Yoga – Relaxation or Occult?

Yoga is the “PRAYER” (Communication/Supplication) with a Pagan Deity.  –  Yoga is from the Sankrit word Yug, meaning “union” (with the Divine, your higher “SELF”). Yoga is a path for transcending the ordinary mind (who you think you are) in order to merge with your “higher SELF” or “God SELF.” Yoga means “to yoke” — to yoke with Brahman (i.e., the “Infinite,” the “Universal Spirit,” the impersonal force that the Hindus call “God”) via the realization of an altered state of consciousness, thereby theoretically releasing oneself from the bondage of endless reincarnation. Yoga comes out of the Hindu Vedas. It can be traced back to Patanjali, who was a religious leader. Shiva, one of Hinduism’s three most powerful gods, was known as “The Destroyer” — he’s called Yogi Swara or the “Lord of Yoga.”

Consider the following portion of an article from a secular newspaper:

“It is estimated that there are 10,000 yoga teachers in the United States, who teach between 4 and 5 million students a week. Yoga is a program that involves conscious stretching, deliberate movements, controlled breathing and relaxation exercises. Its purpose is to develop strength, flexibility, balance, body alignment, body awareness, muscular balance, calmness and controlled breathing. Yoga originated from a school of thought in the Hindu religion, which suggests that postures can isolate the soul from the body and the mind.

“In the Western world, yoga is used mainly as a form of exercise. Yoga comes from the original Sanskrit word, ‘joga,’ which means ‘to join.’ Yoga means to join body, mind and breath; to get them to work together in harmony [This is a lie!]. It’s very gentle, slow and meditative; but it requires concentration. Yoga instructors say they have received a handful of complaints from people who believe yoga is intertwined with mysticism and the occult. [We] acknowledge that yoga does indeed come from a portion of India’s Hindu religion, but [our] classes deal mainly with the physical aspects of yoga, and do not in any way coerce people to become involved in Eastern religion” [another lie]. (Source: The Bloomington Herald-Times, 1991.) (Emphasis added.)

Sadly, even professing Christians have bought into this lie. Every Yoga teacher is, in effect, a Hindu or Buddhist missionary, even though “he or she may wear a cross, insist that Jesus was a great Yogi, and protest that Yoga is not a religion, but science. This is the most blatant of lies. Yet it has been so widely proclaimed and believed that in America’s public schools, beginning in kindergarten and in almost every other area of society today, Yoga and other forms of Hindu-Buddhist occultism are taught and accepted as science. In contrast, Christianity has been thrown out of the schools and is being crowded out of every other area of life in the ‘broad-minded’ move to replace religion with the New Age ‘science’!” (Source: Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust, p. 147.)

Yoga is clearly a New Age concept” that is deeply religious and pantheistic in its origin. It is widely practiced and supported by New Age proponents. The New Age movement denies the reality of sin, and believes that man is generally good and is divine. They teach that there is a god within us, and we are to harness that and develop it through meditation and other metaphysical techniques. They teach that the only thing people need is enlightenment regarding their divinity. They believe that through reincarnation man is reunited with God. They believe in karma, which is a debt one owes because of his previous life. They also believe and teach the evolution of man as opposed to the Creation that is taught in the Bible. Yoga is also associated with imagery, visualization, hypnosis, mind magic, chanting of mantra, positive thinking, and Silva mind techniques, which are not only unbiblical, but are potentially dangerous. When practised by professing believers, it allows a certain external spiritual influence in our lives, which is inconsistent with, and disallowed (2 Cor 6:14-18), in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures (2 Cor 4:4).

The practice of Yoga is pagan at best, and occultic at worse. Its teachings emanate from the Eastern religions, all of which teach that self is God, only we just don’t realize it:

“The goal of Yoga is ‘self-realization ‘ — to look deeply within what ought to be the temple of the one true God and there to discover the alleged ‘true Self’ or ‘higher Self’ and declare self to be God. Nothing could be more religious than that, yet with straight faces all of the Yogis insist that practicing Yoga will not change anyone’s religious beliefs. This is the religion of Antichrist; and for the first time in history it is being widely practiced throughout the Western world as Transcendental Meditation and other forms of Yoga.” (Source: The Seduction of Christianity, p. 54.)

