JULY 18, 2013
By Fr Conrad Saldanha, Mumbai, October 8, 2011 [All emphases are the author’s]
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Subject: FW: The Deception in Yoga ~ Fr. Conrad Saldanha
Thought I’d share this email with you, sent by Fr. Conrad Saldanha. God bless! Carol
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Subject: The Deception in Yoga ~ Fr. Conrad Saldanha
The practitioners of yoga have often claimed that Yoga has nothing to do with religion. They could be right in their own eyes because they who practice it look at the world in such a manner. But for a Christian, it does not communicate the mind of Christ and His body, the Church. Yoga is the lie of the devil and his deception that is infiltrating the church under the guise of being un-harmful and propagating health benefits which in some cases may be true. What should be understood is this: what is contrary to the Christian faith has to be contrary to the very nature of man and thus in the final ending, harmful for humans and the human race as a whole. Health is not the highest value of life but faith is. One cannot exchange ones eternity for apparent good health and relaxed body here on earth.
And then, one can enjoy better health benefits when one receives the sacramental grace offered through the ministry of the church. Similarly, some claim to have tamed the stuff and call it Christianized yoga, this is a greater deception when one understand the relationship between Truth and lie; a relationship which I am also discussing in my article.
There have been many who have written about the evil of yoga and the reason why one should shun it, though I am unaware of how many have striven to write about it from an existential anthropological angle. Thus the aim of this exercise is to analyze the whole issue from an existential-anthropocentric point of view.
The reality of ourselves from an anthropological perspective: How are humans different and what make them different from other living creatures?
Human by nature have the capacity to reason and express themselves in varied language and words. They have a capacity to remember, imagine and create which is unique to their persona. Each is so different from the other that no two human beings even if they look alike are the same in every attribute. They may be similar to each other yet not the same as each other.
Hence in the light of the above, the spirituality a human being imbibes has a marked impact on his persona. If he practices a spirituality that is steeped in mantra, concentration and focus on one object, which could be the breath or a mantra or bodily sensations, then it in no way promotes the uniqueness of his creative abilities. There are better ways to achieve the goal of concentration and relaxation rather than having concentration as its goal.
On the other hand, the aim of Christian prayer is not concentration, though the ability to concentrate better could be the fruit thereof. Jesus never gave his disciple a mantra to utter. To approach God by way of a mantra and / or to think that we should attain God by using a mantra is not only an insult to the persona of the created being and also to a God who has created us with such varied wisdom. We who communicate using a language with many words have to reach such pitiable state in order to communicate with God our creator, is an inhuman exercise. This method of communicating means to go against our very persona; which expresses in varied words and language, with emotions and feelings, with non verbal gestures and expressions. The animal and bird kingdom speak in a mono language each according to their nature speak their own sounds (mantras) to communicate.
Some are foolish enough to compare the Rosary or the holy ejaculatory prayers to a Mantra. If one understands the Christian doctrine on God then one would be both watchful in its practice and welcome the beauty of such devotions. While the Rosary is based on sound Christian doctrine, repeating the words about Mary as revealed in Scripture, its recital never invites one to concentrate. Rather it is an invitation to ponder like Mary on the Mysteries of the life of Jesus, with Mary with us on the pilgrim path. Thus, it should lead us into that contemplation which allows the mystery to work in us through constant revelation. Hence, we do not lose our persona in order to claim oneness with the universe or the cosmic creation whose consequence is often a make believe world ridden in escapism or a form of detachment that suits one’s mindset.
Therefore, Christian meditation or pondering is not an abstract activity that trusts itself but a reliance on a creator in a creator-creature relationship. It is relationship in which we allow the creator to communicate with us his wisdom without which we cannot grow; our vocation to transform the world is thus carried out in union with the God through the Holy Spirit. This is contemplation and is unique to Christianity. A Christian who remains stagnant at only meditation is still a yogi and has not understood the reality of his faith. There are many practitioners of yoga who claim that they now understand faith and scripture better. I pity them for such pride which prevents them to be open to the revelation of God, as in contemplation. This makes them trust their own reasoning’s, with fabulous logic and yet with a sound foundation in falsity and lies.
