Eastern practices

 

 

Today here in Italy (as well as in many other countries all over the world) many people speak of yoga, eastern meditation, macrobiotics, acupuncture, and of many other practices which originated in the Eastern countries.

These eastern practices are very much widespread and every time they are advertised we are told that those who practice them experience peace, joy, relaxation, and even that they have been healed of some diseases. Should we believe what it is said about them? No, we must not believe it, because these practices are works of the devil, through which all those who practice them give place to the devil (or open the door to demonic influence).

Let us look closely at some of them. (To explain yoga and eastern meditation I have used the glossary which is in the book Death of a guru).

 

Yoga, which literally means ‘to unite’, is a Hindu ascetic discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures. Its aim is to make people reach the union with Brahman. Who or what is Brahman? Brahman is the ultimate reality: formless, inexpressible, unknowable, and unknowing; neither personal nor impersonal; both creator and all that is created. Brahman is all and all is Brahman according to the Hindu philosophy. The ultimate truth and salvation for those who practice yoga is to ‘realize’ that they are themselves Brahman, that they and all the universe are one and the same Being. There are several kinds and schools of Yoga (the most important are raja-yoga, jnana-yoga, karma-yoga, hatha-yoga, and tantra-yoga) an various techniques, but all have this same ultimate goal of union with the Absolute or Brahman (which is not the God of the Bible but the devil, who is the enemy of God). The positions and breath control are intended as aids to Eastern meditation, and a means of controlling the body in disciplining oneself to renounce all desires which the body might otherwise impose upon the mind. Yoga is 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 word of illusion to seek the only true reality. No part of Yoga can be separated from the philosophy behind it. One who has attained, through the practice of Yoga, union with Brahman, which is its aim, is called Yogi.

As you can see, yoga is a work of the devil because the goal of yoga is ‘self-realization’ (to achieve godhood), and also because through it a man comes into contact with the devil (or with demons) and thus he can become demon-oppressed or demon-possessed. Actually this is what happens all over the world, when those who practice yoga manage to arouse the kundalini, which – according to the Hindu religion - is the latent power which resides in the body of man near the base of the spine. When aroused, the kundalini rages like a vicious serpent inside a person with a force that is impossible to resist (which is undoubtedly a manifestation of demonic power). Furthermore, according to yogis, the kundalini will produce special occult powers (including: becoming invisible, curing diseases, knowing or discovering certain things, leaving the body and travelling to any part of the world in a few seconds, hurting one’s enemies, etc.), which have their source in demonic beings and will lead ultimately to moral, spiritual, and physical destruction.

 

Eastern meditation, such as TM (which stands for Transcendental Meditation, which is a well known form of meditation), is a technique for detaching oneself from the world of things and ideas (which is called maya) through freeing one’s mind from all voluntary or rational thought, which projects one into ‘higher’ states of consciousness. Though popularized in the West under many names, the aim of all Eastern meditation is to ‘realize’ one’s essential union with the Universe (which is Brahman – or God - according to the Hindu religion), therefore its aim is to lead the meditator to think that he is God. Eastern meditation is the doorway to the ‘nothingness’ called nirvana. Generally sold as a ‘relaxation’ technique, meditation really aims at and ultimately leads to the surrender of oneself to mystical cosmic forces which are nothing but demons.

Eastern meditation also, therefore, is a work of the devil because its goal is ‘self-realization’, which is a superconscious state in which one thinks that he is God and that truth and salvation (which is not the salvation about which the Bible speaks) are inside himself. In addition to this, Eastern meditation can lead to demon oppression or possession like yoga, for the meditator is invited to repeat the mantra, which is a sound symbol of one or more syllables often used to induce a mystical state. It must be passed on by the living voice of a guru and cannot be learned in another way. One does not need to understand the meaning of the mantra; the virtue is in the repetition of the mantra. For it is said to embody a spirit or deity, and the repetition of the mantra calls this being to the one repeating it. Thus the mantra both invites a particular spiritual being to enter the one using it and creates the passive state in the meditator to facilitate this fusion of beings. Brethren, know this, that these spiritual beings or deities called on by the meditators through the repetition of the mantra are demons, that is, evil spirits who hate mankind and whose aim is to destroy people.