Yoga calls itself science. “By calling itself science, Yoga (which is the very heart of Hinduism) has within the last [30] years become an integral part of Western society, where it is taught in nearly every YMCA or YWCA, in clubs, in public schools, in industry, and in many churches. Dressed in Western clothes, Yoga has gained acceptance in medicine, psychology, education, and religion under such euphemisms as ‘centering,’ ‘relaxation therapy,’ ‘self-hypnosis,’ and ‘creative visualization.’ Yoga is designed to lead to the ‘realization’ of one’s true ‘godhood’ through an inward meditative journey that finally locates the ultimate source of everything within the human psyche.” (Source: The Seduction of Christianity, p. 110.)

Hatha-Yoga is a popular form of Yoga practiced today by those looking for a form of relaxation and non-strenuous exercise. Johanna Michaelsen, however, correctly discerns:

“There is a common misconception in the West that hatha-yoga, one of about ten forms of Yoga that supposedly leads to self-realization, is merely a neutral form of exercise, a soothing and effective alternative for those who abhor jogging and calisthenics … [However], Hatha-yoga is ‘one of the six recognized systems of orthodox Hinduism’ and is at its roots religious and mystical. It is also one of the most difficult and potentially [spiritually] dangerous forms of Yoga.

“The term hatha is derived from the verb hath, which means ‘to oppress.’… What the practice of hatha-yoga is designed to do is suppress the flow of psychic energies through these channels [“symbolic, or psychic passages on either side of the spinal column”], thereby forcing the ‘serpent power’ or the kundalini force to rise through the central psychic channel in the spine (the sushumna) and up through the chakras, the supposed psychic centers of human personality and power. Westerners mistakenly believe that one can practice hatha-yoga apart from the philosophical and religious beliefs that undergird it. This is an absolutely false belief. … You cannot separate the exercises from the philosophy. … ‘The movements themselves become a form of meditation.’ The continued practice of the exercises will, whether you … intend it or not, eventually influence you toward an Eastern/mystical perspective. That is what it is meant to do! … There is, by definition, no such thing as ‘neutral’ Yoga” (Like Lambs to the Slaughter, pp. 93-95). (Last emphasis added.)

Other types or brands of Yoga:

(a) Laya Yoga: Path of Universal Body — In Laya Yoga, the Macrocosm (the Universe) is directly networked with the Microcosm (the human body). There are five centres (chakras, or “wheels”) along the spine and one between the eyebrows that directly corresponds with some aspect of creation. These chakras are linked through an etheric channel along the spine. A primordial creative energy (kundalini) lies dormant at the base of the spine in the root chakra. The Laya Yogi (someone who practices Laya Yoga), through meditation and Asanas (posture exercises), will coax this kundalini energy into traveling up the channel through each chakra until it reaches its point of origin at the top of the skull. At that point, the yogi will have merged with the source of creation. If the yogi then chooses to reverse the process, the kundalini energy will travel back down the channel recharging each centre with an increased amount of Prana (life force energy). The result is that the yogi will then have more understanding of, and control over, all aspects of creation each time this process is done.

(b) Karma Yoga: Path of Selfless Action — Action performed for the purpose of satisfying a desire has the effect of generating new desires that require additional actions. Addiction to pleasure (in any form) is a good example of this. Once the desire is satisfied, it generates more desire, which then needs to be satisfied ad infinitum. In Karma Yoga, one seeks to end this cycle by not being attached to the outcome of anything he does. Actions are thus performed based on what seems appropriate in a given situation. The person performing the action has no concern about whether the end result is “good” or “bad.” Since the actions are not performed for self-gratification, the person is free of them. As a result of not being attached to the outcome, a person can become completely involved in whatever he is doing. In this way, yogis seek to end the eternal cycle of death and rebirth.