On the other hand, all the formulated Christian prayers have their sound root in the doctrine of Christ and his tradition. All Christian prayer that is approved and based on sound doctrine is valid and acceptable to God, even if the one reciting it is not doing so with efforts of meditating nor concentrating. It is nevertheless considered effective irrespective, but this degree of effect may vary to the extent to which one is fervent. Thus in Catholic circles we have the concept of ‘ex opera operato’, the heart that is fervent and the intention with which it is prayed adds to the effect. As explained, the rosary is also a prayer that recognizes the limitation of the created being and humbly acknowledging this, calls on God to intervene through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But if one meditates on the mysteries and recites as per the doctrine of the Catholic Church and then one enters into a state of contemplation allowing God to speak through the Mysteries which are a compendium of the Gospel.
There are other areas of differences too between a Rosary and a mantra but this should suffice.
Unlike a yogic approach, the Christian approach to God is personal. One approaches God with aim of either asking or communicating or seeking a relationship. Hence it is not an abstract approach to an abstract concept of god. On the other hand the yogic approach ends up ‘with me’ as the centre of the universe; tat tvam asi or aham brahmasmi (Sanskrit: you are that/ I am he or I am the universal being/ ultimate reality)
In a Christian approach every bit of surrender and submission is strongly rooted in one’s ego which seeks to die to itself and in the end is raised up to a new person, in God’s own image and yet with one’s own uniqueness and quality. Never will a Christian at the end of his prayer experience claim that he is ‘He’ or “I am one with creation.”- Pantheism!
Yoga’s origin is Hinduism and is steeped in a mystery of incoherent understanding of the truth. The Hindu concept of the universe and life can often lead one to doubt in its many beliefs. Yoga comes as an aid to rescue such a mind set of confusion. Doubt in Hinduism is looked down upon as negation of the rational mind that is not still. Therefore it has to be calmed by either the discipline of exercises, mantra or hyper activity as in karma yoga or focusing on objects, a word or breath. The mind that is hyperactive needs to be controlled and focused on in order that one may achieve concentration and altered state. This practice is a great affront to the assimilation and understanding of truth.
Human beings are born to relish and celebrate beauty and truth. Yet truth eludes the human mind in the many reasoning’s of the mind. A glimpse of the truth is enough to give a false sense of satisfaction and to be deceived and be led astray. It is like being so enamored by the beauty of the rose that one fails to see the beauty of the plant. The Christian understanding is this: Truth is not immanent to man and hence he cannot arrive at the truth even through a brain storming session of high profile intellectuals. Yet it is in knowing and understanding the truth and acting on truth that he finds his real freedom and happiness. In truth is his fulfillment.
Truth is objective and to be understood not as we choose to understand but for its own sake. The moment we seek to understand truth as we want to understand it then we are not doing justice to truth. For the Christian truth is also dynamic, constantly revealing itself and contemplation in the power of the Holy Spirit is the way to assimilate it.
Whereas the Hindu concept of truth and its understanding is this : one is in the truth already and it has to be realized through meditation and yoga, i.e. by attaining knowledge, achieving enlightenment and realization through yoga is the method to arrive at such consciousness. Good and evil are almost non-existent concepts and truth diminishes into an abstraction wherein everything is considered as a part of the cosmic universe. Morality which is an important component of truth is low on the quotient and is ignored totally in the spiritual achievement of the yogi. Suffering and poverty, the existential reality, is attributed to one’s karma or previous life and one’s destiny is already pre-ordained. Detachment here means being separated from the realities and confrontations of daily life. Pain, hunger, desires or carnal manifestations are part of the manifestation of the universal being. How to explain concrete realities of poverty and pain and sufferings? Attribute it to one’s Karma=deeds done in previous life.
