Yoga is a Sanskrit word which literally means ‘yoking’ and it refers to practices – originated from Hinduism - whose purpose is to unite the individual’s mind with the Divinity, that is, the only true reality which is called Brahman. In other words, yoga consists of some practices which are designed specifically to induce a state of trance which supposedly allows the mind to be drawn upward into a yoking with Brahman. It is a means of withdrawal from the world of illusion (for according to Hinduism all is illusion) to seek the only true Reality.
Yoga consists of eight steps whose aim is to free the individual’s mind from its impurities which hinder man from realizing and knowing the Atman which is within him. According to Hinduism, Atman is the God that is within all human beings, which is nothing but what is called Brahman (the universal Atman which pervades the universe) for Atman and Brahman are one thing. Therefore, at the core of yoga – no matter what kind of yoga - is the following doctrine: the Divinity is within every man, and unless one purifies (or frees) his mind from all the impurities which hinder him from realizing his Divinity he cannot realize that he is divine. Yoga is a means through which a man can realize that he is Brahman (which is falsely called God). Furthermore, it must be said that yoga is strictly linked with the doctrine of reincarnation for it is the means through which one can attain moksha, that is, the liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. This liberation is achieved when one realizes his essential union with Brahman.
The eight steps of yoga are these: yamas, niyamas, asanas, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. The yamas and the niyamas are the major do’s and don’ts. The asanas are meditative postures. Pranayama is breath control. Pratyahara is the withdrawal from the senses; that is the stage at which an adept learns how to control the ‘tentacles’ of consciousness that are called ‘indriyas’ in Sanskrit. Dharana is the discipline of concentration. Dhyana is the discipline of meditation which leads into samadhi. Samadhi is a consciousness of pure detachment from the world in which the soul abides in its essence alone, and in which the yogi discovers his true identity as transcendent spirit and perceives the basic unity of existence. Afterwards, the yogi gets to Nirvana, which is a stable Mergence with the Consciousness of God. The term “Nirvana” means ‘complete burning away’, i.e. obliteration of one’s individuality in the Mergence with God; at that a man, having expanded and dissolved in Him, feels that he is God.
Through samyama (that is, through dharana, dhyana and samadhi) one can obtain some occult powers. In addition to this, it must be said that the aim of pranayama is not only to control prana, that is, the vital energy, but also to arouse the kundalini. Kundalini is the latent power believed to rest at the base of the spine. When aroused it rages like a vicious serpent inside a person with a force that it is impossible to resist. The kundalini produces supernatural psychic powers having their source in demonic beings.
There are about ten forms of yoga. The names of some of them are: raja-yoga, bhakti-yoga, jnana-yoga, karma-yoga, tantra-yoga, kundalini-yoga, and hatha-yoga. The most famous form of yoga in the Western world is hatha-yoga, which many consider merely a neutral form of exercise, a soothing and effective alternative for those who abhor jogging.
is of the devil for its purpose is to lead man to realize that he is God
(that is, he and God are one and the same) or to discover within himself his
godhood. Yes, because according to the philosophy that underlies yoga man is
ignorant of his divine nature and thus he needs to discover it, and yoga is
the means which will lead him to this discovery! Listen to what brother
Rabindranath R. Maharaj, who used to practice yoga every day when he was a
guru, says in his book Death of a Guru:
‘What I experienced in meditation agreed with the Vedic teaching about
Brahman, but my experience of life at other times disagreed. In Yogic trance
I felt a oneness with the whole universe; I was no
different from a bug or cow or distant star. We all partook of the same
Essence. Everything was Brahman, and Brahman was everything. ‘And that thou
art!’ said the Vedas, telling me that Brahman was my true Self, the god
within that I worshiped sitting in front of a mirror’ (Rabindranath R.
