision to me. One of the most important responsibilities of a Christian is to submit to the Lord’s Spirit. As a result, they are supposed to rely solely on their faith and accept God’s word as absolute reality. Because opening the mind to sharper vision increases the risk of being possessed by demons while simultaneously urging people to open their minds and hearts to embrace Jesus as their saviour, Christians are hypocrites, according to a critical thinker. Whether it’s looking inside oneself or welcoming Jesus into one’s life, the act of opening one’s heart and mind is the same. If, as Christians teach, we are vulnerable to demonic possession if we examine our own minds and hearts, how can we open our hearts to the idea of Christianity without risking our own well-being? Is there a gatekeeper who decides which road we should go when we make this decision? Not at all…
As a matter of fact, my family is a Christian one. In the farming town where we resided, my father served as deacon of a tiny Baptist church. My father ostracised my mother, who encouraged us to question everything, after she left the Baptist society and joined the Assembly of God churches. I believe she disliked my father’s narrow-mindedness to the end of her life. Mother-in-law: We are not obligated to act in accordance with blind faith but to act in accordance with what is best for us as individuals. The Noble 8 Folded Path is the reason behind this. Everything in this cosmos can be questioned and a choice can be made.
Yoga is, in my opinion, beneficial to one’s health and well-being. It’s good for our health, our eyesight, and our spirits, all of which are enhanced by it. What else can you do in this day and age? People’s freedom to follow their religion as they see fit should not be infringed upon in any way, whether we are Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, or anybody else. What it means to live in harmony is precisely what it sounds like…