(c) Jnana Yoga: Path of Transcendental Knowledge — This type of yoga is geared toward those who have an intellectual curiosity, who like to reason and analyze. The ordinary mind can never know Ultimately and Absolutely. Therefore, the goal is for the ordinary mind to realize that and, thereby, get out of the way. In effect, one uses the ordinary mind to transcend the ordinary mind. Gradually the ordinary mind reveals its true nature to itself. In the “Who am I?” inquiry, as taught by the great Indian guru Ramana Maharshi, the mind’s false identities are discounted one by one until it is exhausted. Once the mind has exhausted all its answers, then the higher Self may emerge.

(d) Bhakti Yoga: Path of Devotion — Bhakti Yoga is considered the simplest of the Yogas. Bhakti is a practice of self-surrender for the purpose of eventually identifying with the source of love, or the higher Self. It is not unlike devotion and service associated with religion in the West. The yogi selects a Saint, Guru, or another figure to direct his devotional love. Every act in daily life is done to serve the beloved one. Visualizations and mantras are also part of Bhatki Yoga practice. The goal is to visualize the beloved one all the time. At first one may have a picture or representation to look at as the visualization skill is developed. A sound is repeated at the same time as the visualization. Although there are many words that can be selected, the sound of “GM” (A-U-M) is one anyone can use. This practice is especially suitable for people with intense emotional natures. Key words are: worship, devotion, self-surrender, visualization, and mantra.

(e) Raja Yoga: Path of Stillness — In Raja Yoga, the goal is to quiet the mind through meditation where the attention is fixed on an object, mantra, or concept. Whenever the mind wanders, it is brought back to whatever is the object of concentration. In time, the mind will cease wandering and become completely still. A state of focused, uninterrupted concentration will occur. From this state, the yogi will eventually merge with the higher SELF.

(f) Kriya Yoga — Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is a scientific art of perfect God Truth union and Self-Realization. The great Master of India, Babaji Nagarag, revived it as a synthesis of ancient teachings of the 18 Siddha tradition. Kriya Yoga claims to bring about an integrated transformation of the individual in all five planes of existence: physical, vital, mental, intellectual, and spiritual. It includes a series of 144 techniques or, “Kriyas,” grouped into five phases, or branches.

1. Kriya Hatha Yoga: including “Asanas,” physical postures of relaxation, “bandahs,” muscular locks, and “mudras,” gestures, all of which bring about greater health, peace, and the awakening of the principal energy centres, the “chakras.” Babaji has selected a particularly effective series of 18 postures, which are taught in stages and in pairs. One cares for the physical body, not for its own sake, but as a vehicle or temple of the Divine (religious, not just an exercise).

2. Kriya Kundalini Pranayama: the “potential” technique, is a powerful breathing exercise to awaken powerful latent energy and circulate it through the seven principal chakras between the base of the spine and crown of the head. It awakens their corresponding psychological states and makes one a dynamo on all five planes of existence.

3. Kriya Dhyana Yoga: meditation, the scientific art of mastering the mind: to cleanse the subconscious; develop concentration, mental clarity, and vision; to awaken the intuitive and creative faculties; and bring about the breathless state of communion with God, “samadhi” (not the God of the Bible).

4. Kriya Mantra Yoga: the mental repetition of subtle sounds to awaken the intuition, the intellect, and the chakras; the mantra becomes a substitute for the “I” centred chatter and facilitates the accumulation of great amounts of energy. The mantra is supposed to cleanse habitual subconscious ten­dencies (it is a religious repetitive chant).

5. Kriya Bhakti Yoga: devotional activities and service to awaken pure Divine universal love and spiritual bliss; it includes chanting and singing, ceremonies, pilgrimages, and worship.

So if someone’s interested in physical exercises that are designed to help one’s body, he should not take Yoga, which is designed for death, and teaches how to reach this state of consciousness (see note) where one gets a better reincarnation. Even the physical positions in Yoga come right out of the Hindu scriptures, and are designed to put one into this state of consciousness where you imagine that you’re God. Therefore, Christians who think they think they’re getting relaxation and/or exercise, are really getting Hinduism! They think they’re getting science, but they’re getting religion. It’s mislabeled and it’s dangerous! (Source: a 1988 John Ankerberg Show program, “The New Age in Society.”)

