Yoga, work of the devil: Vatican priest
I woke up today morning and read this bizarre piece of news. I wonder at the ignorance, the narrow mindedness, of clergies across religions. Intolerance seems to be their only mantra. They grapple with a subject much too vast for their petty minds to grasp even the basic concepts of. They do not understand the world we live in, they do not understand the very scriptures they claim to be experts in. Above all they DO NOT UNDERSTAND GOD!!!! For our understanding and to avoid mis- understanding, let me divide it into two Spirituality, that which enhances understanding the "spirit" of a doctrine on the Universal Laws and "religion" that which tries to limit its knowledge to the region of their immediate understanding.
I have never understood how Christianity, a religion based purely on Love and Forgiveness, that clearly teaches one something as simple as
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
and clearly states
"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
The basic principal of Christianity is
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
how does Love thy neighbor, forgive those who sin against you and pray for sinners translate into any form of intolerance?
A man, so called Man of God, who understands "His God, his religion and his scriptures" from his own narrow point of view. Showing no tolerance or understanding on Yoga condemns it, strikes fear into people who respect him and turn to him for guidance. He fears the satan being and exorcist and sees his fear manifested in everything around him that is unfamiliar/ unknown. He spreads his fear like a virus in hearts around him, spreading hatred instead of the love Christ preached.
God resides in every Individual and does not need human mediums to explain his doctrine to other, nor to force individual opinions down other's throat.These men of God are perhaps afraid to let people understand the "True essence of God", for then they will not be needed. They confuse the people by using important sounding words, mumbo jumbo rituals to feed the very ego that keeps one away from God. God resides where there is no Ego, where there is completely surrender. Shallow people claim God and religion to be their personal property and use it to further their own gains.
If God were religion, there would only be one religion in the world... Love. God does not need religion. He is Omnipotent, omnipresent and omni- loving. Love is all any " God" and "scripture" or "commandments" have ever really tried to teach. The so called Pagan religions worship everything created by God, they worship nature, animals, they worship the good, they believe bad can be overcome.
Doctrines and scriptures have been Misinterpreted by humans who fight to prove their version is correct and divide their very people into sects based on disagreement on minor details in books written again by humans, translated and preached by humans, understood ( mis-understood) by humans, might I ask how much human error could there have been since centuries of human handling of passing down of stories. Ever heard of Chinese whispers people? A lot gets lost in translation.
God is one thing, Love, he /she would never want his creations to be divided by hatred, fear and intolerance.
Let me end with another bizarre story that was in the news a few months back, illustrating what I've to say . Education is also not a guarantee for tolerance or understanding.