FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION-WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: PART 1



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NEW AGE:FR.JOE PEREIRA,KRIPA FOUNDATION,

HEADQUARTERS: MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH, BANDRA, BOMBAY CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE.

IMPORTANT SUB-CENTRES: VASAI DIOCESE AND [ANJUNA AND MAPUSA] GOA CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE

ALSO OPERATING IN BAREILLY, BARODA, DARJEELING, KOHIMA, MANGALORE AND PUNE CATHOLIC DIOCESES,

AND IN CALCUTTA, DELHI, GUWAHATI, IMPHAL, RANCHI AND SHILLONG CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESES

And more INSTITUTIONALISED NEW AGE: The WCCM,

THE WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

 

NOTE: SEE INDEX [LIST OF CONTENTS] ON PAGE NUMBERED AS 106*

INTRODUCTION: This report on KRIPA Foundation and Fr. Joe Pereira was prepared in three stages. At first, it was the last ten pages in the ninety-six page New Age in the Catholic Ashrams report published in October 2005.

The report is at
http://ephesians-511.net/articles_doc/CATHOLIC%20ASHRAMS.doc

The Kripa report was updated in September 2007, but not published, and the current updating was done again in May 2009.

After my visit to some Catholic Ashrams, I could boldly accuse the movement of “New Age, heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege”. In that initial report, I showed that Kripa Foundation is loosely linked with the Ashrams movement.

The initial report provided enough evidence that Kripa Foundation is New Age, no matter that its founder is a priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay. The Catholic Ashrams report with the Kripa report appended to it was sent to most of the Bishops who possess email ids, commencing the first week of October 2005. To a number of them it was sent twice, even thrice. To the Cardinals and some Bishops and the Nuncio, a hardcopy was posted, again twice in a few cases including the Nuncio.

The list of Bishops and Commissions who did not even acknowledge receipt is too lengthy to reproduce. About 40 did.

The Apostolic Nuncio to India, who asked for the report as early as January 2005 in response to my pilot letter informing him about the problems at the Ashrams, has steadfastly refused to acknowledge receipt of it despite 10 reminders and follow-ups. The office of Cardinal Toppo of Ranchi finally acknowledged receipt only after the 10th reminder.

The offices of Cardinals Toppo and Vithayathil assured this ministry that the Cardinals were not in India and that the report would be placed before the Cardinals on their return. The third Cardinal, Ivan Dias, like the other two, did not respond.

Even among the many Bishops’ reponses, there was no firm commitment to do anything about the very serious issues that I brought to their notice. Some of the assurance turned out to be empty promises. As time passed, the report has been completely forgotten and I have watched the Catholic Ashrams continue their campaign to destroy the Church from within.

A follow-up report on the Catholic Ashrams movement is under preparation.

I have also watched Kripa Foundation and Fr. Joe Pereira grow from strength to strength, receiving prestigious Church as well as National awards, enjoying the patronage of more Archbishops and Bishops, and expanding their operations into new archdioceses and dioceses. It is well known that this priest and his Foundation have received the equivalent of crores of rupees in aids and grants from foreign associates. Money and power buy silence and compromise. It cannot be disputed that Kripa Foundation is doing a great humanitarian service “weaning people away from chemical dependency on alcohol, tobacco and other narcotics, and rehabilitating people affected with HIV and AIDS”. But does the end justify the means?

This priest is the diehard devotee of a Hindu yogi who practices the occult forms of Kundalini and Tantra Yoga. What the disciple learned from his guru and Master, philosophically and practically, he teaches and applies in his programmes.

The priest admits that he “follows the 8-fold path set down in the yoga sutra of Patanjali.”

I have completed two intensively researched reports of around 100 pages each that show conclusively that yoga is a Hindu religious practice and there can be no “Christian yoga”. See:
http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/YOGA.doc and http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA.doc.

As if the above were not serious enough, “Kripa blends Western techniques [not only] with Indian yoga, [but also with] Buddhist vipassana meditation, Chinese Tai Chi martial arts and Japanese Shiatsu massage”.

There is also another “blend with Western techniques”. Kripa has linked with the WCCM or World Community for Christian Meditation, London-based, founded by two Benedictine priests, the late John Main and the current head, Laurence Freeman.

*NOTE: THIS PAGE IS NOT NUMBERED. THE NUMBERING COMMENCES FROM THE FOLLOWING PAGE WHICH IS PAGE 1

 

 

 

In this report, I provide ample evidence that the “Christian Meditation” that they promote is not really Christian at all.

They use a “mantra”-based meditation technique which was taught by a Hindu Swami to Fr. John Main OSB. They also incorporate the enneagram personality-typing tool which the Vatican has warned Catholics about in a Document.

The WCCM website FAQ admits that there is an “essential harmony” between Centering Prayer and their “Christian Meditation”. Centering Prayer is not Christian. They hold joint seminars and workshops with New Age personalities who use “tai chi, chi gung and Iyengar yoga”. Theirs is an “ecumenical” meditation, Fr. Freeman finally admits, pages 61- 63, 90.

Kripa Foundation advertises itself as
a project of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay. His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, heads its Board of Trustees. Fr. Joe states that Mumbai’s Cardinal Ivan Dias, who was in 2006 appointed Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of People, strongly backs him. Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai and Chairman, Doctrinal Commission of the CBCI blessed the Kripa Vasai centre. He felicitated the priest at a special Holy Mass on April 2, 2009. Bombay Bishops Agnelo Gracias and Bosco Penha celebrate Masses for the WCCM.

And, The Examiner, the Archdiocesan weekly is a platform for the promotion of both the WCCM and Kripa Foundation.

 

NEW AGE: KRIPA FOUNDATION and FR.JOE PEREIRA

 

I. WRITING IN OCTOBER 2005: After my completing the report on NEW AGE IN THE
CATHOLIC ASHRAMS**, my computer experienced a modem failure because of which I could not use the internet to send out the said report.

I took the opportunity to write about KRIPA [**see its pages 38, 41, 44, 87-96], which is an issue related to the ashrams. My decision to write on KRIPA is not a recent one. When I shared my intention with Mumbai friends by email in 2003, I received three letters warning me that I might face retribution if I did, and asking me to carefully reconsider my decision.

KRIPA is not an “ashram” by any chance, but it is closely connected with the World Community for Christian Meditation [WCCM] of Fr. John Main, OSB [1926-1982] and his successor Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB. [**13, 41, 60, 63, 72].

There are close ashram links, with the founders of Saccidananda Ashram, with Fr. Bede Griffiths, etc., as we will see.

**NOTE: THE PAGE NUMBERS WITHIN BRACKETS ARE THOSE IN MY REPORT ON CATHOLIC ASHRAMS. In that report, this page is numbered 87. This report is re-numbered from page 1, as additional information is now incorporated.

 

Their 8-page pamphlet says on its cover page, KRIPA Foundation. AN ARCHDIOCESAN PROJECT. Devoted to battling drugs and HIV / AIDS since 1981.Fromhumble beginnings in a church compound in Bandra… this Public Charitable Trust has grown to 28 facilities in 10 locations in India, namely Bombay, Vasai, Goa, Mangalore, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Imphal, Kohima, Shillong and Delhi*. It is funded through Government of India grants as well as national and international donations.
Mother Teresa… blessed our Calcutta and Vasai centres.
*Catholic dioceses. Old information

KRIPA is located on the premises of Mount Carmel Church and Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra, Mumbai.

 

KRIPA’s Rehabilitation and Counseling Centres are involved in weaning people away from chemical dependency on alcohol, tobacco and other narcotics, and with people affected with HIV and AIDS. There is no disputing the ‘good’ work that KRIPA is doing, but in this case of an organization founded by a Catholic diocesan priest, and promoted by the Archdiocese, it becomes necessary to look into Fr. Joe’s mind, and into his practices, and to ask finally if the end justifies the means.

The pamphlet says that Kripa’s strength is
eastern disciplines and facilitating lifestyle changes which it propagates in all its centres as Basic Therapy to cope with life’s stresses including addiction.

 

What are these eastern disciplines? The New Leader of February 1-15, 2003, in ‘Priest finds yoga effective therapy for drug addicts‘, says A Catholic priest in Mumbai has found that Yoga can be an effective therapy for a modern curse. Fr. Joe Pereira who heads a chain of drug rehabilitation centres in various parts of India has been successfully using yoga to cure addicts. The 57-year old priest of Bombay archdiocese claims, ‘Patients respond to yoga therapy better’ than to other therapies… The ascetic Hindu discipline aims to achieve liberation of self and union with a higher power through intense concentration and deep meditation. Among its methods are ‘asanas’ (prescribed postures) and controlled breathing. He uses the therapy on drug addicts… The priest began using yoga after other forms of therapy failed to achieve desirable results in his patients. He said their ‘restless desires disappear’ when their minds ‘are in harmony and find rest in the spirit within’. Yoga is now widely used in all the Foundation’s 17 branches in six Indian states. All those centers utilize yoga as ‘a psychosomatic and psycho-spiritual methodology for
holistic health‘, Fr. Pereira explained.”

 

The Examiner, the Bombay Archdiocesan weekly, regularly carries reports on the activities of KRIPA. Examples:

March 9, 2002: Kripa Foundation has just been designated as a Regional Training Centre for the Northeast Region by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Earlier, at their National Consultation at Bangalore, the Christian Medical Association of India
[CMAI], New Delhi, the apex body with the largest membership of hospitals/health care centres in India, being convinced of Kripa’s presence and strength
in the North-east, its potential and capabilities, have tied up with Kripa for that region.[There’s a separate KRIPA report on another page of this issue of TE]

April 13, 2002: Kripa Foundation, (the largest NGO battling AIDS and chemical addiction” is presenting ‘KRIPA NITE 2002’ … at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, …Tickets priced at Rs. 99/-…[TE: more on pages 11, 15, 37 to 47, 60] 1.

 

“THE YIN AND THE YANG OF FATHER JOE”

Now, the above is the title of a six page write-up by Anne de Braganca Cunha on Fr. Joe Pereira that was published in the February 2002 issue of HEALTH AND NUTRITION. I am quoting here extensively from it. The box on page 75 of H&N says:

NAME: Joseph H. Pereira, fondly called Fr. Joe (a.k.a. the Singing Priest)

OCCUPATION:
Roman Catholic Priest, Founder Director Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation,

Certified Yoga Instructor

INSPIRATIONS:
The Yin, Mother Teresa; The Yang, B.K.S Iyengar [see pages 44, 96. This report, page 11]

KEY TO STAYING FIT:
Yogacharya

TOP STRESS BUSTER:
Meditation, twice daily {He is talking of yogic meditation}

MANTRA: Ma Pa [sic] Na Tha (the Lord comes) {Cunha meant Maranatha} [see page 92. This report, page 7, 39, etc.]

SECRET OF PERSON POWER:
Conditioning of the left brain which is responsible for logical, rational and scientific thought [see pp 41, 89, 92, This report, pp 4, 6. Read ASHRAMS report p. 92 to understand this New Age issue]

 

THE HEALTH AND NUTRITION ARTICLE:

“Joe Pereira doesn’t fit into the public’s perception of a Catholic priest. He lives his life on his own terms within his own well defined boundaries, with yoga
at one end and singing on the other. At the core is a mission.

To team spirituality and physical development. To this end for the last 2 decades he has applied yoga and meditation to the rehabilitation of alcohol and drug addicts.

“The combination of Eastern discipline and Western science to treat addiction has piqued interest from North America, Europe and the UK who send their students for placement to Kripa Centres in India… Besides yoga and meditation, he maintains a busy schedule of teaching, counselling, travel and administration. In addition to his priestly duties he conducts yoga workshops, stress management courses, youth programmes, and presents papers both in India and abroad.

This dedication has not gone unnoticed. He is a member of the high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Revenue, Narcotics Control Bureau) and has been honoured by a Priyadarshini national award for work in Anti-Drug Abuse (1990), a national award from the Anti Narcotics Council of India (1993-1994), a Sahayag Foundation award (1995). A refreshingly candid conversation follows.

 

What went into the making of Fr. Joe, the priest?

I am a Catholic Maharashtrian, called East Indian from Vasai… My mother was a rebel (that’s how I got my independent streak). She
defied the Church and sent her two brothers to a Marathi shala, the better to imbibe Indian culture…

At 15 ½ when I went to enroll in St. Xavier’s College, I discovered that seminarians (priests in the making) could take a graduation degree directly. I can save years of unnecessary study, I told myself. So I joined a seminary at 16… I took my licentiate in Divinity and my Master’s in Philosophy from the Bombay University.

 

And then you went into the real world…

After 10 years of the rarified atmosphere of the seminary I was propelled into St. Michael’s Church, Mahim, to interact with people from all walks of life. I found it difficult. I couldn’t see the relevance of the ponderous topics I had studied, to flesh ‘n’ blood contact. Women were an enigma. My physical body had been totally neglected, the most disowned energy of my life was my sexuality, because of the celibacy that was imposed upon me.

 

What are your views on celibacy?

After completing our studies we are ordained as priests, at which point we have to sign an oath of lifelong celibacy.

I shocked my superiors by going to meet the late Cardinal Valerian Gracias: ‘I don’t see the rationale in forcing me to sign this’ I protested. ‘I am far too young to make such a commitment.’ The Cardinal was aghast. ‘Just sign it’ he said firmly.

He was a towering personality and I was used to being obedient. I signed. Through the years I’ve struggled a great deal to adjust to celibacy.

Do you know how many priests including myself identify with the novel ‘Thornbirds*? …There was a time when I hoped that the Church would remove celibacy for priests; now I realize that this will not happen in my lifetime. Today I teach young priests not to be inhibited with the opposite sex and to acknowledge their sexuality through yoga*.

[For * signs, see Ashrams report page 96. In this report, page 11]

 

What was your severest crisis?

I was emotionally involved with a woman. I wondered: Should I leave the priesthood, marry her, have children, lead a normal life ! I was severely stressed and took refuge in brandy and the occasional cigarette (there are no vows against substance abuse). Eight of my 19 classmates had left the priesthood. I could see myself going the same way. I spoke my heart out to two priests who were also undergoing similar crises. One chose to continue with the priesthood; the other left. The woman went away. I was sunk in the pits of bewilderment and despair… It was 1971…

I went to Mother Teresa and sobbed, ‘I want to leave the priesthood and the Church. Mother, help me’…

‘You are God’s anointed’ she said gently, ‘Jesus wants you. Please don’t quit’… [She] remained my guiding force.

 

And the other one?

I am keenly interested in music
and that is how I came in touch with B.K.S. Iyengar, my Guruji* 2.

 

 

 

I started attending Guruji’s Saturday afternoon
yoga classes at Campion school* (I was at Wodehouse Church at the time). I got in
touch with hitherto unexplored parts of my being, learned to calm my mind… and found a discipline and spiritual exhilaration that turned my life around. My relationship with my octagenarian Guruji endures till today. With his help I’ve started yoga classes, stress management courses, programmes for addicts and AIDS victims. *A Catholic school

 

What about your own addictions?

I smoked a bit and drank. One day, on the 15th of August 1968, I’d had a few pegs of whiskey and was violently sick… My Guruji helped me to let go of both the habits through meditation and yoga.

 

What does yoga mean to you?

Yoga is a philosophy of living that is the oldest and most holistic of mind, body and spiritual fitness. In the words of the [Bhagavad] Gita ‘Yoga is harmony…’ … the mind of the yogi is in harmony and finds rest in the inward spirit, to become Yukta
or one unto God. Yoga does not mean that I disconnect as a Christian priest. It strengthened me to continue with my priestly duties and tend to my parishioners. I have had amazing results with yoga. My own father at 68 was given 3 months to live, but after a yoga programme lived till 86.

When I was 55, I had an excruciating spinal pain, which persisted from a 17-year old fall from a scooter. My Guruji put me through 26 positions, one more painful than the other. It took 3 years to set my back right. I am rejuvenated, can even sleep in a lotus* position, feel fitter than ever. Yoga is the mainstay of my life. *see page 15

 

Tell us about your de-addiction centres.

[Fr. Joe relates the initiation of Kripa ‘a Sanskrit word that means grace ‘ on 15 August, 1981 in a makeshift shed attached to Mount Carmel’s Church, Bandra.] I provided counselling, yoga and meditation. A recovered alcoholic called Ossie Pereira helped with administration and moral support; a doctor attended to physical ailments. We all dished out Tough Love. Kripa Foundation has burgeoned into a network of 31 centres…

I am now consultant to the Archdiocese
for drug and alcohol abuse
.

 

Describe Kripa’s recovery programme.

[Fr. Joe explains the steps, and adds that] a minimum of medication- allopathic, ayurvedic and homoeopathic*– is used… Quite a few recovered addicts train to work with addicts themselves… Others train to be yoga teachers*p. 13

 

Do you take HIV positive addicts?

Not only addicts but HIV positive victims… We improve the quality of their lives with yoga and meditation

 

What are the yoga techniques that you use?

I
follow the 8-fold path set down in the yoga sutra of Patanjali.

[Fr. Joe explains each step, the last being ‘Samadhana‘ – oneness with the Absolute‘.]

 

How does meditation help you?

Meditation works by emptying the conscious mind… and open up pathways to those parts of the brain* that deal with spirituality, unconscious thoughts and experiences. *see page 6. Read ASHRAMS report p. 92

 

Tell us about your daily routine.

I wake up at 5:30 am, walk for 40 minutes on Bandra’s steep and winding roads. I return, do yoga and offer mass. I meditate at 9 am and am in my office at Mount Mary’s Basilica church from 10 am to 6 pm… I teach yoga three times a week- twice for asanas and once for breathing and meditation, to an average of 50 people, including teenagers and senior citizens of different faiths and professions… I sleep at 11:30 pm……………………………………..” END

 

What follows is the transcript of an audio-taped recording of a talk, using a slide projector,
given by Fr. Joe to a Catholic gathering at St. Peter’s Church mini-hall in Bandra, Mumbai, in early 2004:

 

I happen to be working in a
ministry of healing
of people who are marginalized because they are not understood, and the disease they are suffering from is alcoholism, an addiction… I have set myself for this work with the blessings of my superiors and I look at it as a vocation within a vocation… Fr. Parish Priest, Fr. Benji has shown me some of the concerns that you carry about the topic that I am going to share with you… How many of you were able to attend the week-long programme of Fr. Laurence Freeman… [of the WCCM*] the seventh time he has come to Bombay, okay, quite a few, and we have already set meditation groups all over the diocese*see pages 15, 49 to 54

 

“When the new millennium began, along with it came a spate of spiritual and religious teachings all over the world, but the popularity that was given most to was termed as ‘Eastern disciplines‘ and this… raised many questions and concerns about authenticity because naturally all these movements were aimed at some kind of spiritual experience. 3.

 

 

They started acknowledging that there is something else which can become very empowering- the other dimension, experienced in man where else, except the brain, and acknowledged that there was such a thing as an awakening or working on the right hemisphere of man’s brain*… Some efforts have been made, which are very sincere, to blend science with faith… I will show you some slides taken from the Harvard Medical School that initiated way back in 1967, almost the same time when the Catholic Church welcomed something which originated in Pentecostal and Protestant atmosphere
what we call today the [Charismatic] Renewal programme
.

[This is the first of Fr. JP’s several attacks on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal].

Somewhere at the same time… the famous stress management guru Dr. Howard Benson, a cellular biologist Dr. Joan Borysenko and … Dr. Ivan Kurtz… put together something of a breakthrough in medicine called the mind-body clinic. WRONG. [see page 96. This report, page 11] *see pages 2, 6. Read ASHRAMS report
p. 92 to understand this issue

 

“Other attempts have been made which were more superficial and confusing to average people. The explosion of the so-called New Age scenario is one of the such manifestations. It is literally like a blind leading the blind. And hence it was necessary that the Church safeguard her flock from the lies and the half-truths propagated as spirituality.

[Fr. JP tries to distance himself from certain aspects of New Age but has already positively expressed some of its tenets, see previous paragraph, and will continue to defend New Age paradigms as we will see].

 

The Catholic Church has always closely been associated with the inclusion of… Eastern disciplines in Catholic spirituality… I know that there are quite a few people [here] who perhaps are carrying other influences [charismatics!] than a very strict Roman Catholic official teaching, er, mindset. In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council… we are taught in two documents… The Church in the Modern World and… on Non-Christian Religions… They offer us a platform to understand what is unfortunately or incorrectly called New Age philosophy… The first Document… is very relevant to this New Age phenomenon which is projected mainly as a culture, a world culture.

MY COMMENT:
WRONG:
The February 3, 2003,
Vatican Provisional Report on the New Age, hereafter referred to by the acronym VPRNA, describes it as a SPIRITUAL movement, not a cultural one, but an “alternative spirituality“, #2.

But Fr. JP, using the ‘culture‘ excuse, quotes lines from the first Document, Nostra Aetate, #2 to the exclusion of others. For instance, he quotes, In Hinduism they seek release from anguish of our condition through ascetical practices… a deep meditation or a loving trusting flight towards God’‘ and adds what he chooses to believe the Document says: Now there comes a punch line, The Catholic Church rejects nothing of this.

The Church says nothing like that. The exact words are — and they DON’T concern the ascetical practices and meditations, because the intervening sentences deal with Hindu goals of liberation [moksha] and illumination/ enlightenment etc. which do not have equivalents in Christianity — The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. And
it is followed by a proclamation of JESUS as the Way, the Truth and the Life, John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 which Fr. Joe Pereira – like all Catholic New Agers — conveniently glosses over for obvious reasons.

 

Next, to support his case, Fr. JP ‘quotes’ from a commentary on the Document. Echoing the ashramites’ negative attitudes towards missionaries [= evangelization and conversion], Fr JP makes the commentary to say that earlier it was accepted

that the teachings of other faiths ultimately sprang from the Word of God, but this attitude was reversed by the missionary attitude which down the years started looking at non-Catholic religions as satanic. And so the Council Document came and authoritatively brought about this change and went back to the original teaching.

 

In 1990, Vatican brought out a… Document, [The Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church On] Some Aspects of Christian Meditation precisely to clarify and to support authentic meditation practice.

MY COMMENT:
WRONG, FR. JOE.
The date is actually October 15, 1989. Fr. JP quotes selectively from this Document, avoiding the many statements – which warn about the spiritual dangers of practicing Eastern meditations, which will affect his case adversely – including the footnote no. 1 to n. 2 that says that Zen, Transcendental Meditation and Yoga are Eastern methods of meditation that are inspired by Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

Now, Fr. JP drops the names of Mother Teresa and Cardinal Fitzgerald, and also quotes the Vidya Jyothi article by Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai which says, ‘Without denying the good elements these practices contain if kept within certain parameters, the nature of spiritual experience and its relationship with such practice and experience needs to be explained to our people’. How many of our priests are doing this? They are doing just the opposite, Fr. JP says., and he sets out to explain his ‘history’ of meditation, starting with the ‘Desert Fathers and Mothers’. This tradition of contemplation was also followed by lay people, undisturbed for 1000 years, he adds, till-

 

“In 1500, the big split took place. A monk, Martin Luther… when he split, he hit
the Church at its contemplative branch and he said, he disapproved meditation and preferred plain reading of Scripture, Sola Scriptura.

[Luther’s ‘big split’ was in 1517, not 1500] Now, in response… that we may not lose our people and run only after Scripture, to safeguard that, Rome, the Catholic Church, separated the laypeople from the influence of monks who taught meditation. [Is all this TRUE? – Michael Prabhu] Now isn’t it interesting that in 1550, to undo this horrible mistake by the Church, came a woman with great strength and courage, a Carmelite nun, none other than a mystic, St. Teresa of Avila. 4.

 

 

 

“She countered Luther’s influence, championed meditation and other mystical practices and permanently established the phenomenon in the Catholic Church, making it a distinctive feature from Protestantism. [Going again for the Charismatic Renewal!]. So if there is any reservation coming to meditation, you know where the roots are.

[What a contrived conclusion!] Understand that. And… people who are explaining the Documents [charismatics who are crusading against New Age meditations, yoga etc.] are not telling the people this. Because they themselves are soaked in this prejudice.

 

MY COMMENT:
T
he Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, note 11 records that “St. Teresa… perceptively observed that the separation of the mystery of Christ from Christian meditation is always a form of ‘betrayal’.”
Note 12 reads, “Pope John Paul II has pointed out to the whole Church the example and the doctrine of St. Teresa of Avila who in her life had to reject the temptation of certain methods which proposed a leaving aside of the humanity of Christ in favour of a vague self-immersion in the abyss of divinity.”

Isn’t that what yoga is all about? Why has Fr. Joe conveniently ignored several cautions like these? He continues:

 

“In recent times, a man… was working as a civil engineer in Thailand… there he got in touch with these [Buddhist] practices, he left his profession, became a [Benedictine] priest… he did a lot of work in Eastern disciplines and particularly meditation. But when he joined the monastery, his novice master said, ‘Aha, this is from the East. It is satanic’. So in obedience he said ok but he kept on searching, he went back to the Fathers of the Church… a very special [one] was John Cassian… This study of John Cassian impressed the novice master so much… his abbot allowed him to go to Montreal where he started his first monastery of Christian meditation… and it has spread to 60 nations. You can also access it on the Net.

It is very easy to remember: World Community of Christian Meditators.org… You get meditations there. You get books of early Christian mystics and of contemplative prayer. This is something which the Cardinal [His Eminence, Ivan
Dias]
is
very
keen on
starting all over the diocese, because as he said, there is too much of noise in the Church.

 

MY COMMENT: A detailed report on the WCCM
website is available on pages 49 to 54. It explains why Catholics should NOT visit this website, practise their meditations, or read their books.

Fr. Joe does not reveal such important information as this on the Desert Father: that “the writings of John Cassian, 365-435 AD… demonstrate the primarily therapeutic concern of this ascetism that sets out TO HEAL THE DISORDER OF SIN
and [so] to focus the individual on God“, The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, page 64. Not through yoga meditation!

 

Refering to Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, Fr. Joe’s next appeal is to the hesychastic [see page 61, Ashrams report] desert tradition of spirituality. Greek orthodox was quite Eastern. Do it in an Eastern way. How? Use the breath*. When you breathe in, you say Lord Jesus Son of the Living God, and when breathing out, Have mercy on me a sinner.*see page 15

 

Coming to the Document, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life [VPRNA], With regard to these teachings, how do they figure in the Document? It’s not a Document actually, as it says, the very first sentence… please, it is not a dogma, but it is a Provisional Report, it’s a study, an ongoing study… this is a combination study of two major desks… and several other dicasteries have pooled in their findings because this phenomenon of New Age is a crazy phenomenon abroad [he laughs].

I mean you have no idea what all kinds of crazy things are being done, and all of them are very sincere- they really want- they are searching for God and therefore we must understand this movement so that we can use the real elements- this is what the second part says…[MY COMMENT:
There is no first part or ‘second part’.]

 

“When I was in Rome on the 19th of October, we had an opportunity to meet the one who heads this desk [Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue] and he said, you know we are waiting for more theologians from India to tell us, because
these people who made this study [those who prepared the New Age Document] have no idea of your culture… and what they are referring to. They are only referring to in a vague way because they have heard that Vipassana, Yoga and all has become very popular. But they don’t know what this whole thing is all about. So we are waiting for you theologians to give us a feedback. And one of the first persons to give the feedback was the Vidya Jyothi whole team of theologians, and Bishop Dabre on his own. And we are putting together also in Bombay some responses [God help us!!!] coming from our long practice. I mean we have been in these disciplines for 35 to 36 years, teaching all over the world, and practicing this, and putting it into convents and monasteries and seminaries and all that. So, to teach our people about the revival of pagan religion with a mixture of both Eastern disciplines and modern psychology, this you must sift for the so-called teachings, and then realize that New Age is a cultural revolution[Once again the priest describes New Age as ‘cultural’, not spiritual, which is false.]

 

“Pope John Paul II… addressing the Bishops of the United States with regard to this particular Document [said] Pastors must honestly ask whether they have paid sufficient attention to the thirst of the human heart for the true Living Water which only Christ our Redeemer can give. From there the very title of the Document is taken.

MY COMMENT: The title of the VPRNA derives primarily from the New Age astrological Age of Aquarius*, the ‘Water Bearer’ of an alternative spirituality to that of Christianity, one that rejects the notion of sin and the need for a Redeemer in Christ and offers eastern meditation techniques and ‘cosmic-energy’ based healing therapies for body-mind-soul holism.

*Age of Aquarius, see pages 34, 53, 54 of the Catholic Ashrams report 5.

 

 

It is difficult for me to follow the logic here: maybe the reader can: Fr. JP says, …Our sharing in the Trinitarian life is not only as adopted but as one with the Son. This is what we using this practice can come to propagate. And so the New Age responds to a deep longing in many of our contemporaries whether Christian or not,
for a form of religion
which is
more integrated and
less pervaded by dogmatism and authority. Let me tell you, all the Westerners who have run away from religion, they got fed up, sick and tired, and today many of us are getting sick and tired, and that too some of our separated brethren are capitalizing on. Both ways they talk, you see, and blame us of dogmatism and authoritative attitudes towards people…[Remember Bro. Martin et al in the ASHRAMS report? Rebellion against organized religion!]

 

MY COMMENT:
It is surprising that Fr. Joe, who relies so much on tradition, Church Documents and Bishops’ teachings for his defense can say these things. It is no surprise that this type of talk immediately precedes what you will now read, when you will understand why the pilot report of 2005 on Fr. Joe Pereira is appended to the report on the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS:

Fr. JOE’S CONNECTION WITH FR. BEDE GRIFFITHS OSB., AND THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

“What happens in India? The practice of meditation in the Indian Church takes me back to something that happened in 1971… There was a Church in India Seminar. It was in Trivandrum then.