How then does one handle matters of truth and morality and the existential realities of life? An ordinary human being confronts this reality or may rationalize about it and if necessary may take even an aggressive posture to deal with it. The Yogi on the other hand deals with it through the structure and methodologies which boastfully is affirmed as being well rooted in ancient religious wisdom. This yogic methodology ignores the basic reality of life and enters a world of experiences which is termed as the god experiences by some or a state of bliss or nirvana, etc. by others.
Truth sought through the subjective human conscience is totally ignored. Hence many among the Clergy who have trodden this path have been highly wary of the confessional and have even abused the confessional making a mockery of the sacrament besides suppressing the truth of Christ. Morality, which communicates truth, is the dynamic ray of truth of life.
They who have dabbled with such occult practices have often been in the forefront of attack against the prayer group spirituality, retreat centers and the sound teaching of Christ and the Catholic faith in matters of sin and morality. “They induce guilt” is the popular allegation and why will they not when they are in a state of deceptive bliss achieved through human effort, i.e. yoga, vipassana, etc. They ignore the reality of the self that finds true fulfillment in truth; which includes the moral element too.
The most deceptive element of this spirituality is the love that they often talk about. Of being kind to everyone and doing good but the most practical aspect of this love and kindness is overlooked: morality, truth and commitment is of no value. Relativism and perspectivalism are objective truths, a contradiction in the contradictions they hold on to. It is a way of willfully shutting out the truth about God arising in the conscience of every human being. “Undeniably, those who willfully shut out God from their hearts and try to dodge religious questions are not following the dictates of their consciences, and hence are not free of blame” (GES. Para 19:3, Vat II).
Jesus, the perfect one, reveals man to himself (cf. GES 22, Vat. II) which includes his sinful and immoral state cut off from God. He came to set this imbalance of relationship right with God and one another through the reconciliation of the cross. He speaks to the conscience of every man especially those who have submitted to the obedience of faith to lead a life worthy of his calling by the power of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism. The Holy Spirit constantly working a programme of renewal, through repentance faith and surrender, transforms us from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).
Hence, reason and doubts are not shunned but meet their satisfaction in the search for truth in Christ Jesus who claimed to be the way, the truth and the life and the one way to the Father and no one goes to the Father except through him (Jn. 14:6).
In the light of the above we can say that Yoga then deceives at two major levels. In the first major way and immediate way, it deceives the self through its methodologies whereby one through its practice unknowingly walks the path of escapism in an experience which can be compared to that of a drug addict; an altered state of mind. There are some who have come out of it and acknowledge this element of the psychedelic experiences. This is further affirmed by experts who vouch that the experiences of yogic arousals are the same like that of psychotropic hallucinatory drugs. In India, in some place there is band of yogi’s who achieve their spiritual goal through the use of such drugs.
The second major deception is that of relegating everything to the deep, the subconscious, and building a wall surrounded by an experience of deception. This wall is often difficult to break through both for the practitioner or the one seeking to help the victim of yogic philosophy through the truth of the gospel. Unless the practitioners cry unto God to liberate them from such self imposed bondage which they have put themselves in they will never be free.
In my experience in ministering to people with such background of dabbling with the New Age, I have often come across cases of such deception. They reason and have great confidence in their ability to reason out things scientifically and logically. But they have forgotten the important drawback of logic, viz. that of basing oneself on a wrong premise: All that is logical is not necessarily the truth but the other way is true, all that is the truth is always logical, but the yogi finds it difficult to grasp it and sees them as foolish.
There was this person who was involved in the art of living. He had come with problems in interpersonal relationship wherever he went. He was often discouraged from practicing the calming exercise, the yogic methodology of calming oneself. But after many reminders and prayers and not without much arguments with logic that he came one fine day to confess that though he practiced the calming exercise yet within himself he always had this raw feeling of agitation and becoming boisterous often.