John Weldon and Clifford Wilson wrote in Occult Shock and Psychic Forces that Yoga is really pure occultism. Hans-Ulrich Rieker, in his book The Yoga of Light, also warns that misunderstanding the true nature of Yoga can mean “death or insanity.” Another little known fact is that virtually every major guru in India has issued warnings similar to these; i.e., deep-breathing techniques such as the ones taught in Yoga are a time-honored method for entering altered states of consciousness and for developing so-called psychic power.

[Note: Yoga is one of the basic means of reaching this altered state of consciousness. And the altered state is the doorway to the occult. Sir John Eccles, Nobel Prize Winner for his research on the brain, said the brain is “a machine that a ghost can operate.” In a normal state of consciousness, one’s own spirit ticks off the neurons in his brain and operates his body. We are spirits connected with a body. But in an altered state, reached under drugs, Yoga, hypnosis, etc., this passive but alert state, the connection between the spirit and the brain, is loosened. That allows another spirit to interpose itself, to begin to tick off the neurons in the brain, and create an entire universe of illusion. You’ve then opened yourself up. It’s called sorcery. People are literally teaching themselves how to be demonized, all in the name of developing one’s full potential.]

* Unless otherwise cited, parts of this report have been excerpted and/or adapted from, Examining & Exposing Cultic & Occultic Movements, Jack Sin, “Should a Christian Practise Yoga?,” April 2000, pp. 79-84.

Biblical Discernment Ministries – Revised 1/2002

Yoga and its inherent dangers are further defined and described as follows:

Once again, just to briefly reiterate Yoga is the “PRAYER” (Communication/Supplication) with a Pagan Deity.  Yoga is from the Sankrit word Yug, meaning ‘Union’ with the ‘Divine’, or higher ‘SELF’.  Yoga is a path for transcending the ordinary mind as to whom you think you are in order to merge with your ‘higher Self’ or ‘God Self.’  Yoga means ‘to yoke’ or more accurately to yoke with Brahman (i.e., the ‘Infinite,’ the ‘Universal Spirit,’ the impersonal force that the Hindus call ‘God’) through the realization of an altered state of consciousness, thereby theoretically releasing oneself from the bondage of endless reincarnation.  Yoga comes from the Hindu Vedas and Patanjali, a Hindu religious leader.  Patanjali, ancient exponent and codifier of classical Yoga formulated one-hundred and ninety-six Yoga aphorisms (a statement of principles).  Legend says that Patanjali was an incarnation of Shesha, the ‘Kunda’ snake of eternity, and at the end of his life was seen being swallowed by a Python.  Shiva, known as ‘The Destroyer’, who is also called Yogi Swara, or the ‘Lord of Yoga, is one of Hinduism’s three most powerful gods.’

There are an estimated 10,000 plus yoga teachers (approx. 15,000,000 practitioners) currently residing within the United States, who teach somewhere between four to five million students per week.  Yoga is a program that involves conscious stretching, deliberate movements, and controlled breathing, in conjunction with relaxation exercises.  As such, Yoga originated from a school of thought in the Hindu religion, which suggests that postures can isolate the soul from the body and the mind.

The practice of Yoga is both pagan and occultic at its best.  Its teachings originate from the Eastern religions, all of which teach that Self is God, and we only need come to the realization of it.  In a book by Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon, The Seduction of Christianity, they state the following:

“The goal of Yoga is ‘self-realization’ — to look deeply within what ought to be the temple of the one true God and there to discover the alleged ‘true Self’ or ‘higher Self’ and declare self to be God.  Nothing could be more religious than that, yet with straight faces all of the Yogis insist that practicing Yoga will not change anyone’s religious beliefs.  This is the religion of Antichrist; and for the first time in history it is being widely practiced throughout the Western world as Transcendental Meditation and other forms of Yoga…  Humanity is being conditioned to accept a coming world ruler who will have the psychic powers from Satan to ‘prove’ that he has indeed ‘realized’ his own ‘godhood'”