MY COMMENT:
WRONG:
Fr. Joe gets his facts wrong once again. The referred to Seminar was held in Bangalore in 1969 [see pages 2, 27, 29, 65]. In 1971 there was a conference in Nagpur, but Fr. Bede did not attend it. Maybe Fr. Joe did.

“And there was a tiny little voice of an old [Bede was just 63 in 1969!] man who stood up there and told the whole assembly, ‘If the Church in India did not respond to the call of contemplation, it might as well fold up as it has folded up in the West.’ Whose voice? Eh? BEDE GRIFFITHS. [Fr. Joe mimicked Bede’s voice when quoting him, so he obviously was on familiar terms with him]… And so, in response to the call of the Council, the Church in India, especially the two leading Benedictines, along with Fr. Bede there was ABHISHIKTANANDA, I wonder how many of you have cared to read one of his books – some hands are going up I see – and several other… priests like FR. AMALORPAVADASS from Bangalore, they set up research and studies of Indian scriptures and practice …through community living in ASHRAMS… a breakthrough book that came about in a Hindu-Christian-Catholic dialogue was The River of Compassion. You know what the River… is? It is a re-reading of the Bhagavad Gita through the Gospel of St. John, by Bede Griffiths. Hence there has been a proper discernment and understanding [!] of certain teachings referred to as Eastern disciplines.

In the light of the study of the above-named persons in the Ashrams report, any comments by me here will be superfluous.

 

IN DEFENSE OF YOGA

“The word yoga is… mostly used indiscriminately. The Western world has misused the word by identifying various wrong practices with it. It is… one of the 6 systems of Indian philosophy. And it is the only system that comes close to the practice of ascetism. However there are orthodox and unorthodox systems of yoga. By the way, it is not yoga, it is yog. People mis-pronounce the very word. The orthodox has four kinds of practices- [knowledge/gnana, devotion /bhakti, work/ karma and] yoga of the body- hatha yoga. The unorthodox system is called tantra yoga*, and tantra yoga, my dear people is… not a science, it is occultism… Everybody prays, but don’t condemn prayer because some people have an occult way [!] of praying …So don’t throw the baby with the bathwater. Understand what… some Christians mainly the Protestant denominations are opposed to when they are talking about yoga, they are mixing it up with the unorthodox system of… tantra yoga.*see page 96. This report, page 11

 

HOLISTIC HEALTH

The next portion of the talk on the deficiencies in treatment of the whole person by conventional medicine, its not really addressing the person- the human being. Dr. Bernie Siegel* has a beautiful book Mind, Medicine and
Miracles

“Something has to be done about it and therefore there was a whole change, from treatment to healing – Alternative Medicines… There it is more holistic, the whole, tota persona*see Ashrams page 96. This report, page 11

MY COMMENT:
WRONG: You are wrong again, Father. The title of the book is Love, Medicine and Miracles, 1986.

The Vatican’s Provisional Report [VPRNA] broadly deals with this New Age issue in the section titled ‘Health: Golden Living’ # 2.2.3, also see # 2.2.4, and says, ‘The real danger is the holistic paradigm. New Age is based on totalitarian unity and that is why it is a danger,’ # 4, notes cf 71. Fr. Joe promotes that same dangerous New Age holistic paradigm.

 

LEFT BRAIN-RIGHT BRAIN

Then the other thing in science which really brought about a spirituality of the body is the shift from too much emphasis laid on the left brain… we are so much overused this left brain, we have got a lot of mileage on our lips, we are very verbal, we are analytical, we are very RATIONAL… whereas we have another capacity within us… to be silent, non-verbal… we have never used this INTUITIVE capacity, and this capacity does not get awakened by stupid thinking… and we need to shut up and be quiet, be still and know that I am God, allow God to be God instead of playing God.

[see Catholic Ashrams report pages 87, 89. This report, pages 2, 4, 15.]

MY COMMENT: The Vatican Document VPRNA on this: In New Age there is a shift ‘from modernity’s exaltation of reason [rationality] to an appreciation of feeling… often described as a switch from left brain rational thinking to right brain intuitive thinking, # 2.1. Also see # 2.4.

This is yet another incontrovertible confirmation that Fr. Joe’s thinking, teachings and practices are New Age.


6.

 

 

Fr. Joe moves on to the mal-effects of the stress of modern day lifestyle which necessitates a ‘relaxation response’.

“Unless we are rested… completely empty ourselves because He Himself who was equal to God did not think it a matter of pride, but emptied Himself, kenosis, and Protestants very cleverly misuse this [laughs] and say when you empty yourself, the devil will come and take it over… And as long as you don’t have that trust in God, no matter what you say with your left brain is useless… Authenticity is all about being able to measure that you are truly at peace, because the body never tells lies, the mind tells lies.

MY COMMENT: If the mind tells lies, as Fr. Joe himself admits, how does one repose trust in the intuition of one’s right brain when one has rejected the rationality and logic of one’s left-brain thinking process?

 

Yoga: “So to learn to listen to the body, Jesus did this and that is why for me the Lord is my Supreme Yogi, why? Because only He could say The Father and I are one. What is yoga? Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuja which means ‘to make one’. What are we doing making one? We are becoming one in God, not in a pantheistic way, but in a relational way as the Trinity is one. So we have a golden opportunity here to evangelize through a culture and through a spirituality that was for ages with us and we have just pushed it aside taking a missionary attitude
and the Protestant attitude. Actually Martin Luther started this whole thing, and all those who have been influenced are Protestant-thinking inclined.

Praying with a Mantra and with Alpha waves: “Pick a focus word or short phrase that’s firmly rooted in your personal belief system. For us it is Ma-ra-na-tha – in Aramaic it means ‘The Lord Comes’. [see pg 87 This report, page 2, 39] Fr. Joe then explains how to use the breathing technique with the phrase to reduce physical and psychological stress parameters.

Using slides, he asks, What is better, to pray with Beta-waves or thought process, or to pray with Alpha-waves which is absolutely calm and serene, or to pray with Theta-waves which is THE absolute condition of inner equilibrium?

 

FR. BENEDICT HERON OSB

Fr. Joe speaks about Fr. Heron: In his book he had some beautiful texts praising Eastern disciplines and very especially, yoga. He gave me a copy and I went through it. I couldn’t find that passage… I made a long distance call and I said, ‘…where is that passage?’ He says, ‘Fr Joe if I had… printed that book in a Protestant -dominated London, I would have had no sale for that book. I cleverly dropped that passage at the advice of a Protestant Bishop…’ But, he says, ‘Some passages I have refused to remove and those you’ll find at the end, and when you speak to them give them these cautions’. Mind you, a foremost charismatic in London telling charismatics in the Catholic Church to be careful when they pass judgement on other forms of prayer.

Fr. JP
then lists ten points, dangers and temptations in the Charismatic Renewal ranging from spiritual pride to false prophecy to an exaggerated emotionalism, which according to him, charismatics are cautioned about, by Fr. Heron.

 

MY COMMENT: The book is titled I Saw Satan Fall- The Way of Spiritual Warfare, 1997. That section is not in my copy of the book. Fr. Heron, himself a Benedictine, does not make a single comment about meditation or contemplation. Rather, the book is loaded with compliments for the Renewal. And for Protestantism:
The praise of Jesus can sometimes be enough to drive demonic forces from a person or place- this has been the experience of the Charismatic Renewal… As the Irish bishops said in their recent very positive statement about the Charismatic Renewal (1993): In the Charismatic Renewal there is an awareness of the operation of the power of Satan- an awareness which seems to be missing in so much of the life of the rest of the Catholic Church… I pray that Catholics will wake up in the whole area of spiritual warfare, and that we shall work together with Evangelicals and Pentecostals, pages 61, 103-4, 114.

In his Acknowledgements, Fr. Heron thanks eminent charismatics like Fr. Rufus Pereira, Erika Gibello, Fr. James McManus CSsR, Charles Whitehead, Francis MacNutt etc. So, Fr. Joe, the yogi, continues to pile up the lies.

Fr. Heron, in his February 23, 2002 letter from the Monastery of Christ the King, London, to me, says,

“Many thanks for your letter… and for your own articles and letters… May God bless you especially in your work in this difficult field [exposing NEW AGE in the Church]. I am happy to pray for you. As an official exorcist, I am worried by the number of Catholics, including priests, who do not even believe in the existence of the devil, let alone understand the deliverance ministry. I had so much of difficulty in finding a publisher for I Saw Satan Fall, despite the fact that my first book Praying for Healing: The Challenge had sold very well. I think that the devil was trying his best to stop the spiritual warfare book appearing. I think that if one gets involved in the field, one will be attacked by the devil in a special way. So I very much hope that you are getting plenty of prayer support for yourself and your ministry and your family.

It is impossible that such a priest would have endorsed the yoga work of Fr Joe Pereira in any way.

 

In conclusion, Fr JP says, Not anyone can come into my yoga classes. And similarly the Bishops in America in 1978 when I went into the Renewal- I was baptized in the Spirit at the Westbury St. Bridget’s Church…- when the Bishops brought out a special warning that anybody afflicted with psychological disorder, emotional disorder, should be
forbidden from being taken into a charismatic group unless they have their respective psychiatrists’ clearance
.

[Can anyone confirm this claim of Fr. Joe Pereira’s? Almost certainly another one of his outrageous lies.]

I wish we had this condition here in India. The resultant effect has been that people are, all levels let me tell you that, have fallen victims without realizing that what is coming is not coming from the Spirit but it is coming from a disturbed emotional being. 7.

 

 

“And so similarly you can’t dabble, not everybody can dabble with meditation… Please ask me any questions you like, I have finished. I have said every word to you my dear people with deep concern in my priestly heart because I am agonizing about people who talk on this topic without the proper blessing and grace of our religious superiors.

About 40 persons were present, many supporters of Fr. Joe, and two priests, Fr. Juan SJ and Fr. Benji Fernandes

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY FR. JOE PEREIRA

The first ‘question’ ran into- if I typed it out- around fifteen lines. While it mentioned something positive about New Ager
Bede Griffiths OSB, and called for more inculturation, most of it was incoherent and Fr. JP interrupted the gentleman.

Next was a gushing lady who thanked Fr. Joe for his very enlightening talk, and a ten-line testimony ending with So I always go in meditation, whatever it is, directly to my Father who created me. Fr. JP requested for brevity.

She was followed by a young man who disputed Fr. Joe’s claim that Jesus sought equality with God, stated that he felt that yoga seeks self-glorification and that the Vatican Documents are very ambiguous, for example anyone could be right. Fr. Joe explained that Hindus and Christians interpret things differently, If you are inclined to be a Hindu, then that’s your problem. If you are a Christian and a baptized person, you will be renewed in your baptism by this methodology, so whoever is telling you that you’ll get pulled into a Hindu way of prayer is misguiding you

 

The report [VPRNA] has made a study and asking for more feedback and therefore there is nothing definitive about it. We priests have been asked to explain this to the people and clarify them rather than confuse them… Today I have presented you these concepts… Do you feel that these concepts are confusing? They are absolutely consistent with the Church teachings. In fact I have shown you where the actual Church teachings were not practised by the actual missionary conduct… God has [he laughs] kept a very distinctive contemplative streak in the Catholic Church, but it is not there in the Protestant church and they hate it. So let’s be careful. I must also tell you one thing, that Charismatic Renewal originated in Protestant atmosphere… The same principle by which Charismatics are today welcome in the Catholic Church should welcome people of other faiths to pray with us… [Applause from Fr. Joe’s supporters]

 

The next person stated that while Fr. Joe talked about emptying oneself when we practice yoga or meditation, Phil 2 says Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant. Father explained that it is the same process of Jesus so that when we are empty, we are available wholly to God and to people…

 

A gentleman takes up the interview in Health and Nutrition [see pages 2, 3], Fr. Joe’s emotional involvement with a woman, his taking to smoking and drinking and deliverance through yoga, and then gives his own testimony of being delivered from the same addictions through the healing ministry of Fr. A. V. de Sousa of Bombay. He ends, I was delivered in Jesus’ Name of these habits. I didn’t have to go to yoga or techniques. Now when Father had this problem, he went to his guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar- he’s a yogacharya. Now this person is a Hindu. Father is a priest. I am a lay person. If I could be delivered in Jesus’ Name, how couldn’t you, Father? You had to go to a Hindu yogi to be delivered of this problem.

“When you have a heart attack, you’re going to ask for a Catholic doctor?asks Fr. Joe. Hello! I’m asking you a question. You’ve got a heart attack and you’re in a hospital where there are only Hindu doctors. You’re going to refuse? You’ll take a Hindu doctor. Thank you.[Loud applause from Fr. Joe’s supporters] Someone asks, What’s the parallel?

“The parallel is what I went to BKS Iyengar for is misquoted by him. He has read the first part of my article where I have… expressed what my emotional struggles were, and then he’s quoting somewhere else… That guruji led me out of my addiction, that is not in the article. But see, this is what I say…

Interrupted by participant reading out from the magazine, challenging Fr. Joe’s lie: What is in the article- ‘MY GURUJI HELPED ME TO LET GO OF BOTH THE HABITS THROUGH MEDITATION AND YOGA‘.

 

Fr. Joe: “Please. A methodology used is not the ultimate and even if I have used the methodology, I am using it the way the Church is teaching me to use it. [If any reader is aware of this teaching, I would be very glad to know what it is]… In fact, this method helps one to purify oneself of all kinds of nonsense, of hypocrisy, and face the truth, and it’s a absolutely tested methodology through any medical science, so you cannot sort of condemn, and you know, I said at the beginning [?] that I felt here like a woman led in adultery because these are the people who are coming here to throw stones, and this is the stone, bringing a magazine, revealing my life, my personal life, making a comparison of how I have dealt with my religious issues, okay? and comparing me with a lay person who doesn’t go, you know, it’s not that, I, he is my, he is like my doctor, he is like a psychiatrist. I don’t stop going to doctors and psychiatrists. What is the parallel? It’s absolutely the parallel. Just because I go to any doctor and psychiatrist it doesn’t mean that I, I don’t acknowledge God and Jesus my Saviour. You get it?

Response:No. When it comes to a spiritual problem, there has to be a [Catholic] spiritual solution, not yoga.

Fr. JP: Listen…

Response: You said you had a SPIRITUAL problem.

Fr. JP: Okay, and now you are restricting the problem to spirituality and you are connecting it only with yoga. I’m not talking yoga as being only spirituality.

Response: You said that was the method you used. Finding Fr. Joe cornered, a lady interrupts on behalf of Fr. Joe condemning the discussion as having become not issue-based but personal. [Hearty applause from the supporting group] 8.

 

 

Fr. JP: Thank you, Joan. I just want everyone to know this and let’s talk to one another in love, in love.

‘Father, [another participant] What I am reading from is …Some Aspects of Christian Meditation . The discussion goes on, with Fr. Joe insisting that his practices concur with the Document’s guidelines, that, in an authentic experience, they should help enrich one’s sacramental life etc. and that [yoga] is the only system which comes close to our theology of grace…

Yet another gushing lady supporter of Fr. Joe sidetracks the discussion with her story of a demented girl being forcibly removed from church and the penal code sections it attracted. What’s Catholic about the Catholic Church? she asks.

It begins to seem that Fr. Joe’s aspirations for psychiatric clearance is desirable for more than the Charismatic Renewal.

Fed up, Fr. JP asks: Shall we conclude?

Not yet, because another member of the audience, a leader in charismatic ministry for three decades, has something to ask:

 

‘You came well equipped with all the slides and things, but Father… actually I was quite curious, why were you pointing at all the aberrations of the Charismatic Renewal without saying good things also about what the Charismatic Renewal has done for the Church, and the Bishops and the Popes themselves have also encouraged… You have quoted many of the Documents, very well done, but the same Documents… we’ve been reading a lot about these things… there’s just one thing which I think has not been mentioned, the same Letter to the BishopsOn Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, in chapter 5 it says, ‘The seeking of God through prayer has to be preceded and accompanied by an ascetical struggle and a purification from one’s own sins and errors.’ As you read further, it calls for deep repentance, that this change, this union with God can only come through repentance and changing of our
own lives. It’s not just a technique and exercises of yoga, whatever it be.

Fr. JP: But I quoted that very passage. I quoted that very passage… It’s not the technique, yeah.

The questioner: Ha. But it calls for REPENTANCE. It calls for a change of heart. That has not been mentioned anywhere. That is basic Christian spirituality.

Fr. JP: I quoted the text. It says, God’s grace. [A lady supporter in the audience keeps interjecting noisily but is ignored]. I am a charismatic myself. I told you I received the Baptism of the Spirit in 1978. I have the greatest – I run charismatic groups, I don’t mind, you know, sharing with- but let us not misguide them and particularly those –

The questioner: Why do you presume we are misguiding them, Father? Why are you presuming that? Why did you point out at Charismatic Renewal. Please explain that to me.

Fr. JP: [MY COMMENT: NOW comes the truth!] This whole issue has been raised up in the context of certain fundamentalism that has risen from the prayer groups. See, we are not attacking prayer groups but prayer groups are attacking us and telling us how to behave which is not correct. And that is why Dom Benedict [Heron] said very clearly- don’t be judgemental about other people and their spirituality. Why are you casting aspersions on us? Why are you trying to say that this form of spirituality in India does not go? Who are you to say that when the Church is not saying it?

 

The questioner: Father, Church is cautioning us. You accept that. The Church is cautioning us on Eastern methods of meditation. And the Church has in its various Documents specified Transcendental Meditation and Yoga as such methods. Now we are not against meditation, Father. Don’t say that. I’m sure, if you are talking about Charismatic Renewal, we are all longing to go into meditation. It’s not the meditation principle by itself, but it’s what may transpire in and through the
meditation… These are things that concern us… We’ve had a very well-loved man, Fr. Tony D’Mello.

He became so popular… after years of scrutiny the Church has hauled him up on his issues, on his philosophy, which is similar. We’ve had [Fr.] Amalorpavadass and this whole thing of using OM*, and the Church has not really given permission for that. And there’s a lot of quiet in this whole area. As a result of that, even Fr. Bede Griffiths– I’ll just explain this point of ours, why we’re concerned. It’s not that we’re putting aside meditation. Surely, if you ask anyone here, we all want to… become holy as Christ is. But we’re concerned about the input, we’re concerned about the dynamics often enough, and the content of each thing, and so we’ve also been doing a lot of reading out of our concern. For example there are some priests who are going to this extent and it’s a big school in the Church, very widely known- there are priests who believe there is no such thing as the person of the devil. It’s all part of this kind of thing… Overall there are so many things happening in the Church and I think we are rightfully concerned about it.

So we signed that petition to the priest, and I guess you’re here because of that… In this school itself, the question of VIPASSANA. Children had to begin the Vipassana by invoking Brahma, Vishnu, and if I’m not mistaken, Krishna.

The teachers told us about it. We had a big row because I don’t want my children doing that, and then I understand, correct me if I am wrong, Father, but I am told that finally the Archbishop had to tell you all to stop this whole programme. I may be wrong.*NOTE: There are bhajans using OM in even the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s official Praise The Lord hymn book. A few years ago I received a letter from one of its seniormost leaders, [and an erstwhile supporter of mine till I learned that he had recommended yoga], strongly criticizing my condemnation of the use of OM in Catholic prayer.

 

Fr. JP: Wrong… I just want to make some things very clear. Please. Your data is not correct… See, Vipassana is a Buddhist system. There is no Ramkrishna there… Goenka does not talk about Ramkrishna… Goenka is a Buddhist.

The questioner: Father, you have to excuse me here. They have heard them make the children invoke Brahma and Vishnu. If you want we can call the teachers. I take objection to this, Father, by [your] negating my data. I think I have also done my homework, Father, and this is where you are treating lay people – who are also willing to read and study the Church documents – as though we know nothing. I think you have to be very careful here.

Fr. JP: When I say that Vipassana does not include Hindu deities, I am talking about the teachings of Goenka. 9.

 

 

“If [Fr. Joe names the questioner] says that Vipassana was taught here with Hindu deities, then one has to investigate that because that itself is not authentic Vipassana… But let’s not get emotional about this for the simple reason that this concern comes from the highest authority and it percolates down to every individual person, and we are sufficiently responsible people to discern what is appropriate for me and what is not appropriate for me*. We have got such huge social issues confronting this country… but here we are spending time trying to argue about concepts. Concepts that are not even affecting the major population of our religions… I don’t want to be in judgement of anybody. My teaching is very clear, that we have been cautioned but we have a tradition. And if anyone is sitting in judgement against it, those people come from a different tradition
[he means Charismatics, Protestants!] which I explained to you.

And therefore, if anything comes from a Protestant background, they are going to clash and let’s be aware of it, and this clash will never end unless there is love, unless I say that I accept you the way you are. Thank you. [Applause]

 

*MY COMMENT: This thing about our being responsible Catholics and able to discern for ourselves what is appropriate or not. There was this huge convention at Vailankanni in February 2002 to celebrate the 1Oth World Day of the Sick. On the same premises, Catholic nuns had stalls that were peddling reiki, pranic healing, universal energy, even advertising the safe use of condoms to prevent AIDS! And the Catholic Health Association of India
[CHAI] was selling over three dozen occult titles including books written by Freemasons and theosophists [see my separate reports]. There were several thousand Church dignitaries
present, including Cardinals and Papal representatives and all the senior leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. No one seemed to notice, or mind. During one of the sessions, I took the microphone and pointed this out to the assembled gathering. The moderator on the dais was Fr. Lisbert D’Souza SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in India. His response to me, after a shaky delay, was exactly the same as what Fr. Joe said. This is amazing. We do not get the right directives on all these occult and New Age practices which are proliferating in our dioceses – in parish churches and schools, and we are expected to exercise the correct discernment? On what basis, when priests and nuns themselves run these organizations and conduct these programmes and blatantly propagate them as a new spirituality? To get back to Fr. Joe,

 

Question: When you talk about tradition, we have a Church tradition and a cultural tradition, so which do you advise us to take?

Fr. JP : As a Catholic, unlike a Protestant who has only one means of revelation which is Scripture, our Catholic Catechism will tell us that we have tradition and Scripture as a source of revelation, and all these teachings which I gave today has revealed to you the tradition of the Church… We’re not suddenly trying to give a new teaching. We’re saying whatever has been taught today, practised today, has got a history of the Church.

Question: What is the tradition of the country that we are talking about?

Fr. JP: I didn’t refer to any tradition of the country. I’m talking about the culture of the place. And [the Document] Church in the Modern World‘ spoke about culture, not tradition.

Questioner: We have a religious culture and we have a national culture.

Fr. JP: That was our first point when we said that Christianity cannot be restricted to any one culture. That is the teaching of the Church. Christianity has to be open to all cultures, and through these cultures you can probe deeper and deeeper, how Christ can be made- how Christ can be evangelized.[Now what was THAT?] END OF FR. JOE’S TALK

 

MY COMMENTS:

We have noted that Fr. Joe often justifies his yoga-meditation-‘ministry of healing’ by saying that it conforms to Church tradition/teaching/history, and that he has the backing or approval of the local and the universal Church.

While he rightly advises his opponents several times that everything should be done ‘in love’, his quite frequent and mostly unnecessary raising the Protestant bogey right from the start to the finish speak differently. While claiming to be a charismatic and even ‘run‘ prayer groups [people do not run prayer groups], Father loses no opportunity to speak hostilely against charismatics [neo-Pentecostals?] and their spirituality. [read the lines similarly underlined]

There are many factual errors and lies in his statements, as I have pointed out.

Whether made knowingly or not, there is sufficient New Age in this one talk of Fr. Joe’s to raise serious concern.

In the Health and Nutrition interview, some of Father’s comments about celibacy, the priesthood, the Church and authority are not edifying and do not become his vocation as a Catholic priest, a pastor. One might get the impression that during his seminary formation he was blissfully unaware of his choices and had no freedom to exercise his free will. On the same issue, he gives a public interview, but strangely objects to Catholics referring to it.

As one of the audience asked Father, where is the role of repentance in the use of these Eastern disciplines that seek to enhance communion/union with God? And pray where, oh where are the Lectio Divina, a prayerful reading and meditation on sacred Scripture – the BIBLE – not the Bhagavad Gita, where are the Blessed Sacrament and the Eucharist?

 

Isn’t it funny that someone can do and say just about anything, and get away with it just because he is a priest?

By anything I mean contrary to what Church teaches or is accepted Christian doctrine or praxis? Priests who speak against New Age practices, and defend orthodoxy face censure and I have evidence of that. And well-equipped lay persons who are the ones most prepared to speak out are even more unwelcome, even by their ‘own’ charismatic peers. Prayer groups who want to hear the truth are powerless to invite some speakers because the leaders need to have the blessings of the ecclesial authorities, from the parish priest upwards. 10.

 

Quite a few ministries, including those led by priests who know better, prefer the easy way out and simply compromise or look the other way. As one said to me, “Better to have some ministry and save some souls, than no ministry.”

As for those who are subverting the Church from within, they have access to all the Catholics they need with help from the Bishops; and Catholic news media, even archdiocesan magazines, as I have repeatedly shown, give them the extra mileage.

You don’t agree? Try sending reports of this kind to them [to THE EXAMINER for instance] and find out for yourself.

I have always maintained that if I wrote a book PROMOTING yoga or any New Age discipline, I could expect to have no problem with Catholic publishers [from the books that you see in their bookshops- St. Pauls, the Camillians, the Carmelites, Asian Trading, and others]. But a book that speaks AGAINST these disciplines?

Well, not too far in the future I may be able to give you the answer to that one.

 

More excerpts from
THE EXAMINER, the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay [see also pages 1, 15, 37 to 47, 60]:

January 27, 2001- A write-up by Fr. Joe on the WCCM, meditation, mantras, left/right brain etc.

April 6 and August 17, 2002 – News reports on one of KRIPA’s programmes. Again, meditation, mantras, left/right brain etc. The July 13, 2002 issue had a THREE-PAGE article by Luis S.R. Vas on the WCCM, the contents not very different from what Fr. Joe teaches. Author of A Handbook of Holistic Healing, Discover the Power of Your Hidden Self , etc., publisher St Paul’s, they are two of the MOST OCCULT and NEW AGE books by a Catholic author. The former book is reviewed by a priest in the April 20 issue of THE EXAMINER. [I have reviewed Vas’ other book in another article].

Vas has also written The Mind of J.Krishnamurti [a Theosophist], which book I have found in a St. Pauls bookstore.

The December 30, 2000 issue carried an apology for an ad. for a book Catholics, You are Destined For Heaven in its Dec. 9th issue, saying it was ‘inadvertently placed’ and does not have the sanction or approval of the ecclesistical authorities.

It logically follows that Vas’ occult books and the KRIPA/WCCM programs do have the nod
from the authorities
.

 

Against some of the * signs, see pages 2, 6: The following three are books/authors read and referred to by Fr. Joe Pereira:

The Thornbirds [see page 2] The almost 700-page work of fiction is one of several, written by Colleen McCullough in 1977.

It is about the love-affair between a fictitious priest [later Cardinal] Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie Cleary. While the titillating story may have real-life parallels, it is certainly not the book for a shaky young seminarian or priest to read.

 

B.K.S. Iyengar [see page 2] I could write a book on why Christians should stay clear of Fr. Joe’s guru. But, to be brief:

Light On Yoga, 1966, page nos. 130, 273, 348, 439-440

The Illustrated Light On Yoga, 1966, page no. 66

The Tree Of Yoga, 1988, page nos. 117, 123, 125-126, 131

These pages deal with KUNDALINI which is TANTRA YOGA. It is an acknowledgement of “sexuality through yoga”.

Fr. Joe has admitted that Tantra Yoga is occultism. The books deal with tantra, chakras, nadis and psychic energies. The truth is that no one, including Fr. Joe, can separate one aspect of yoga from another. The back cover of The Tree… says Iyengar insists that yoga is a spiritual path involving a great deal more than physical exercise.

[I found Iyengar’s books being sold at the St. Pauls bookshop in Bangalore!]

 

Dr. Bernie Siegel M.D. [see page 6] He is the author of several best-sellers, each of which cost between Rs 500 and 600. Siegel is
New Age, never mind that you can pick up his books from some St. Pauls bookshops. His New Age meditations use occult visualization and affirmation techniques, guided imagery etc. He also produces audiotapes and CDs for these meditations. He frequently refers to C.G. Jung and other modern New Age authors.

Check out his Peace, Love and Healing, 1989. Siegel says that he has an angel named “Oh s***” and that his little son Jeffrey’s “greatest description of life” was well expressed by the epithet “Holy s***“. [Incidentally, ANOTHER ERROR, I believe that it was Siegel who founded the Mind-Body Wellness Centre, not the team mentioned by Fr. Joe, see page 4]

 

This is an excerpt from an email with photographs received by me about two years ago from a charismatic leader:

[Name withheld, a friend of Fr. Joe’s] was the chap who took a gang of cronies around Bandra painting anti-Emmanuel Prayer Group [EPG] calumny on the walls of churches and schools in Bandra. These calumnies were based on the allegations of Fr Joe Pereira (of Yoga and Kripa fame) at the Bandra Deanery meeting of December 1988.

The EPG, now defunct after the passing of its senior leaders, pioneered not only resistance and crusade against New Age in Mumbai, but was also involved in pioneering CATHOLIC action like Pro-Life etc., explaining Church Documents, apologetics, and promoting orthodoxy. Some of their articles have been carried in CHARISINDIA.

Truly Catholic, the group was viciously attacked and publicly slandered and accused of being Pentecostal-Protestant. These charges were examined by the Church and the EPG was given a clean chit. In fact one of the late leaders was felicitated with an Award by the Bombay Archdiocese shortly before his death from cancer.