Now let me explain to you what the Bible says about meditation. A Christian must meditate, for the apostle Paul says: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 – NKJV). How does a Christian know what is true, noble, just, of good report, excellent and praiseworthy? By the Holy Spirit who dwells in him, for He is truth. For instance, the Holy Spirit bears witness that the Holy Scripture (that is, the Bible) is truth and so he must meditate on it; the Holy Spirit bears witness also that the heaven, the earth and the sea and all that is in them is the work of God’s hands which testifies to His eternal power and Godhead, so it is good for a Christian to meditate on the work of His hands. Why must a Christian meditate on the things spoken of by Paul? In order to please God and to have fellowship with Him, and not in order to become one with God or to come to the conclusion that he is God, for he knows that he is and always will be a creature of God. A Christian knows that no matter how long he meditates on what is right and good, he will never become God nor will he come to the conclusion: ‘I am that Being who created all things’, for the Holy Spirit will keep him from thinking these evil thoughts. Rather we can say from experience that the Biblical meditation will lead the Christian to realize that he is a worm, a weak and little being, so little and full of limitations in the sight of His Creator who fills and rules the universe. Therefore the biblical meditation will lead him to humble himself before God and not to exalt himself. The Christian, while meditating, can call upon the Lord, thank Him and praise Him; he has no mantras, that is, no magical formula to use, but only thanksgivings and praises which come out of his heart spontaneously. And these words make him feel, by the Holy Spirit who is in him, in close communion with His God, they make him feel His presence in a particular way on some occasions.

 

Acupuncture is an ancient practice of Chinese medicine in which the alleviation of pain and/or the cure of a disease condition is accomplished through the pricking of the body at well-defined, specific points with fine needles. Let me explain to you why the cure of a disease condition is accomplished through the pricking of the body at well-defined, specific points with fine needles. The Chinese recognize ‘the existence of a life force that flows through all living things. They call it chi (variously spelled qi or ki). It is analogous to prana in Hindu thought. Chi flows through the body along invisible paths called meridians. Along the meridians are a number of points that connect the meridians with the organs of the body. It is into these points that the needles are inserted in acupuncture treatment. It is assumed that in the healthy person the chi is circulating freely. Conversely, the chi in an ill person has been blocked or is unbalanced in its flow. Through the discriminating use of acupuncture, practitioners seek to restore health by improving the circulation of the chi in the subject’s body. There are varying numbers of points recognized, but approximate 365 are commonly known and any given practitioner will use around 100 regularly. A precise knowledge of the location of these points is essential to the acupuncturist’ (J. Gordon Melton, New Age Encyclopedia, Detroit 1990, page 6).

There is no doubt that acupuncture is of the devil, for it leads people to believe the following principles of the Chinese philosophy: all of nature and the universe (including man) is eternally existing as vibrations of impersonal, polarized energy called Yin and Yang, and the key to physical well-being is to balance the positive and negative aspects of this energy. Which principles – being rooted in occultism - opposes the truth, and therefore they are false principles; and as you know the father of lies is the devil, who is the prince of this world. And the Scripture commands us to resist the devil. Brothers, beware of the Chinese philosophy (as well as of any other kind of philosophy), lest you wander from the truth which is in Christ Jesus. Remember what Paul wrote to the Colossians: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8 – NKJV).

I conclude by saying this: know this, that whoever claims to be able to manipulate the imbalance of Yin Yang energy by placing needles along some points in the human body to stimulate the increase or decrease of Yin and Yang is involved in the occult and you must beware of him, lest you come under the influence of the evil spirits which assist the acupuncturist in the practice of acupuncture or rather of which the acupuncturist is slave, for all those who are involved in the occult are slaves of the evil spirits which assist them. Well, someone may say to me now, ‘Don’t you think that one can be an acupuncturist without being involved in the occult?’ No, I don’t think so, for acupuncture is a therapy based on occult principles, and thus anyone who practices it is involved in the occult somehow, for he is assisted by occult forces. Even if he is not a magician or does not know that there are evil spirits behind acupuncture which enables him to do his work, he is performing something which needs the assistance of evil spirits and he himself is under the influence of evil spirits.

So, brothers and sisters in the Lord, you who are sick, flee acupuncture and put your trust in the Lord who is the One who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3). I say it again, flee from acupuncture.