A total renunciation doesn’t comprehensively handle the problem. At our retreats I would encourage those who had dabbled with such occult to renounce or strictly follow the discipline of the retreat. I would tell them that Christian silence is different from that of the yogic silence. Here in the Christian silence you are still communicating to the living God while the yogic silence is communication with an abstract reality with abstract techniques and methodologies. Those who obeyed the discipline of silence as followed at the DD retreats emerged successfully contemplating the beauty of God in all that they did but others went away empty.
Another case was of a woman who had gone for a vipassana (Buddhist form of yoga, which focuses on the breathing and bodily sensations. Since her conscience was compromised and was into activities which have its roots in Marxism, she had great difficulty to comprehend the truths of the faith and hence couldn’t deal with her larger fears and anxieties since they were suppressed in the deep subconscious and hence suffered many fears and pains.
As mentioned at the outset, one may ask; how come they who practice these New Age practices receive healing. My contention is this, the healing may be real but it is again rooted in deceiving the body. While the healing received through the practice of Yogic exercise is different from those received from the practice of yogic meditation. When a certain nerve causes pain the doctors have two broad options whether to allow the processes of healing through medicine or other forms of palliative care or go for a surgery to cut the pain causing nerve. Both options are not of equal value and significance, the former, if possible, is always a better option. Yet the doctor and the patient could say; “look I want quick results”, this can lead to long term disaster. Likewise the yogic healing is for this life and cuts us one off from the eternity of life which God has prepared for those who seek their Salvation from him who paid a great price to offer it to them; the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
Similarly, the effect of yoga can lead to immediate gain but an eternal disaster for ignoring the truth which Jesus came to reveal in order to give us eternal life.
The Catholic Church warns about the evil of yoga through its various documents. Here below I would like to mention the two documents:
1) In 1989 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (SCDF) came out with a letter called “Orationis Formas” on some aspects of Christian meditation.
2) The second one was written by the PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE AND PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE, on 3rd Feb. 2003, “JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE” A Christian reflection on the “New Age”
Some ask whether we could separate the exercise from the yogic meditation. If you want to eat the food products of Fukushima after the radiation risk in spite of knowing it then it is to your destruction. Similarly, since we know for sure that the exercises, however healthy and beneficial it may be, but, ultimately has its roots in Hinduism, leads to destruction then we are walking the treacherous path. “It is difficult to separate the individual elements of New Age religiosity – innocent though they may appear – from the overarching framework which permeates the whole thought-world on the New Age movement.” (JCBWL: A Christian reflection on “New Age” #4:1)
Some prefer to practice what they call the safer and good elements of yoga, yet the above document, which I have quoted from, clearly warns about the dark and grim reality. Similarly, you cannot say to yourself I will take the name of Jesus while doing the exercise. It is like using a vessel used for unclean purpose for a noble purpose. Do not abuse the most Holy name of Jesus and crucify him again in your hearts for shortsighted selfish gain.
Truth has to be sought for its own sake. We cannot say now we understand truth better because of yoga. A contaminated vision cannot make us see things better even though that person may claim that he can see well. Similarly, those immersed in yoga and its philosophy may see things better through the glasses yet it is not a perfect vision in comparison to the direct vision. If the glass is tainted then the seeing also becomes tainted though the one seeing through the taint may think that it is normal to see in such fashion. It is like this Alcoholic, with wife and children left to fend for themselves, told me once that he was not wrong by drinking because he was only harming himself, so why should his wife and children nag him. The self is more important to him than the others towards whom he had a responsibility and commitment.
Yoga’s base as discussed above is a deception and not based on truth. A lie can’t make truth better. Whereas truth can enhance a lie to make it look like a better and more convincing lie; a good lie always contains a good bit of truth. In other words lie added to truth makes only it a greater lie full of deception, likewise truth added to lie again qualifies for the same state. Truth stands alone and does not require the help of lie to qualify or enhance it.