Maharaj with Dave Hunt, Death of a Guru,
Hodder and Stoughton, Great Britain 1986, page 97). Whereas the Holy
Scripture teaches that man is just a creature of God and can never become
God, and that those who believe they are God are God’s enemies for they are
full of pride. In ancient times God rebuked sharply the prince of Tyre for he
believed that he was God, as it is written in the book of the prophet Ezekiel:
“The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the
prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up,
and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the
seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the
heart of God: Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that
they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou
hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and
thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: Therefore thus saith the Lord
GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore
I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall
draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy
brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the
deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say
before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou
shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Thou shalt
die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have
spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 28:1-10). Some decades ago, God
rebuked also Rabindranath R. Maharaj for the same reason, that is, because he
believed he was God. Pay attention to what he says in his book Death of a Guru: ‘At the end of my
third year in high school, Ma and Aunt Revati invited a large group of
neighbors and relatives to join us in a special puja in our home. Those
arriving approached to make their respectful bows and to reminisce a bit upon
my father’s greatness. Their comments, overheard here and there as the room
filled, bore out the admiration I read in their appraising eyes. I was a Yogi
who would bring fame to our town, a guru who would one day have many, many
followers. My inner conflicts were forgotten in the sheer pleasure of being
worshiped. Although I was not quite 15, I knew that already I had attained a
status among Hindus that was the envy of some pundits. It gave me a good,
honest feeling to know that I was not among the hypocrites my Uncle Deonarine
despised. Our Baba, Pundit Jankhi Prasad Sharma Maharaj, my spiritual adviser
and greatest inspiration, the acknowledged Hindu leader for all of
is of the devil because through it a man reaches an altered state of consciousness,
which is the doorway to the occult. In other words, yoga is of the devil
because it enables those who practice it to contact evil spirits (demons),
that is, to see them, to talk with them, and to receive occult powers from
them. In some cases yoga leads to demon-possession, as in the case of those
in whom the kundalini power is aroused. I will cite again some words of
brother Rabindranath R. Maharaj, who used to practice yoga every day when he
was a guru, to show you how dangerous is the practice of yoga: ‘Before the
age of ten, in addition to my daily meditation, I practiced Yoga – the
positions, breathing exercises, and meditation – on the veranda outside my
room from midnight to 1:30 A. M., when everyone else was asleep. I did either
Brumadhya Drishti or Madhyama Drishti. This concentration, combined with the
breathing exercises, projected me into realms of consciousness totally
unrelated to the world around me. Through Yoga I experienced increasingly the
presence of spirit beings who were guiding me and
giving me psychic powers. The gods were real!’ (Rabindranath R. Maharaj, op.
cit., pages 89-90); ‘Nothing was more important than our daily transcendental
meditation, the heart of Yoga, which
Having demonstrated then that through yoga one is led to believe that he is God (as well as that through it one can achieve the liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, which is another lie), and that yoga induces a state of trance in which demons manifest themselves by appearing to those who practice yoga and by taking possession of them, it is evident that every Christian must flee yoga, lest he give place to the devil.
Let no one deceive you with vain words such as ‘You can practice yoga apart from the philosophical and religious beliefs that are behind it!’, for it is not possible to separate yoga from the philosophy which is behind it.
Know this, that there is but one way to have access to God, and this way is Jesus Christ. If a man wants to know the only true God who created the universe (but He is not the universe), whose throne is in heaven, he must repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only in this way he can unite himself with the Lord and become “one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians – NKJV). Of course, he will not become God, for he will remain a creature of God separated from His Creator. All the other ways, yoga included, are ways which don’t lead man to the knowledge of God nor to the union with Him. If a man has already come to the knowledge of God through Christ, he can have access to God only by His Son, for Paul says that in Christ Jesus “we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” (Ephesians 3:12 – NKJV). Note that it is through faith in Jesus – and not through a practice such as yoga - that we have access to the Father. I say this because there are some people who have created the so called Christian yoga, through which – they claim – a Christian can have access to God. Brothers, let no one deceive you. Draw near to the Father through Christ, that is, in His name; whether you pray or sing do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but do not resort to this so called Christian yoga in order to draw near to God, for yoga – being an eastern practice rooted in occultism - cannot become a Christian practice, just as spiritism cannot become a Christian practice. Know this, that there is no such thing as ‘Christian yoga,’ just as there is no such thing as ‘Christian spiritism’. If a practice is Christian, that is, if a practice is biblical and thus we are allowed to follow it, it can’t be influenced by Hinduism nor by occultism, for everything the Bible commands us to do is pure and just, free from all kinds of errors or superstitions. So I warn you against the so called Christian yoga, for it is a device of the devil to introduce into the Church the Hindu philosophy which is rooted in occultism.
Remember that in the days of the prophet Isaiah God forsook the Israelites for they were “filled with eastern ways” (Isaiah 2:6 – NKJV).