The “Father of Christian Yoga” was Hindu?
Do you think so-called “Christian Yoga” is something new? I'll admit that I did when I first heard of it — but it goes as far back as the early-early 1900s!
As the founder of PraiseMoves, “The Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga,” I have said for many years, “Christian yoga is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms (like a “Christian Buddhist” – no such thing!).
Above is an image of a copy of The Christian Yoga Monthly magazine from the early 1900s. For 10 cents one could get one's fill of “Philosophy, Spiritual Healing, Metaphysics and Psychology” along with the “Rationale of the Golden Rule, New Cycle Meditation and Bible Studies.”
Sounds like a real hodge-podge, doesn't it? Not exactly the latest edition of “Upper Room.”
Many think so-called “Christian yoga” is a nice, Christianized version of yoga (“There's no chanting, so it must be okay.”). Think again.
What is a practice dedicated to “Lord Shiva, the Destroyer,” known as the “Lord of Yoga” doing in the Church of the LORD JESUS CHRIST?
Is there Yoga for Christians? Well, Christian yoga is NOT a yoga alternative. It is YOGA. And there are reasons why Christians should not walk through that door.
Christian Yoga IS Yoga. Here's proof. Meet the Hindu “Father of Christian Yoga.”
Written over 100 years ago in 1911, here is the description of a book about “Christian Yoga Metaphysics” by the founder of the Christian Yoga Society.
He founded the Christian Yoga Church in Spokane, Washington. His teaching sought to combine Christianity with Hindu meditative practice.
In 1919 he moved to California, where he continued to grow his church at a new “church” in the San Bernardino Mountains. In 1924 he produced a film in Hollywood, “Beyond the Veil.”
The Life and the Way: The Christian Yoga Metaphysics – by A.K. Mozumdar
“A. K. Mozumdar was the founder of the Christian Yoga Society and this book outlines much of its spiritual philosophy.
“East and West and brought together to allow those from both spiritual backgrounds to enhance their growth and to possibly experience an all-pervading Oneness in the universe.
“This is an important spiritual work that is capable of transforming an individual. From reading it, one may discover a unique path to follow and achieve spiritual peace of mind.”
Notice on the book's cover the “self” sits in front of the cross of Jesus Christ. “With its back to the cross!” my husband Paul Willis said.
The “Father of Christian Yoga” lived from 1864-1953. Here's an interesting quote from Mozumdar who obviously denies that Jesus came to earth in the flesh, as a man (a basic tenet of Christianity):
“If man thinks and acts, is not the thinker and actor God? If God is all life, then all lives are God. The creative power is the very nature of the being of the Creator; hence the creative power is God. Life is the Creator, and will never be reduced to the level of its own creation. This knowledge sets a man free.”
No, knowledge of the truth that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth and the Life sets one free. I for one am SO grateful that Jesus, the King of Glory, lowered Himself and came to earth as a man, His own creation, that He could be the perfect sacrifice for mankind.
“Christian Yoga”? Test the Spirits!
What did the apostle John under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit say about testing the spirits, whether they are of God or not?
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).
What in the World is “Chrislam”?
Have you heard of “Chrislam”? It's supposedly Christianity mixed with the Moslem faith. Most Christians would agree that Christianity and Islam cannot be mixed.
Syncretism = an attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.
Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. It began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time.
But Christianity and Islam are NOT compatible.
So, why are some so ready to believe one can mix Christianity with Hinduism?
ChrIslam = Islam, just as “Christian yoga” = yoga. Yoga IS Religion.
Christianity is a relationship, not a religion (although many have made a religion out of it – “Christian-ism,” perhaps).
Relationship is God-made. Religion is man-made.
Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! In the meantime, let's OCCUPY with love until He comes!
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Very good!! Thank you for speaking up on this subject!!! God calls us to live in the PURITY of His Word, not MIXTURE! Far too many are being caught up in deception because they do not know the Word of God, nor do they know the God of His Word.
Thank you, Robin. I was amazed to find this information–as if hidden and just now coming to light exactly one hundred years later. Obviously “Christian yoga” is not Christian.
Fascinating article about A.K. Mozumdar, who on the surface seems accepting of Christianity, but is really projecting his own desires and rejecting Truth.
Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, mankind has tried to cover up his own Sin, by making up its own Religion, and or, denying any guilt.
No matter how ‘close’ to True Bible Teachings….. no Philosophy, no Social Construct, no Self Realization, no Nature Worship, will ever suffice to put us back in right Relationship with the Creator God. How could it?!
We need someone that can bridge that Gap! And his Name is Jesus Christ. The perfect and only Son, that offers by grace through faith in Him, to bring us back into right Relationship with God. Wholly Forgiven, Life Everlasting.
. … before I submitted my life to Christ, my former indian guru taught me that Yoga meant…”Union with Self”.
I’m no longer interested in that! — Self is Truly a dead end road.
Great word, L.G.! There is NOTHING “Christian” about so-called “Christian yoga!” Thank you for spreading the light and the Word of Truth — Jesus — the Way, the Truth and the Life!
I’m saddened by the number of Christian women who practice Yoga. I recently wrote a short story titled, “Yoga – The Tale” on this topic. Available at http://wearehispeople.wordpress.com
Wonderful and sad-but-true story, Kelly. Thank you for your comments and for sharing with us. You’re right, there really is no such thing as so-called “Christian Yoga.”
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Thank you, Laurette!
Such great timing for me. This information is crutial!
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