Jesus is the truth that saves. The incarnated eternal Word of God is also the revelation of God to the human race in need of the truth that saves. He fully reveals man to himself and has given us knowledge about himself and us. He has revealed to us our true worth and yet in his great mercy and love revealed to us the great mercy of God to save us from our state of sin; a state that prevents us from knowing the truth unless we turn to him in faith. Faith is the foundation to know him; faith is also the beginning to receive this revelation of God. Faith which is expressed through all humility can even lift us up to his level because God is pleased with such humble trust. He does this by pouring into our hearts his life and love (Rm.5:5) so that through his Spirit of Sonship we may continue in the grace, daily nourished at his Eucharistic table and striving in the world.
If you have dabbled in yoga, vipassana or any other New Age spirituality then it is high time you said no to it and renounce this before the living God and turn to Jesus in all humility for help. Wait on him and ask him to guide your life by giving you his Holy Spirit, who he promised will guide us into all truth. (Jn.16:13)
Prayer: Father your Word is truth, forgive me for not accepting your word as your word and thus not allowing you to speak to me through it.
Fr Raju‘s comment:
I cannot accept the view that yoga is anti-Christian, even though it is against the church. If yoga does not assist the person to realize God, then whole lot of yogic practices such as types of meditations the church is promoting, or at least vast plethora of religious attend is in vain. In Mangalore, there is a centre for yoga under Mr. Rego promoting it.
For the centuries, church said, outside the church there is no salvation. II Vatican opened the salvation for others. Was it ‘contrary to Christian faith for centuries? And how can it be against whole of human nature? I can’t accept this view.
See the translation of New Missal itself. We had few masses for India in the previous translation. They are absent now in the new translation. Maybe India is ‘pagan’ for the learned! What was accepted for a few need not be accepted for everyone. How can Christian silence be different from yogic silence? Can the silence be different in itself? The way to approach the divine may be different but the goal is same. A Vaishnavite says his aim is to reach vaikunktha and for us ‘the presence of God’. Both are same but names given are different.
Subject: Your comment on Inspirations
Dear Fr Raju,
I have assumed that you are Fr Raju Crasta from the Jamshedpur Diocese. I would like to thank you for your valuable comment on Fr Conrad’s article ‘Deception in yoga’. I would like to state that your comment was truly an eye opener.
However, being a moderator for the blog comments, which is a task Fr Conrad has given me due to his busy schedule, I would like to ask you a few questions regarding it. As you may know that the blog articles published are true to sacred scripture (i.e. Christian scripture) and Catholic teachings, we encourage comments which also are the same. While your comments are valuable as mentioned earlier, I would like to clarify a few points in order to publish it.
I shall divide the questions in 2 parts, part 1 in relation to your comments and part 2 in regards to personal question which you may choose NOT to answer if you please.
(1) Your statement (quote) For the centuries, church said, outside the church there is no salvation. II Vatican opened the salvation for others (unquote).
Are you suggesting that Vatican 2 has now said that outside the church there is salvation? If so, could you please provide the name of the document for me to refer to in case I am asked later regarding the authenticity of this statement?
(2) Your statement (quote) the way to approach the divine may be different but the goal is same (unquote). John 14:6 Jesus says that he is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and that there is NO OTHER WAY to other Father except through him. So by your statement, does it mean that Jesus was wrong in stating what he had? Or that he forgot to take into account the other ways which you seem to have knowledge of?
(3) Your statement (quote) a Vaishnavite says his aim is to reach vaikunktha and for us ‘the presence of God’. Both are same but names given are different (unquote). Acts 4:12, St Peter, before the Sanhedrin, when talking about Jesus says that there is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there ANY OTHER NAME under heaven by which we are to be saved. In regards to your statement, was St Peter wrong. Or was the Holy Spirit, who is God of the past, present and future, who inspired St Peter to say these words, ignorant of Hindu theories?