Even over two years ago, this writer has been warned by other Catholics, as mentioned earlier, of the consequences of making a report such as this. The letters are not being reproduced here as I do not see any reason for it at this time. After the Vailankanni episode [referred to on page 10] and my very detailed [inclusive of photographs] reports to the Bishops [not one of which was acknowledged], I received a letter from the Catholic priest who heads CHAI threatening me with legal action for libel and defamation. That did not deter me from making follow-up reports.

I thank all those Catholics who love the Church and have supported me morally, financially, logistically, by providing information, and with prayer, to make this report possible. More of all of it is always welcome. God bless you

[NOTE: Pages 1 to 11 here constitute pages 87 to 96 of the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS report, OCTOBER 2005] 11.

 

 

II. KRIPA IS NEW AGE: UPDATE. INFORMATION INCLUDED IN SEPTEMBER 2007

Headquartered in church compounds of two parishes of Bandra, Archdiocese of Bombay, this priest and his Foundation use yoga, meditation and breathing exercises [pranayama] to treat people holistically: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. KRIPA’s activities are featured weekly in The Examiner, the Archdiocesan magazine under “Local News”, letters to the editor, articles written by KRIPA and WCCM enthusiasts etc. KRIPA has about 50 branches operating in over a dozen archdioceses and dioceses across the country. Four centres are in Goa Archdiocese alone, according to reports.

 

1. The left-wing liberal National Catholic Reporter,
September 3, 2003, Vol. 1 No. 23 reports with pride on the
New Age
in the Catholic Church
in India through this article,
Meditating and Medicating on the Margins
by
Fr. Francis Gonsalves, a Jesuit of the Gujarat province
who “lectures in systematic theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, and has published many articles on theology, spirituality and social justice”. An excerpt [see more on pages 17, 18]: “Consequent to the crisscrossing of creedal confines, conceptions of Christ change. [Joe]
Pereira and Devaprasad [another yoga-preaching priest] unanimously worship Jesus as ‘The Supreme Yogi’ who proclaimed, ‘I am in the Father and the Father in me’ (John 14:11).

Among the ecclesiastical hierarchy, there is mixed response toward incorporating Indic spiritual systems into Christianity. Some bishops and priests support such moves. Others stump them.

Hopefully,
Jesus the reiki Healer
will draw us toward holism, and
Jesus the Yogi
will unite us
to all peoples, nature, God.

But Jesus is the Enlightened One, not a yogi who sought and attained enlightenment to become one with God, His Father.

This New Age priest, Fr. Francis Gonsalves SJ is the same who writes the ‘Sunday Reflections’ [on the Sunday liturgies] in the Catholic fortnightly from Chennai, The New Leader and contributes regularly to The Examiner

 

2. The more one reads about KRIPA, the more one is certain that New Age and Yoga, not Jesus Christ and the Gospel, is the epicentre of the ministry of this priest and his foundation. See these two UCAN [Union of Catholic Asian News] reports:

UCAN report of January 9, 2003 [see also page 15]: KRIPA “has been successfully using yoga to cure drug addictsAmong its methods are “asanas” (prescribed postures) and controlled breathing. Father Pereira… uses the therapy on drug addicts in the Kripa (mercy) Foundation… Yoga is now widely used in all of the foundation’s
17 branches in six Indian states. All those centers utilize yoga as ‘a psychosomatic and psycho-spiritual methodology for holistic health,” Father Pereira explained… ‘This needs discipline of body and mind,’ said the priest, who claims yoga accelerates recovery and produces a ‘total change in lifestyle and vision.’

UCAN August 2006: “‘Inner healing through yoga is the center’s uniqueness’, the 64-year-old priest of Bombay archdiocese explained to UCA News as he looked up from his laptop. The computer connects him to the center’s 48 units spread over 13 Indian states, as well as other units in Canada and Germany… To facilitate inner healing and lifestyle changes, Kripa blends Western techniques with
Indian yoga, Buddhist vipassana meditation, Chinese Tai Chi martial arts and Japanese Shiatsu massageFather Pereira also raises funds through his yoga classes within and beyond India. He was in Europe teaching yoga just before the center’s silver jubilee… Kripa plans to take its message to schools through meditation and yoga.”

 

3. FR. JOE PEREIRA’S LETTER TO GULF-GOANS:

From:
jpst_1995@yahoo. co.uk To:
gulf-goans-owner@ yahoogroups. com
Sent:Sunday August 13, 2006 11:24 pm
Subject:
KRIPA FOUNDATION –SILVER JUBILEE

Dear Friends and Benefactors,
I wish to thank you who so kindly have supported our work for the marginalised owing to addiction and HIV Aids.

Four of our nationwide 46 facilities are in Goa. We have a Counselling Centre in Mapusa. A full fledged Rehab Centre at Anjuna, which is a gift from the famous Albuquerque Family, Casa Albuquerque, a Employee Assistance Programme with Rehab and couselling work at Goa Ship Yard at Vasco, and a Community Based programme for HIV Aids in high risk behaviour community of Sex Workers. By your constant help, at least some of you, We are able to reach out to the afflicted Goan people and Families. On the occasion of our Silver Jubilee of the Foundation, may we ask you to pray and if God inpsires you, to even support our projects in Goa.
You can get more information on our website
kripafoundation.org

As a Yoga Instructor I do workshops on Yoga and Meditation both in Europe and North America. This helps me to sustain my Trust. We have a big challenge in India and more and more Archdioceses are asking for our presence.
If you care to join hands with me we can do in the words of Mother Teresa, “Something beautiful for God”
With my priestly blessings. Fr. Joe H. Pereira. Managing Trustee, Kripa Foundation – An Organisation Battling Addiction and AIDS. Reg. Office:
Mt.Carmel Church, 81/A Chapel Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050, INDIA. Tel:91-22-640 5411/643 3027; Fax:91-22-641 8210; Email:
frjoe@vsnl.com / jpst_1995@yahoo. co.uk

 

4. A friend, trained as a Catholic evangelist wrote a letter to Fr. Joe saying that he was taught there that yoga is New Age.

Fr. Joe wrote back, “How sad to see that you are still influenced by some fundamentalist teachings… Protestant oriented charismatics do not understand the Catholic church’s teaching… You still need to learn a lot and OPEN UP. Do not be obsessed and see Satan in other forms of prayer.” [see the letter on page 29] 12.

 

 

A year later, he sent Fr. Joe an article by Catherine Marie Rhodes, “CATHOLIC FAITH AND YOGA: INCOMPATIBLE”. Fr. Joe’s terse two-line response: “Your perception is horribly warped.
consult good inidan theologians especially Noel Shet“.

[Find out about Fr. Noel Sheth SJ., President, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth/Papal Seminary, Pune, author of The Divinity of Krishna“, promoter of yoga and vipassana, in my reports INDIA- THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS and the PAPAL SEMINARY.]

Seeing the news reports about KRIPA, another such Catholic ‘fundamentalist’ wrote to me, “Michael, Here is a flourishing practice by the priest within the church premisesJesus doesn’t seem to have a mention even once in all this…”

 

5. Apart from yoga, ayurvedic and homoeopathic medication is given to patients at KRIPA. [see page 3]

The Vatican Document on the New Age names homoeopathy – in its list of advertised New Age alternative therapies, and mentions “various kinds of herbal medicine”, in the section on Health: Golden living, #2.2.3.

The reader is invited to study my researched reports on these subjects on this ministry’s website. Homoeopathy is grounded in occult philosophies. Some ayurvedic treatments can be classified as New Age, and there are always close links with yoga.

 

Fr. Joe, who promotes “Indian traditional medicine” should take note of the following warning and advice to priests from the African Bishops which coincided PRECISELY with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of his KRIPA Foundation:

(i) African bishops to priests:
Stop acting as traditional healers


By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service (CNS) CAPE TOWN, South Africa August 15, 2006 Southern African bishops have told priests they can no longer act as traditional African healers. Priests must… channel their ministries of healing through the sacraments and sacramentals of the church,” said the bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which represents South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.

In an August 11 pastoral letter, the bishops expressed concern that “many African Christians, during difficult moments in their lives, resort to practices of the traditional religion…”.

Noting that they are empathetic with suffering people and understand their desperate search for healing, the bishops said, “We should remember that we need more than healing of the body. We need healing of body and soul, healing which brings us eternal health, eternal life and happiness.

We need total healing” that “Christ alone can give,” the bishops said… Priests “receive authority and power from the church and not from undergoing a ritual to become a diviner-healer. The claim to a double source of power and authority confuses Christians and undermines the image of the priest because the one contradicts the other,” the bishops said. “By virtue of the sacrament of orders,” priests “are consecrated to preach the Gospel, to shepherd the faithful and to celebrate divine worship as true priests of the New Testament,” they said. Priests exercise their sacred function above all in the celebration of Mass, they said…The bishops rejected “all forms of divination” and said that all practices of magic or sorcery “by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.”

(ii) http://www.cathnews.com/news/608/104.php
CHURCH RESOURCES CATHNEWS
August 17, 2006

Reuters reports that the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which represents bishops in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana, said in the pastoral letter… to priests,
“Christ is our great Healer who wants to heal people – more than the healing for which they yearn. He wants to share with us everlasting life and never ending health.”The Southern African bishops said Catholic priests should instead heal in the name of Jesus Christ, and should tend to the soul, not just the body.

 

The reader is requested to visit our website www.ephesians-511.net and read the following articles:

MARCH 2007: YOGA 106 PAGES, 1.10 MB [URL given on first page]

MARCH/APRIL 2007: SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA TO BE MADE COMPULSORY IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS 98 PAGES, 1.00 MB [URL given on first page]

If a follower of Christ is searching for comprehensive information on yoga and pranayama, the two articles are among the best available anywhere. One will also learn about two related issues- Surya Namaskar and the Gayatri Mantra.

In the latter article, in the section on Fr. Joe Pereira, I had summarised:

1. Fr. Pereira as well as the KRIPA Centre have received governmental recognition, acclaim and awards, and can be expected to be in the vanguard of yoga implementation in the Church in case the government proposals become a fearful reality. In 2002 the Kripa Foundation was “designated as a Regional Training Centre for the Northeast Region by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.”

The KRIPA model “influenced the federal government to recommend yoga as compulsory therapy in its more than 300 de-addiction centers in India. The government has also asked its centers to appoint a yoga therapist.

He “is a member of the high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Revenue, Narcotics Control Bureau) and has been honoured by a Priyadarshini national award for work in Anti-Drug Abuse (1990), a national award from the Anti Narcotics Council of India (1993-1994), a Sahayag Foundation award (1995).” 13.

 

 

2. The Foundation does not lack money: “Its funds come from Calcutta archdiocese, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity…“, the United States, Canada, Europe.

3. It also does not lack support. Its eight-page pamphlet says, “Kripa Foundation.
AN ARCHDIOCESAN PROJECT.” Fr. Pereira is “consultant to the Archdiocese
for drug and alcohol abuse
” in a ministry of healing… with the blessings of my superiors.” Effectively, the priest is the official ARCHDIOCESAN YOGA CONSULTANT. “Mother Teresablessed our Calcutta and Vasai centres.” KRIPA is reported in the press as a “Church centre“.

4. In KRIPA prayer, you “pray to a God of your understanding” or “a supreme power“.*

An ordained priest, Fr. Pereira does not use the name of Jesus, the Sacraments and sacramentals, or the Word of God for Scriptural counseling of addicts. *UCAN report August 3, 1994, see below

5.
Alcoholic priests are rehabilitated through yoga therapy. “Their programs are very greatly based on yoga.” “Kripa’s strength is
eastern disciplines.” “Yoga is the mainstay of my life,” admits Fr. Joe.

As a priest, I was a hypocrite, but Kripa saved me,” confesses
Father David Charles Monteiro, one of 11 resident counselors at the Kolkata KRIPA centre.

The Centre in the diocese of Vasai is run by a priest, Father Joseph Topno.

Having admitted their failure as priests, such priests are left with only yoga to offer their patients, not what you expect from a Catholic priest who is an alter Christus [another Christ].

6. Fr. Pereira’s guru is the world’s leading yoga exponent, B.K.S. Iyengar.

The Tree of Yoga says “Iyengar insists that
yoga is a spiritual path involving a great deal more than physical exercise.” The Tree Of Yoga, 1988.

This book, in page nos. 117, 123, 125-126, 131, and two others that I examined, Light On Yoga, 1966, page nos. 130, 273, 348, 439-440, and The Illustrated Light On Yoga, 1966, page no. 66, all deal with Kundalini yoga and Tantra yoga which, by Fr. Pereira’s OWN admission, is “not a science, it is occultism.

7. The influence of
New Age
and of the
CATHOLIC ASHRAMS movement
on Fr. Pereira, and his early links with it, is seen.

8. By KRIPA’s Silver Jubilee, August 15, 2006 things had only gotten much, much worse:

“Kripa blends Western techniques with
Indian yoga, Buddhist vipassana meditation, Chinese Tai Chi martial arts and Japanese Shiatsu massage.

9.
The major
Catholic archdioceses and dioceses supporting Fr. Joe Pereira / KRIPA, or in which the Kripa centres are operative:

Bombay, Vasai, Goa, Mangalore, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Imphal, Kohima, Shillong and Delhi.

In KRIPA’s 2006 report, Pune and Baroda dioceses are included. Later, Bareilly & Ranchi.

 

10. The UCAN report of August 3, 1994 noted that the KRIPA rehab. program includes “group therapy, personal counseling, occupational therapy, input, discussions,
yoga, prayer, meditation and recreational therapy supported by the 12-step method of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

While I was completing this report and was reading my files on Fr. Joe, I suddenly recalled something that I had read in the February 3, 2003 Vatican Document on the New Age, but never understood. I reproduce it here:

“Advertising connected with
New Age
covers a wide range of practices as acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, kinesiology, homeopathy, iridology, massage and various kinds of “bodywork” (such as orgonomy, Feldenkrais, reflexology, Rolfing, polarity massage, therapeutic touch etc.), meditation and visualisation, nutritional therapies, psychic healing, various kinds of herbal medicine, healing by crystals, metals, music or colours, reincarnation therapies and, finally, twelve-step programmes and self-help groups.” # 2.2.3

Could they be the SAME thing? Can anyone confirm this to me?

KRIPA’s “12-step method
is probably the same
twelve-step programmes” that are NEW AGE!!!

 

11. Many of KRIPA’s “patients” have been CATHOLIC PRIESTS! This underscores the alarming trend towards alcoholism within the priesthood.

The August 2006 UCAN report says, the center’s first three patients were a Catholic priest, a doctor and a recovering alcoholic. [At the present time] One [patient] is a middle-aged Catholic priest who has completed 10 months of treatment.

Could this be one reason why some good Bishops encourage KRIPA? Because it is safer to send alcoholic priests to a Catholic-run de-addiction and rehab. centre than to a private clinic?

The Cover Story, The New Leader issue of
February 16-28, 2009 was on “
Clergy and Alcoholism“.

The main stories were contributed by priests and there were many readers’ responses on the problem. 14.

 

 

 

12. In reference to point 4 above, in the UCAN January 9, 2003 report PRIEST FINDS YOGA EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR DRUG ADDICTS,
[see also pages 16, 17] Fr. Joe explains that
“any de-addiction treatment is ‘essentially a spiritual program, enabling substance abuse victims to realize and rely on (a) higher power, evidently God.’

Only spirituality can make an addict sane, he insists. ‘Stop thinking and keep silence,’ he pointed out, is the first lesson in spirituality because it helps people discover their own inner spirit and listen to its voice.”

This “inner voice” is the “intuition” that the New Age document warns against, the use of the supposed “right brain” as against the “left brain” that concerns rational thinking. New Age is about the primacy of intuition as means of the right knowledge as opposed to reason. See pages 2, 4, 6.

Fr. Joe’s exhortation to maintaining silence is acceptable, but I don’t know about the “stop thinking” part. And “listening to the voice of one’s own spirit” can be perilous. Is Fr. Joe not aware that apart from the Spirit of God, there are the human spirit and the evil spirit. How can one be certain whose “voice” one is hearing and heeding after emptying one’s mind?

Fr. Joe: “Meditation works by emptying the conscious mind… and open up pathways to those parts of the brain that deal with spirituality, unconscious thoughts and experiences.
See pages 3, 7, 8

Mention may be included here that New Agers always tend to speak in terms of “spirituality”. The concept of “religion” – especially its hierarchial, dogmatic structures – is anathema to them. Religion, with its corollaries of faith and reason, conflicts with the New Ager’s pursuit of freedom through the use of “intuition”.

 

13. Fr. Joe claims that he even sleeps in the lotus position” [see page 3]. The DVD “India: The Lotus and the Cross” [see page 33] carries visuals of Fr. Joe squatting on a church pew, cross-legged in the “lotus position” in “meditation” before the altar. What is this “lotus position“?

I quote from page 3 of my 106-page report titled YOGA, from the section on the 8 different stages of Patanjali’s ashtanga or eight-stage yoga meditation which Fr. Joe uses, as he admits, see page 4:

ASANAS

Stage three,
ASANA
(right posture) instructs how the body should be prepared for meditation [Yoga Sutra 2,46].

It is the first stage of physical ascetism. Its aim is to immobilize the body with the only goal of helping concentration.

Their purpose is NOT, as is commonly believed, to confer health, fitness and relaxation to the body but to be a physical support for meditation. Each asana has a fundamental purpose.

Padmasana (the lotus posture)
for instance, ensures that the spiritual cord, the sushumna, is in a vertical position to facilitate the upward movement of the subtle female kundalini energies [shakti] awakened in the muladhara
chakra at the base of the spine, through five other psychic energy centres to unite with the male power centre [shiva] located in the forehead chakra, climaxing in the sahasrara or crown chakra at the top of one’s head in a cosmic orgasm.

Each chakra [lit. wheel] or spinning energy centre corresponds to a Hindu guardian deity and is associated with its mantra and governing cosmogonical element as elaborated here [Chakra/ Guardian deity/ Mantra/ Cosmogonical element]:

muladhara/ Brahma/ lam/ Earth; svadishtana/ Vishnu/ vam/ Water; manipura/ Maharudra/ ram/ Fire; anahata/ Ishvara/ yam/ Air; vishuddha/ Sadashiva/ ham/ Ether; ajna/ Shiva/ om or aum; sahasrara  or crown chakra.

Once kundalini reaches the last chakra, it returns to its primordial union with the impersonal Ultimate Reality. 

 

Fr. Joe also promotes, along with the use of asanas, “controlled breathing techniques” [see pages 1, 3, 5, 7, 12].

Yoga practitioners do not seek to breathe air or oxygen but the “divine” cosmic energy called “prana

The control of pranic energy is called pranayama.

PRANAYAMA

The fourth stage
PRANAYAMA* [Yoga Sutra 2, 49-51] means the ‘refusal of breath’ following the ‘refusal of movement’ by performing the asanas. Breathing is an involuntary action and pranayama seeks to control it as a voluntary action.

Ancient Hindu seers believed that just as psycho-mental tension affects the rhythm of breath, the stilling of breath can contribute to stilling the “modifications of the mind” and that by controlling the activity of breathing, they would also
control the flow of prana [universal force or subtle energy] that supposedly gives life to the human body.

As psycho-mental activity is itself generated by prana, and breathing is the main channel for the influx of prana into the body, it has to be strictly controlled in order to attain control over the mind.

Prana (crystallisation), Vyana (circulation), Samana (assimilation), Udana (metabolism) and Apana (elimination) are the five aspects of the universal prana, by controlling which the yogis seek to operate from a higher level of consciousness.

‘Senses control’ follows ‘breathing control’.

*Plenty more documentation on the occult breathing practice and dangers of Pranayama in my 98-page report on “SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA…”

 

14. The WCCM.
Details of its New Age nature will be available in the update
* on the World Community for Christian Meditation or World Community of Christian Meditators. *you can now find them on pages 48 through 53, etc.

I would like to establish right now that there is this very close association between KRIPA and the WCCM.

Bombay Archdiocese’s THE EXAMINER carries regular information on these issues for the benefit of readers. e.g.

TE November 4, 2000. Fr. Joe Pereira of KRIPA Foundation with Fr. Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk and head of the World Community of Christian Meditators will conduct a 2-day meditation programme at the Retreat House, Bandra, Mumbai on November 22 and 23, 2000. [More publicity for Kripa/WCCM by The Examiner, see pages 1, 11, 37 to 47, 60]15.

 

 

 

I am reliably informed that one of the leaders of the WCCM in Bombay Archdiocese is an old priest colleague of Fr. Joe’s who left the priesthood around 1970, to marry. He contributes articles on the WCCM and Scriptural reflections to The Examiner especially during Lent and Advent. Could he be the one that Fr. Joe mentioned in his H&N interview [see page 2]?

When the Manila chapter of the WCCM held the five-day First Asian Conference on Contemplative Christianity Oct.

29 to November 3, 1992, in the Philippines, one of the main speakers was the ashram leader from India, Vandana Mataji [http://www.ucanews.com/search/show.php?q=yoga&page=archives/english/1992/11/w2/mon/as6062.txt] see pp. 49, 61

If one wants to know more of the spiritual errors propagated by this nun, one must read the report on the Catholic Ashrams. Among other things, she insists that “we should centre our prayer life not on the Eucharist
but on contemplative prayer or ‘Meditation’
.” Do I need to say anything more? See pages 47, 48, 62, 71, 72, 102-103.

Benedictine Father Laurence Freeman, who heads the Community, opened the Manila conference which
included workshops on Zen [and] yoga.” For more on Freeman see Catholic Ashrams report, page nos. 13, 41, 60, 63, 72.

The separate report on the WCCM will contain evidence of how these supposedly Christian meditations are just what Rome has warned us about in the 1989 Document, On Christian Meditation, and the 2003 Document on the New Age. Yet, the WCCM, like KRIPA receives full support from a Cardinal [pp. 39, 40] and the Bishops of Bombay Archdiocese [pp. 44, 45].

 

III. KRIPA IS NEW AGE: UPDATE. INFORMATION. INCLUDED IN APRIL 2009

A. MORE INTERNET NEWS ITEMS, CHRONOLOGICALLY, WITH MY COMMENTS

1. KRIPA CENTER GIVES HOPE TO DRUG ADDICTS IN CALCUTTA

http://www.ucanews.com/search/show.php?q=yoga&page=archives/english/1994/08/w1/wed/ie0607.txt

UCAN CALCUTTA, August 3, 1994 “As a priest, I was a hypocrite, but Kripa saved me,” confesses
Father David Charles Monteiro, an alcoholic-turned-counselor in a rehabilitation center near Calcutta, eastern India.

Started with six patients in 1989 in a room at Bijoygarh, 3 kilometers south of Calcutta,
Kripa (mercy) rehabilitation center has so far treated some 600 patients, including Father Monteiro.

The first Kripa center was set up in Bombay by Father Joe Pereira, a diocesan priest.

The Calcutta center won the 1993 national award for the best center fighting drug abuse in India.

The award was given by the Anti-Narcotics Council of India, based in the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram.

Father Monteiro is among the patients who completed treatment and resumed normal life. The diocesan priest is now one of 11 resident counselors at the center, which was moved to Gangarampur’s Boys Town four years ago.

“An alcoholic, I was on the streets for eight years when Father Pereira sent me for treatment,” Father Monteiro told UCA News. After recovery, he stayed at the Calcutta center for three years.

“What I get from and can give these inmates is far greater than anything outside,” he said, insisting he, like the 60 Kripa inmates, lives “for the present,” but the “experience of Kripa is enough to keep one going with hope.”

The dilapidated complex has four blocks, including the 15-bed de-addiction unit, which takes a patient through detoxification and primary care during the first month of admission, when they are cloistered. “The rehabilitation program is a multi-phasic, multi-disciplinary approach,” explains Shubhorup Dasgupta, another addict-turned-counselor.

The program includes group therapy, personal counseling, occupational therapy, input, discussions,
yoga, prayer, meditation and recreational therapy supported by the 12-step method of Alcoholics Anonymous…

“Our focus is to
pray to a God of your understanding
as a supreme power
to which you can always turn for help,” Dasgupta explained, so Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists at the center can pray and meditate together. …The center’s future plans include income-generating activities through farming, horticulture, piggery and small industry.

Its funds come from Calcutta archdiocese, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Association San Lorenzo, Communita Cenacolo of Italy, Andheri Hilfe of Germany, Miller Wilson Associates of Canada and the United States.

 

2.
PRIEST FINDS YOGA EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR DRUG ADDICTS
[see my comment on page 15]

http://www.ucanews.com/html/ucan/f_dishpatch.asp?ucalang=English_../news_report/english/2003/01/w2/thu/IB3117FA.txt

UCAN MUMBAI, January 9, 2003 A Catholic priest in western India has found that an ancient discipline can be an effective therapy for a modern curse.
Father Joe Pereira, who heads a chain of drug rehabilitation centers in various parts of India, has been successfully using yoga to cure drug addicts.

The 57 year-old priest of Bombay archdiocese claims “patients respond to yoga therapy better” than to other therapies.
He told UCA News that yoga, meaning “union” in Sanskrit, denotes harmony and perfection in whatever one does.

The ascetic Hindu discipline aims to achieve liberation of self and union with a higher power through intense concentration and deep meditation. Among its methods are “asanas” (prescribed postures) and controlled breathing.

Father Pereira said yoga therapy helps addicts adopt a lifestyle of physical exercise, meditation and healthful eating. He uses the therapy on drug addicts in the Kripa (mercy) Foundation, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that he set up in Mumbai in 1981. Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, is about 1,410 kilometers southwest of New Delhi.
The priest began using yoga after other forms of therapy failed to achieve desirable results in his patients. He said their “restless desires disappear” when their minds “are in harmony and find rest in the spirit within.”
Yoga is now widely used in all of the foundation’s 17 branches in six Indian states. All those centers utilize yoga as “a psychosomatic and psycho-spiritual methodology for holistic health,” Father Pereira explained. 16.

 

 

 

 

In his view, any de-addiction treatment is “essentially a spiritual program, enabling substance abuse victims to realize and rely on (a) higher power, evidently God.”

Only spirituality can make an addict sane, he insists. “Stop thinking and keep silence,” he pointed out, is the first lesson in spirituality because it helps people discover their own inner spirit and listen to its voice.
Before the spiritual is addressed, however, the centers help patients understand that just avoiding drugs is not their final goal. Their real goal, they are told, is to live a more positive, healthy life. “This needs discipline of body and mind,” said the priest, who claims yoga accelerates recovery and produces a “total change in lifestyle and vision.”
Father Joseph Topno, who looks after a center in Vasai, some 50 kilometers north of Mumbai, says addicts cannot “successfully give up their addiction unless they change their personality and orientation to life.” Making one quit the addiction may be easy, but keeping a person off drugs is challenging, the 43-year-old tribal priest told UCA News.

According to Arthur George D’Mello, the foundation’s executive director, the centers have treated more than 15,000 drug addicts, with a success rate of more than 60 percent. The Catholic layman told UCA News that though their programs are very greatly based on yoga, Western medicine is also used to help manage withdrawal pain.
Dev Varman, a government policy maker, commended the success of the Kripa centers in treating drug addicts. Last year in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Varman told a meeting of people working with substance abuse victims that he found the use of yoga at the Kripa centers to be “touching.” He said that

the foundation has become a model for all working with addicts and that it influenced the federal government to recommend yoga as compulsory therapy in its more than 300 de-addiction centers in India. The government has also asked its centers to appoint a yoga therapist, Varman added.
Upendra Thochom, a former Vasai center inmate, says yoga not only cured his drug addiction but also helped him attain harmony in life. Thochom went to the center as a patient eight years ago but now is its yoga instructor. “
Yoga gave me back my life,” he told UCA news, “so I want to live the rest of my life promoting it among addicts.”
Patients in at the Vasai center practice yoga, mostly simple asanas, for three hours a day, according to the youth from northeastern India. Besides practicing yoga postures, patients do breathing exercises, read spiritual books and meditate, and also attend counseling and inner healing sessions. Thochom said they are also encouraged to get involved in vegetable cultivation and other work in the center, and to eat vegetarian meals.

 

3. Read about Fr. Joe Pereira [and priests and nuns like him] in this New Age story:

AN INDIAN JESUIT THEOLOGIAN, FR. FRANCIS GONSALVES REPORTS ON

Meditating and Medicating on the Margins” [see also page 12]

The left-wing liberal National Catholic Reporter
September 3, 2003 Vol. 1, No. 23 reports with pride on the
New Age
in the Catholic Church
in India through this article,
Meditating and Medicating on the Margins
by
Fr. Francis Gonsalves, a Jesuit of the Gujarat province
who “lectures in systematic theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, and has published many articles on theology, spirituality and social justice”:

While most believers raise their hands in worship,
Catholic priest
Swami Devaprasad, who harmonizes
hatha yoga
with Christianity, frequently raises his feet, too. In Pune, Buddhists are thrilled that Fr. Peter D’Souza
conducts
vipassana courses, and that
Medical Mission Sr. Ruth Manianchira
heals hundreds through
reiki.
Fr. Joe Pereira
of
Mumbai
cures alcoholics and drug addicts through
yoga, while in South India,
Jesuit priests Ama Samy and Sebastian Painadath
run Zen
courses and
Bhagavad Gita retreats, respectively, with rousing response.

Spirituality, not doctrinethe human body, not merely the mindis the meeting ground of India’s modern missionaries who meditate and medicate on the margins between Catholicism and Indic religions.

Moreover, their margin-ministries are moving the Indian church toward rediscovering the Indian Christ, and refurbishing Indian Christian-ness.

