SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Yoga guru Fr. Joe Pereira introduces St. Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity to Hindu Yoga
For Fr. Joe Pereira, Mother Teresa is one of two occult nadis, energy channels that drive him.
August 20, 2014
One could hear as Fr, Joe shared with Gitaji (daughter of BKS Iyengar) that Guruji Christ like gave his life for his people. Gitaji humbly acknowledge what Fr. Joe shared and said “Yes Fr. Joe … He gave all that he had for his People” As we drove back to Mumbai, Fr. Joe shared how he would miss Guruji but bounced back saying … “My Ida Nadi that’s Blessed Mother Teresa and my Pingala Nadi Guruji Iyengar liveth in me.” (The two channels of spreading spiritual energy through the body).
The Ida and Pingala nadis are often seen as referring to the two hemispheres of the brain. Pingala is the extroverted, solar nadi, and corresponds to left hemisphere. Ida is the introverted, lunar nadi, and refers to the right hemisphere of the brain. The Sushumna connects the base chakra to the crown chakra.
According to the yogic scriptures, there are 72,000 nadis, or energy channels. Among them, ida, pingala, and sushumna are the most important.
The nadis and the sushumna are occult esoteric energy channels in the purported subtle body of a person.
The sushumna is awakened so that pranic energy flows upwards from the lowest chakra to the crown chakra, when one attains yogic enlightenment and god-realisation.
In the Bombay Archdiocesan weekly The Examiner
Fr. Joe H. Pereira, August 12, 2006
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.
Mother Teresa at Vasai
The guiding philosophy is a reflection of the spirit of service and dedication, enshrined in the work of Mother Teresa, who personally blessed our Kolkata and Vasai centers.
I also have an 8-page KRIPA pamphlet that says it on its cover page.
FROM THE DVD “INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS” AN EXTRACT FROM THE TRANSCRIPT:
KRIPA’s Vasai centre BLESSED BY BISHOP THOMAS DABRE
ON 17TH APRIL 1994, INAUGURATED BY MOTHER TERESA ON 15TH MAY 1994.
Priest bridges gap between East and West
Graeme Morton, Calgary Herald, Canada, October 06, 2007
A longtime associate and friend of Mother Teresa, whom he simply, reverently calls “Mother,”
Pereira conducted yoga sessions during retreats held for her Missionaries of Charity sisters.
Building bridges between yoga and Catholicism
By Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun, October 13, 2007
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
B.K.S. Iyengar, arguably the world’s most influential living yoga master.
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.
The 3rd Mother Teresa Memorial National award for Social Justice was awarded to Kripa Foundation on 26th October 2008 in recognition of its contribution to addressing social ills, especially in the service of the marginalised owing to addiction and HIV/AIDS. Rev. Fr. Joe H Pereira, Founder Trustee of Kripa Foundation, received this prestigious award at the hands of Teesta Setalvad and Shri Mahesh Bhatt.
Also reported in the Bombay Archdiocesan weekly The Examiner, November 29, 2008
Kripa inaugurates its New Centre in Gandhi Nagar- Gujarat
October 28, 2010
Kripa Foundation inaugurated its new centre at Mother Teresa Ashram, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. This is Kripa’s 62nd facility in the country. The Centre was blessed by His Grace Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes with a prayer service. The Archbishop in his speech appreciated the efforts of Kripa.
Fr. Joe celebrates Mass at Asha Daan, Byculla Mumbai
January 10, 2011
Fr. Joe celebrates Eucharist at the tomb of Blessed Mother Teresa
February 7, 2012
Missionaries of Charity Priest and Nuns visit Kripa Kolkata
May 23, 2012
It was a memorial day for Kripa Kolkata, when Priest and Sisters from Missionaries of Charity paid a visit … The highlight being the participation of clients of different Faiths.
Orientation programme for Missionaries of Charity Brothers at Kripa Vasai
September 1, 2012
14 Brothers from the Missionaries of Charity visited Kripa Vasai on the 29th of August 2012 … This is an annual visit of fresh batches of brothers from different regions of India.
Orientation to Missionaries of Charity Brother @ Kripa Vasai
July 16, 2014
On 16th July 2014, Kripa Vasai conducted an Orientation Programme for Brothers of Missionaries of Charity. The Brothers specially thanked Fr. Joe H Pereira, who has a long standing association with Blessed Mother Teresa and The Missionaries of Charity.
I have not copied the many photographs that accompanied all of the above blogposts. They are of Missionaries of Charity nuns, religious brothers and priests coming to KRIPA for “orientation” or being served by Fr. Joe Pereira at their institutions.