Yoga calls itself science.  “By calling itself science, Yoga (which is the very heart of Hinduism) has within the last [30] years become an integral part of Western society, where it is taught in nearly every YMCA or YWCA, in clubs, in public schools, in industry, and in many Churches.  Dressed in Western clothes, Yoga has gained acceptance in medicine, psychology, education, and religion under such euphemisms as ‘centering,’ ‘relaxation therapy,’ ‘self-hypnosis,’ and ‘creative visualization.’  Yoga is designed to lead to the ‘realization’ of one’s true ‘godhood’ through an inward meditative journey that finally locates the ultimate source of everything within the human psyche.”

The idea of declaring oneself as a god is not a new concept, but merely a continuation of the lie the serpent in the Garden of Eden sold Eve hook, line, and apple.  “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)  Sad to say the entire human race is still paying for that little mistake.  We can only speculate as to what part of “Don’t Touch It Lest You Die” Adam and Eve could not actually understand.

Hatha-yoga is an extremely popular form of Yoga practiced today, especially in the United States, by those looking for a form of relaxation and non-strenuous exercise.  However, we need to take a closer look at the derivation of the word ‘Hatha’.  The Sanskrit word ‘Ha’ means the Sun while ‘Tha’ means the Moon.  This is a very realistic symbolic correlation between the possibility of the male/female androgynous aspects of the ‘Antichrist and the Beast out of the Abyss,’ that will be discussed in more detail later.

Johanna Michaelsen, in her book, Like Lambs to the Slaughter, correctly reveals:

“There is a common misconception in the West that hatha-yoga, one of about ten forms of Yoga that supposedly leads to self-realization, is merely a neutral form of exercise, a soothing and effective alternative for those who abhor jogging and calisthenics… [However], Hatha-yoga is ‘one of the six recognized systems of orthodox Hinduism’ and is at its roots religious and mystical.  It is also one of the most difficult and potentially [spiritually] dangerous forms of Yoga.

The term hatha is derived from the verb hath, which means ‘to oppress’…  What the practice of hatha-yoga is designed to do is suppress the flow of psychic energies through these channels [“symbolic, or psychic passages on either side of the spinal column”], thereby forcing the ‘serpent power’ or the kundalini force to rise through the central psychic channel in the spine (the sushumna) and up through the chakras, the supposed psychic centers of human personality and power.  Westerners mistakenly believe that one can practice hatha-yoga apart from the philosophical and religious beliefs that undergird it.  This is an absolutely false belief…  You cannot separate the exercises from the philosophy…  ‘The movements themselves become a form of meditation.’  The continued practice of the exercises will, whether you… intend it or not, eventually influence you toward an Eastern/mystical perspective.  That is what it is meant to do!…  There is, by definition, no such thing as ‘neutral’ Yoga” (last emphasis added.)

In Yoga, Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskar, can be a complete practice in and of itself and is often considered the core of ‘hatha yoga’ practice.  Yoga practitioners such as Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), amongst others, have allegedly proven that a person can live just on solar energy for very long periods without eating any food.  This has come to be known as the HRM phenomenon.  The method is purportedly used for curing all kinds of psychosomatic and mental illnesses as well as increasing memory power and mental strength by using sunlight.

The HRM phenomenon is in fact a rediscovery of a scientific ritual, which was used to heal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual diseases in ancient times.  Ancient Indians called this practice Surya Namaskar, where ancient Egyptians and Americans called it Heliotherapy and Europeans called it Apollo therapy.

John Weldon and Clifford Wilson wrote in, Occult Shock and Psychic Forces, that Yoga is pure occultism.  Hans-Ulrich Rieker, an authority on Yoga, in his book, The Yoga of Light, also warns that misunderstanding the true nature of Yoga can mean ‘death or insanity.’  Another little known fact is that virtually every major guru in India has issued warnings similar to these; i.e., deep-breathing techniques such as the ones taught in Yoga are a time-honored method for entering altered states of consciousness and for developing so-called psychic power.