The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit yuj, which means “to unite” or “to yoke together.” Swami Devaprasad describes yoga as “the quest to unite the jeevatma (individual soul) with the paramatma (the universal soul or divine reality), thus achieving equilibrium within oneself, and with others, nature, God.”

“Though we come from different religions, we all meet at the level of spirituality,” asserts
Painadath, whose Gitasadhana “is an intense initiation into contemplative prayer based on the integrated spiritual transformation undergone by Arjuna under the impact of the divine Lord traced in the Bhagavad Gita.”

“During my seminary training,
the Catholic church was too left-brain oriented,” muses Joe Pereira, “resulting in a dichotomy between lofty dogma and actual practice especially as a ‘sexual celibate.’ In my thirty-five years of yogic practice I have come to listen to my body and even explore its wisdom.”

The practice of yoga, which enhances psychosomatic healing, enabled Pereira to evolve a new model for the recovery of addicts within the psychosocial model of treatment.

While monasticism and Puritanism of the West have often led to utter neglect of the body or narcissism, Indian spirituality values the body. “The body is a true shrine within which to meet God,” stresses Devaprasad.

…”Faith, without works, is dead” (James 2:17). The spiritual margas (paths) of bhakti (worship) and jnana (knowledge) are sterile if they do not flow into karma (action). Painadath insists that without a harmonization of the three margas, religious practices can be alienating… 17.

 

 

 

…Margin-missions endow religion with fresh meanings. In our postmodern world of fluid frontiers, Ama Samy advocates the “practice of passing over and coming back – passing over into Zen, for instance, then coming back to our own Christian tradition and standing in the in-between.” Consequent to the crisscrossing of creedal confines, conceptions of Christ change. Pereira and Swami Devaprasad unanimously worship Jesus as
“The Supreme Yogi”
who proclaimed, “I am in the Father and the Father in me” (John 14:11).

Reiki – meaning, “spiritually guided life force energy”helps Manianchira unleash channels of spiritual power that lie latent within the depths of being. Indeed, the wellsprings of all religions surge from these spiritual depths. …Manianchira is enthusiastic about the healing powers of reiki: “a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you, surrounds you, and treats the whole person – body, emotion, mind, spirit – creating extraordinary effects like relaxation, peace, security, well-being, and other miraculous results.”

…In conformity with the charism of the Medical Missionaries in India, Manianchira has jettisoned the “hospital model” or “medicine-dispensing model” in favor of “not merely removing symptoms but addressing the root causes of illness which lie at the very depths of our being.” She strives for ‘integral healing’ and ‘sustainable health’ for all.

Manianchira admits to calling upon the power of “Jesus the Healer” to empower her in her mission. “I often see Jesus as a reiki practitioner,” she confesses, “who preaches forgiveness and love as means of wholeness.”

Manianchira receives letters spiced with scriptural sayings alleging that reiki and pranic healing are satanic systems*. Fortunately, her religious community supports her fully…

Among the ecclesiastical hierarchy, there is mixed response toward incorporating Indic spiritual systems into Christianity. Some bishops and priests support such moves. Others stump them.

Hopefully,
Jesus the reiki Healer
will draw us toward holism, and
Jesus the Yogi
will
unite us to all peoples, nature, God.

*MY COMMENTS: It is always gratifying when one’s efforts are recognized, but the circumstances in question here are not edifying. They are, to use a phrase that I always exclude from my vocabulary, but for want of a better substitute introduce here, most unfortunate. I am referring to the “letters” that Sr. Ruth Manianchira MMS admits to receiving. The letters are in fact my reports, primarily one titled:New Age Alternative Medicines such as Reiki and Pranic Healing which are being practised and taught in Holistic Health Centres run by Catholic nuns in Chennai and in Pune with the blessing of the Church.” This report is dated 29.06.2000. Sr. Ruth is mentioned by name in the report, along with the other Medical Mission Sisters who run the ‘healing’ centre.

Amasamy and Painadath, Jesuit priests, ashram founders, are elaborated on in my report on Catholic Ashrams.

The report was reached to the Holistic Healing Centre as well as to the Bishop of Poona in whose diocese it operates.

This New Age priest, Fr. Francis Gonsalves SJ is the very same priest who writes the ‘Sunday Reflections’ [on the Sunday liturgies] in the fortnightly, The New Leader and contributes regularly to The Examiner!!!

 

4.
CHURCH CENTER COMPLETES 25 YEARS OF HEALING CHEMICAL-DEPENDENT ADDICTS

http://www.ucanews.com/search/show.php?page=archives/english/2006/08/w3/tue/ID00900RA.txt [see page 29]
UCAN MUMBAI, August 2006 A nondescript signboard in an annex of a Marian shrine complex points to the “help line” office of Kripa (Grace) Foundation. A small room inside the complex is the office of Father Joe Pereira, the founder. His center, which helps hundreds of chemically dependent and HIV-infected persons in India and abroad, marked its 25th anniversary on Aug. 15.

“Inner healing through yoga is the center’s uniqueness,” the 64-year-old priest of Bombay archdiocese explained to UCA News as he looked up from his laptop. The computer connects him to the center’s 48 units spread over 13 Indian states, as well as other units in Canada and Germany. Father Pereira has used the same office inside Mount Mary Church in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb, for the past quarter of a century. Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is 1,410 kilometers southwest of New Delhi. The priest emphasized that Kripa’s goal is to transform “the life of a patient from afflicted to affected.” To facilitate inner healing and lifestyle changes, Kripa blends Western techniques with
Indian yoga, Buddhist vipassana meditation, Chinese Tai Chi martial arts and Japanese Shiatsu massage.
The treatment program includes counseling, detoxification, rehabilitation, aftercare and extended care, Father Pereira said. He also pointed out that Kripa tries to wipe out the stigma of being addicts and “makes an effort to welcome them into the community, which is very essential.” On average, about 200 addicts benefit from the live-in treatment each year. Hundreds of others get help from the “drop-in” facilities they visit on a regular basis, said G.S. Shreenivas, who has worked in the center’s research and documentation department for seven years.
Kripa also offers counseling and community-based training to prevent the recurrence of addiction, he said, and the overall recovery rate is 60 percent a year. Patients cured at Kripa are trained and absorbed as staff ino its various facilities, including the drop-in section, and family- and community-based training programs. According to Shreenivas, the center keeps records for just two years, but the center has treated around 20,000 people during its 25 years of existence. One “wounded healer,” a term the center uses for cured patients, is Bosco D’Souza, 47. He told UCA News he was an alcoholic for 25 years and it took him “a long time” to realize alcoholism is a disease that requires help to cure.
“Those days, I was a bartender and it did not take me long to take to drinking,” said D’Souza, who now looks after the center’s unit in Vasai, 50 kilometers north of Mumbai. “After a point, I could not go without drinking, and my entire family suffered because of that,” he said. He said he sought Father Pereira’s help when he realized he could not kick the habit alone. Now, D’Souza said, he helps other people kick their habits. 18.

 

 

Father Pereira said he began working with substance abusers when he was a young priest. His appointment as the Marian shrine’s parish priest allowed him to set up a center inside the shrine complex in 1981.

“Initially,” he recalled, “I used to help substance abusers on an individual basis.” Father Pereira said he launched the center with guidance from Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, and the center’s first three patients were a Catholic priest, a doctor and a recovering alcoholic.

His parents gave him the land for the Vasai center, 50 kilometers north of Mumbai, where 43 residents now follow a strict treatment program. One is a middle-aged Catholic priest who has completed 10 months of treatment.

He said: “My negative attitude toward life has changed. Now, I want to serve others.”

Sashi Menon, a physician who has worked with Kripa for 16 years, told UCA News that the center “provides a spiritual and physical balance.” The doctor commends the center for employing cured patients. “Having gone through the healing process, they can easily develop into competent staff,” he said. Only 15 percent of the Kripa staff are non-addicts and professionals, he added.

Kripa extended its service to HIV/AIDS patients in 1990 and began reaching out to drug addicts at a federal jail in Manipur state, northeastern India. The center conducted a survey in Manipur for the Indian government in 1995, Menon said, because “drug addicts are in the high-risk group to contract HIV.” That same year, it began a round-the-clock HIV/AIDS help line in its Bandra and Vasai centers, and in Goa, west India, and Nagaland, northeast India.
The federal ministry of social justice and empowerment partly funds Kripa, as do national and international charity organizations.
Father Pereira also raises funds through his yoga classes within and beyond India. He was in Europe teaching yoga just before the center’s silver jubilee. All the units strive to heal the nation and the world, “particularly in these troubled times, and meditation is one way of doing that,” he asserted. Kripa plans to take its message to schools through meditation and yoga, “but there’s a long way to go,” the priest added. “The thirst is to heal on a larger scale, and work toward peace and harmony among communities.”

 

5.
FR. JOE PEREIRA TAKES “CATHOLIC YOGA” TO CANADA

Building bridges between yoga and Catholicism

dtodd@png.canwest.com Douglas Todd, October 13, 2007, The Vancouver Sun 2007

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=cd666bfc-9158-4e58-8cb3-47373f4fb793

and http://www.kripafoundation.org/Newsroom_Newsletter.html : http://www.kripafoundation.org/images/nov07.pdf

Father Joe Pereira promotes the view that ‘accessing the wisdom of the body’ fits in with the teachings of Jesus

With its elegant, aging cathedrals spread out across the countryside, Roman Catholicism is Canada’s largest official religion.

But with hundreds of stylish new studios opening up across Canadian cities, sometimes it seems as if Catholicism’s strongest new “competitor” is yoga. Tension simmers between these traditions of the East and West, with polls suggesting each draws the support or interest of roughly 40 per cent of the Canadian population.

Yoga practitioners often dismiss Catholicism as a doctrinaire, uptight, hierarchical religion. Catholics often write off yoga as self-indulgent exercise — and, at worst, a heretical form of Hindu spirituality that could open practitioners to satanic forces.

Not well-known in Canada, but famous in India,
the brave man who has spent much of his life trying to ease suspicion and build bridges between these two traditions is Catholic Father Joe Pereira.

The remarkable 65-year-old priest from India says the most influential figures in his life — the teachers who represent “the yin and yang” of his spiritual education — have been
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
and India’s
B.K.S. Iyengar, arguably the world’s most influential living yoga master.

Father Joe, as he’s called, was in Vancouver in late September to teach a weekend yoga workshop, speak about Christian meditation and seek support for his Indian organization’s work with people who are addicted or diseased.

Admirably comfortable in multiple spiritual and cultural spheres,
this veteran celibate priest in black shirt and white clerical collar makes quite a sight leading an audience in chanting “Hari Ommmm.

Pereira talked about
Jesus as the “Supreme Yogi”
in an interview.
Only a yogi could say, “I and the Father are One,”
Pereira said. To the Catholic priest, yoga is ultimately a route to total surrender to, or unity, with God. Like a yogi, Pereira says, Jesus spent much time in private contemplation and prayer — to free himself from bondage to fear and “illusion,” such as addictive thoughts and desires.

Despite his long friendship with Mother Teresa, Pereira remembers decades ago how she became a little concerned and asked him,
“Father Joe: What is this yoga you are teaching my nuns?”

Pereira had offered yoga to the nuns because they were falling asleep during their prayers. Yoga was a way for religious people to stop their ceaseless “babbling” in prayer, liturgy and conversation. Yoga, he said, allows religious people to heed God’s plea in the Bible to open their body and heart to the “indwelling spirit of God.”

In the early 1980s, receiving Mother Teresa’s staunch support for the therapeutic powers of yoga, Pereira founded what is now India’s largest non-governmental charitable health organization, Kripa.

Kripa has grown to 50 institutes throughout India. They are devoted to bringing yoga, spirituality, psychology and other practices to the healing of addicts and the treatment of those struggling with HIV-AIDS.

Kripa boasts a recovery rate for addicts of 65 per cent in the first year, 38 per cent over subsequent years — figures Pereira says are much higher than those obtained through western treatment programs.

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“Yoga is all about accessing the wisdom of the body,” Pereira says. Since Jesus taught that the human body “is a temple of God,” the priest says Kripa’s goal is to help the suffering realize they have “damaged their temple” and need to “love it back to health.” Since he began to learn yoga almost 40 years ago when he was a young priest undergoing a spiritual crisis and fighting his own addictive tendencies, Pereira describes himself as a “sexual celibate” who’s learned through yoga not to deny his sexual energy. Disowning the sex drive, he says, leads to priestly pedophilia and other dangerous “explosions.”

Instead, endlessly energetic Pereira says yoga teaches him to “sublimate” his sexual energy and “use it for healthy living.”

Despite his bold beliefs and actions,
Pereira has managed to maintain strong backing for his work from key Catholic leaders in India, including Mumbai’s Cardinal Ivan Dias, who was in 2006 appointed prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of People.

The Catholic church has generally blessed Pereira’s yoga work as as an example of “inculturation,”
a Vatican-endorsed practice that encourages priests to adapt regional customs and religious rituals into Catholicism. About two per cent of India’s 1.1-billion population is Christian.

Regardless of his success at convincing most fellow Catholics to keep open minds about the spiritual and health benefits of yoga, Pereira says many “fundamentalists” and “charismatics” in the Catholic and Protestant churches in India remain appalled by his close ties with Iyengar and yoga. “There are still many barking dogs.”

Not content with challenging traditional Christians to open to yoga, however, Father Joe also has a message for the secular West — which he thinks is dominated by overly rationalistic, technical, left-brain-thinking people. “I don’t want to judge people, but
I think if you do yoga without spiritual language and perspective, it just turns into gymnastics, into body work.”

Louie Ettling, owner of The Yoga Space, where Pereira led a three-day workshop for 55 people, has also studied in India with Iyengar and appreciates the way Father Joe was careful not to use Christian language in a way that might alienate his Vancouver students.

Since B.C. [British Columbia] yoga practitioners come from a variety of spiritual and secular backgrounds, Ettling said, “Father Joe asked them to focus on that which would help them connect with
their own understanding of the absolute.”

Calling yoga a “spiritual practice”
rather than a religion, Pereira believes it dovetails with Christianity and other faiths because it aims to access the spirit of God that resides in all people.

Hindus might call this spirit the Self, or atman, Pereira says. Like Christians who believe God is incarnate in people, Hindus similarly believe the Self is, at the mystical level, the same as God, or Brahman.

The priest says it’s only through deep relaxation, which comes through yoga, meditation and related spiritual practices, that humans can calm their anxious minds and open to the presence of God. His message seems perfectly suited for many Canadians, especially those on the spiritually eclectic West Coast.

Near the end of an evening lecture in Vancouver on Christian meditation, organized by Catholic lay person Colleen Donald,
Father Joe was asked to offer some Biblical verses that could help meditators and yoga practitioners “open their bodies to God.” He answered by raising up some of what he called the Bible’s “yogic verses,” which focus on the paradoxical need to forget your ego to find your true Self.

One of them was from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.”

MY COMMENTS:

1. To promote his New Age errors, Fr. Joe has the full support of the Indian Church, including that of Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias, who is none less than the Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

2. As pointed out earlier, Fr. Joe continues to misquote/misinterpret the Bible and genuine Church teaching. [see below]

3. He promotes “Christian Yoga”. My intensively researched articles on yoga [see www.ephesians-511.net] conclusively prove that there is no such thing as “Christian Yoga”. The two are mutually exclusive.

4. Fr. Joe continues to admit that yoga is a “spiritual practice” and
not a physical exercise regimen [“if you do yoga without spiritual language and perspective, it just turns into gymnastics, into body work“].

It is sufficient warning for discerning Christians. Only the naïve can deny that it is a HINDU spiritual practice”.

Some of the “related spiritual practices” are, to quote the Vancouver Sun reporter, “chanting Hari Ommmm“.

[Read my article on the meaning and spiritual dangers of the Hindu mantra and symbol “Om” or “Aum.”]

“Hari” is the Hindu deity Shiva.

5a. Fr. Joe talks about Jesus or quotes from the Bible only to draw contrived parallels with Hindu philosophies.

For instance, he uses Psalm 46:10a “Be still and know that I am God” to justify yoga which pursues a monistic union of the self with the Absolute, the Self. The Hindu religion’s equivalent is “Aham Brahmasmi” which means “I am That”, in effect, “I am God”. But that is NOT what the Bible verse means. Psalm 46, verse 10, is God’s response to the praise of Almighty God in the Song of the sons of Korah in verses 1 through 9. Fr. Joe conveniently, like all New Agers, selectively quotes Scripture. He fails to continue with verse 10b, which reads, “I am supreme among the nations, exalted over all the earth!” Will even a deceiver like Fr. Joe dare to suggest that verse 10b may be used as a “yogic verse” to justify a person’s meditation goal?

Psalm 46:10 has absolutely nothing to so with finding one’s “true Self”. But how would the Vancouver Sun reporter or gullible and ignorant Catholics seeking answers and solutions in non-Christian spiritualities know that?

If Catholics knew and practised their Faith, the richness of its sacramentals, and the treasures of its Sacraments, they would realize that Fr. Joe neither uses them pastorally nor speaks about sin and repentance for sin in his yoga apostolate. 20.

 

 

5b. The impersonal absolute, “Brahman” that Fr Joe talks about [page 20] or “higher power, evidently God” [page 17] or the “God of your understanding as a supreme power” [page 16] is not the same as our personal triune God.

Christians do not “believe God is incarnate in people” as “Hindus similarly believe the Self is, at the mystical level, the same as God, or Brahman.” Fr. Joe does not use the Bible except to deceive.

No yogic verses in the Bible teach Christians to “forget your ego to find your true Self”, and “calm their anxious minds”.

Prayer is not an esoteric, yoga meditation. Joshua 1:8: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” This command is from God! He wants His people to meditate on Scripture; He doesn’t want them emptying their minds. Yoga requires the suspension of one’s will and the silencing of one’s mind [Yoga Sutra 1, 1-3].

But the Word of God exhorts us to "have the mind of Christ" [1 Corinthians 2:16]. 

The Christian is enjoined to "be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may prove what is the will of God" [Romans 12:2], "gird up the loins of his mind" [1 Peter 1:13], "sing [God's] praises with the mind" [1 Corinthians 14:15].

Jesus instructs His disciple by His word: “Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

This “knowing the truth that makes one free” comes from hearing, obeying and abiding in Jesus’ word – for He Himself is the eternal Word. And His word transforms and renews the disciple’s mind with a knowledge of what is good, true, holy and according to the will of God: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). In contrast, the yogi is to suspend the will, still the mental faculties, and make no choices (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I.1-3).

We are transformed by the renewing of our minds by the Word of God, not the emptying of our minds or
egos“.

6. Calling them “many barking dogs” Fr. Joe continues his tirade, even in distant Canada, against the ““fundamentalists” and “charismatics” in the Catholic and Protestant churches in India [who] remain appalled by his close ties with Iyengar and yoga.

He knows very well that “charismatics” are the only Catholics who will oppose his New Age apostolate. [see page 10]

7.Kripa plans to take its message to schools through meditation and yoga.” [see pages 13, 20, 61]

It is not enough that Catholic dioceses invite the priest to set up centres in their midst and that even congregations like Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity [at least According to Fr Joe’s repeated claims] have been deceived into doing yoga.

Tomorrow, it may be your son or daughter who is exposed to yoga and vipassana, Hinduism and New Age through KRIPA’s proliferating cells. He is now a Padma Shri recipient and has the entire government machinery to back up all his plans. Not forgetting Indian Cardinals, including one at the Vatican [see pages 5, 20, 39, 40], and a whole lot of foreign financial aid.

 

6.
PATIENTS EVICTED FROM DE-ADDICTION CENTRE, NGOS APPEAL CHIEF MINSTER*

SAR NEWS 22-05-2008 MUMBAI Several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) together with the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF)** made a representation to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasarao Deshmukh questioning the eviction of Kripa Foundation’s drug de- addiction centre from the municipality premises. It may be recalled that the Municipal authorities on May 8th, evicted patients and substance addicts from the Seva Dhan centre run by the Kripa Foundation alleging non-payment of long-pending municipal corporation dues.
While the State Minorities Commission too has taken up the appeal of the CSF, representatives of the CSF and the NGOs working towards drug rehabilitation, Seva Dhan, Kripa Foundation and National Addiction Research Centre (NARC) also met several key officers including the Chief Secretary and the Mayor of the city.
Dr A J Tavares, with this NGO group said, “The crux of the matter is that we will not be awarded funds from the Centre (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) unless the BMC enters into an agreement with us. The BMC though is refusing to get into an agreement, without us paying rupees 1.20 crore as rental arrears”.
Clema Pinto, cofounder, Seva Dhan says, “We first received the eviction order in October 2007, and were given fifteen days to vacate the premises. We approached Kishore Gajbhiye, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Health, Western Suburbs, who refused to hear about an agreement before we paid up the amount “. The Central Government can grant us this amount only if we have an agreement with the civic body, so the NGOs requested the municipal corporation for some time, which was flatly denied to them. The NGOs are now awaiting action, expected within a couple of weeks.
Ironically, the Chief Minister had recently conferred an award of Rs 25, 000 on Seva Dhan for pioneering drug de-addiction in the city.

*report posted in KonkaniCatholics Digest No.
1483 dated May 27, 2008 by Rupert Vaz, moderator.

From:
prabhu
To:
rupertvaz@gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 2:30 PM Subject: KRIPA FOUNDATION

Dear Rupert, Praise the Lord. I appreciate the spirit with which you posted the report of the eviction of Kripa Foundation [KC 1483 of May 27, 2008], but may I request you to read my report on KRIPA [see also my website www.ephesians-511.net], partly copied and attached here. KRIPA is the foremost organized promoter of yoga and, along with WCCM, the false “centering prayer” meditations of Dom Main and Laurence Freeman in the Catholic Church in India. Love, Mike

My above letter to the moderator, KonkaniCatholics, of which I am member, was not acknowledged.

**When contacted by this writer, the General Secretary of the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) explained that the CSF was unaware of the use of yoga etc. by Kripa Foundation and had taken up the cause believing it to be a worthy Catholic one.


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A few weeks later, there was another posting on KRIPA in KonkaniCatholics:

The Kripa Medical Dispensary at Our Lady of Egypt Church, Kalina [Archdiocese of Bombay]

Posted by: “Robin Viegas” konkanicatholics@gmail.com Wed Jul 9, 2008 4:54 am (PDT)

Hi, Just a short note to advise U that our parish website has been updated with news & schedule of the inuaguration of the Kripa Medical Dispensary on Sunday July 13th, at 9.30 am. Read more at http://www.olep.org Robin Viegas

http://www.olep.org: The Kripa Medical Dispensary is organizing an eye check-up camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Mary’s Junior College Hall. Eye doctors will be in attendance. Spectacles will be given free of cost.

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Austine J. Crasta ; Rohit D’Souza ; RUPERT VAZ
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 7:09 PM

Subject: KRIPA/YOGA in KC

Dear Moderators, Please refer my email of May 28 to Rupert [on the same subject, KRIPA,] which was not acknowledged. Once again, KC 1535 of July 10, 2008, there is a posting about Kripa Foundation. Do not allow KC readers to continue to be misled. Yoga therapy and other New Age errors will now be easily available at another Catholic parish in Mumbai. Surely you must warn Robin and other KonkaniCatholics members? Love, Michael

My above letter to the moderators, KonkaniCatholics, of which I am member, was not acknowledged.

 

7.
READY FOR A HIGH AT ‘CLEAN’ DISC?
Bandra Priest Plans Discotheques Sans Booze, Drugs

TNN Times News Network December 13, 2008, by Ashley D’Mello ashley.dmello@timesgroup.com 

Mumbai: Psychedelic lights flash across the dark hall as a DJ belts out blaring numbers to dancers jiving away in a trance—they are high on ‘life’, nothing to do with alcohol or psychotropic drugs. Welcome to the new unique ‘clean’ discos.
After the recent bust-up of a rave party in Juhu, the city’s most recognised anti-drugs crusader, Father Joe Pereira, is on a new mission. He wants to set up a clean disco to prove that youngsters can hit a high without artificial agents. So, the menu at such a nightclub will only have fruit juices and mocktails.
Fr Pereira’s Kripa Foundation, the voluntary organisation that has been associated with drug de-addiction, plans to build a chain of such clean discos across the city. Kripa, which also works with HIV-positive persons, runs 48 centres in 11 states and a few collaborations abroad.
At present, Fr Pereira is talking to various groups, including Brian Tellis of event management firm Fountainhead, to garner support for his project. The idea, he said, was to offer youth an alternative to the prevalent culture in most discos and even in some restaurants. “The new discos will give them a chance to enjoy their evenings-out without going for alcohol binges,” he said.
The first of the clean discs will come up in Bandra or Juhu. “Initially, we will have a disco night once in two weeks. We can have it every day, once things start rolling,” he said. Kripa already runs a clean disco in Zurich as part of its drug rehabilitation centre’s cultural activities. There, disco nights—popularly known as Startagain—are held once every fortnight. “Our experience has been good. It is time to try this out in Mumbai,” Fr Pereira added. He thought of actualising his clean disc idea after he spoke to youngsters caught at the Juhu party on October 5. “Some told me that they did not take drugs though many in the party did. So I decided to let the public know that you can have fun without being high on drugs and alcohol,” he said. At that party, 231 youngsters were picked up for taking drugs, 109 of whom tested positive.
The disco will be initially serviced by Kripa veterans who have been cured of addiction. “Having been in the game, they know how to tackle would-be drug users,” he said…

 

8.
Priest advocates use of yoga to combat HIV-AIDS
19 February, 2009, TNN Times News Network

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/Priest_advocates_use_of_yoga_to_combat_HIV-AIDS/articleshow/4151984.cms

PANAJI: Fr Joseph Pereira, the first Christian priest to be awarded the Padma Shri for social work this year, has said that in India where anti-retroviral treatment is beyond the reach of most people,
yoga can delay the onset of full-blown AIDS by five to ten years, depending on the age of the person.
Popularly known as Fr Joe, the 67-year-old founder of Kripa foundation has done

pioneering work in the field of yoga for alcohol de-addiction and HIV-AIDS
in India and abroad for the last 27 years.

A native of Vasai, the priest attended the anniversary celebrations of Kripa Rehabilitation Centre at Anjuna on February 15 and is presently teaching yoga to a group of Britishers.
He is a certified instructor in the B K S Iyengar school of yoga. Fr Joe has established several Kripa centres in Goa, including the Kripa counselling centre at Mapusa and the Kripa rehabilitation centre at Anjuna. “I teach yoga for alcohol addiction recovery and for HIV-AIDS.
Yoga is a very powerful means for strengthening the immune system of a person,” Fr Joe said.
Kripa also runs a employee assistance programme to optimise employee performance at the Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco. Kripa has 48 facilities in 11 states in India and six collaborative centres in Zurich-Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Canada, USA and Sao Paolo-Brazil.
Reminiscing, Fr Joe said it was in 1981 that he first treated three patients from Mother Theresa’s Home in Mumbai for addiction, and all three got cured.
Mother Theresa was so happy that she called him to Kolkatta and offered him her male orphanage to open his second and one of the largest rehabilitation centres in Kolkatta.

 

9.
Fr. Joseph H Pereira Awarded Padma Shri

http://richardrego.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/fr-joe-h-pereira-awarded-padma-shri/ March 9, 2009
22.

 


Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira received Padma Shri Award for his Yeoman Social Service in rehabilitating the Alcoholics in Pune and other parts of the country. [He] is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which is devoted to the care, support and rehabilitation of those affected by Chemical Dependency and HIV & AIDS.
Since its inception in 1981 in Bombay, the Kripa Foundation has grown exponentially and forms a vital links to providing social stability in thirteen Indian states through various multifunction facilities and also has association in other international locations in Europe, Canada and the USA. Known to all as Fr Joe, and many others as “the Singing Priest”, he prefers not to highlight his academic qualifications of Masters in Psychology & Philosophy from University of Bombay, Licenciate in Divinity (Theology) from Bombay & Poona, Certifications in Counselling Theory & Practice (Carkuff Model)* & expertise from the Hazelden Institute of Minnesota, USA.

Most cherished of all such gnostic processes is his decades of involvement with Yoga, first as a patient, pupil and practitioner, then in later years as a Certified Trainer and in recent decades as a friend, associate and an International Mentor of the Guruji B K S Iyengar School of Yoga, Poona. This involvement is so extensive that the holistic component of Kripa care has been strengthened by the gift of self knowledge through sets of Yoga practices developed by Guruji Iyengar.
Fr Joe carries this message with him and delivers it to all who ask for it, during his national and international travels. These modules and his personal instructions and observations are delivered in a unique style that provides demonstration, learning and solace through the audio cassette titled “The Silence of the Spirit” and a video cassette titled “Living with AIDS”.
Academically
, Fr Joe is an Adjunct Professor in Yoga Philosophy & Psychology at various Indian Universities, Catholic Institutions and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Fr Joe is the Consultant to the Archdiocese of Bombay for “Rehabilitation of the Chemically Dependent”
and a Consultant-Member of various High Level Committees constituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. He is a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Between 1987 and 2002, various

international workshops have been conducted by Fr Joe at Portland, Oregon and Hot Springs, California in USA and at Calgary and Toronto, Canada on Yoga. “Innovative Methods of Healing the Addict” and “Effectiveness of Yoga in Substance Abusers within the Kripa Model” were research activities presented at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research at the Faculty of Divinity in University of Cambridge, UK.