(4) Your statement (quote) I cannot accept the view that yoga is anti-Christian, even though it is against the church (unquote). Does this mean that you are not in communion to the Holy Catholic Church? Or does that mean that while you are obedient to your peers, you choose to be disobedient to the Magisterium which is the official, anointed teaching office of the church?
(1) Your E blogger profile states your occupation as Philosopher. Are you a philosopher or a priest?
(2) As per teachings of the church, philosophy is a subject taught to priests so that they are aware of the ERRONEOUS thinking of man and in turn can combat the same with Catholic theology, which while based in scripture, answers all the possible question of the human mind. So please answer me, when I ask was your seminary training inadequate when they got you stuck only on philosophy.
(3) Your questions at the end of your profile (quote) Why do I exist? Is it necessary that what I am? What would happen if I were not to exist? Can I exist differently than what I am? (Unquote) As per theology, are not these questions answered by the Lord himself in his process of divine revelation by the power of the Holy Spirit?
Thank you Fr Raju for your time in reading my questions.
While I will need you to answer Part 1 to justify publishing your comment, in case you can answers these questions, I would be grateful if you can answer Part 2 also.
Thank you once again for your time and patience,
Prayers and good wishes,
Croydon D’Souza (DDoor Blog team)
On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Thanks for your generous reply and re-comments on my comments.
I had given my opinion what I felt after reading it. It is my personal opinion and not the opinion of others. I am not denying the communion with the church and nor going against the teaching of the church.
However, what my concern is, our expressions and writings should not unnecessarily bring differences in the community we live in. By community I mean the different faiths. To speak of one’s culture, one needs to be inside the culture and speak. One should not speak of another culture, standing on my culture. This is what my concern was.
That is what I believe, where the west is going wrong.
Therefore, I don’t want to comment on your questions. I respect your questions and want to end this discussion here itself. I am sorry if it has hurt you or Conrad. It was not my intention. Being a critical philosopher, it came to my mind as I read your blog. Actually, I was looking for some material for my research work on yoga-related issues and upon browsing got your blog. I found it an interesting article and thought of commenting as I do it to others. Sorry for doing it and beg your pardon. May god bless your endeavor and the good work you do for the people of goodwill. Fr Raju Felix Crasta
Subject: Re: Your comment on Inspirations
Dear Fr Raju,
Thank you for your reply. I am very humbled by your humility and I must state that I respect your opinions and views. Although I may not agree with them, I would like to assure you that neither Fr Conrad nor myself are hurt by your comments, but rather, I was thrilled to receive as I found it an opportunity to test some of the things I have been learning myself, namely apologetics.
I also respect the fact that you do not wish to dwell on the topic further. However, I humbly request you to please read this mail further and consider what I am presenting in prayer and contemplation, Christian prayer and contemplation, and maybe, I hope, it may help with some of your research.
To begin with I would not apologise if I have come out strongly with regard to the mention of being in communion with the church and all that. Because that’s the approach that our Lord had when he proclaimed, so did St Paul (my personal patron saint and in my opinion one of the most brilliant men to walk this earth) and so did all the other Saints that inspire me such as St Peter, St Athanasius the Great, St Gregory the Great, St Basil the Great and even our own Pope Benedict XVI (who I consider one of the greatest minds of our days). And the one thing I will always dwell one is what Jesus did at the temple. Whilst it was the tradition and culture at the time to make the temple a market place, (John 2:13-17) our Lord spared not a moment to think, but just drove them away for they were doing something wrong. And what can be more wrong that defiling the temple of our Lord. And St John beautifully justifies that action when he quotes Ps 69:10,” Zeal for your house will consume me”. While we do not have a marketplace of doves and goats, but our churches are definitely become a market place of ideologies from other faiths, yoga being one of them. And I am well within my right when I will be aggressive to these ideologies. And I just have one question to justify my stand, which I will ask you Fr Raju, WHAT IS LACKING IN CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS AND THAT OF THE CHURCH THAT WE NEED TO TURN TO PAGAN ALTARS FOR ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS?
