"A little over a year ago, I said yoga was demonic.... By demonic I mean it's a spiritual act to a being other than the God of the Bible. And, for those unfamiliar with me, I'm no raging Christian fundamentalist. My most vocal critics tend to be from the fundamentalist tribe as I do drink alcohol, have been known to use strong language, and talk very frankly about the joys of married sex. I'm no prude, but I am a pastor." (Christian Yoga? It's a Stretch, Pastor Mark Driscoll)
Father Gabriel Amorth, Chief Exorcist at the Vatican agrees. After having performed more than 70,000 exorcisms, Amorth certainly knows whereof he speaks:
"Practising yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil." "Yoga is the Devil's work. You think you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation....Satan is always hidden and the thing he desires more than anything is for people to believe he does not exist. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us." (Yoga is the Work of the Devil, Nick Pisa, dailymail.co, 11-25-2011)
Today millions of Westerners are risking everything to seek the occult world and its' alluring power:
"Millions of Americans practice forms of Eastern meditation and yoga to be released from the bondage of opposites and to succeed in joining the dark and light sides of existence." Dr. Peter Jones, Star Wars and the Ancient Religion
In "One or Two?" Dr. Jones, Director of truthXchange and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California writes that a wide variety of occult spirituality is now available. There is something for everyone:
"A Course in Miracles, Alchemy, American Indian Quest, Ancient Mythology, Arkashic Record, Aryuvedic Medicine, Astrology, Bahai'i Unity, Buddhism, Buddhist/Christian Dialogue, Chakras, Channeling, Christian Monastic Mysticism, Crystals, Divination, Dream work, Druidism, Eastern Meditation, Eckankar (soul travel), Ecofeminism, Enneagram, EST, Feng Shui, Gnosticism (ancient and modern), Goddess worship, Hare Krishna, Hermeticism, Higher Self, Hinduism, Holism, Human Potential Movement, Hypnosis, I Ching, Iridology, Jungian Transpersonal Psychology, Kabbalah, Karma, Mandalas, Mantras, Mind-altering drugs, Parapsychology, Past Life Regressions, Reiki, Re-incarnation, Religious syncretism, Rolfing, Sacred Technologies, Santeria, Scientology, Shamanism, Sufism, T'ai Chi, Tantrism, Tarot Cards, Teilhardism, Therapeutic Touch, Tikkun, Transcendental Meditation, Ufology, Urantia Book, Visualization, Wicca, Yoga, Zen." (pp. 40-41)
It is well documented that perversions, murder, possession and other evils, including human sacrifice, occur in Western witchcraft, Satanism and Eastern mysticism (e.g., tantric yoga) as well as pagan and pantheist occult religion in general. In his "Occultism, Witchcraft and Cultural Fashions," the noted cultural anthropologist Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago refers to the interconnections between European witchcraft and Hindu Tantric yoga. He argues that "even a rapid perusal of the Hindu and Tibetan documents" reveals the connection:
"As a matter of fact, all the features associated with European witches are – with the exception of Satan and the Sabbath – claimed also by Indo-Tibetan yogis and magicians. They too are supposed to fly through the air, render themselves invisible, kill at a distance, master demons and ghosts, and so on. Moreover, some of (them) boast that they break all the religious taboos and social rules; that they practice human sacrifice, cannibalism, and all manner of orgies, including incestuous intercourse, and that they eat excrement, nauseating animals, and devour human corpses. In other words, they proudly claim all the crimes and horrible ceremonies cited ad nauseum in the western European witch trials." (Psychic Forces, Chapter 22, "The Occult History of Parapsychology," Clifford Wilson and John Weldon, pp. 341-49)