Besides his seminars and workshops in Canada and the USA, Fr Joe conducts annual Seminars at The Black Forest Institute, Germany and at Zurich, Switzerland and at the Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ireland. Such a hectic schedule can only be supported by his extreme consciousness in personal practices and empathy and love for the socially marginalized.
He constantly says that such commitment can only be through the blessings of great ones like Mother Teresa and Guruji Iyengar and

his spiritual guide Rev Anthony D’Mello*. These perceptions and applications have resulted in various awards in the field of Drug Abuse Care, Health Sciences and Social Services like Priyadarshini National Award (1989), Perestroika Sanjeevani Award (1990), Anti Narcotic Council of India Award for best Establishment in the field (1994), Sahayogi Foundation Award (1995), Ati Vashisht Sewa Medal of the College of Chest Physicians (1997),
International Yoga Journal Karamyogi of the Year Award (2003), Expert to the National Institute of Social Defence (Government of India) (2005) and Christian Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in the field of Social Work (2007).
Despite all this, Fr Joe is ever ready to listen to all who approach him. This includes the huge numbers of the general community, patients, clients of the Foundation in India and abroad and not least of all, his large organizational staff numbers, not less than 85% of whom are “wounded healers” in their own paths of recovery and spiritual growth.

MY COMMENTS:
Neither the Hazelden Institute, USA, nor the
Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ireland, etc. employ the use of yoga for de-addiction from substance abuse. ONLY KRIPA DOES SO.

*Robert Carkhuff [not “Carkuff” model of counselling (an offshoot of Carl Roger’s Client-Centred Therapy) is based on humanistic psychotherapy [http://mumbai.quikr.com/c-Services-Teaching-Education-Tuition-CERTIFICATE-COURSE-IN-ROBERT-CARKHUFF-MODEL–W0QQAdIdZ63433884]. What is Carkhuff? I dn’t know, but a husband and wife team, two Bombay exponents of Carkhuff’s counseling are in a lot of New Age: http://www.athenaindia.in/aboutus.php: Prachi Mayekar Reiki, Feng Shui, Art of Living, Isha Yoga Exponent,
and Joel Joseph Pannikot, Reiki and Isha Yoga.

**The writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello [not D’Mello] were the subject of a “Notification” dated June 24, 1998 by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was signed by the present Pope Benedict XVI. It warned that many of the priest’s “positions are incompatible with the Catholic faith and can cause grave harm.” His books were banned by Rome.

de Mello, like Fr. John Main, the inventor of “Christian Meditation”, Fr. J.M. de Chanet, Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB., “exemplify ways of incorporating yogic practice into Christian spirituality” [http://www.bodymindmeditation.ie/yoga.htm]

B. SOME CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE BISHOPS REGARDING FR. JOE PEREIRA/KRIPA

1. The following report was carried by AsiaNews:

INDIA’S EXPERIENCE BACKS POPE ON AIDS, SAYS CARDINAL GRACIAS
by Nirmala Carvalho

Speaking to AsiaNews the prelate talks about the Church and it 64 AIDS treatment centres.
March 27, 2009 Mumbai (AsiaNews) The Indian Church is directly involved in caring for people living with AIDS, running 64 AIDS treatment centres. It is convinced that the disease must also be tackled from an ethical and moral point of view. For this reason, it shares the views expressed by Benedict XVI at the beginning of his trip to Africa, said
Oswald Gracias, chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of India, in an interview with AsiaNews… … … [EXTRACT] 23.

 

 

I wrote to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay:

From:
prabhu
To:
bombaydiocese@vsnl.com; abpossie@rediffmail.com; abpossie@sancharnet.in;

Cc:
nirmala_carvalho@rediffmail.com
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:01 PM

REMINDER Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:58 PM Subject: The Indian Church’s 64 AIDS treatment centres

Your Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias,

Could you let us know how many centres run by KRIPA Foundation are included in the list of 64 Church-run AIDS treatment centers? Our records show that “Kripa has 48 facilities in 11 states in India” [19 Feb 2009, TNN http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/Priest_advocates_use_of_yoga_to_combat_HIV-AIDS/articleshow/4151984.cms].

Is there a list of these 64 centres available? Yours sincerely, Michael Prabhu

 

After my reminder, Cardinal Oswald Gracias replied:

From:
Archbishop Oswald Gracias
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 10:27 PM

Subject: Re: REMINDER, PLEASE Fw: The Indian Church’s 64 AIDS treatment centres

Dear Mr Prabhu,
I do not have the list of the 64 centres and so would not be able to give you the data you have been asking.
Regards, Card Gracias

 

My reply to the Cardinal, to which there was no response:

From:
prabhu
To:
abpossie@sancharnet.in; abpossie@rediffmail.com; Archbishop’s House

Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 11:45 AM Subject: The Indian Church’s 64 AIDS treatment centres

Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

I thank you for your response.

I am sorry that you could not provide me the list to include it in my updated report on Fr Joe Pereira and his Kripa Foundation. The reason that I asked the question was this:

If the Indian Church is operating 64 AIDS treatment centres, as stated by you, I presumed that you must know where they are located and who runs them.

In my records, at least 48 of these centres are operated by the KRIPA Foundation which uses YOGA to de-addict alcoholics as well as to treat AIDS patients instead of pastoral counseling and the use of the Sacraments.

As two Vatican Documents warn of the spiritual dangers in the use of Hindu yoga, I wanted to be able to understand whether KRIPA’s 48 centres are included in your list of 64 Church-run centres. They probably are.

If they are, it would mean that the Indian Church has institutionalised the use of yoga.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter, Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu www.ephesians-511.net

 

2. The following report was carried by India Times News, Times of India.

It was sent to me under this letter by a lay man whose area of interest is the Early Fathers of the Church:

From:
derrickdcosta@yahoo.com
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 4:34 PM

Dear Michael

I really do not know what attracts people to these […] “dark arts”. My own sadness stems from the fact that I sincerely believe if people just look at our own spiritual heritage they will be have a much more effective and wholesome life with answers not merely effective but also good and true which will uplift their spirit. When will these worthy people research the treasures of catholic spirituality instead of seeking answers where there is no hope and no salvation. Just look at the article Christ, the supreme yogi. This is pure Advaita Hindu philosophy and not Christianity. May God have mercy on us.

God bless Derrick D’Costa, Bahrain

Christ, the supreme yogi 10 Apr 2009,
by Fr Joe H Pereira  
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Christ-the-supreme-yogi/articleshow/4382443.cms
When an Indian reads the gospels for the first time, one is impressed by
the energy that radiates from the person of Jesus
. William Johnston in his Mystical Theology says that it is a reminder of
the ‘ki’ the ‘chi’, the prana, the energy that forms the very basis of Asian Culture and religion. Energy goes out of Jesus when he heals the sick and casts out demons.
Light, blinding light, radiates from his body and clothing when he is transfigured on Mount Tabor.
On Good Friday, as we recall his last days on earth, as he says, “I am” in response to those who came to arrest him,

the crowd falls to the ground overpowered by his magnetic presence. And finally
with a burst of energy he dies
as recorded by the evangelists, “crying out with a loud voice, he yielded up the Spirit” (Mark 15, 37).
Those Christians who practise Iyengar Yoga as a path way to God and as contemplative prayer, do consider Jesus as a supreme example of a Yogi who claims that the “Father and I are One” and prays that we may be one as he and the Father. This journey is absolutely yogic. For his call to discipleship is, “if you wish to be my disciple, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me”. It is a lifelong process like the grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies to bear much fruit. When Bill W, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous described addiction as “self-will running riot” he was referring to the third step of the Twelve Step programme which suggests, “to make one’s will and life over to the God of one’s understanding”. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the prayer of Jesus was, “Father if it is possible let this chalice of suffering pass away but not my will but thine be done.” 24.

 

 

The Supreme Sadhana is a way of the Cross. Iyengar always repeats his own journey of Yoga as “Pain being my Master”. It is by dying to oneself that one is born to eternal life. This energy is at work in the world even today.
In the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, it is said that, “Christ is now at work in the hearts of men and women through the energy of the Spirit. But the greatest energy and the greatest gift is love. For “greater love than this no one has than to lay down one’s life for one’s loved ones”. And again, “If I speak in the language of mortals and angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong and clanging cymbal” (I Cor, 13, 1). For as St John tells us, “God is love”.
In the process of dying to oneself lies the pathway of forgiveness. In the world of growing individualism and self-righteousness, the path of forgiveness demands a supreme act of surrender. To extend this love and understanding even to one’s enemies by finding an alternative to “a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye” demands a unique sense of transcendence into the realm of the `Purusha’.

It is only from that realm can one interpret the words of the crucified Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” Only an act of total `Ishvara-pranidhana’, the final `Niyama’ can generate the energy to utter such words of love at the height of agony. Paradoxically as a supreme yogi, Christ had entered into the final state of ‘Anandamaya-kosha’ (the blissful body) for his cry of forgiveness itself was a cry of Joy and Resurrection at the victory over sin and death.
As
Fr Tony D’Mello, who often spoke like a Sufi Mystic
would say,
“If you ‘look’ at the serene countenance of the crucified Saviour, you may see a ‘laughing Buddha’!”

 

I wrote to the Cardinal and selected Bishops of arch/dioceses where KRIPA is operative:

[For letters to the Cardinals and Bishops of other Kripa-affected arch/dioceses, see pages 93ff.]

From:
prabhu
To:
ccbi@airtelbroadband.in; abpossie@gmail.com; abpossie@sancharnet.in; Archbishop’s House; diocesebombay@gmail.com;

Cc:
bishopferdie@rediffmail.com; Ferdinand Fonseca; Percival Fernandez; bp_bosco@vsnl.net; Agnelo R. Gracias ; bishopdabre@gmail.com; Bishop Thomas Dabre; vasaidiocese@gmail.com; valdsouz@vsnl.com; punedioc@vsnl.com; archbpgoa@gmail.com; archbp@sancharnet.in; Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media – Goa; jlpereira_50@yahoo.co.uk; Archbishop Lucas Sirkar; abplucas@vsnl.com; archbishop vincent; Bishop; Dominic Lumon; archbpdj@gmail.com; Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:44 AM

Subject:
FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION OF ESOTERIC “ENERGY” PRANA/CHI/KI

Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bishop Thomas Dabre, Chairman of the CBCI’s Doctrinal Commission,

and the bishops of Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Delhi, Imphal and Shillong archdioceses, and Pune, Vasai and Mangalore dioceses,

[just nine* of the many places where Fr. Joe Pereira has established at least 48 Kripa yoga centres under Church governance or on Church property for the de-addiction of alcoholics and treatment of HIV-AIDS patients],

*others are Darjeeling, Kohima, Baroda, Bareilly, etc.

The activities of the Kripa Foundation are regularly announced in The Examiner, the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay. It is also a Bombay “Archdiocesan project”. Fr. Joe Pereira is “consultant to the Archdiocese of Bombay for alcohol and drug abuse”.

In my October 2005 96-page report on the Catholic Ashrams movement, the last 10 pages are about the Kripa Foundation of Fr. Joe Pereira. It is available at http://ephesians-511.net/articles_doc/CATHOLIC%20ASHRAMS.doc.

In that report, I have given evidence that Kripa is New Age.

This report had been sent to many of our Bishops. However, Kripa Foundation and Fr. Pereira continue to promote New Age in the Church as this Times of India [TOI] article [below] shows.

Jesus is not a yogi, even a “supreme yogi” [yogi: one who seeks “self-realization”, “enlightenment”, a monistic union with the Absolute through withdrawal from the physical and mental senses in Hindu religious teaching]. He is the Son of God, the Enlightened One. If one has to “realize” that one is God, one cannot be God.

Only yogis like Fr. Pereira and his master, BKS Iyengar, seek self-deification. Yoga is salvation by works.

It is not surprising that Fr. Pereira would use a quote from the Vatican-banned Jesuit Tony de Mello’s works to support his New Age theories.

It is a blasphemy and a tragedy that on Good Friday, the day when the Church remembers the sacrificial and redemptive death of Jesus Christ on the Cross for the sins of mankind, a Catholic priest goes to the secular media and makes a mockery of it with New Age statements about occult energies, even likening the bloody, pain-racked face of the crucified Christ to that of the “Laughing Buddha”.

The vocabulary of the priest in the TOI article below reeks with New Age. The February 3, 2003, Vatican Document on the New Age clearly demonstrates that when terms such as Fr Joe Pereira’s are employed, it is New Age.

The New Age paradigm is anti-Bible, anti-Jesus Christ, anti-Church.

Fr. Joe Pereira promotes Iyengar Yoga. In my 2005 report I have shown that Fr. Joe Pereira himself admits that his master and yoga guru BKS Iyengar’s Kundalini Yoga/Tantra Yoga is occultism.  25.

 

 

This priest advocates the “removal of celibacy for priests”, and “teaching young priests not to be inhibited with the opposite sex and to acknowledge their sexuality through yoga”.

Are the Bishops unwilling or unable to stop this New Age and occult organisation? Will they take action against the yoga-priest?

Will the Bishops respond to this letter?

Our records show that “Kripa has 48 facilities in 11 states in India” Source 19 Feb 2009, TNN:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/Priest_advocates_use_of_yoga_to_combat_HIV-AIDS/articleshow/4151984.cms

If the Indian Church is operating 64 AIDS treatment centres, as stated by Cardinal Gracias, I presume that they include at least 48 of these centres that are operated by the KRIPA Foundation which uses YOGA to de-addict alcoholics as well as to treat AIDS patients instead of employing pastoral counseling and the use of the Sacraments.

It would mean that the Indian Church has institutionalised the use of yoga by honouring Fr Joe Pereira and encouraging the proliferation of these yoga centres [I have abundance of evidence to establish that].

Do these yoga centres “back our Pope” as the AsiaNews headline claims or actually go against the teachings of the Church of Rome which has issued two Documents that warn of the spiritual dangers in the use of Hindu yoga?

It is known that Fr Joe Pereira receives large amounts of foreign aid, is very powerful, influential, and untouchable.

I have been repeatedly warned by knowledgeable Catholics that it is most risky and dangerous for me to write against this priest.

An updated report on this priest and his New Age yoga foundation, and the spiritual errors that they promote in the name of holistic health care, will soon be released.

Michael Prabhu

There was no response from the Cardinal or the Bishops.

I then wrote the following letter to the Cardinal and the Bishops:

From:
prabhu
To:
ccbi@airtelbroadband.in; abpossie@gmail.com; abpossie@sancharnet.in; Archbishop’s House; diocesebombay@gmail.com;

Cc:
bishopferdie@rediffmail.com; Ferdinand Fonseca; Percival Fernandez; bp_bosco@vsnl.net; Agnelo R. Gracias; bishopdabre@gmail.com; Bishop Thomas Dabre; vasaidiocese@gmail.com; valdsouz@vsnl.com; punedioc@vsnl.com; archbpgoa@gmail.com; archbp@sancharnet.in; Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media – Goa; jlpereira_50@yahoo.co.uk; Archbishop Lucas Sirkar; abplucas@vsnl.com; archbishop vincent; Bishop; Dominic Lumon; archbpdj@gmail.com; Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 9:44 PM

Subject: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA […] CONTINUED

Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bishop Thomas Dabre, Chairman of the CBCI’s Doctrinal Commission,

and the bishops of Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Delhi, Imphal and Shillong archdioceses, and Pune, Vasai and Mangalore dioceses,

I trust that you received my letter dated April 15. I had missed out on something very important in that letter.

1. The April 10th Times of India report “Christ, the supreme yogi” quotes Fr Joe Pereira as saying,In the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, it is said that, “Christ is now at work in the hearts of men and women through the energy of the Spirit. But the greatest energy and the greatest gift is love.

A priest pointed out to me that “I am sure even the so called Vatican II quote is false“. I thought that he was probably correct because, in my 2005 report on Fr Joe/Kripa [pages 87 to 96 of http://ephesians-511.net/articles_doc/CATHOLIC%20ASHRAMS.doc.], I have recorded a lot of Fr Joe’s blatant lies and misquoting. So I asked some of our virtual team to check it out, and this, further below, is what one of them found.

Unless Fr Joe can give us some other reference to support his statement, we must believe that, as recorded in my 2005 report, Fr Joe continues to deceive people by lying, even to the extent of twisting the words of Vatican Documents to suit his occult requirements. 

The words of Gaudium et Spes have nothing to do with the context in which Fr Joe quoted them to exploit the use of the word “energy” in reference to the Holy Spirit of God, when in the previous lines [the TOI report] he talks of yoga, prana, chi and ki and “energy going out of Jesus”. He employed the same technique that is used by all promoters of New Age therapies, especially those who propagate alternative medicine, likening the Holy Spirit to an energy that can be manipulated for healing, or the “power that went out of Jesus,” as in the case of the woman who touched His cloak and was healed, to the occult energies that the Vatican Document on the New Age warns us about.. 

2. Immediately after the letter from Name Withheld, I have copied just one excerpt from the blog of Fr Joe’s website [several others will be included in a separate detailed report which is under completion].

Does any one need more evidence than this, that Kripa programmes are New Age and Fr Joe Pereira is a New Ager?

Does it not mean that the Church is supporting and nurturing a New Age organisation, a Trojan horse?

26.

 

1. From: Name Withheld
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 5:40 PM

Subject: Re: FOLLOW-UP Re: Fw: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE…

Dear Br. Michael

Sorry for the delayed response, Michael, the answer is below.

YOUR QUESTION: The April 10th TOI report “Christ, the supreme yogi” quotes Fr Joe Pereira as saying, “In the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, it is said that, “Christ is now at work in the hearts of men and women through the energy of the Spirit. But the greatest energy and the greatest gift is love.

Can any one of you find out the document from which Fr Pereira has taken this line?

My Answerhttp://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_cons_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html

Christ is now at work in the hearts of men through the energy of His Holy Spirit, arousing not only a desire for the age to come, but by that very fact animating, purifying and strengthening those noble longings too by which the human family makes its life more human and strives to render the whole earth submissive to this goal.(Para  38)For this reason, love for God and neighbor is the first and greatest commandment.(Para 24)

He quotes from 2 disparate paragraphs in Gaudium et Spes and bends and moulds them to provide comparisons between I am assuming Kundalini (or as he puts it `ki’ the `chi’, the prana) and the Holy Spirit. I am [hesitant] of putting my thoughts to paper regarding this very sad and painful comparison, but at the moment will only say that VC II was quite orthodox and any reading of Gaudium cannot and should not be used to support error. If you look at the text they are speaking of different things and not at all speaking in terms of occult energy and “the greatest energy and the greatest gift is love”
is simply referred to as what it is the greatest commandment. Truth is always simple. Name Withheld

2.
Copied from
Fr. Joe’s blog!

http://kripafoundation.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-05-16T00%3A06%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7

Tuesday, January 1, 2008
My visit to Kripa By Mayte Gómez, Vida Plena, Spain
On the first Sunday I spent at the Kripa Foundation in Vasai, near Mumbai, I joined the staff, the residents, and many members of the local congregation in a Mass celebrated by Father Joe Pereira. As I sat in the multi-purpose hall that was now being used as a Chapel and heard Father Joe welcome me as a new member of the Kripa family, I felt I was a very lucky person. Lucky because in my life I have travelled to many different parts of the world, not in order to see the tourist attractions and sights, but to share daily life with real people in real situations. And there I was, this time in India, feeling this fresh, intimate connection with people who live so far away from me but whose hearts vibrate with the same joy and the same hope. As Vedanta teaches us, when we feel this true connection with other human beings,
we know we are all One, and feel closer to Brahman/God.
I had arrived in Vasai a few days earlier, with the intention of spending a month living in Kripa as part of some research I’m conducting for the benefit of my own not-for-profit organization:
Vida Plena (Life in Plenitude) (http://www.vida-plena.org/). Vida Plena brings together professionals from alternative therapies (Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Reiki, Reflexology, etc); humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy (Gestalt, Psychosynthesis); natural medicine (Naturopathy, Homeopathy, etc) as well as Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi and other practices for health, personal work and spiritual growth. …As I prepare to go back to the UK, where I reside, and then to Spain, for a few days of meetings for Vida Plena, I am thinking of what I am going to tell my friends and colleagues about my trip. They are all very happy that after more than ten years practicing Yoga and Meditation, I have finally come to India, a country which, in so many ways, is my spiritual home.
But I will have no pictures of the Ganges, the Taj Mahal, or Gandhi’s ashram to show to them. … Instead, I will tell my friends about the yoga classes in the mornings, and about the special sessions with Wilfred; about the input sessions with Francis, Father Matthew, Atul and Vijay. I will tell them …

how they took us to their houses and temples, to the nearby ashram…

And I will explain to them the real meaning of my first-ever trip to India – my spiritual home – because, by the Grace of God, I have been the witness of daily miracles.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

There was no response from the Cardinal or the Bishops to this letter either.

 

3. A concerned Catholic lay man wrote to the Cardinal and the Bishops, forwarding my letter on the subject:

From:
richard mascarenhas
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:44 PM

Subject: FW: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEWAGE THROUGH YOGA […] CONTINUED

The below email was sent just a few minutes ago. The only way I know to communicate. It sounds harsh but that’s the way I feel. I did pray before I clicked the send button.   

You mention of writing to the Vatican in one of your emails.  Send me the email addresses please. 

Thanks Mike for fighting this battle for the Catholic Church. Richard Mascarenhas

From:
Richard Mascarenhas
Sent: 21 April 2009 11:11
To:
‘ccbi@airtelbroadband.in’; ‘abpossie@gmail.com’; ‘abpossie@sancharnet.in’; ‘diocesebombay@gmail.com’; Cc: ‘bp_bosco@vsnl.net’; ‘bishopdabre@gmail.com’; ‘vasaidiocese@gmail.com’; ‘valdsouz@vsnl.com’; ‘punedioc@vsnl.com’; ‘archbpgoa@gmail.com’; ‘archbp@sancharnet.in’; ‘jlpereira_50@yahoo.co.uk’; ‘abplucas@vsnl.com’; ‘archbpdj@gmail.com’
Subject: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA […] CONTINUED 27.

 

 

Dear Bishops & Archbishops,

As guardians of faith and entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that the faith of the lay people is not contaminated by the occult practices, you owe a detailed explanation to what has been reported by Mr. Michael Prabhu by his below copied email, unless you wish to wait until the faithful of the Catholic Church take it upon themselves to come out in the open and take it upon themselves to cleanse Satan’s and its satanic cultures that have been inculturated in the Church. 

The NCB is one book (it can’t be called a Bible) that highlights how low the guardians of the faith have fallen. By your silence you would give testimony to your acceptance of these evil practices.

Yours in Christ, Richard Mascarenhas There was no response from the Cardinal or the Bishops to this letter either.

 

C. SELECTED EMAIL LETTERS FROM MY FILES CONCERNING FR. JOE PEREIRA/KRIPA

From:
Richard Mascarenhas
To:
prabhu
Cc:
Austine J. Crasta
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:38 PM

Subject: Fwd:
Church Center
Completes 25 Years Of Healing Chemical-Dependent Addicts
[see page 19]

Prabhu, This article is against the very things u r trying to fight for to be rid from the Catholic Institutions. Here is a flourishing practice by the priest within the church premises. In the Marian Shrine of Bandra, blessed by the MotherTeresa herself. Inner Healing not by the name of Jesus but……. JESUS, where is HE? HE doesn’t seem to have a mention even once in all this. Hope to hear something on your Press Conference. Hope your voice would be heard loud and clear and some corrective action is started by the Church leaders. Richard

 

JOEL FERNANDES WITH FR. JOE PEREIRA:

From:
Joel G Fernandes
To:
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 10:35 AM

Subject:
Yoga Info required

Dear Fr. Joe,

Praise God. As far as I know, Yoga is not for Christians. How do you refute it? Do I believe that New Age is entering into the Catholic Church through the shepherds themselves? I have been to a Catholic mission school and that’s where they explained how Yoga influences New Age Beliefs. Would be grateful if you could shed some light.

Also you may refer extensive research work on New Age at
www.ephesians511.net

From: Joe Pereira jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk
To:
Joel G Fernandes
Sent: Saturday, 19 August, 2006 11:07:51 AM
Subject: Re: Yoga – Info required

Dear Joel,

How sad to see that you are still influenced by some fundamentalist teachings.

We as Catholics must be faithful to the Church. Read Vatican Council and the teachings of the Church on Inculturation.

In my 39 years of Priesthood, the Indian ethos of yogic practice has greatly helped me to maintain my priestly holiness and be a Eucharist centered priest. Just come and spend time with me.

Protestant oriented charismatics do not understand the Catholic church’s teaching.

Yes, there are wrong ideas brought into the practice by New Age. But then the same is true of the Charismatic Movement which is sometimes so fundamentalist. Now we also use this for the WCCM, World community for Christian Meditation. You still need to learn a lot and OPEN UP. Do not be obsessed and see Satan in other forms of prayer. Fr.JOe

From:
Joel G Fernandes
To:
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk

Subject: Re: Yoga – Info required

Thank you Fr. Joe,

I regret to say that I am not influenced by fundamentalist teachings but rather am aware of what is going on around. I am sure people who are not aware can be misled. Yoga is basically an art of meditation in Hinduism. In the name of inculturation, too much damage is done to the Catholic church and Christianity in general. The viewpoint of non-Christians in India now is that through inculturation, we are fooling them. Wolves in sheepskin.

I do not accept inculturation to the extremes it has gone today with Ashrams and kind of. Does an Imam in UK act like a Anglican priest as part of Inculturation or does a poojari dress vestments of a priest in America? Inculturation has failed to please people and infact it has made them angry. Inculturation has caused so much damage that freedom of faith is taken away from people in lot of states by new laws restricting conversions out of freewill to an extent that priests could be imprisoned without warrant. So much for inculturation.

I am a layman, married with 2 kids, but in my teachings I oppose every form of NAM links which includes Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology, etc. If it is clearly written in the Bible, it definitely has purpose why it is there. My mission school was one which is appointed by the Vatican to raise lay missionaries adhering to the Catholic Church. I am sure you would know IWE [Institute of World Evangelisation]. Our school taught us everything from the Bible, CCC and the culture and traditions of the CATHOLIC church. And it opposes all forms of New Age activities.

I know for one, when a deliverance prayer was said on a bottle of Ayurvedic medicine by a person with gift of deliverance and exorcism, the bottle burst. Sure you can draw conclusions there.

And thank you for the concern you shown me. I plead each day for the Holy Spirit to guide me and lead me in the way pleasing to my Lord Jesus Christ and be obedient to the the teachings of the Catholic Church.

And as for protestant pastors and leaders, the most of whom I have met and worked with, serving the Lord are much more adherent then most of the priests I personally know. And that is quite sad. Jesus Loves you Father. Love and regards, Joel

From:
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk To:
Joel G Fernandes
Sent: Monday, 21 August, 2006 9:44:54 AM
Subject: YOUR NEED DISCERNMENT.
28.

 

 

 

Dear Joel,

Instead of jumping to conclusions from a limited exposure to Spirituality and Dialogue issue vis a vis the Catholic church, you need to pray for discernment and trust that the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church. If we waste energy judging one another, we end up the same way as the Terrorists, eye for an eye. Love is what matters. There is lot of suffering in the world . Come and see the Kripa Foundation documentary and join us. We need people with the inspiration of Mother Teresa living Mathew 25 every day. love, fr.JOe
From:

Joel G Fernandes
To:
Joe Pereira
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:41 AM

Subject: Re: YOUR NEED DISCERNMENT.

Thank you Fr. Joe,

With all due respect, I do not limit my knowledge on the issues that are of the New Age as I am constantly studying what it is and what it is doing to Christianity. It is written, many souls are lost due to lack of knowledge and that is one reason I don’t limit myself in order to expose these to the people I meet, interact and share the word of God with. Forgive me if my mails seemed judgmental, I would never do that. All I wanted to know was Yoga was good for Christians while Vatican has opposed all of New Age activities in the Church one of which is Yoga.

I am currently in Dubai and I am actively involved in Evangelization. Thank you for the invite. When I come down, I will definitely come to the Kripa foundation to witness the work you’re doing for the people of God. 

Thank you for advising me for discernment. I have already had one and I’m right on that track that is perhaps God’s will for me. Thank you again, and may God bless you and keep you, Joel

From:
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk To:
Joel G Fernandes
Sent: Tuesday, 22 August, 2006 9:57:15 AM

Subject: CLARIFICATION

Dear Joel,

There are several types of Yog. The one which is being popularised by New Age is subtly connected to the unorthodox kind which is called Mantrayog.This again has not to be confused with the meditation of the Word, talked about by the Fathers of the church especially Casian and the author of the Cloud of the unknowing. What the Church is warning people is to be aware that there is a certain kind of yog which dables with the occult. The Yog which is practiced mostly by people like me in the church is the same as the one affirmed by the Harvard Medical School and Mind Body Medicine Clinics. It is primarily for health but not just the body but the whole person. The body metabolism tells us exactly the condition of one’s inner health. This as per the Vatican council can be integrated beautifully into Christian Spirituality. Like the Greek Orthodox did with their Jesus Prayer using the breath.

So one has to be discerning and not simplistically throw the baby along with the bath water.

I am happy that you have an open mind and will be able to understand the Church’s position on these practices. FrJOe

From:
Joel G Fernandes To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 11:33 AM Subject: Fw: CLARIFICATION

Dear Br. Michael, Comments? Joel

MY RESPONSE SEPTEMBER 6:

My dearest Joel,

Please forgive me for the inordinate delay in replying. I was caught up in the correspondence concerning the other maverick priest Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj in the IN PRAISE OF SHIVA CD affair.

I want to commend you on your crusade to expose Fr. Joe Pereira’s errors. You wrote to me in the same connection earlier concerning the silver jubilee celebration of Fr. Joe’s KRIPA, and the fact that it seemed to be having Archdiocesan support, what with the information being carried in The Examiner as if it were a major pastoral enterprise, which it appears it is, since Bandra parish premises are the headquarters for Fr. Joe’s projects.

