Quotes from two sides

Currently, I am reading two books about Christianity and yoga–one against the mix and one for the mix. As a writer, I’m not thrilled with the writing voice or tone of either book. As a yogi, I am fascinated by their content. Even more fascinating is juxtaposing the two books. Here’s a taste:

“As part of the most massive missionary effort in history–directly intended to destroy Christianity–every guru who has come to the West (from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh to Baba Muktananda) was sent here by his guru specifically to win converts to a Hindu/Buddhist pantheistic faith. Yogananda, for example, came to spread the teachings of his spiritual guru, Sri Babaji. Maharishi was sent to the West by his guru Dev and initiated missions into his TM brand of yoga. Yet the missionaries from the East all protest that they are teaching the science of yoga, health, and higher states of consciousness, not religion–and they are believed and highly honored for this deceit.” –Dave Hunt (2006) Yoga and the Body of Christ: What Position Should Christians Hold? (p.15-16)

“I am not suggesting that Yogis, or Hindus, become Christian any more than I want Christians to become Hindus. The intention behind this work is not about conversion to either path. My hope, rather, is that Christians and Hindus heal the wounds that intolerance, lack of knowledge, and prejudice have generated. Christianity has not been very kind to Hinduism, and the wounds run deep, but they can and must be healed, for healing them will make our world stronger. Additionally, there are Christians deeply committed to their faith who also have an interest in yoga, whose techniques and mystical insights they are afraid to embrace because they distrust the tradition. This is a conditioned distrust founded on irrational fears and the lack of unprejudiced discovery of the value and spiritual compatibility of Yoga with Christian faith. It is my prayer and hope that this book helps in some way to change it.” –Russill Paul (2009) Jesus in the Lotus: The Mystical Doorway between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality (p.17)



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