The very popular Tantra Kundalini yoga is based on the occultic chakra system which teaches that a universal evolutionary energy (Kundalini Shakti, the Supreme Power; serpent power) coiled at the base of the spine flows through human beings and through all of creation, uniting everything above and everything below, thus acknowledging divinity in all things and all people. Through strenuous yoga and other occult techniques outlined in ancient and modern texts, Kundalini Shakti uncoils and rises through seven "chakras" or power centers within the human body. During so-called kundalini arousal, which may last for months or even years, protracted insanity and/or demonization must be endured. In the words of power yogi Muktananda:
"I was assailed by all sorts of perverse and defiling emotions....my breathing (became) disturbed...my abdomen would swell with air...my mind was sick with fear (my) thoughts became confused, meaningless. My limbs and body got hotter and hotter....Then I felt a searing pain...I wanted to run away, but my legs were locked tight in the lotus posture.....Then...a moonlike sphere...came floating in (it) struck against my eyes and...passed inside me...I was terrified (but) still locked in the lotus posture (with) my head forced down and glued to the ground....I started to make a sound like a camel, which alternated with the roaring of a tiger (I went) completely insane (and jumped and hopped) like a frog (while) my limbs (shook) violently. (Later) I learned that this was a Hatha Yoga process effected by the Goddess Kundalini in order for Her to move up through the spinal column into the sahasrana (upper psychic center.)" (Play of Consciousness, Swami Muktananda, pp. 75-81, 84-85, 88-89)
With continued practice, surrender, and preparation, one day the kundalini current (possessing spirit) will reach full voltage and there will no longer be anyone home but an unholy spirit residing in an empty shell of a body:
"The moment of power transfer had come....Muktananda (adept of Nityananda) was about to make the timeless journey....of the power yogi (the Siddha), but it required the catalytic power of the master guru, Nityananda...who was God to Muktananda, therefore worthy of worship as the supreme Deity. The voyage of consciousness, prized by the ancients, would split Muktananda into fragments...Sometimes (his) body would writhe and twist like a snake's while a hissing sound would come from inside (him)." Finally it happened – explosion, the point of no return where Muktananda "as an individual would be obliterated. Superconscious states would take control of him, and his consciousness would be kicked out to more and more remote levels." "In place of the former person was the walking void, the Unself, the hollow shell filled with the soul of the universe..." (Riders of the Cosmic Circuit, Tal Brooke, pp. 36-45)
Yoga is an occult or mystical technique that originated in the Orient. Eastern mysticism, Wicca, contemporary Luciferian Theosophy, and occult spiritual New Age have spiritistic or animistic backgrounds resulting in the development of psychic powers and contact with demons, or familiar spirits.
Dr. Kurt Koch (1913-1987) was a noted German theologian, minister and evangelist who pastored, counseled, and delivered thousands of people suffering from the occult, including the demonically oppressed. In his book, "Occult ABC: Exposing Occult Practices and Ideologies," he wrote:
" Missionaries and Christian researchers who have lived in Asia for many years claim that between 95 and 98 percent of the nonChristian population have psychic powers (which) vary considerably in strength, depending on the extent to which the person has been involved with the occult practices of Asiatic religions." (p. 9)
Behind magic, mysticism and the occult, the yoga system of initiation is present. The first stage of yoga has the aim of helping the student to "gain control of his consciousness and his body," said Koch, who goes on to enumerate the mental and physical exercises:
"meditation, autogenic training, concentration, and "koan," a litany involving the continuous repetion of a mantra (secret word). The physical exercises include breathing exercises and various bodily postures like the lotus position, the cobra position, and the headstand."