I had responded to you to check up pages 87 to 96 of my report on the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS. It is exclusively about this priest. I have now attached it here as a separate document of 12 pages.

You can send it to him, Joel. He had written and asked me for it a few months ago, but I did not mail it to him. He though that I was writing a report like the UCAN one on page 12.

This report will soon be updated by me and sent to the CBCI and Bombay Bishops. May I suggest that you do it now, under a letter of your own. Before you do so, I suggest that you read it thoroughly. You will find that the priest repeats the SAME statements, claims and charges. I have countered ALL of them in my report. So you can know what to write in your covering letter to him as well as to the Bishops.

The email addresses of the concerned Bishops and Commissions are: [… … … …]

…Please keep me informed. Also, Joel, let me know if I have your permission to reproduce this correspondence between you and Fr. Joe in my future additional work on this priest. Michael

From:
Joel G Fernandes To:
Fr. Joe Pereira
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 11:12 PM

Subject:
CATHOLIC FAITH AND YOGA: INCOMPATIBLE By Catherine Marie Rhodes…

From: jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk To:
Joel G Fernandes  Sent: Sunday, 19 August, 2007 3:06:16 PM

Subject: Re: CATHOLIC FAITH AND YOGA: INCOMPATIBLE

Your perception is horribly warped.

consult good inidan theologians especially Noel Shet. Fr.Joe

From:
Joel G Fernandes To:
Fr. Joe Pereira
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 11:54 AM

Subject: Fw: CATHOLIC FAITH AND YOGA: INCOMPATIBLE 29.

 

 

 

Dear Fr. Joe, Hope you are doing well. How I wish the same was true, but apparently the writer and a lot of the Bishops ans people like me who fortunately know the TRUTH also feel that it is incompatible for those who follow Christ. Having said that, there are those who are Christians but don’t exactly follow Christ. So that determines who are CHRIST-ians and who are christians. Then there are those who in humility accept correction just as Paul said, every Christian should subject themselves for correction and those who correct, they should do it in love. I hope that sums up the bit.  

And as far as Indian theology is concerned it is corrupted or will use your own words “terribly warped” to an extent with things like adapting to hindu culture and inculturation or in simple language hindu-isation of the Catholic faith. So consulting with a theologian who thinks Yoga to be the daily bread is simply waste of time and I don’t think it’d help anyone who thinks otherwise in anyway. 

I don’t mean to offend you by my e-mail, but if something is terribly wrong being accepted into my faith, I have to stand against it no matter what. Well that is my perception. God bless, Joel

 

From:
Joel G. Fernandes
To:
Dubai Prayer Group Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:56 AM
Subject: FW: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION…

Dear Br. In Christ, Below is a classic example of the spread of New Age from the platforms of a Catholic Church. And quoting the scripture to support New Age seems to remind of new heresies making way into the Catholic Church and I do not see why, when it is not addressed in a tangible way by the shepherds of the Church, one tends to leave a “heretic” church (as pointed now by protestants) and leave for a more Orthodox one. Pax Christus, Joel

From:
Joel G Fernandes To:
Prabhu, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:30 AM

Subject: FW: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION OF ESOTERIC “ENERGY” PRANA/CHI/KI

I forwarded this mail to our core team leaders. I am in my constant attendance at the Dubai Prayer Group, am yet to hear someone addressing New Age except well, myself, in Jebel Ali once. Joel Fernandes DUBAI

 

From:
Priest, Name Withheld
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:27 AM

Subject: Re: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION OF..

Dear Mike, I have gone through the article in the TOI and was sad because it no more shocks to hear of such practices with the active connivance of the bishops themselves. I am sure even the so called Vatican II quote is done to suit ones pet doctrines. This falsity, lie or untruth can only happen with a yogi because he has managed to kill that conscience. They do not belong to that category of those who will be saved through no fault of theirs (I think it is (CCC 746) because the ones who will be saved would be people who follow their conscience while these yogis are like the cursed and dead tree which exist as tree but dead in every respect because they chose in their conscience to die to God and not to the things of the world. What can these dead speak to the church? Except death nothing else! May God have mercy on his church!

 

From:
Fr. James Manjackal
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:00 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION

My dear Michael,

Just now I read from the newspaper “Deepika” that the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) is conducting a yoga retreat for children in Kerala, near Kalady. It is deplorable. The new age is spreading like cancer in our Church India, and the Bishops and the priest are not aware that cancer kills.

I wish you my child a very happy Easter and the blessings of the Risen Lord. Fr. James Manjackal MSFS, GERMANY

 

From:
Priest, Name Withheld
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:25 AM

Subject: Re: The Indian Church’s 64 AIDS treatment centres

“If they are, it would mean that the Indian Church has institutionalised the use of yoga.” Nicely put! Keep it up, Mike! I like the way some of these priests promote healing without any reference to the Sacraments. Even Fr. Britto SJ belongs to this category.

 

From:
Blazie Shetty
To:
prabhu michael
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 2:36 PM

Subject: Fw: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION…

Dear Michael thank you for the good job that you are doing. You need not fear any mortals for God is with you and no one can touch you unless the mighty one permits. Praise the Lord Your friend in Christ Jesus Blazie Shetty MUMBAI

 

From:
Name Withheld
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 4:43 PM Subject: Re: Fw: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA AND MANIPULATION OF ESOTERIC “ENERGY” PRANA/CHI/KI

…I read it in the papers and had my reservations about the Laughing Buddha bit and other stuff. [Bishop’s Office]

 

From:
john menezes
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 5:32 PM

Subject: Re: NEW AGE PRIEST AND YOGI FR JOE PEREIRA

Dear Michael, I have known Fr. Joe Pereira since he was an assistant at the Holy Name Cathedral in 1974 …Twice when I have been present at his “mass” in the last 6 years, once at a funeral and another time at a wedding, he had brought in OM on the first occasion and a Mantra after “communion” on the second…. John Menezes MUMBAI

 

 

From:
pamela mathias
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 8:39 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATIONPROMOTINGNEWAGE…

Hi Mike Thanks for your updates. How can we protest? … God Bless Pamela, Sydney AUSTRALIA

 

From:
leila aranha
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 11:16 PM

Hi Michael, …I am indeed shocked to read about Fr Joe Pereira and his yoga classes and with the blessing and approval of the Cardinal and the Mount Carmel Church in Bandra. My mother’s sister M Carmelita AC was the Superior General of the AC’s for 12 yrs. It is indeed shocking that priests and nuns are involved with New Age.

May God give them wisdom and discernment. Satan is so clever and cunning and innocent people do not find it wrong because nuns and priests themselves practice these evil things. May God bless you for all that you do for His Kingdom and for saving and warning Catholics about these dangers. My rheumatologist suggested I do yoga – I told him I am a Christian and it is not compatible with Christianity. I also have declined acupuncture twice from physiotherapists. Leila Aranha UK

 

From:
Priest, Name Withheld
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:03 PM

Subject: Re: FR. JOE PEREIRA OF KRIPA FOUNDATION PROMOTING NEW AGE THROUGH YOGA […] CONTINUED

By their fruit you shall know what manner of tree it is! alas for Fr. Joe’s lies!

Who will bell the cat???? Which Bishop? The cat seems to be bigger than the Bishops and now a Padma Shree!

 

From:
Sanctuary Intercessors – Fellowship of the Burning Bush, Mumbai To:
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 4:41 PM

Subject: Intercession

Dear Brother & Sister Intercessors, Praise Jesus.
Thanks for all your prayers for India this month,we truly appreciate it.
Intercession: For many priest and nuns involved in new age practices of yoga, vipassana, reiki healing etc (one of the pioneering priests is Fr. Joe Pereira, Diocesan Priest).

For a New Community Bible that was released on the Jubilee of St Paul, which looks more like a New Age bible.

Details enclosed in file.
This information is given by Michael Prabhu who has a ministry exposing the evils of New Age in the Church.

 

From:
Priest, Name Withheld
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net Sent: Thursday, January 20, 200X 8:26 PM

Subject: Re: ASHRAMS

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your mail along with the attachments. I have just returned from my retreat [at a religious institution called “Atma Darshan” in Bombay Archdiocese], and I want to send you some material
that I cannot agree with
Because I know that your mission is to help root out wrong teachings, I am sending this to you in confidence
… [Atma Darshan material sent to me by post]
From:
Priest, Name Withheld
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:07 PM

My Dear Michael,
Thank you for your mail. My first impulse was to thank God for people like you who are so dedicated in doing God’s Will. Yes the Holy Father desires that the challenges and heresy of the so called New Age is to be met head on. Unfortunately, few, if any, priests are prepared to spend time and money for the tremendous research and hard work that is required…

I am also involved in
“Christian Meditation”…
In fact I was about to ask you about Fr Joe Pereira. His Kripa seems OK
in so far as it helps people recover from addiction, but he is also a teacher of Ayanger Yoga and is at the moment in the USA.
My association with him is in the group in Mumbai known as
“Christian Meditation” This is a diocesan association
and seems OK because other priests are involved. He stresses John Main, a Benedictine monk who was influenced by an Indian Yogi. Have you done anything on John Main?

Michael, I will be very grateful to receive the fruit of your research which I know is very useful to my priesthood… With Blessings and prayers to yourself and the family. Love [see page 87]

 

D. SOME MEDIA PUBLICITY REGARDING FR. JOE PEREIRA/KRIPA

INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS. RELEASE OF A DVD DOCUMENTARY

1.
September 2004. UNDER AN EASTERN CROSS VisionTV doc. tells the story of Christianity in India

http://visiontv.com/Programs/documentaries_India_Lotus.html

Father Joe Pereira
spent so much time helping others find their way that he began to feel a little lost himself.

A Catholic priest for more than 35 years, Fr. Pereira works closely with alcoholics and addicts in Mumbai, India. It is demanding work that allows little time for prayer and reflection – so little, in fact, that he began to feel cut off from his own spirituality. 31.

 

 

 

 

It was only when Fr. Pereira reached into Hindu tradition and started practicing yoga that he succeeded in reconnecting with his Christian faith. Now, he incorporates yoga into programs for people in recovery.

His story, in a way, is the story of Christianity in contemporary India – a faith that has revitalized itself by drawing upon the country’s many other vibrant spiritual and cultural traditions. This transformation, and
what it portends for the future of Indian Christianity, is the subject of the
VisionTV documentary India: The Lotus & The Cross.

The two-part presentation airs on
Wednesdays, September 7 and September14, 2004 at 10 p.m.

Toronto filmmakers
Rita and Vishnu Mathur
journey to present-day India to find out how Christians from all walks of life – educators, artists, clergy and nuns – are living their faith.

Christianity’s roots in India run deep. Indeed, the faith is said to have reached India in 52 AD – long before its beginnings in Europe – with the arrival of Saint Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles. When the Portuguese landed in 1510, they were surprised to discover a Christian Church already present, with its own distinct customs and traditions. In the mid-16th century, the great Jesuit missionary Saint Francis Xavier was responsible for winning hundreds of thousands of converts to Catholicism. Today, there are approximately 22 million Christians in India – barely two percent of the population. (80 percent of Indians are Hindus, while roughly 14 percent are Muslims). The growth rate is extremely low. And the greatest danger confronting the faith is stagnation. Until recently, in fact, services were generally still conducted in Latin and mirrored familiar Western practices, which left many followers feeling alienated from the Church.

All this has begun to change in the last few decades, through a process known as
“inculturation”. The Catholic Church is becoming more “Indian” by absorbing rites and customs from the country’s other faiths. Indian Christianity gains strength now as it grows more deeply embedded in Indian culture.

“The people of a place should experience God through their [own] culture,” explains
Professor Noel Sheth, who heads a seminary [PAPAL SEMINARY, JNANA-DEEPA VIDYAPEETH or JDV, De Nobili College] in the city of Pune.

In The Lotus and the Cross, the Mathurs look at
some of the ways inculturation is changing traditional Catholic rites. They meet
Father Hilary Fernandes
of Our Lady of the Sea Church in Vasai, who first translated the Latin Mass into the Marathi language for the 1964 visit of Pope Paul VI.

And they visit a village in Goa where local songs and dances have become part of celebrating the Eucharist.

The filmmakers also profile some of those who put their Christian faith into practice by helping India’s neediest – among them Sister Christobel, founder of the charitable organization Mother Teresa’s Roses, which tends to the destitute on the streets of Mumbai. And they spotlight the work of creative people who are using art forms such as music and painting to portray Christian ideas in a distinctly Indian fashion.

They even drop in on a local Christmas celebration, a cross-cultural affair that includes both schoolgirl renditions of “Jingle Bells” and an Indian-style depiction of the nativity.

Says Rev. Dr. Seby Mascarenhas, Rector of the All India Mission Seminary [PILAR SEMINARY] in Goa: “Once you use [your own] culture to express your faith, it touches you. People really begin to feel it is our faith.”

MY COMMENTS:

1. Having virtually lost his faith in Christ and his vocation as a Catholic priest by his own admission in his press statements, Fr. Joe claims that he was renewed as a Catholic priest ONLY by “reaching into” paganism, in his words, “Hindu tradition”.

When he reached into Hindu tradition, “he succeeded in reconnecting with his Christian faith. Now, he incorporates yoga…” He came back a yoga enthusiast with a Kundalini yoga guru as his new Master. There is no external sign of his having

reconnected with his Christian faith” except that he uses the Catholic Church to propagate his New Age practices.

2. “The Catholic church has generally blessed Pereira’s yoga work as an example of ‘inculturation’,” as in the case of the Hindu-ised inter-faith book called a “Bible”, the St. Pauls’ New Community Bible, published June 2008 with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur of two senior Bishops including the Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the Bishops’ Conference.

3. Fr. Joe “has managed to maintain strong backing for his work from key Catholic leaders in India, including Mumbai’s Cardinal Ivan Dias, who is now prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.”
[see
page 20]

4. The above VisionTV story was the advertisement for a preview of a DVD titled “India: The Lotus and the Cross“.

The documentary was produced with the help of, according to the Acknowledgements, the Archbishop of Goa and a major seminary in Pune. Prominent Catholic priests in Bombay, Goa and Pune, including the heads of two seminaries were interviewed. This ministry’s report on the DVD, a documentary produced by an Indian-origin Hindu couple from Canada to show what they understand is the “inculturation” of the Indian Church but is in fact clearly shown to be its Hindu-isation, is available at
http://ephesians-511.net/documents/INDIA-THE-LOTUS-AND-THE-CROSS.doc.
The documentary is a shame for any Catholic who is loyal to orthodoxy and to Rome. But, not for our Fr. Joe Pereira. According to the next report, see immediately below, Fr. Joe says, “The place was packed with people and many were surprised at what they saw.
Clergy members and even the Archbishop [of Goa] said
that the documentary was done well
. Read on.

 

2.
March 2005. THE INCULTURATION OF CHRISTIANITY
Goa Plus, Times of India, Goa

GOA PLUS’, the supplementary to The Times of India and The Economic Times’ Goa edition of 11-17 March 2005 carried a write-up by Ms. Cordelia Francis titled ‘THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS – THE INCULTURATION OF CHRISTIANITYwith two colour photographs, one of an ‘Indian Rite’ squatting Mass being celebrated by the
Pilar Fathers
, and the other, a painting by Angelo da Fonseca showing ‘Mary in a sari’. I quote from the article:

“Pioneering priest
Fr. Hilary Fernandes
of the diocese of Mumbai dared to change the mass at his church. 32.

 

 

 

 

He changed the language, no one objected, encouraged, he replaced Western instruments like the violin with the tabla and enraged a congregation member who stabbed at the tabla to make his point- Indian classical music has no place in the Church. The enraged man obviously missed the point that Fr. Fernandes was making:

For Christianity to survive in India it has to adapt. Today Catholic priests openly admit that they feel more comfortable saying the Indian Rite Mass sitting on bare floors in simple shawls singing devotional songs and dancing to praise the Lord.
For non-Christians who attend the Mass, rich Indian sweets are distributed like prasad is at temples. At the
Papal Seminary
in Pune, students study world religions like Jainism and Buddhism.

Pilar Seminary in Goa teaches their students methods of quieting their mind with Yoga and Vipassana to help them deal with their vows of celibacy.

Witnessing the phenomenon of ‘Inculturation‘- how Hindu rituals and symbols are intermingling into the practice of Christianity
in India, documentary filmmaker Vishnu Mathur in his documentaryIndia: The Lotus and the Crossdelved into this sensitive topic to come up with some surprising revelations of how the Church in India is taking India forward. Mathur, the winner of awards like Hot Docs of Toronto, UNESCO’s Peace Prize, the New York Festival Award, Berlin’s Golden Ear, says, ‘In the West, people are fundamental about religion, but in India we are doing something right. We are witnessing the rejuvenation of Jesus’ message about love, peace and harmony’. The message Indian priests are sending out is that ‘We are Indians, not Romans’ and as religion is a living thing it has to evolve even when it goes back to the roots as it seems to be doing.

Rita Mathur, associate producer, writer and researcher points out some relevant historical facts; she says, ‘Jesus came from the Middle East. The early Christians did not light candles, they used incense sticks. The ritual of kneeling was adapted from the barbarians who genuflected before their king…’

We also hear the radical views of the Indian clergy on issues like celibacy, conversion, freedom of the Human Will. They strongly believe that
Catholicism, as practiced by the Vatican, has to adapt and change if necessary to the needs of people in the context of today’s world
.

Like Fr. Joe Pereira of KRIPA, Goa who asserts,
‘Leave the choice of birth control to the conscience of the people’
. The documentary has already been shown in Canada where Mathur lives, and last month in Goa at
Xavier Historical and Research Centre at Porvorim [a Jesuit institution].

He
says, ‘The place was packed with people and many were surprised at what they saw.

Clergy members and even the Archbishop said* that the documentary was done well‘.

* Here, Fr. Joe Pereira himself reports that the Archbishop of Goa attended the first screening of the film at the Jesuit centre in Porvorim in Goa, and approved of it. A month later there was this second screening in Goa.

In October 2005, I sent an email four times to the Archbishop, asking for his
comments and clarifications, along with a letter by post. For his response, see page 36.

MY COMMENTS:

1. Note that the report starts “Indian” with an “Indian Rite” squatting Mass, and Indianisation in dress and in music and musical instruments, and in language. The camel had gotten its nose into the tent. After that it is downhill all the way.

Distribution of sweets “prasada” to non-Catholics during Holy Mass at Communion time is a most serious aberration.

Eastern meditations like yoga [Hindu] and Vipassana [Buddhist] are taught at a seminary. “Hindu rituals and symbols are intermingling into the practice of Christianity.” It gets much, much worse, if that is possible. Read the report on the contents of the DVD, at
http://ephesians-511.net/documents/INDIA-THE-LOTUS-AND-THE-CROSS.doc,
India: The Lotus and the Cross“. As in the preceding report “UNDER AN EASTERN CROSS“, no one at all is able to decide whether they are discussing culture or religion, Indian or Hindu, lifestyle or faith. The terms are used alternatively, even interchangeably.

The confusion is understandable. Despite a wide range of local cultures, including tribal, the religion practised by the majority of Indians is Hinduism, or to be more precise, Brahminism.

2. As in the Ashram movement which is spearheading the Hindu-isation of the Church, and demanding autonomy for the Indian Church [see http://ephesians-511.net/articles_doc/CATHOLIC%20ASHRAMS.doc. for details], the priests of the Lotus and the Cross speak disparagingly of Rome: “Catholicism, as practiced by the Vatican…” Freedom is demanded to take decisions on issues like inculturation and priestly celibacy, and from the rigid ritualismin the present liturgy;

The film does not depict the truth about the Church in India. All the priests featured in it have made highly questionable statements, some blasphemous, others possibly heretical, and are therefore not loyal to the Church of Rome.

For example, in a report on Inculturation, Fr. Joe Pereira’s statement on the use of contraceptives, ‘Leave the choice of birth control to the conscience of the people’ shows that he does not accept the Church’s teachings on life, see below.

 

3.
THE CONTENTS OF THE DVD: AN EXTRACT FROM THE TRANSCRIPT, CONCERNING

FR. JOE PEREIRA / KRIPA FOUNDATION

Fr. JP: I started KRIPA Foundation as a vocation within a vocation. I was a Catholic priest from 1967…

[Fr. Joe explains the development of his work of rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug addicts].

VISUALS ARE OF FR. JOE SITTING IN MEDITATION IN A PADMASANA YOGA POSTURE ON A PEW IN CHURCH.

…we found that it was necessary to integrate a lot of Indian ethos in this thing, and mainly the Indian spirituality.
33.

 

 

 

We are a land of spirituality where we have such beautiful teachings of great masters.
We have the world’s most renowned meditation practice. And when I came into the parish life, pastoral life, I realised that I had done a lot of intellectual work, even spirituality was all
left-brain
work. I got into activity. I got into service. I was a busybody going from one activity to the other and prayer just went out of my life and when I realized that, I wanted to pray but I could not pray. Then I went to the guruji
that I had known when I was studying in Poona. Fortunately he had classes in Bombay, so
I joined up for yoga classes and ever since then my whole life changed. The integration of yoga at different stages of recovery is a creation and recommendation of guruji B.K.S. Iyengar. In Iyengar-yoga, you awaken the inner being. Basically guruji has given us a methodology of loving our bodies back to life…

Erson Vegas,
Yoga Instructor, ex-alcoholic, KRIPA Foundation, Goa
: “Addicts and alcoholics- we have a racing mind, that is like the mind racing into the past or future. So yoga helps to relax the mind and the body. For the seven years I have stopped, and
one of my main tools of recovery is yoga.”

Fr. JP: He explains the programme for AIDS-HIV afflicted persons, while the visuals pan to the commemorative plaque of KRIPA’s Vasai centre which reads: FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, BRUSSELS, THE LUXEMBOURG MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AIDE A L’ENFANCE DE L’INDE LUXEMBOURG, BLESSED BY BISHOP THOMAS DABRE*
ON 17TH APRIL 1994, INAUGURATED BY MOTHER TERESA ON 15TH MAY 1994. As a yogi, as a practitioner of yoga, I truly believe that you have to take a human approach to sexuality. Condoms, with regard to people who are infected, it’s a matter of life and death. I come out as a very controversial priest in this respect when I say that please leave this first and foremost to the individual conscience…

MY COMMENTS:

1. I have already explained that this left-brain/right-brain business is New Age. By now, we know that yoga too is New Age.

2. Even if Mother Teresa was ignorant about yoga, and she certainly must have been, we have a Bishop who is presently the
*Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the Bishops’ Conference
, who blessed the yoga centre.

3. The priest rejects Church teaching on the use of condoms for AIDS prevention.

 

4.
MY CORRESPONDENCE WITH FR. JOE, ETC. ON THE DVD “INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS”

I wrote emails to all whose addresses were in the list of invitees for the Goa screening of the DVD:

From:
prabhu
To:
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 11:47 AM Subject: INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS

Dear friend, I am preparing a critique on Vishnu Mathur’s film referred to above. Could you please give me your brief comments on its usefulness in terms of inculturation etc., along with your name and your field of work or service. I will be greatly obliged to hear from you. Yours sincerely, Prabhu

The Father Secretary to the Archbishop of Goa was on that invitation list. He did not respond. See page 36.

 

The responses were from two lapsed Catholics, one of whom is practicing Buddhism, and Fr. Joe Pereira!

FROM FR. JOE PEREIRA: From:
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:50 PM

Dear Prabhu, Since I am one of the characters depicted in the documentary, I wonder if my opinion will be of objective value. Anyway, briefly I just wish to state that Vishnu Mathur came at a time when the fundamentalist wave in India tarnished the secular image of India. Narendra Modi became an embarrasement not only to his own party but to the Human Race, bringing to mind only persons like Hitlar. This documentary has redeemed the image of India.

The ignorance of the Popular event hungry Media need to be dispelled by the truth about the beautiful land of Mother India where all religions feel at home. Christianity has been in India even before it came to the west and before the populare religious movements of Hinduism itself. The Educational Foundation of many Languages in India owe it to the Chrisian Missionary. And yet in this age and space we have to cope with martyrdoms of Rev. Grayham Steins! Mathur’s documentary makes Truth prevail. Regards, Fr.Joe

MY REPLY OF OCTOBER 30, 2005 TO FR. JOE PEREIRA:

Dear Fr. Joe, Thank you for your response. I have watched the DVD five times, and made a transcript of the same, but I do not find any connection between what you have written here, and anything that I heard or saw on the DVD, referring to the political overtones, I mean.

The DVD content concerns only the inculturation of Christianity, or to be more specific, of Catholicism, which is a good thing. Though I cannot agree with most of the recommendations, philosophies and practices that the DVD propagates. I will be sending my completed report next week to the concerned people in the Church as I usually do.

I had also published a report last month on the ASHRAMS MOVEMENT, and which contains one section devoted to your ministry through KRIPA Foundation. I am not sure that you would like to have it or read its contents.

For one thing, it is about 100 pages long, and the other is that our points of view are very different, opposing in fact..

With kind regards, Michael Prabhu

FROM FR. JOE PEREIRA: From:
Joe Pereira
To:
prabhu

Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 9:55 AM Subject: Opposing views?

Dear Michael, All that I have said is on contexual. The Documentary was done while Narendra Modi was at his game. Hence my comments that many NRI who were supporting Hindutva and RSS could get the real picture of the Chrisian community. In what way are your views opposing? As for your report, please send me a copy. YOu could do so by VIP post. I shall pay for it. I AM interested in every puplication that speaks about Kripa.

By the way, where are you based? India or abroad? Regards, Fr.Joe
34.

 

 

MY REPLY OF OCTOBER 31:
From:
prabhu To:
Joe Pereira
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 7:09 PM Subject: Reply

Dear Fr. Joe, I thank you for your kind and prompt reply.

From the different winter & Christmas scenes in the DVD, I got the impression that the film was made in November/ December 2004. But from what you say it must have been documented the previous year, 2003. Is that right?

Father, I do not take any money against my literature, but it will be my privilege to send you a laser-printed photocopy at once. However you forgot to tell me which address I should post it to. I send them free of cost to anyone who asks them and there are a few hundred on my mailing list. I also send them as Word docs. to several hundred people across the world. My website is also presently under construction and will have all information in a couple of weeks. I will be grateful if you give me the e-addresses of the other prominent persons (see list below) who were interviewed for the documentary so that I can send all of you soft copies together on receipt of your reply… Thanking you, Michael

From:
Joe Pereira
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:11 PM Subject: Re: On the move

Dear Michael, After my north american tour, I am now visiting my centers in India. I will try and get some of the email ids for you. But most of them I do not have. My postal address is ………………. Joe

 

Fr. Joe had said the Archbishop had approved of the film. But this is what one of the lapsed Catholics wrote:

D.
From:
bevindac@yahoo.com
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:12 PM

For one thing, it did not go over well with the spectators (it was an outdoor screening at St. Xavier’s Institute of Historical Research at Porvorim, Goa). Many were uncomfortable about the Indianisation of the Mass with special reference to the aarti and puja type service. 

On a personal note I understand that the Christian Church uses inculturation to spread its doctrine.

Hinduism however may have the last laugh because it may ultimately absorb Christianity in its vast spectrum and Jesus Christ may one day become one more avatar of Krishna. If I am not mistaken there was some talk years ago about how Krishna and Christ could be one and the same entityBevinda Collaco

From:
prabhu
To:
bevinda collaco
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:54 PM

Dear Bevinda, I thank you for your very useful reply.

But to appreciate your comments better, may I know if you are a practising or lapsed Catholic, and if you were comfortable with the presentation or not? There are many opponents of this type of inculturation. May I have your opinion? Would you like me to send you a copy of the critique when it is completed? Thanking you again, Prabhu

From:
bevinda collaco
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:33 PM

Dear Michael, I was disappointed with the presentation. I presumed there would be more questioning of reasons why the faithful had accepted the Indianisation of Christian ritual. I was disappointed because the inculturation dealt with ritual not spiritualism. I showed Mathur the Hanuman shrine at Panjim Market area which has an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus prominently displayed in it. This is not inculturation. This is a respect and tolerance of the tempo drivers for each other’s religions. I was born Roman Catholic. I enjoy the philosophy and scriptures of different religions but
the concept of God is I firmly believe, a creation of Man, as an answer to the inexplicable. Hope this answers your queries. Regards, Bevinda Collaco

 

5. CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE ARCHBISHOP OF GOA

I wrote to the Archbishop of Goa. Letter posted on 19th; emails of 19th, 23rd, 25th and 31st October, 2005:

From:
prabhu
To:
archbp@sancharnet.in ; archbp@goatelecom.com

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:34 AM Subject: URGENT AND IMPORTANT

KIND ATTENTION : MOST REV. FILIPE NERI FERRAO, ARCHBISHOP OF GOA AND DAMAN

A DVD, INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS THAT WAS SCREENED IN GOA AND USES YOUR NAME

Your Grace,

1. Earlier today I have sent you a report on the NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS in India. I have sent you similar reports on several occasions, both by post as well as by e-mail, but I have not received a single acknowledgement till date. These reports are widely circulated among Catholics in India and abroad, and to most of our Bishops, and are now being posted on several Catholic websites, including my own which is under construction.

2. As informed to you in the covering letter of my earlier email this morning, I have completed another report after a close study of the said DVD. If you have viewed the DVD, you would be aware that it contains statements and practices that are incompatible with Catholic orthodoxy and orthopraxis.