They have patronised Fr. Joe Pereira/KRIPA more than any other Indian religious order has!!!!!
Fr. Joe Pereira began the practice of Yoga through B.K.S. Iyengar in 1968. By 1971, when he first encountered and influenced Mother Teresa, at the time that he wanted to leave the priesthood as some of his disenchanted colleagues had done, (he was “having a crisis of faith” and was in love with a woman; source: http://www.lifepositive.com/Spirit/Meditation/The_Yogic_Priest102008.asp), he was already a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and that was all that he lived for and continuously strived to communicate to others. It is apparent that — by his own admission — yoga had not benefited him spiritually and had already adversely affected his zeal for his Catholic Faith and the priestly life.
[It has happened often before, to the Belgian priest J.M. de Chanet who propagated yoga at St. Peters Church in Bandra, and to yoga priest Fr. Anthony Lobo of Pune, also a student, like Joe Pereira, of BKS Iyengar.
Fr. Francis Barboza SVD., a Bharatanatyam dance exponent who was “deeply involved in expressions of Hindu worship” and practiced at the SVD’s Gyan Prakash Ashram in Andheri, Mumbai, also left the priesthood. Today, Fr. Joe remains in the Church, but is a Catholic priest only in name.]
It was not long before he became the yoga guru to the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity as Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun has recorded (on page 3). From thence on, things looked up.
Goa-based yogi priest to join Pope in canonizing Teresa
September 3, 2016
By Lisa Monteiro, Panaji, September 4, 2016
Mother Teresa inaugurated Kripa Foundation in Vasai in 1994 and handed over the Boy’s Town orphanage in Gangarampur, North 24 Parganas district, Kolkata, to Kripa Foundation. She also had the Italian Consul inaugurate the facility.
From the above account there can be no doubt that Mother Teresa wholeheartedly endorsed Fr. Joe Pereira in his propagation of Hindu yoga through his KRIPA Foundation.
Fr. Joe Pereira’s KRIPA Foundation is an NGO which is flush with money and funded by the MCs!!!!!
“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.”
Calcutta, August 3, 1994
Fr. Joe Pereira likes to point out that Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, a few hours before the day of his birth anniversary.
An extract from one of my earlier reports:
“THE YIN AND THE YANG OF FATHER JOE”
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. The box on page 75 of H&N says:
NAME: Joseph H. Pereira, fondly called Fr. Joe (a.k.a. the Singing Priest)
Roman Catholic Priest, Founder Director Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation, Certified Yoga Instructor
The Yin, Mother Teresa; the Yang, B.K.S Iyengar
“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.
MOTHER TERESA AT PRAYER IN A BUDDHIST TEMPLE
MOTHER TERESA CANONIZATION CONTROVERSY
FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION–WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
OCTOBER 2005/SEPTEMBER 2007/AUGUST 2009/JULY/OCTOBER 2012/JULY 2013
FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION–WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION-LETTERS TO THE BISHOPS AND THEIR RESPONSES MAY 2009
FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION/WCCM-NEW AGE ENDORSED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY AND THE CBCI 28 NOVEMBER 2013
INSTITUTIONALIZED NEW AGE IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE-HOMOEOPATHY, YOGA AND KRIPA FOUNDATION
MANTRAS YOGA WCCM CHRISTIAN MEDITATION ETC-EDDIE RUSSELL FEBRUARY 2015
WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION-A. I.
18 NOVEMBER 2015
WCCM-NEW AGE CHRISTIAN MEDITATION INSTITUTIONALIZED IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE 20 SEPTEMBER 2016
WCCM-NEW AGE CHRISTIAN MEDITATION INSTITUTIONALIZED IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE 02 21 SEPTEMBER 2016
FR JOE PEREIRA SUPPORTED BY HIS BISHOPS CONTINUES TO MOCK AT CATHOLICS
FR JOE PEREIRA-PLANS YOGA EVENT SPARKS DEBATE
16 JUNE/23 JULY 2015
FR JOE PEREIRA YOGA GURU CONCELEBRATES AT MOTHER TERESAS CANONIZATION MASS 8 SEPTEMBER 2016
FR JOE PEREIRA INTRODUCES MOTHER TERESAS MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY TO YOGA
8 SEPTEMBER 2016
FR JOE PEREIRA YOGA GURU CELEBRATES NAVRATRI AND GANESHOTSAV 8 SEPTEMBER 2016