Anyway, about the differences in community that we live in, which is created by our teachings, WHICH TEACHING OF OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS CAUSED A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES? And if it does, then what’s the problem. Hasn’t the Catholic faith always been different than the opinions and cultures of communities? Hasn’t the church fostered men and women who have been different to the opinions and cultures of communities? Haven’t many of those men and women been killed or rather martyred for their differences in the cultures and communities, including Our Lord himself? And Fr Raju, hasn’t the church been built on and propagated effectively on the blood of those martyrs? Our faith will always be against the cultures and traditions of the world. For while the thinking of man is based on his own assumption and experience over period of time (cf. Fides et Ratio), the Church has learnt from divine revelation (cf. Fides et ratio & Dei Verbum). The knowledge that we possess from the bible and church teachings is based on what the Lord has revealed to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not by ordinary mortal man. And as scripture says 1 Cor 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God”.
And I see that you have mentioned ‘where the west is going wrong’. Is that what you learn from the seminary? The exact words, the west is going wrong. Let me explain what I am getting at. In my travels round the world, one of the things that I keep discussing constantly with foreign nationals is the issue of racism. And they get very angry about the subject. And not because of the sensitivity of it, but because of the issue we have made of it. And the question they ask me is, why is it that it’s only we Indians who are the only ones crying about racism. You have people from so many countries and cultures. Some more developed, some less developed. And yet it is only the Indians crying about racism. And maybe you should study for yourself this matter. You will see that almost all the racism claims are only by Indians. Now you may ask why? I am sure that in your study of philosophy, if it is as critical as you say it is, that we Indians love to dwell on pity. We love to say that the British attacked us and lived with us. We love to say that out country is poor. We love to say that we are underdeveloped compared to the west. We love to increase the ratings of programs and movies by including sad stories, and the same was an issue brought up by the Times of India a few months back. And this mentality of sympathy also extends slightly beyond our borders in the terrorist camps where they train young minds to believe that they have been wronged by the west or India, and they need to pay back. Those innocent fellows, not aware of the beautiful gift of discernment, go on and avenge that pity and hurt that they have been fed with. And I pray and hope that is not what the seminaries are doing in order to put wrong teachings across, because then my work has just increased.
Also you say that to speak of ones culture one must be within the culture and speak. First of all, our mission as Christ’s faithful is proclaiming the gospel of Christ (cf. Ad Gentes). Our Saints and Church Fathers have very effectively and efficiently proclaimed the Gospel of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, without adopting any culture. Adopting culture and tradition is meant for those, who through their so called intellect (which is foolishness to God cf. 1 Cor. 3:19) proclaim the word of God, but of course, to no result. In fact, this inculturation approach does more harm in weakening the faith of the people who are already in the faith, while from one door you attract a person of another faith by offering them culture and not the gospel of Christ, from the other door we have a Catholic leaving because of confusion created by this method. So in the end, it has achieved nothing.
I would like to add my opinion on yoga, but I think Fr Conrad’s article explains it all. And moreover the title on the article is important: The DECEPTION in yoga. To help you further in your research, I would personally recommend Mr Michael Prabhu’s website Metamorphose: http://www.ephesians-511.net/
. After you read his research, I can guarantee you will have to research no more.
Thank you Fr Raju for your time and patience in reading this mail. I would like you to know that I am not an enemy who is trying to hit out at you or anything of that sort. As I mentioned at the start of this mail, I am very humbled by your humility and I hold you in very high respect for your openness to a discussion. I sense that though you talk of yoga, I assume you don’t practice very much of it. I may be wrong, but please do tell me if I am right.
I do hope to read about your opinions on this matter.
