May 27, 2008

Yoga and exorcism !!!

I read a piece of news saying that one Father Jeremy Davies has written a book saying that yoga puts people at risk from devils and the occult is closely associated with the scourges of 'drugs, demonic music and pornography'.

I would not like to use any strong words to counter what the Father is reported to have said. But yoga is not exorcism, it is only a set of subtle body-mind-soul exercises that heals. It only heals, without harming in any way.

This gives me another opportunity to bring to your notice a major misunderstanding about yoga, created mainly due to some people's eagerness to sell it by whatever means they can. Yoga is not mystical-looking exercises in which you must bend your body here and there in unusual ways or breathe artificially; it guides to natural body dynamics. Yoga is not just exercising physically; it is physical, emotional and spiritual discipline. Yoga is not a one-day, one-week or one-month curative; it is a life-long healer. Yoga is not about bragging that you know an oriental fad; it must be done with humility.