In particular, the
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS at the end of the film mentions ‘ARCHBISHOP OF GOA’, and I quote from the ‘GOA PLUS’, the supplementary to The Times of India and The Economic Times’ Goa edition of 11-17 March 2005: “The documentary has already been shown in Canada where Mathur lives, and last month in Goa at Xavier Historical and Research Centre at Porvorim. [Fr. Joe Pereira] says, ‘The place was packed with people and many were surprised at what they saw.
Clergy members and even the Archbishop said that the documentary was done well‘.”

3. Your Grace, before I publish my report, I would like to have your comments. I would be very happy not to include the references to you in the report, if you would kindly explain to me your position on the said DVD. My intention is to create awareness among Catholics so that these errors do not gain popular acceptance among the faithful. May I request you to please reply at the earliest.

Yours obediently,
MICHAEL PRABHU, CATHOLIC EVANGELIST, CHENNAI,
www.ephesians511.net
35.

 

 

 

AFTER MY FOURTH EMAIL, I RECEIVED THIS RESPONSE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP THROUGH HIS SECRETARY:

From:
Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media – Goa
dcscmgoa@gmail.com

To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 7:10 PM Subject: URGENT AND IMPORTANT

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

Since the 25th of this month, I have been trying to send you an email message written to you by His Grace Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao. I have had no success. I am sending it now through the email ID of our Social Communications Centre and I hope it goes through. Also find here below a specimen of the delivery failure notice we have been consistently receiving since the 25th. In the meantime, we have received today yet another forward of your original email. The unintentional delay in getting back to you is sincerely regretted.

Kind regards,
Fr. J. Loiola
Pereira
Secretary to the Archbishop of Goa.

****************************************

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

I write to thank you for your various mails sent, as you mention, over the last three years, prompted by your concern for the Church. Right now, I have in my hands your e-mails of 19th and 24th of this month.

Let me start with the last ones: thank you for your greetings on my 26th priestly ordination anniversary. I appreciate it and I reciprocate with sincere wishes for God’s abundant blessings on you, your family and your work. Regarding the attachment on New Age in Catholic Ashrams, while thanking you for it, I must say that I have not had the time to go through the lengthy material.

Coming to the DVD The Lotus and the Cross, the only information I have is that, many months ago, Mr. Mathur, the producer of the film, had informed our Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media of his intention to do a film on Christianity in India. He even got a clearance from that Centre to capture some footage of a Mass celebrated in one of our churches. But when he actually did the film, it was with the collaboration of Pilar Seminary, Goa, among other institutions in the country. Frankly, I have not seen the film and the report that “even the Archbishop said that the documentary was well done” is evidently false.

With kind regards and every good wish, Sincerely,

+
Filipe Neri Ferrao Archbishop of Goa and Daman

 

MY COMMENTS:

1. The Archbishop denied attending the screening and seeing the film. That means Fr. Joe Pereira lied as usual.

2. The Archbishop’s Secretary, Fr. Joaquim Loiola Pereira, was one of those on the Mathurs’ email invitee list, and to whom I had written along with the others on the list on October 23, and received no response.

I now wrote to him, October 31, 2005, copy to the Archbishop of Goa:

Dear Rev. Fr. Loiola Pereira,

I thank you for your kind email on behalf of Archbishop Filipe which I received a few minutes after you sent it to me this evening. I will be writing to His Grace separately in the context of his letter to me…

Please refer to the following email.

I quote: From: ritavishnu@gmail.com
To:
aimsem@sancharnet.in“Loiola Pereira, Father Joaquim” <loiola@sancharnet.in>; “Joe, Pereira”
jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk; etc. etc.

Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 11:07 AM Subject: Invitation for a Documentary Film…. Unquote.

Father, I believe that the address above highlighted in red colour is yours, and, in this connection, I wrote to you and several of the other addressees [some of whom figure prominently in the Documentary] as follows.

I quote: From:
prabhu
To: Nn Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 11:47 AM Subject: INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS

Dear friend, I am preparing a critique on Vishnu Mathur’s film referred to above. Could you please give me your brief comments on its usefulness in terms of inculturation etc., along with your name and your field of work or service. I will be greatly obliged to hear from you. Yours sincerely, Prabhu. Unquote

However I did not receive a response from you. I am now pleased to know that you are Secretary to the Archbishop, and I am sure that hereafter all my correspondence will be attended to by His Grace and faithfully acknowledged through your good self. God bless you. Yours obediently,
Michael Prabhu

 

3. I also sent this letter to the Archbishop, through Fr. Secretary, October 31, 2005:

KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. FELIPE NERI FERRAO, ARCHBISHOP OF GOA AND DAMAN

Your Grace, I thank you for your long-awaited response.

Archbishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves, your predecessor, had regularly written very encouraging letters to this ministry in response to the various communications and reports that I used to send him.

My report on the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS: May I submit to Your Grace that the situation is so serious that it warrants a careful examination of the contents of my report, despite its lengthiness? In my covering letter I have noted the four pages which will summarise the contents. I have also provided a helpful index to the contents.

I am confident that the Bishops need to look into the Ashram Movement which is doing incalculable harm to the Faith.

The DVD, INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS: I believe your word when you say that you did not watch either of the two public screenings of the DVD of the film in Goa. Which means, as you agree, that Fr. Joe Pereira’s statement that you did, and his quoting you, are false statements. 36.

 

 

I
trust that it will not be a
problem for you if I mention that, and your denial, in my report which will be ready in a few days time.

I myself had observed that the Pilar Fathers played an important role in its production, and have highlighted that in my report*. There is some footage of a Bishop or Archbishop celebrating Mass in a Goan Cathedral, but as I do not know what you look like, I could not decide who the Bishop in question is. In the list of ‘Acknowledgements’ at the end of the film, your title appears first, probably alphabetically [Archbishop of Goa]. The DVD assumes greater significance in the light of the
Seminar held last week at the Pilar Seminary*, and the press reports on the direction that the Indian Church is pointed to. We lay Catholics are very, very concerned. We understand that 5 BISHOPS and 400 priests have taken certain decisions at this Seminar, and these happen to be in line with what is happening in the ASHRAMS. So my forthcoming report on the DVD will include some information about this Seminar, and will be in some way an extension of the earlier ASHRAMS report.
*this is an error on the part of this writer. It should read as Papal Seminary, Pune. -Michael

I am glad and much relieved to know your position as stated by you in your letter of today, and I hope and pray that you and our other Bishops will exercise your authority as the corrective and teaching function of the Church.

If you have anything to say to me, I will be glad to hear it from you. Meanwhile the ASHRAMS report has reached over 75% of our Bishops and the CBCI Commissions, and this ministry has received several letters of encouragement as always. It is also just uploaded on my website:
www.ephesians-511.net. Yours obediently,
Michael Prabhu

*see Pilar Seminary report, now updated, at http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/PILAR-SEMINARY-GOA.doc

 

MY COMMENTS:

1.
I took the decision to reproduce in the above pages my correspondence with the Archdiocese of Goa because I have not received a response to my letter [above] or my two reminders, and in view of the seminar held at the Papal Seminary, Pune [see Papal Seminary report, now updated
http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/PAPAL SEMINARY_NCB.doc]

that has a bearing both on the ASHRAMS report as well as the documentary ‘India: The Lotus and the Cross.’ Also, this report has been updated and published along with the report India: The Lotus and the Cross
in 2009
only much after the 2008 publishing of the St Pauls’ ‘inculturated’, Hindu-ised and erroneous New Community Bible, and its continued availability despite requests to have it withdrawn.

The Archbishop of Goa did not respond to any of my letters on the problem of the New Community Bible.

2. Fr. Joe Pereira once again [it has become almost a habit] accused of lying?

As he does with the name of Mother Teresa — who is not around to clarify things for us — Fr. Joe drops the name of Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai, Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission [see pages 4, 5]. I had sent the Bishop the 96-page report on the Catholic Ashrams, the last 10 pages of which were the original short report on Fr. Joe Pereira/Kripa Foundation.

Bishop Dabre had also blessed the Vasai Kripa centre [see page 34]. The Bishop wrote to me after reading the report:

 

From:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 3:46 PM Subject: Michael

Dear Michael,

Greetings of Peace and Joy! Thank you for all your emails. I think I have written to you to say that I have received your study report. But I said it needs careful reading. In your report
regarding Fr. Joe Pereira
in which

I am supposed to be quoted from Vidyajyoti, but I don’t think it is from my article. You may please check the original. I appreciate your zeal for the faith and I also feel that people need to be guided and they need to be taught to integrate everything properly and smoothly into the faith, always giving first place to the faith. Otherwise there will be dangers which you seek to point out. Do pray for me as I do the same for you. Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre 

From:
prabhu
To:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:02 PM Subject: Re: Michael

Your Grace, Thank you for your gracious and encouraging response.

I notice that you have read my report very carefully, as you have referred to Fr Joe Pereira [mis]quoting you, which is on page 90. I am unable to verify the same from the Vidyajyoti journal as he does not specify the issue.

The Archbishop of Goa has also written to me denying a statement attributed by Fr. Joe to him.

I am confident that you will follow up on my report with the concerned people who are causing dangers to the Faith.

I also await your kind response to the other email with subject: PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE- JUBILEE
which I sent several times and am sending again. I have written to the Bishops who I understand were present, but have received no responses. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

D. OFFICIAL PUBLICITY FOR FR. JOE PEREIRA/KRIPA AND THE WCCM IN THE EXAMINER, THE ARCHDIOCESAN WEEKLY OF BOMBAY [NEW AGE IN THE CHURCH MEDIA]

On pages 1, 11, and 15 of this report, we have already seen a few items copied from The Examiner issues of the years 2000 to 2002. The Examiner issue of January 27, 2001 actually carries a
write-up by Fr. Joe on the
World Community for Christian Meditation [meditation, mantras, left/right brain etc.]. On page 28 we see Fr. Joe write to one of my friends on behalf of the WCCM, and on page 3 he confirms his association with the WCCM. On pages 15-16 I have briefly showed that WCCM meditation is not Christian and can be New Age. More on the WCCM, pages 47 through 81. But next, I would like to record the total support that The Examiner, years 2003 to 2009, gives to the WCCM as well as to Fr. Joe and Kripa. 37.

 

 

Note that all their programmes are conducted on the premises of Catholic institutions that are supposed to safeguard Catholics from error and spiritual danger.

The Bombay unit of the WCCM is The Christian Meditation Centre”. The following notification in The Examiner of January 27, 2007, is an example that shows the two are closely associated:

Local News:
Kripa Foundation and The Christian Meditation Centre, Mumbai, invites meditators*
and all those interested in the practice of Christian Meditation to a half-day programme of discourses and meditation on Saturday, February 10, 2007 from 9.30 am to 12.00 noon at
St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall [Bandra]…

*Such advertisements are almost a weekly feature in The Examiner. The invitation is for all “meditators”. Since the records show that Fr. Joe is open to the use of all Eastern meditations, including yoga and vipassana, can one expect non-Christian practitioners of these meditations to participate in these programmes along with “Christian meditators”? YES [see pp 53, 62]

 

The Examiner: KRIPA/WCCM in “Local News” or “Forthcoming Events” and as articles, in chronological order from June 2003 to April 2009 with MY COMMENTS where necessary

On pages 1, 11, 15, we have seen references of publicity for Kripa/WCCM in The Examiner issues of years 2000 to 2002.

Christian Meditation seems to have really taken off in The Examiner from around August 2003

One might even say that The Examiner is a platform for promoting the activities of Kripa and the WCCM.

[A recheck of The Examiner back issues showed that I had missed several more entries than included here.]

One can see how closely linked Kripa and the WCCM are. Kripa is always one of the contacts for the WCCM programmes. It follows that if Kripa is New Age, so is the WCCM and “Christian Meditation”. And vice versa.

i) The Examiner, August 23, 2003: Programme on
Christian Meditation

EXTRACT: A one-day Programme on
Christian Meditation will be held at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on August 30, 2003… contact Kripa Foundation

ii) The Examiner, August 23, 2003: Apparently this issue of The Examiner is dedicated to “Christian Meditation“.

But what type of “Christian Meditation“?

MY COMMENTS:

1. The cover picture is that of a young woman seated in cross-legged meditation in the yoga padma asana posture before a Jesus who is praying to the Father, significantly ON HIS KNEES. The Scripture slogan accompanying the visuals: “Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10. Remember what I commented on this issue on page 20?

2. The editorial by Fr. Anthony Charanghat, “Seeking the Spiritual”. It seems to be a promo for WCCM Christian Meditation.

Despite all the references to some mystics/saints and a Pope, we also see from the other paragraphs that the interest is in meditation in general and not on Scriptural [Biblical] meditation [see Psalm 119]:

“People today from all walks of life are seeking closer union with God, perhaps by learning the art of centering prayer or other meditation skills. The Time Magazine, August 4, 2003 reports that millions of people practice it every day… Watching your breath, chanting a word, focussing on sensations of the body are techniques of meditation being taught at centres of prayer to people of all creeds and professions… Even the rich and famous are resorting to meditation. To name just a few: Goldie Hawn, Shania Twain, Richard Gere and Al Gore…”

Centering prayer is not Christian. In ‘The
Danger of Centering
Prayer‘, Fr. John Dreher says “Its techniques are neither Christian nor prayer… It is essentially a form of self-hypnosis… The technique is not only futile, but objectively sinful” and involves “the
danger
of
opening
oneself
to
evil
spirits.” (This Rock, November 1997).

In ‘Centering Prayer: A Pastoral Perspective’‘, Fr. Emile Lafranz SJ., asserts, “It comes from Hinduism. And it is an attempt to reach an altered state of consciousness (A.S.C.). It is simply Transcendental Meditation in a Christian dress”. “A.S.Cs are induced either by drugs or by various mind-expanding techniques, particularly in the context of ‘transpersonal psychology'” (#2.2.3, Vatican Document on the New Age). So, Centering Prayer is clearly New Age.

“The heart of genuine Christian mysticism is not technique. It is always a gift from God.” (#3.4).

While the Vatican Document speaks lucidly about New Age mysticism, leaving no room for ambiguity, the 6-page cover story “New Age Prayer: Can Yoga, Meditation, Chanting and New Age Music bring us closer to God? ” (New Covenant, June 1989) succinctly concludes “Knowledge, understanding and prayerful discernment- these are our safeguards. When we are properly equipped, the deceptive practices of the New Age become clear.”

Why must a Catholic magazine publicize the meditations — which are surely not Christian — that Goldie Hawn or Richard Gere practise unless it has no moral judgements against them?

Watching your breath, chanting a word, focussing on sensations of the body” – aren’t these exactly the techniques that the WCCM and its Mumbai leader, Fr. Joe Pereira propagate [see pages 1,2,3,5,7,11,12,16,17,29,30,42]?

I there is any doubt about what type of meditation The Examiner editor is promoting, the following 3-page article is:

3a. “A Pearl of Great Price” by Christopher Mendonca. Naturally, he writes about the WCCM’s “Christian Meditation“. The photograph accompanying this article too is of a female in the padma asana yoga posture [where are the traditional Catholic postures and joined hands?] with her hands/fingers in the upadesa mudra.

It is now painfully common to see Jesus called a guru or depicted as a yogi in Indian Catholic literature and art forms, seated in the yogi's traditional padma asana posture with his right hand exhibiting the upadesa mudra (meaning 'instruction through meditation and contemplation'), thumb and index finger forming a circle, three fingers extended upright. 

One who has himself attained enlightenment through sustained effort in the practice of meditation and yoga, and now disciples others in their similar quest, is a guru; and a yogi is one who does yoga to achieve its sole declared objective, unity with the impersonal Brahman.                                                                                                                                38.
				

 

 

 

We have seen already [page 15] what occult effect the lotus position used in yoga meditation is meant to achieve. 

The clear distinction between Creator and creature means that divine truth cannot be reached by human effort, but requires revelation. But in most eastern religions, truth is arrived at through a form of instruction that comes in meditation, by intuition and not through words, thought process, or reasoning. Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God, and God has always taught and directed His people by His word. 

The upadesa mudra communicates what the guru himself has attained, and he communicates not by spoken words, logic or reason.  To call Jesus a guru or to depict him as a yogi is to deny his divinity and perfection and suggest he had a fallen nature subject to avidya and maya, from which he had to be liberated through the discipline of yoga.

The widespread use of the "Yesu Krist Jayanti" [for the Jubilee Year, 2000] logo with the hand of Jesus in an upadesa mudra actually misrepresented Jesus, equating the divine Wisdom of God with one who meditates in the hope of attaining divinity. This misrepresentation was further compounded by the printing and release of a special postage stamp featuring the very same logo, by the Indian Government on 25 December 1999. To get back to Christopher Mendonca's article:

3b. "One of the first things to understand about meditation is that the practice of meditation is an essential onslaught on the ego, so that we may be entirely free of the domination of the ego. The practice of meditation is extremely simple. You say a word. The word is taken from one's religious tradition, scripture or a short devotional phrase."

Now, if Mendonca and the WCCM were talking of genuine Christian Biblical meditation, they would never have needed to recommend selecting and using a word from any ["one's"] religious tradition, which means their meditations are also for meditators outside the Catholic tradition, underlined by their use of the lower case instead of a capital 'S' for scripture; or do they mean that Catholics, when practicing the WCCM brand of "Christian meditation" may select a word or phrase from say the Hindu religious tradition, e.g. "aham brahmasmi " [their "equivalent" of Psalm 46:10]. Either way, we are certain that this is not genuine "Christian meditation".

3c. Mendonca continues, "In meditative jargon, the word is called a mantra. As we recite it, we also begin to internally 'listen' to it. The word recommended is ma-ra-na-tha. When you sit down to meditate, you close your eyes gently and sit upright, and then in the deepening silence within you, you repeat the word, the mantra, Maranatha, for the entire time of your meditation. That is all. You listen to the mantra as you repeat it and you do not think about yourself – and that is the power of the mantra… The practice of praying with a mantra is much older than Christianity and is a feature of both Hinduism and Buddhism. This indicates the universal appeal of this way of prayer. Christians use mantras too." Mendonca goes on to suggest that the Divine Office and the Rosary are our mantras.

They are not. If one reads very carefully his explanation further above of the use of the mantra, one finds that the recitation of the Divine Office or the Rosary are totally different from the chanting Hindu- or Buddhist-origin mantra, which, as Mendonca himself admits – has a "power". See my comment no. 1 on The Examiner, February 24, 2007, page 42.

In "Christian meditation", there is no Jesus, no Scripture, no mind, no you. Read the above three sentences in bold red.

The core of the WCCM brand of "Christian meditation" is the mantra.
					Take it away and you've got nothing left.

iii) The Examiner, August 30, 2003: OFFICIAL. CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

The full page Official written by
Cardinal Ivan Dias
exhorts the Catholics of Bombay Archdiocese to take part in the programmes to be conducted in Mumbai by
Fr. Laurence Freeman
of the
World Community for Christian Meditation

+Ivan Cardinal Dias, Archbishop of Bombay

MY COMMENT:

A Cardinal, the Archbishop of Bombay, promotes the World Community of Christian Meditation.

iv) The Examiner, September 27, 2003: Christian Meditation Initiation [half page]

EXTRACT: About 50 participants gathered together at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on Sunday 30th August to begin their quest for ‘the pearl of great price’… One participant said she became less irritable and more understanding as a result of having tried to silence her ‘monkey mind’ by the recitation of the phrase “Maranatha”…

v) The Examiner, November 29, 2003: Christian Meditation Programme in Advent

The Bombay chapter of
The World Community of Christian Meditators
will hold a one day programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on 13th December, 2003… contact Kripa Foundation

vi) The Examiner, January 3, 2004: FULL PAGE BACK COVER ADVERTISEMENT

Three paragraphs on
Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB
who formed the
World Community for Christian Meditation in 1991.
He had helped Fr John Main OSB,
the inventor of “Christian Meditation” to establish the first Christian Meditation Centre in London in 1975.

SCHEDULE IN MUMBAI includes programmes
at
Mt. Mary’s Basilica
for Religious,
Our Lady of Salvation Church
, Dadar, Mt. Carmel’s Church, Bandra, St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Ville Parle, Diocesan Seminary, Goregaon, St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra. For registration, contact Kripa Foundation

MY COMMENT:

The Bombay church welcomes the World Community of Christian Meditation.

vii) The Examiner, January 10, 2004: OFFICIAL. CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

In a preceding Official, I had expressed the need of furthering spirit of deep recollection-meditation-contemplation during our liturgical services so that the sense of the sacred could be radiated in and through them.

I had also announced the visit of
Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB., leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation who could introduce us to the theory and practice of such a meditation. 39.

 

 

I am glad that Fr. Freeman will soon be in Mumbai and will conduct programmes on Christian Meditation for priests, religious, seminarians and the laity from January 12 to 18. The schedule has already been published in The Examiner. I warmly encourage all Catholics in the archdiocese to participate in these courses…

+Ivan Cardinal Dias, Archbishop of Bombay

MY COMMENT:

The Cardinal Archbishop of Bombay promotes the World Community of Christian Meditation.

viii) The Examiner, January 31, 2004: Meditation Training Programme to start. Meditation groups of
The World Community of Christian Meditation Programme
at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra.

ix) The Examiner, February 7, 2004: Letter to the editor. Fr. Laurence Freeman‘s visit to Mumbai [full page]

EXTRACT: In the past 10 years, Fr. Laurence has visited Mumbai and conducted a two-day session on Christian Meditation. This year however, thanks to the initiative taken by Fr. Joe Pereira of Kripa Foundation, and the personal interest of the Cardinal Archbishop of Bombay, Ivan Dias, his visit has become the starting point of renewal.

…His week-long programme began with a discourse to the various Religious Congregations in the Diocese. About 300 religious attended this programme held at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra… The next two days, Fr. Laurence went public, addressing congregations of lay people in two prominent parishes of the diocese after celebrating evening Mass. Since his visit was well publicised and had the personal backing of the Archbishop through a pastoral letter, these evening sessions drew people from places far beyond the confines of the parish itself. The effect this had was to have over 150 participants register for the 2-day intensive seminar to be held later during the week…

The Archbishop scheduled a special meeting of all the clergy of the diocese so that all his priests could avail themselves of the opportunity to be initiated into the practice of meditation… Fr. Laurence and the Archbishop had a long personal discussion on how this practice could be made available to smaller groups in parishes at the diocesan level. He was greatly encouraged by the support he received.

A one and a half day recollection to all the seminarians at the Diocesan Seminary which also caters to the surrounding regions meant that no section of the Church remained untouched by Fr. Laurence’s visit…

This we hope is the starting point to the Centre of our Being
which we are all called to make by Jesus…

Christopher Mendonca, Dadar

MY COMMENT:

The Cardinal Archbishop of Bombay promotes the World Community of Christian Meditation. All the clergy of Bombay, all the seminarians, and several major parishes are exposed to New Age.

x) The Examiner, March 20, 2004: Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation Group continues to meet every Thursdays at 7:30 pm for discourse/meditation at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra. All are welcome.

xi) The Examiner, May 8, 2004: The Venerable Bede by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

This is a two-page article on the life of Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB by Fr. Freeman, spiritual director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. The article is too long for me to reproduce here, except for a few salient points.

MY COMMENTS:

Fr. Freeman eulogises Bede Griffiths’ book, A New Vision of Reality.

Fr. Freeman says,
“Fr Bede acclaimed the wisdom and importance of John Main [the inventor of “Christian meditation”] and introduced the mantra as a Christian way of meditation to his own monks and visitors to his ashram at Shantivanam.”

So Bede, like John Main, used mantras as the basis of their meditation systems. They also knew each other very well.

According to Fr. Freeman “In 1991, Bede Grifiths led the John Main Seminar at New Harmony, Indiana and later published his [John Main’s] lectures in what was to be his last book, A New Creation in Christ.”

Fr. Freeman writes of Bede Griffiths’ “study of modern science… guided by mentors like
David Bohm and Fritjof Kapra” through which “he found signs of a reunion of religion and science.”

The “modern science” that Fr. Freeman refers to is New Age physics. Both Fr. Beded Griffiths’ “mentors”, Bohm and Capra are leading proponents of the synthesis of religion and science in the New Age Movement.

Bede attended a New Age conference in Europe, and Rupert Sheldrake, a prominent New Ager, wrote his New Age thesis New Science of Life while at Bede’s Shantivanam ashram in Tamil Nadu, India.

Fr. Lourdu Anandam inThe Western Lover of the East says that the use of New Age terminology is to be recognized without ambiguity in Bede’s A New Vision of Reality
that Fr. Freeman refers to in his article in The Examiner!

“Then, all the later writings, to which a bulk of the unpublished materials belong, use New Age terminologies as well as New Age thinking and there is a clarion call of the New Age,” adds Fr. Lourdu Anandam.

If Bede Griffiths had a positive opinion of John Main’s “Christian Meditation“, it is enough for any Catholic to want to stay away from it.

This writer has written in detail on the aspect of Fr. Bede Griffiths’ New-Age connections in his August 2003 (updated 2009) report on the Dharma Bharathi organizations. And in the report on New Age in the Catholic Ashrams, October 2005.

The reports also explain, with reference to the Vatican Document on the New Age, why the new paradigm of the “synthesis” or “confluence” or “reunion of religion and science” is New Age, and why Bohm and Capra are leading New Agers.

See also the related comments against the article in The Examiner, October 20, 2007, further below.

‘Venerable’, incidentally, is the honorific given a century after his death in 735 AD to the original Bede, the abbot of a monastery in England, who is regarded as the foremost historian of the Middle Ages. 40.

 

 

xii) The Examiner, July 24, 2004: Kripa Foundation – 23rd Anniversary

EXTRACT: Kripa Foundation
is marking its 23rd anniversary with a live musical concert at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra on Monday August 7, 2004 at 7:30 pm…

xiii) The Examiner, September 4, 2004: Christian Meditation Orientation Programme

EXTRACT: A whole day Orientation Programme will be held at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on September 11, 2004, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost Rs 100…

xiv) The Examiner, January 15, 2005: Letter to the editor. Hope for the Woman Alcoholic [almost a full page]

EXTRACT: Though there are many Rehab Centres in Mumbai and India for men, unfortunately there is only one at Pune for men and women. This Centre at Pune known as Kripa Foundation, originated at Mount Carmel’s Church, Bandra, Mumbai, due to the unassuming, ebullient and philanthropic disposition of Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira

The Kripa Foundation at Pune is run by a dynamic and spiritual personality in Rev. Fr. Freddy… F. Sanches, Mazagaon

xv) The Examiner, February 5, 2005: Christian Meditation – Initiation Programme

EXTRACT: Following the visit of Fr. Laurence Freeman to our parish last year, the Christian Meditation Centre of the Archdiocese of Bombay
will conduct a six-week initiation programme… in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar beginning on February 10, 2005…

xvi) The Examiner, April 23, 2005: Christian Meditators Meet

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on April 30, 2005, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xvii) The Examiner, May 14, 2005: Christian Meditation

EXTRACT: In keeping with the Archdiocesan initiative to promote contemplative prayer in the Church and encourage ‘silence’ in the Liturgy, the Christian Meditation Centre held a half-day programme …on April 30, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra… There will be a training programme early in 2006 conducted by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB. This ‘Essential Teaching Workshop’ will form the basis of training future animators of meditation groups…

xviii) The Examiner, June 18, 2005: Christian Meditation: Deepening the Practice

EXTRACT: A group of 25 gathered in the Sodality Meeting Room, St. Peter’s Church, Bandra on the 4th of June…

xix) The Examiner, June 25, 2005: Appointment of Fr. Joe Pereira

EXTRACT: Fr Joe Pereira, Managing Trustee, Kripa Foundation, Archdiocesan Consultant on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, has been appointed as Expert/Specialist Member to the Academic Committee of the National Institute of Social Defence, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi, with effect from 1st June, 2005 for a period of two years…

xx) The Examiner, July 2, 2005: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on July 9, 2005, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxi) The Examiner, July 30, 2005: Kripa Foundation – 24th Anniversary

EXTRACT: Kripa Foundation, a project of the Archdiocese of Bombay
has 32 centres all over India caring for the chemically dependent. “Vision of a Brighter Tomorrow” a fund raising musical concert is being held at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra on Monday August 15, 2005 at 7:30 pm to celebrate 24 years of the support and care of Kripa…

xxii) The Examiner, July 30, 2005: Christian Meditation

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Centre will conduct the next half day of teaching and silent meditation on August 6, 2005, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon in the Sodality Meeting Room, St. Peter’s Church, Bandra… Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxiii) The Examiner, September 3, 2005: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on September 10, 2005, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxiv) The Examiner, November 19, 2005: Christian Meditation Retreat

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Retreat at Retreat House, Bandra… December 10 and 11, 2005… Rs 350 per participant. …Discourses of Fr John Main / Laurence Freeman… Register with Kripa Foundation

xxv) The Examiner, January 28, 2006: Christian Meditation Initiation

EXTRACT: About 60 people attended an introductory session to Christian Meditation in the
parish hall of St. Joseph the Worker
,
Bandra East on Saturday January 21, 2006.

Thanks to the initiative of Gratian D’Souza and the encouragement and support of the parish priest, the six week programme of initiation into Christian Meditation will begin on Saturday January 28, 2006 at 7:30 pm. It will run for six consecutive Saturdays… The duration of each session is about an hour…

xxvi) The Examiner, February 15, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on March 11, 2006, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Cost Rs 100. Contact… Kripa Foundation

The Examiner, March 4, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

xxvii) EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on March 11, 2006, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Cost Rs 100. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxviii) The Examiner, March 25, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Hall, Bandra on April 1, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation41.