Yours gratefully, Croydon
Subject: Re: Your comment on Inspirations
As I said in the previous mail, I don’t wish to discuss and I abide by it. However, you asked me to answer one thing, “I assume you don’t practice very much of it. I may be wrong, but please do tell me if I am right.” To tell you the fact, I have a master’s degree in Yoga from a refuted [sic] college in India and do practice and teach others. It helps me to meditate and get united with Jesus. I find no harm in it. My knowledge of yoga says, yoga means ‘to unite’ (the root of word yoga is yuj, which means to unite). It unites mind, body and spirit with the divine. What people usually misunderstand with yoga is the ‘posture’ or ‘asana’ by which they connect with Hinduism. If this is done, for me, it is a ‘deception.’ you may be having your own explanation, that doesn’t matter.
Thank you very much for your comments and lengthy discourse which I never expected, but respect your views though I am not going to agree with you completely.
With regards, Raju
Subject: Re: Your comment on Inspirations
Dear Fr Raju,
Thank you for your mail and answer. Please do remember that I am always available for a discussion if you ever need to.
I am sure in the process of you promoting yoga and me on the mission of protecting our faith from the deception of the evil one, we will definitely meet.
What I do want to point out is that the kingdom of heaven is not a matter of opinion. It’s about the Kingdom of God and those against it.
Till the next time,
Prayers and good wishes, Croydon.
I commend Croydon D’Souza on his zealous defense of the Catholic Church and our Faith.
Fr. Raju Felix Crasta is typical of the average Indian priest today, maybe even of the majority of our priests if I might dare say. Exposed to a highly suspect seminary formation, he has even taken a Doctorate in yoga! What for, may I ask? Is he a successor of the apostles of Jesus Christ or a disciple of pre-Christian Vedic philosophers that he still philosophizes on the reasons for his existence and the purpose and meaning of life?
Imagine the plight of the poor Indian lay Catholic and the future Indian Church if such is the state of priests.
What’s even more ominous, many such priests are already now bishops and Cardinals. God help us!
1. BRAHMA KUMARIS WORLD SPIRITUAL UNIVERSITY
2. CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS ENDORSES YOGA FOR CATHOLICS
3. CATHOLIC YOGA HAS ARRIVED
4. DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05
5. FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION-WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
6. FR JOHN FERREIRA-YOGA, SURYANAMASKAR AT ST. PETER’S COLLEGE, AGRA
7. FR ADRIAN MASCARENHAS-YOGA AT ST PATRICK’S CHURCH BANGALORE
8 FR JOHN VALDARIS-NEW AGE CURES FOR CANCER
9. NEW AGE GURUS 01-SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR-THE ‘ART OF LIVING’
10. PAPAL CANDIDATE OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS ENDORSES YOGA
11. YOGA AND THE BRAHMA KUMARIS AT A CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY
12. YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE
13. YOGA, SURYANAMASKAR, GAYATRI MANTRA, PRANAYAMA TO BE MADE COMPULSORY IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
1. TRUTH, LIES AND YOGA-ERROL FERNANDES
2. WAS JESUS A YOGI? SYNCRETISM AND INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE-ERROL FERNANDES
5. YOGA AND DELIVERANCE
6. YOGA IS SATANIC-EXORCIST FR GABRIELE AMORTH
8. YOGA-WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM SAY ABOUT IT
9. YOGA-WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SAY ABOUT IT?
1. LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON SOME ASPECTS OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION CDF/CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER OCTOBER 15, 1989
2. JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE COMBINED VATICAN DICASTERIES FEBRUARY 3, 2003
TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-01
2. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-02
3. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-03
4. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-04
5. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-05
6. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-06
7. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-07
8. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-08
9. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-09
10. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-10
11. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-11
12. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-12
13. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-13
14. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-14 VIRGO HANDOJO
15. TESTIMONY OF A FORMER YOGI-15 PURVI