The first stage of yoga is psychosomatic, meaning it produces unity of body and mind. The second stage builds off of the first in order to produce control of the unconscious mind:
"When a person has mastered the second stage, he can control and guide, for instance, his visceral nerves. I have met masters of the second stage who can perform astonishing feats." (p. 258)
The third stage of initiation is concerned with the mastery of natural powers:
"It is the specialty of Tibetan yogis to combine magic and yoga. (A) master of this art, the adept (apprentice) has to be able to produce energy in the form of heat in a natural object, such as melting ice by means of mental concentration." (Koch, p. 259)
At the fourth stage of initiation, the yogi gains mastery of the dark arts and new powers including telepathy, presentiments, second sight and all the powers of a supernatural order which are indispensable for occult activities. (Koch, p. 260)
Former guru Rabindranath R. Maharaj, now a committed follower of Jesus Christ, describes his former occult rituals and their terrifying consequences:
"Nothing was more important than our daily transcendental meditation, the heart of Yoga..... But it could also be dangerous. Frightening psychic experiences awaited the...meditator, similar to a bad trip on drugs. Demons described in the Vedas had been known to take possession of some Yogis. Kundalini power, said to be coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine, could produce ecstatic experiences when released in deep meditation or...it could do great mental and bodily harm. The line between ecstasy and horror was very fine...During daily meditation I began to have visions of psychedelic colors, to hear unearthly music, and to visit exotic planets where the gods conversed with me, encouraging me to attain even higher states of consciousness. Sometimes in my trance I encountered the same horrible demonic creatures...depicted by the images in Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, and other religious temples. It was a frightful experience, but the Brahmacharya explained that it was normal and urged me to pursue the quest for Self Realization. At times I experienced a sense of mystical unity with the universe. I was the universe, Lord of all, omnipotent, omnipresent. My instructors were excited at this. I was obviously a chosen vessel, destined for early success in the search for union with Brahman. The Forces that had guided my father were now guiding me." (Death of a Guru, Rabindranath R. Maharaj, pp. 56-57)
Dr. Koch strongly advises Christians to steer clear of yoga:
"There are many Christians who believe that it is possible to participate in (the) first stage of yoga without harm. It is merely a matter of relaxation exercises (they say). If only this were true! Counseling experience tells otherwise. This technique of relaxation and these "emptying exercises" (of the mind) lead to the inflowing of another spirit---other spirits. The students of yoga do not notice it." (pp. 257-258)
Yoga does not liberate, it enslaves, it binds. It does not enlighten but rather causes confusion. It does not prepare the way for Jesus Christ but rather makes people immune to redemption through Christ, for it does not open the door for the Holy Spirit but for unholy spirits.
In post-Christian America, occult spirituality is all the rage, thus it comes as no surprise that yoga courses are being conducted in churches and schools all over southern California, New York, and elsewhere. Course descriptions read:
"Age and developmentally appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises, chanting, meditation, and relaxation techniques offer a child-friendly relationship to the physical and philosophical traditions of yoga." (The Emperor's New Yoga Pants, Mary Eady, truthexchange, Dec. 1, 2011)
The almost 2000 year old Book of Revelation summarized and distilled over 1500 years of biblical prophecy in its far-reaching vision of the final world order, a planetary empire involving religious, economic, political, and military forces under an occult spiritual regime of absolute oppression and delusion known as Mystery Babylon.
Under the guise of science, evolution, and technology, the already emerging world order offers itself to us as Hermetic wisdom teachings whose origins are ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and according to New Age historians, pre-flood Atlantis. As it was in the days of Noah, the Babylonians and Egyptians were earmarked by their embrace of the Great Lie and by their sorcery, initiations (i.e., four stages of yoga), secret words (mantras), psychic powers, hedonism and androgyny.
God the Father Almighty does not deny the reality of psychic powers but we learn that the true source of occult powers is the Great Red Dragon, Satan. Yahweh abhorred these practices and warned His people against them in Isaiah 8:19, Deuteronomy 18:10-12 and Leviticus 19:31.
Respected English archeologist and historian Alexander Hislop traced Babylon's Mystery Religion, first to Egypt and then to India. He said:
"The Babylonians...worshipped a goddess mother and son (Semiramis and Tammuz). From Babylon, this worship...spread to the ends of the earth. In Egypt, the mother and child were worshipped (as) Isis and Osiris. In India, even to this day, as Isi (or Parvati) and Ishwara....(Thus the) Hindu mythology is admitted to be essentially Babylonian." (The Great Lie, Tal Brooke, SCP Journal 29:2-29:3, p. 11)
The mystery religion of Babylon is the mother of all post-flood mystery religions (i.e., Eastern mysticism, Theosophy, esoteric Free Masonry), initiations (stages of yoga) and occult evolutionary science. It promises the keys to psychic powers, immortality, and divinity. Over the centuries it has fermented "into a refined wine---the Chateau vin du Rothschild of mystical wines," said Tal Brooke. Revelation predicts that at some point the whole world becomes drunk on the wine of Babylon, its psychically-empowered celebrants convinced of their own divinity (Rev. 16:17-21; Rev. 17: 1-6).
@ Linda Kimball