 

 

xxix) The Examiner, April 22, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on April 29, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxx) The Examiner, June 3, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on June 10, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxi) The Examiner, July 1, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on July 8, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxii) The Examiner, July 22, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB Director of
World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM)
is on a short visit… This is an invitation to all meditators at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on July 26, 2006, 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

xxxiii) The Examiner, July 29, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme: Day of Silence

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Centre invites all meditators
to a Day of Silence
at Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra on August 12, 2006, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Rs 100 per participant. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxiv) The Examiner, August 5, 2006: Kripa Foundation – Silver Jubilee

Announcement of two live music concerts on August 15 and 16, 2006 at St. Andrew’s auditorium, Bandra

xxxv) The Examiner, August 12, 2006: Liberating Addicts by
Fr. Joe H. Pereira.

Full page report. The article is too long for me to reproduce here, except for a few salient points. I quote:

Spirituality, yoga, meditation and a Catholic approach to the problem of addiction have ensured this house of grace survives and grows… This support structure is made possible by […] a strong psychosomatic practice of Eastern discipline, particularly yoga and meditation.

The photograph accompanying the article is that of Mother Teresa blessing the inauguration of the Vasai centre, 1991.

xxxvi) The Examiner, September 2, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on September 9, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxvii) The Examiner, October 7, 2006: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Programme at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on October 14, 2006, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxviii) The Examiner, November 18, 2006: Maranatha –
Christian Meditation Day of Silence

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence
at Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra on December 2, 2006, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Rs 100 per participant. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xxxix) The Examiner, January 27, 2007: Advertisement

Advertisement for a February 3 and 4, 2007, programme at their Vasai Centre by Kripa Foundation. The contact persons are Ms. Purvi Shah purvs9@yahoo.com; and Dr. Joseph Chettiar jchettiar@gmail.com; 0250-2326522, 2326069.

xl) The Examiner, January 27, 2007: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: The Christian Meditation Centre will hold a half-day programme of meditation and discourses at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on Feb. 10, 2007 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

xli) The Examiner, February 24, 2007: “The Rediscovery of the Tradition of Christian Meditation” by Christopher Mendonca. Three pages. The article is too long for me to reproduce here, except for a few salient points:

Fr. John Main, the inventor of “Christian Meditation”, a Benedictine monk, believed that he had not been successful with the “Ignatian method of meditation” and confided this to a Hindu Swami named Satyananda who taught him how to truly meditate.

“To meditate you must become silent. You must be still. And you must concentrate.

In our [Hindu] tradition, we know only one way in which you can arrive at that stillness, that concentration. We use a word that we call a mantra. To meditate, what you must do is to choose this word and then repeat it, faithfully, lovingly, and continually. That is all there is to meditation. I really have nothing else to tell you.”

But on Fr. John Main’s next visit, the Swami added, “During the time of your meditation there must be in your mind no thoughts, no words, no imagination. The sole sound will be the sound of your mantra, your word. The mantra/sacred word is like a harmonic. And as we sound the harmonic within ourselves we begin to build up a resonance. That resonance then leads us forward to our own wholeness. We begin to experience the deep unity we all possess in our own being. And then the harmony begins to build up a resonance between you and all creatures and all creation and unity between you and your Creator.” Once a week for 18 months, John Main came back to meditate. Swami insisted that he had to meditate twice a day, morning and evening…

MY COMMENTS:

1. A Benedictine monk, despite his rich Catholic monastic Tradition, the Lectio Divina [Word of God, Psalm 119 for example] and Sacramental treasures goes to a Hindu yogi [yogi, one who is still ‘searching’] with a begging bowl. He admits that the “Ignatian method of meditation” had not quenched his spiritual thirst. The Swami could give him only what the Swami possessed, a yogic meditation technique that had been developed in Hindu philosophy by yogis searching for a monistic union with the impersonal Absolute.

The Swami admits that the technique is from “Hindu tradition”. 42.

 

 

 

Any discerning Christian, reading the words in red above, which are in effect the Hindu guru’s indoctrination of the Christian priest, will see that not only was the priest taught to use a technique, but an occult one.

I have reproduced Christopher Mendonca’s account of how and where and from whom Fr. John Main found the basis for his “Christian Meditation” technique.

It is the same story that Fr. Joe Pereira of Kripa, who heads the Indian chapter of the WCCM, repeats wherever he goes. The “Christian Meditation” of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) remains Hindu despite every attempt to Christianize it with readings from the “Lectio Divina, Taize Prayer, chanting of parts of the Divine Office and The Rosary, and celebration of the Eucharist.”

Christianity can never accept syncretism. Hinduism has no problem absorbing any or all beliefs.

Despite all attempts by Kripa/the WCCM to disguise the meditation as “Christian”, there is NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CHRISTIAN in the occult mantra technique that the guru transmitted to the priest.

The Swami uses what he calls a “sacred” sound. It is the mindless, repetitive chanting of that mantra that does the trick for the Swami. A “harmonic” builds up “a resonance between you and all creatures and all creation and unity between you and your Creator.” And, THAT is prayer, meditation! Fr. Joe’s subterfuge is to take something from the Holy Bible and make it a “sacred mantra”, e.g. Ma-Ra-Na-Tha [see pages 2, 7].

I am writing a separate article on meditation and mantras which will analyse in detail the Hindu concept and philosophy of the sound and vibration of the Hindu mantras or sacred utterances and how chanting them has a particular effect on the mind. [The chief among them are the OM (Aum) mantra and the Gayatri Mantra.]

Such techniques are anathema for Christians.

Frankly, if one had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, one would simply not need to have recourse to such techniques to PRAY, for this is what WCCM/Kripa are touting “Christian Meditation” to be — prayer.

Genuine Christian meditation is not technique, mantra, repetitive chanting, “building up a resonance” through using a “harmonic” or an emptied mind. [see point no. 5b. on page 21. Also read the Document “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation”, signed by the present Pope Benedict XVI on October 15, 1989.]

2. Christopher Mendonca also provides us the following information:

The Centre for Christian Meditation is listed in the Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Bombay.”

This confirms that like Kripa, the WCCM is an official institutionalized function of the Indian Church, like an apostolate.

“There are five functioning groups in our archdiocese that meet regularly”. They are

i) Mt. Carmel Church, Bandra,
led by
Fr. Joe Pereira, Wednesdays 8:00 pm [2640 5411]

ii) Mount
St. Mary’s Church
, Bandra,
led by Hector and Gemma Pereira, Thursdays 7:00 pm [6508 3144]

iii) St. Joseph the Worker’s Church, Bandra,
led by Gratian D’Souza, Thursdays 7:30 pm [2659 1329]

iv) Parish of Our Lady of Salvation, Dadar,
led by Christopher Mendonca at his residence, Mondays 7:30 pm [2422 7551]

v) Parish of St. John the Baptist Church, Thane,
led by Bernadette Pimenta, residence, Thursdays 7:30 pm [2534 8281]

xlii) The Examiner, March 3, 2007: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: The Christian Meditation Centre will hold a half-day programme of meditation and discourses at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra on March 10, 2007 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Contact… Kripa Foundation

The Examiner, March 10, 2007: Letter to the editor by Dr. Trevor Colaso, Bandra Catholic yoga and mantras

[EXTRACT]: Christopher Mendonca’s article “The Rediscovery of the Tradition of Christian Meditation” (The Examiner, February 24, 2007), is interesting. He [Christopher Mendonca] quotes a Hindu monk, Swami Satyananda, who instructs that one should meditate on a word or phrase or mantra, repeat it faithfully, lovingly and continually. However, both have not revealed to us this form of yoga or mantra.

I would like to suggest some efficacious Catholic mantras along with two principles of asthanga-yoga or 8-fold path of Patanjali. These include asanas or postural positions and pranayanas or breath control… One must try to practise yoga before an image of Jesus or in profound Eucharistic adoration… “so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

MY COMMENTS:

What else can one expect? The Examiner, August 23, 2008 carried Trevor Colaso’s letter, the second of three letters in support of the St. Pauls’ New Community Bible in which, in addition to probable theological error, there is mention of Hindu deities, references to Hindu religious texts and, of course yoga, prana, etc. The Examiner refused to publish at least 21 letters criticizing the New Community Bible or calling for its withdrawal by the Bishops. [see separate report at website]

xliii) The Examiner, March 10, 2007: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat

Christian Meditation Silent Retreat at Retreat House, Bandra… March 30 and April 1, 2007… Rs 450 per participant.

…Discourses of Fr John Main / Laurence Freeman followed by meditation… Register with Kripa Foundation

xliv) The Examiner, March 17, 2007: Letter to the editor by Albert C. DeSouza, Bandra Christian Meditation

EXTRACT:
Kudos to Christopher Mendonca for a very illuminating article on the genesis of Christian Meditation (The Examiner, February 24, 2007), tracing the origin and growth of this spiritual discipline and information about its protagonist, Fr. John Main, who is responsible or its global spread in recent times.

43.

 

 

 

After his death, his mantle has fallen on
Fr. Laurence Freeman
who has been made the anointed one and who moves all over the word giving short courses on Christian Meditation. He has been to Mumbai frequently and was here last in January this year when we had the privilege of listening to him.
Fr. Joe Pereira of Kripa Foundation leads the movement in India.
The article under reference gives all details on the start and spread of Christian Meditation in India…

One sits still and empties the mind by use of a ‘mantra’, dispelling all thought. A state of thoughtless awareness is achieved…

MY COMMENT:

Genuine Christian meditation is not technique, mantra, “dispelling all thought and a state of thoughtless awareness” [see previous COMMENT as well as point no. 5b. on page 21]

xlv) The Examiner, April 14, 2007: BOOK REVIEW by
Fr. Alexius Rebello
.

“Moment of Christ – The Path of Meditation” by Fr. John Main OSB. Published in India by St Pauls Publications. Available at St. Pauls and
Kripa Foundation…

MY COMMENT:

World Community of Christian Meditators/Kripa books are published and sold by St. Pauls who print, publish and sell a large number of New Age titles. They published the erroneous New Community Bible in June 2008.

xlvi) The Examiner, August 4, 2007: Christian Meditation Programme

EXTRACT: The Christian Meditation Centre will hold a half-day programme of meditation and discourses on Saturday, 14th July, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon…

xlvii) The Examiner, August 4, 2007: Christian Meditation Programme

The Christian Meditation Programme
of the Archdiocese of Bombay will have its monthly programme of meditation and discourses on August 11, 2007, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra.

Information about the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) can be obtained by visiting www.wccm.org. All the groups are affiliated to the Word Body which is represented in over 60 countries worldwide.

xlviii) The Examiner, August 4, 2007: Music Concert

Kripa Foundation presents a live Music Concert “Towards a Brighter Tomorrow” on the occasion of their 26th anniversary on August 15 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra at 7.30 pm…

xlix) The Examiner, August 18, 2007: Retreat for priests in Rome 2008

The World Community of Christian Meditators is organizing a Retreat for Priests in Rome from 30th May to 6th June, 2008. The theme: Contemplative Spirituality in an Active Ministry. The retreat will be preached by Fr. Laurence Freeman and Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville, Australia, jointly. For enrollment kindly contact Fr. Joe H Pereira, National Coordinator for WCCM or register with Kripa Foundation, tel: 2640 5411, 2643 3027 Email: jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk

l) The Examiner, September 1, 2007: Christian Meditation Programme

Christian Meditation Programme
at St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra, Sept. 8, 2008, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

li) The Examiner, September 15, 2007: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence
AS BELOW

lii) The Examiner, September 22, 2007: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence
AS BELOW

liii) The Examiner, September 29, 2007: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence
at Retreat House, Bandra on October 2, 2007, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Bishop Agnelo Gracias will celebrate the Eucharist. Rs 150 per participant.

liv) The Examiner, October 13, 2007: Meditation Centre: Day of Silence

EXTRACT: In his introduction to the Liturgy, Bishop Agnelo Gracias
said that the presence of so many was indicative of a ‘new development’ in the Church of Mumbai. It was the ‘Day of Silence’ organized by the Christian Meditation Centre on October 2, 2007. Some 66 participants far exceeded expectations.

MY COMMENT:

A Bishop of Bombay Archdiocese celebrates the Eucharist for the World Community of Christian Meditators.

lv) The Examiner, October 20, 2007: The Meditation Saga of John Main by Paul Harris

Two pages. The article is too long for me to reproduce here, except for two salient points. I quote:

“From around the world, tributes have poured in over the years on John Main’s contribution to contemporary spirituality.

Before his death, the famous author of The Golden String, Benedictine Bede Griffiths wrote from India, ‘In my experience, John Main is the most important spiritual guide in the Church today… I do not know of any other method of meditation leading to the experience of the love of God in Christ than that of John Main.’ [see p. 72]

Franciscan Richard Rohr OFM, an American spiritual teacher and author, recently said, ‘I have personally been gifted by the wisdom of this man.'”

MY COMMENTS:

Who are these, the
Benedictine Bede Griffiths and the spiritual teacher Franciscan Richard Rohr OFM?

In my report on the Catholic Ashrams, I have shown conclusively that Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB. Was one of Indian Catholicism’s leading New Agers. Please verify the documentary evidence in that report. See also page 40.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a leading propagator of the occult personality typing tool, the enneagram! He is the co- author with Andreas
Ebert, a Lutheran minister, of Discovering the Enneagram: Ancient Tool for a New Spiritual Journey

and The Enneagram- A Christian Perspective. 44.

 

 

Rohr is founder and director of the Albuquerque Center for Contemplation and Action, a gathering place for heterodox, dissident teachers. Visitors to Rohr’s center include: excommunicated Dominican priest and New Ager Matthew Fox, Rosemary Radford Reuther, radical feminist Joan Chittister, Daniel Berrigan, Edwina Gately, and Bishop Raymond Luker.

On September 15, 2007, http://newsbyus.com/more.php?id=9624_0_1_0_M reports, “Recently on Oprah
and Friends, Dr. Oz Mehmet talked with Father Richard Rohr about “helping people find deeper spiritual enlightenment by gaining a greater understanding of their personality through the Enneagram personality system, an ancient tool that explains how human personality works.” The Enneagram is just more New Age rubbish. And hopefully Christians who tune into Oprah’s TV and radio programs won’t buy into the lie.”

The Vatican Document confirms the enneagram,
“the nine-type tool for character analysis,” as New Age (# 1.4 and Glossary). It can be traced to ancient Egyptian occult and Sufi mysticism. Oscar Ichazo, its modern founder, a lapsed Catholic “studied Oriental martial arts, Zen, shamanism, Yoga, hypnotism and psychology” according to Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ, who attended a workshop on the “enneagram along with Yoga, Zen and Sufi meditation techniques” (New Covenant, February 1991). Fr. Mitch, a former enneagram practitioner himself, and whose student Fr. Richard Rohr was, is now the author of books exposing the New Age and occult nature of the enneagram.

And these two New Agers
Bede Griffiths and Richard Rohr are the ones who eulogize the inventor of ‘Christian Meditation’. But naturally! For the WCCM-enneagram connection, see also pages 50, 51.

For the WCCM-Bede Griffiths connection, see pages 70 through 77.

On pages 47 through 60 you can find more DIRECT evidence to show that the WCCM is New Age.

NOTE: The Examiner, December 17, 2005 issue carries a full page article by this same Fr. Richard Rohr!

The Examiner, November 3, 2007: Kripa Model at John Main Seminar, Montreal

This year marks the 25th year since the death of the Benedictine monk Dom John Main. He is known to have revived the ancient practice of meditation, a contemplative way of prayer and founded the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). Since then the WCCM has spread in over 100 countries. The seminar held to commemorate his life and legacy was held in Montreal, October 18-21. The seminar included the presentation of the Kripa Model, which uses the Christian Meditation as an essential component of recovery. All through the seminar, the day began with a practice of Yoga led by Fr. Joe Pereira. The documentary “God’s Grace” on the blend of the East and the West in the treatment of addiction and AIDS received a standing ovation from over 200 participants from 18 countries.

lvi) The Examiner, November 10, 2007: Christian Meditation Day of Silence AS BELOW

lvii) The Examiner, November 17, 2007: Christian Meditation Day of Silence

Christian Meditation Day of Silence at Mount St. Mary’s Convent School Hall (next to the Basilica), December 1, 2007, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Bishop Bosco Penha will celebrate the Eucharist

MY COMMENT:

Another Bombay Bishop celebrates the Eucharist for the World Community of Christian Meditators.

lviii) The Examiner, February 2, 2008 Local News:
Kripa Foundation granted special exemption U/S 35 (i) (iii)

We are happy to inform our benefactors that Kripa Foundation has been granted approval from Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance (Dept of Revenue) (Central Board of Direct Taxes) U/S (i) (iii) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 read with Rule 5C and 5E of the Income Tax Rules 1962 with effect from 1.4.2002 vide Notification No. 01/2008 dtd. 2.1.2008.

Therefore donations made to Kripa Foundation by individuals will receive 100% exemption and businesses donating will be exempt 125% (weighted deduction). This long awaited gift from the Government of India is an affirmation from God of the work being done by Kripa Foundation.

lix) The Examiner, March 1, 2008: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat AS BELOW

lx) The Examiner, March 8, 2008: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat

Christian Meditation Silent Retreat at Retreat House, Bandra… March 15 and 16, 2008… Rs 150 per participant.

There will be discourses of Fr John Main / Laurence Freeman followed by meditation. The programme includes Lectio Divina, Taize Prayer, chanting of parts of the Divine Office and The Rosary, and celebration of the Eucharist. Fr John Rodrigues, Professor of Theology at the Diocesan Seminary will celebrate the Eucharist… Please register with: Kripa Foundation, Mt. Carmel’s Church (Merwyn) 2640 5411; Ruby Gonsalves 2640 5947; Christopher Mendonca 2422 7551 or email christian_meditation@yahoo.co.uk.

lxi) The Examiner, April 5, 2008: Christian Meditation Programme

Christian Meditation Programme at St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra, April 12, 2008, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

lxii) The Examiner, May 17, 2008 World Community for Christian Meditation by Christopher Mendonca

Two pages. The article is too long for me to reproduce here.

lxiii) The Examiner, May 24, 2008: Kripa Foundation’s eviction notice by Joseph Dias
[see page 21]

lxiv) The Examiner, September 6, 2008: Christian Meditation Programme

Christian Meditation Programme at St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra, Sept. 13, 2008, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

lxv) The Examiner, September 13, 2008: New Book on Christian Meditation

At the Annual Kripa Musical Nite on August 15, 2008, Fr Joe Pereira released the Indian edition of “Light Within – The Inner Path of Meditation” by Fr. Laurence Freeman. This book (together with “Your Daily Practice” by [Fr.] Laurence Freeman and “Moment of Christ” by [Fr.] John Main, priced at Rs 20 and Rs 80 respectively), is part of a trilogy that forms the basic reading material for those interested in the practice of Christian Meditation. Priced at Rs 65, “Light Within” gives us the theology and basic approach to the practice of Christian Meditation within the context of the Christian Faith.
These books are available at St Pauls Publications and at Kripa Foundation, Mt. Carmel’s Church.

 

lxvi) The Examiner, November 29, 2008: Mother Teresa Award for Kripa Foundation

The 3rd Mother Teresa National Award for Social Justice was awarded to Kripa Foundation
on October 26 in recognition of its contribution to addressing socials ills, especially in the service of the marginalized owing to addiction and HIV/AIDS. The event was hosted by Harmony Foundation in Mumbai. Rev Fr. Joe H Pereira, Founder Trustee of Kripa Foundation received this prestigious award at the hands of Teesta Setalvad and Shri Mahesh Bhatt.

lxvii) The Examiner, November 29, 2008: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat AS BELOW

lxviii) The Examiner, December 6, 2008: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation Silent Retreat at
Canossa Ashram
, Andheri, December 12 to 14, 2008. Rs 500.

lxix) The Examiner, February 7, 2009: Page 20 Fr. Joseph H Pereira awarded the Padma Shri

Announced on the eve of Republic Day among the recipients of the Padma Awards for 2009 were Fr Joseph H. Pereira and Sr. Nirmala, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.

Rev Fr Joseph H Pereira is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which is devoted to the care, support and rehabilitation of those affected by chemical dependency and HIV/AIDS. Since its inception in 1981 in Bandra (Mumbai), the Kripa Foundation has grown exponentially and forms vital links to providing social stability in 13 Indian states through various multi-function facilities. It also has association in other international locations in Europe, Canada and the USA. It is one of the largest NGOs in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Kripa has 48 facilities in 11 States of India and five collaborative centres abroad viz. Zurich, Germany, Canada, Ireland and USA.

MY COMMENT:

Fr. Joe and Kripa got 14 lines in the story. Sr. Nirmala and the Missionaries of Charity got only 7.

Nor did Sr. Nirmala make the headline for the news report in The Examiner. Fr. Joe, the Yogi, made it!

lxx) The Examiner, February 7, 2009: Letter to the editor. Padma Shri Rev Fr. Joe Pereira

EXTRACT: Helping others achieve excellence extends to the spiritual life, too… A man of excellence, a yogic [sic], a management expert and a wonderful priest, with a direct link to Jesus Christ. The award is a recognition that Jesus Christ works through him. May he be blessed abundantly and Jesus Christ be glorified in him. Jude D’Souza, Bandra

lxxi) The Examiner, March 7, 2009: ENGAGEMENTS – OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS – Wed. March 11, 7:00 pm.

Presides at felicitation of Fr. Joe Pereira (Padma Shree), Mount Carmel Church ground, Bandra

lxxii) The Examiner, March 7, 2009: Felicitation of Fr. Joe Pereira (Padma Shree)

Mount Carmel Parish, Bandra, is organizing a felicitation ceremony in honour of Fr. Joe Pereira who has been awarded the Padma Shree by the Government of India. The programme will be held on the church grounds from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday March 11, 2009. His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, will preside. All are welcome.

MY COMMENT:

An Indian Cardinal, Archbishop of Bombay, presides at an Archdiocesan felicitation of Fr. Joe Pereira.

lxxiii) The Examiner, March 7, 2009: Christian Meditation Day of Silence AS BELOW

lxxiv) The Examiner, March 14, 2009: Christian Meditation Day of Silence

EXTRACT: Christian Meditation – Day of Silence
at Prarthanalaya, Bandra on March 21, 2009, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Discourses of Fr John Main / Laurence Freeman followed by meditation, etc. Please register with: Kripa Foundation

lxxv) The Examiner, April 11, 2009: Christian Meditation Programme

Christian Meditation Programme
at St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Bandra, April 18, 2009, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

lxxvi) The Examiner, April 18, 2009: Advertisement

Back Cover Full Page colour advertisement by Kripa Foundation felicitating “Our dear Padmashree Rev. Fr. Joe”

lxxvii) The Examiner, April 25, 2009: AN APOLOGY

Kripa Foundation has sent us an apology for depicting inaccurate contours in the Map of India in its advertisement which was inadvertently published in The Examiner dated April 18, 2005. We regret the error – Editor

MY COMMENT:

Will the editor publish an apology to its readers for the SPIRITUAL ERRORS that are published in The Examiner on a weekly basis? A separate report of all such errors from 2003 to 2009 is being compiled.

 

Articles by WCCM leader Christopher Mendonca [“a regular contributor of Reflections for Lent and Advent”: TE.]

To be exact, he is one of the most regular contributors to The Examiner. The Examiner is a platform for the WCCM.

Several of these articles are also available at the WCCM website. Some of Mendonca’s articles published over six years:

The Examiner, August 23, 2003: A Pearl of Great Priceby Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, November 29, 2003: Listening with the Heart, Advent Reflection by Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 13, 2003: Barenness- The Sacrament of Fruitfulness by Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 20, 2003: Reflections for Christmas by Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, February 28, 2004: Living From Within -1 by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 6, 2004: Living From Within -2 by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 13, 2004: Living From Within -3 by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, September 18, 2004: From Word To Silence
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, November 28, 2004: Advent Reflection (1) by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 4, 2004: Advent Reflection (2) by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 11, 2004: Advent Reflection (3) by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, February 26, 2005: Antecedents to Christian Meditation – I by
Christopher Mendonca 46.

 

The Examiner, March 5, 2005: Antecedents to Christian Meditation – II by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 12, 2005: Antecedents to Christian Meditation – III by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, September 17, 2005: The World Community of Christian Meditation
by Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 17, 2005: Christmas: Discovering Our Connectedness by Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 4, 2006: Reflections for Lent-1
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 11, 2006: Reflections for Lent-2
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 18, 2006: Reflections for Lent-3
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 25, 2006: Reflections for Lent-4
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, April 1, 2006: Reflections for Lent-5
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, April 8, 2006: Reflections for Lent-6
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, April 15, 2006: Reflections for Easter
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 9, 2006: Jesus Was There
by
Christopher and Pansy Mendonca

The Examiner, December 16, 2006: God Among Us, God With Us
by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, Feb. 24, 2007: The Rediscovery of the Tradition of Christian Meditationby
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, October 6, 2007 Peace Living in Communion by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 1, 2007 Living with one’s shadow: Coming into the light by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 8, 2007 Reflections for Advent- Rooted in Silence by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 15, 2007 The Christmas Icon by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, February 9, 2008 Reflections for Lent-1 The Wisdom of the Desert by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, February 16, 2008 Reflections for Lent-2 The Pedagogy of Repetition by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, February 23, 2008 Reflections for Lent-3 Coming Home by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 1, 2008 Reflections for Lent-4 Death is Never Untimely by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, March 1, 2008 Reflections for Lent-5 Jesus, The Teacher Within by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, November 29, 2008 Reflections for Advent-1 Looking for Signs by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 6, 2008 Reflections for Advent-2 Jesus, Leaving Self Behind by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 13, 2008 Reflections for Advent-3 Jesus, Pregnant Silence by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, December 20, 2008 The Silence of the Lamb by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, April 4, 2009 The Problem of the Suffering Innocent by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, April 11, 2009 The Encounter with the Empty Tomb by
Christopher Mendonca

The Examiner, May 17, 2009 pages 10, 11 World Community for Christian Meditation by
Christopher Mendonca

 

THE WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: REPLACING THE EUCHARIST?

Meditation builds community” says the WCCM report in The Examiner, June 18, 2005, and in several other places.

The Examiner, September 17, 2005 The World Community of Christian Meditation
by Christopher Mendonca:

“One again we learned and experienced firsthand how silence and meditation can lead to genuine community

“The practice of Christian meditation helps develop a sense of community among Christian meditators by encouraging the formation of meditation groups at the local level and of regional and national grouping as appropriate.”

MY COMMENTS:

Apparently harmless statements highlighted by me in bold red above. But, seeing the close affinity between Kripa, the WCCM and the Catholic Ashrams movement, the seemingly innocuous statements have a more sinister side.

Does one have to quote dozens of statements from Church documents that the Church community is formed around the Eucharist which is the “source and summit of all life”? [see special comment on page 114]

The Federation of Ashrams of Catholic Initiative in India was formed in 1978. It was constituted at a gathering of ashramites at the NBCLC, in Bangalore at the invitation of Fr. D.S. Amalorpavadas [Swami Amalorananda, 1932-1990]
who was its Director, and Secretary of Liturgy. [Aikiya= Unity]. Here, Fr. Amalor [as he is known] helped define “the main elements” of an ashram. One repeated emphasis made was that the ashram is meant for anyone who is on a spiritual quest… the main focus must be a search for God… the search for the Absolute, the Supreme and the Ultimate. Therefore there is no end to the search. A relentless search and a non-stop movement.

It was my personal experience with the ashramvasis at Fr. Bede Griffiths’ Shantivanam ashram during my week-long stay there in December 2004 that they were, without exception, all still ‘searching‘, and a few of them had been there many times over, and would certainly return here again. In this supposedly Catholic initiative, one wonders what happened to Jesus and his various I am… declarations including John 14:6, but as I have shown on page 22 of my Ashrams report, these very words of Jesus have been distorted to preach a new gospel that integrates with the ashram’s New Age teachings and their “New Vision of Christianity“.

Two other of the important elements of an ashram that were agreed on, and well implemented by Fr. Bede:

1. Study of the Bible in addition to the scriptures of other religions, the Ashram Aikiya decided.

[It would be nice to know if our Holy Bible is used along with their scriptures in any Hindu ashram!] However, Every evening [Bede]… introduced the visiting Christians to the beauty of the Hindu scriptures and the Vedic experience of God, writes Catholic nun Vandana Mataji Rscj [see page 16] in Gurus, Ashrams and Christians, page 93.

2. The Eucharist: not yet the Ultimate but an important means of God-experience,” says Ashram Aikiya.

Bede… has rightly been insisting… [that] in Christian Ashrams, we should centre our prayer life not on the Eucharist
but on contemplative prayer or
Meditation as we call it in the East. 47.

 

 

This [meditation] should be for us the source and summit of the activity of the Church, NOT THE EUCHARIST, which only some can fully participate in, says
Vandana
[ibid, page xxiv] speaking for all who labour to promote the ashrams movement. For more of Vandana/Fr. Bede on the Eucharist, see Catholic Ashrams report.

The Church teaches the opposite to Vandana:
The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life”: Ecclesia de Eucharistia #1, Lumen Gentium #11.

Keeping this in mind, we can understand the minds of the leaders of these ashrams, of Kripa and the WCCM.

And that is how meditation, not the Eucharist, builds their community. See pages 16, 61, 62, 71, 72, 102-103.

There is apparently no adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at their Christian Meditation programmes.

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Categories: Eastern Meditation, Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India, new age

2 replies

  1. Michael hear the gyaan Fr Joe has posted on his website. It is so evident he is reading it from a book. Anyways he doesnt even practise one bit of what he states!!

  2. Thanks for the post. FYI – “Hari” is another name for Vishnu, not Shiva. “Hara” is another name for Shiva. I am doing my own research on Yoga and Christianity and came across that about the same time I saw your post.

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