 

Macrobiotics is both a comprehensive vegetarian diet and a spiritual worldview based upon ancient oriental beliefs and practices refined during the twenty century. ‘Macrobiotic thought is based upon the ancient Chinese doctrine of the Tao, which has at least three interrelated but distinct ways of being used. Tao is the absolute, the impersonal but creative ground of existence, from which all phenomena derive; it is the operation of the Absolute within phenomena; and the path or way of coming into union with the Absolute. The Absolute manifests into two tendencies, yin and yang, which are at once complementary and antagonistic. Yin and yang combine in various proportions to produce differing phenomena. All phenomena have some yin and some yang. No pure yin or pure yang exists; there is no neutral phenomena. Each phenomenon contains either more yin or more yang. The yin-yang approach to phenomena can be applied to the entire world of experience from diet to government and chemistry to sociology. While applying yin-yang concepts to almost every sphere of life, Ohsawa [a Japanese Macrobiotics teacher] emphasized its application to diet and health. According to him, diet is the basic reality determining the other spheres of life. Bad diets distort reality and lead to all of the world’s problems, especially war. The basic element in the macrobiotic diet is cereal, which Ohsawa taught was the principal food for human beings. …. His diet prohibited potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes …. Fish, salads, and fresh fruit are allowed in the transition diets, but should gradually be withdrawn. No red meat or processed, chemically prepared, or synthetic foods are to be consumed’ (J. Gordon Melton, New Age Encyclopedia, Detroit 1990, page 274). In other words, according to macrobiotics a man can become happy, he can find peace, and live a long life on earth by following a particular diet. His peace as well as his happiness and health depend on what he eats! Some foods influences negatively the life of men and therefore must be avoided.

However, the Scripture teaches that in order to have peace and to be happy a man must repent of his sins and believe in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, a man can eat everything “for every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5 - NKJV). That’s why the apostle Paul states that those who command to abstain from foods which God created (to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth) teach a doctrine of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-3). Macrobiotics is based on the same occult principles of acupuncture, so flee from it.

 

Martial arts are forms of combat-techniques. They are called martial arts because they are ‘of warfare’ or ‘suitable for warfare’ (that’s the meaning of the word martial), and they are not merely combat-techniques but also an expression of an eastern spiritual philosophy (that’s why they are referred to as ‘arts’). Martial arts are strongly influenced by eastern religious doctrines for they encourage the practitioners to cultivate and use the life force called chi and their aim is to make them reach a perfect union with the universe or rather with the so called chi energy. In the New Age Encyclopedia we read that it is believed that originally the monks of the Shao-lin monastery in China ‘adopted some kind of martial art out of practical necessity, but discovered that, when approached with the right attitude, the discipline of regular practice could assist them in developing the kind of one-pointedness of mind that is necessary for effective meditation. This discovery was so fruitful that it is presently difficult to find a traditional martial art that is not somehow associated with a religious vision of the world’ (J. Gordon Melton, New Age Encyclopedia, Detroit 1990, page 278).

Therefore, martial arts must be avoided not only because we, as children of God, must not learn to fight against our enemies with carnal weapons nor to do any harm to them (for Jesus said that we must love our enemies and do good to those who hate us), but also for these reasons: 1) Because martial arts are based on occult philosophies, which encourage martial artists to develop and use the chi energy, which is an alleged mystical force that pervades the universe. This force is from the devil, the prince of this world, and the demons which follow him, and enables martial artists to perform feats which actually go beyond the outer limits of their personal human capacity. Therefore, anyone who seeks to use this energy is actually using a demonic power, behind which there are wicked spiritual beings, and as a result he is under the influence of these spiritual beings. 2) Because martial arts encourage the individual to practice a form of meditation whose purpose is to lead to a non-dualistic state of mind in which the distinction between subject and object disappears and the practitioner becomes one with ‘god’ or ‘the absolute’, and so when the individual reaches such state of mind he believes that he is God and that all is God, and therefore this form of meditation advocates a form of self-salvation.

In the light of this, therefore, if anyone among you is still practicing martial arts I exhort him to stop practicing them.

 

Brothers, remember that in ancient times God rebuked the Israelites saying that He had forsaken them because they were filled “with eastern ways” (Isaiah 2:6 – NKJV).

 

 

 

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