[Note: Yoga is one of the basic means of reaching this altered state of consciousness.  This altered state is the doorway to the occult.  Sir John Eccles, Nobel Prize Winner for his research on the brain, said the brain is “a machine that a ghost can operate.”  In a normal state of consciousness, one’s own spirit ticks off the neurons in his brain and operates his body.  We are spirits connected with a body.  In an altered state, reached under drugs, Yoga, hypnosis, etc., this passive but alert state, the connection between the spirit and the brain is, loosened.  That allows another spirit to interpose itself, to begin to tick off the neurons in the brain, and create an entire universe of illusion.  You’ve then opened yourself up.  It’s called sorcery.  People are literally teaching themselves how to be demonized, all in the name of developing one’s full potential.]

Controlled breathing can generate intense internal heat (cf. the Yoga practice of Tapas), and awaken the Python (Kundalini Serpent).  As stated, this is accomplished through the Yoga practice known as ‘Tapas’.  Tapas (austerity): Literally, ‘to burn’; in Yoga, Tapas implies the burning of all desires by means of discipline, purification, and penance.  Yogis believe this inner fire to be a source of spiritual energy.  It is believed the sole practice of Tapas can lead to the release of Kundalini and attainment of enlightenment (wisdom).

In Yoga and Mysticism, Swami Prabhavananda warns about the dangers of the Yoga breathing exercises, which so many today think are harmless, when he writes:

“Now we come to breathing exercises.  Let me caution you: they can be very dangerous.   Unless properly done, there is a good chance of injuring the brain. And those who practice such breathing without proper supervision can suffer a disease which no known science or doctor can cure.  It is impossible, even for a medical person, to diagnose such an illness…  [For example,] I had known a young boy of perhaps 16 or 17 years of age who had begun to practice hatha yoga…  He was acting very strangely.  He would prostrate fully on the ground, rise to full height, then repeat the performance—over and over again. The Swami said that he had lost his mind…  Finally, however he became so unmanageable that he had to be confined…  As regards breathing exercises, I know that Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and all the disciples of Ramakrishna have warned us again not to practice them.9

Yoga scholar and Sanskrit authority Rammurti Mishra interprets Yoga theory as laying the foundation for occultism.

“In conclusion, it may be said that behind every psychic investigation, behind mysticism, occultism, etc., knowingly or unknowingly, the Yoga system is present.” 

In his article ‘Kundalini and the Occult’, occult authority John White observes that the essence of occultism is the attempt to gain ‘higher’ knowledge and power or control of the forces of nature, especially the ‘life energy’ (prana) which underlies the basis of true magic and psychic phenomena.

“In its highest form, occult science merges indistinguishably with true mysticism… [M]ysticism and genuine occultism are closely allied… The heart of genuine occult practices appears to be synonymous with aspects of the [yogic] kundalini concept…”

Yoga authority Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon), author of a standard text on Kundalini Yoga, The Serpent Power, refers to Yoga practice “causing considerable pain, physical disorder and even disease…”

Until his death, perhaps the leading authority on Shamanism and comparative religion was Mircea Eliade.  Note his observations of the similarities between Yoga and Witchcraft:

“All features associated with European witches are claimed also by Indo-Tibetan yogis and magicians.  Along with a range of occult powers common to both, some yogis:

…boast that they break all the religious taboos and social rules: that they practice human sacrifice, cannibalism, and all manner of orgies, including incestuous intercourse, and that they eat excrement, nauseating animals, and devour human corpses.  In other words, they proudly claim all the crimes and horrible ceremonies cited ad nauseam in the Western European witch trials.”

In The Seven Schools of Yoga, Ernest Wood warns of “the imminent risk of most serious bodily disorder, disease, and even madness.”  He observes that many people have brought upon themselves incurable illnesses or insanity.

Kundalini Serpent Power:

Kundalini is a term from the Yogic tradition for the power of the divine goddess Shakti.  According to Yogic philosophy, Kundalini creates the universe and knows itself as creator.  The Eastern traditions revere Kundalini as the Great Queen Mother goddess who gives birth to all that is.  Condensing to form, she is viewed as the material world.  She is the essential energy, more fundamental than all universal power and forms the basis for individual experience and existence.  Yogics believe that the infusion of one’s spiritual mind with Kundalini power of consciousness is to know truth and their unity with the Divine.  Hindu spiritual tradition and Yogic practitioners declare Kundalini synonymous with the Christian ‘Holy Spirit’.  (See graphic)  In order for seekers to succeed on their spirit journeys shamans, yogis, monks, priests, nuns, etc., must all approach her as obedient suppliants.

Kundalini is referred to as the ‘Power of the Divine’ present in each individual.  She has two fundamental expressions.  She maintains the entire existence of the body, mind and spirit, and while considered dormant, she is the power of consciousness to know the Divine as Self.  According to her worshippers, this potential power, allegedly innate to all, can facilitate its practitioners to unity consciousness, considered the sublime awareness of Divine Self, infinite and all encompassing.  Symbolized by a sleeping, coiled serpent wound exactly three and one-half turns around the human sacral bone at the base of the spine, Kundalini awaits her great awakening.  She is considered the most exhilarating experience in the long life of the soul that extends over countless cycles of physical birth and death, Hindu reincarnation (avatars).

Shaktipat is the Sanskrit term for Kundalini awakening which means ‘descent of grace.’ Kundalini awakening usually occurs in a specifically designed ritual for the transmittal of her power.  Awakening Kundalini occurs through various Yogic practices and disciplines, which have developed over thousands of years, and are specifically structured for preparing the mind and body for the enormous explosion of power emanating from Kundalini arousal.  Prayer, devotional worship, chanting, meditation, mantras, ritual dance, drumming and many other pagan practices can awaken the so-called Divine consciousness – the Kundalini Serpent.  Spontaneous awakening of Kundalini can occur from near death experiences, traumatic experiences, pain, deep sorrow, prolonged periods of one-pointed concentration, or even in dreams through the initiation distributed by an alleged wise being, better known to Christians as a demon.  Kundalini works on all levels of human experience and touches all aspects of human life.  Once awakened, her victims can never be the same again.

The awakened Kundalini can stir up everything from latent diseases of the body to emotional or psychological disturbances.  Some individuals feel like fire has descended upon them, rather than grace, as Kundalini power infuses their body, mind and relationships.  As Kundalini moves through, what Yoga tradition calls the body’s system of channels (nadis) and the associated seven centers of energy (chakras), its practitioners willingly succumb to the overwhelming feeling of power.  Kundalini arousal symptoms include, but are limited to the following: sensations of bodily heat and cold, rushes of energy throughout the body (especially up and down the spine), sweating, trembling, fear, anxiety, dissociation, visions, out-of-body experiences, spontaneous body movements, changes in breathing patterns, mantras, speaking in tongues, distortions of time and space, healings, habits or addictions falling away, inspired creativity, feelings of exalted knowledge and wisdom, and states of boundless ecstasy with love arising for no apparent reason.

Many unsuspecting victims are told during the Kundalini arousal experience, not to be alarmed that they are being ‘Baptized in the Spirit of God’.  Additionally, Kundalini signs are quite often confused with or misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, dissociation disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia as well as many other associated diseases.  Shifts in values, attitudes, and behaviors will frequently occur and have a major impact on relationships.  However, when considering the characteristics of Kundalini, one must not overlook the strong changes in sexual arousal and sexual behavior of many Kundalini initiates.  According to one Kundakini worshiper, “She is the Power of your own Divinity come to take you home”.  Within the minds of both Yoga scholars and practitioners alike, Kundalini is unquestionably, the ‘Queen’.

Let me make this point perfectly clear to any unsuspecting reader, “If you want to anger the one and only true God and make your eternal abode in HELL, just willingly participate in the practice of Yoga and the pursuit and arousal of the pagan Kundalini spirit – raising the serpent power.”

In an internet article entitled, The Myth of Manasa — The Serpent Queen, by Anjan K. Nath, Ph.D. reveals additional historical information about the Kundalini Serpent.

“The worship of the snake-energy (often referred to as the kundalini ) was prevalent amongst the Vedic Aryans and the sect practicing this form of worship were known as the Sarpas and the Nagas, and their philosophy of belief known as the Sarpa-Veda.  Several seers of the Sarpa community composed vedic hymns and the esoteric aspect of this cult was practiced by them even in the usual course of their rituals.  The worship of the Naga or the serpent-power in models of physical snakes is still prevalent in different parts of India as in pre-historic times, but more so in Bengal and Assam, where she is worshiped as a goddess named Manasa.

…The universe is believed to be built up in spheres and a sphere is called a lotus (padma) or a wheel (chakra).  Siva, with his Rudra aspect, has been honored as a god even in the Vedas, and when he was identified with the Bindu or nucleus, the universe was construed to have evolved out of the fall-out of the emanation from him.  This has been explained by saying that Siva’s sperm was ejaculated on a lotus which in turn percolated through its stalk and travel[l]ed to the nether world, i.e., to the lowest end of the universe, and lodged itself in [a]nother lotus where it was held by a snake-power.  It then evolved as Manasa, the Serpent Queen.

…The Manasa cult is one of the most ancient of the Vedic cults, having as its basis the fundamentals of nuclear science.  The different branches of Indian philosophy are more or less its off-shoots with the Yoga sect being at the forefront in the practice and promulgation of the esoteric art of harnessing the serpent- power, kundalini, towards realization of the philosophic vision that is necessary for attaining the divine sphere.”

Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D, has written more than thirty books including many popular works on Yoga, notably Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy (1998), Teachings of Yoga (1997), The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga (1996), and The Philosophy of Classical Yoga (1980, 1996).  His most recent book is The Yoga Tradition (1998).  Feuerstein is a patron of the British Wheel of Yoga, coeditor of Yoga World newsletter, and a contributing editor of Yoga Journal.  For the past thirty years, Feuerstein has significantly affected the dialogue between East and West, in particular to the understanding of Yoga.  In a written internet interview between Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D and Richard Miller Ph.D. entitled, New Light on the Yoga Tradition, Feuerstein was asked the following question.

“In your book The Yoga Tradition, you mention learning Hatha-Yoga from an Indian guru while you were still in your teens.  Can you say something more about this?”

Feuerstein responed, “Oh that’s a long time ago.  I spent about a year studying with a Hatha-Yoga master, who was well known in Europe for his extraordinary yogic abilities, which he was always eager to demonstrate especially to the medical community…  The Hatha-Yoga initiates speak of subtle elements (called tattva), subtle pathways (called nadi), and psychoenergetic centers (called cakra).  They all must be readied for the visit of Queen Kundalini, the Goddess energy.  Otherwise she gets angry and ruins your nervous system and organs like the heart.  All this is well known in the Yoga tradition, but many Western practitioners dabble with it, unaware of the dangers of Kundalini-Yoga.”

Gopi Krishna, renowned India author of, Kundalini: the Evolutionary Energy in Man, presented to the Western world for the first time a clear and concise autobiographical account of the phenomenon of the forceful awakening of the Kundalini Serpent.  In an extract from his book, Krishna reveals Kundalini…

“As the supreme mistress of the body, she and she alone is considered to be competent to bestow on earnest aspirants (who worship her with true devotion, centering their thoughts and actions in her, resigning themselves entirely to her will) the much coveted and hard to attain boon of transcendental knowledge and super-normal psychic powers. All these writings assign to Kundalini the supreme position of being the queen and architect of the living organism, having the power to mould it, transform it, or even to destroy it as she will.  But how she manages to do it, consistent with biological laws governing the organic world, no-one has tried to state in explicit terms.”

With regards to this deceiving power of darkness, Apostle Paul said it best, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

In summary, make no mistake, when you practice Yoga, or experiment with it, you are well on your way to alienating yourself from God and entering into a forbidden world of darkness of which few ever escape.

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