Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yoga is universal : Yoga and Christianity

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 Yoga merges into all religions: read these two quotes and marvel how spiritualism can only be similar... and that all great minds thought in one way, till the followers came along to fight over these leaders:( 

 From an article I wrote for India Abroad, a long while ago: 

Here are two quotes, one from Christianity and one from the Gita, both selected by Bhagwan Das in his book Essential Unity of all Religions. "We speak wisdom among them that are perfect. To you is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, to them (the worldly-minded) it is not given. Therefore I speak in parables and allegories; because, they seeing, see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand (Mathew).   The Gita says: "Men see, and hear, and speak of It also.  But seeing, hearing, speaking, they see not. They simply wonder, and not understand."  

Kersten ( Jesus Lived In India, this book by Holger Kersten)  believes that there is an amazing similarity  between the yogi Buddha's parables and those of Christ. The one below, for him, is particularly `amazing'. In the Buddhist version, at an assembly where many faithful devotees make generous donations there comes a simple widow. She who owns just two small coins. But she hands it over with total pleasure. The priest applauds this simple gesture as the most generous among all the other offerings. In the Christian version popularly called the widow's mite(in Mark's Gospel), as Jesus sits near the treasury watching people donate, he notices a poor widow throw in `two mites, which make a farthing.' Jesus calls his disciples over to praise this poor woman's gesture saying that she had `cast more', since she had cast all that she had while others only gave what they had already in abundance.


2 comments:

Purpose of Life said...

Hello Friends,

Yoga and Christianity are being bridged by many people who are trying to integrate yoga with their roots of Christianity. Yoga is in religion, but religion is not in yoga. Thanks a lot for sharing with us...

Shameem Akthar said...

Mmm.. some people try to show the similarity so they may not feel `guilty' about practising what belongs to another ethnicity... But some of us try to bridge the gaps, between religion or spiritual movements, to show that they all rise from the same source of mystical longing. .. I think if the central idea is oneness, than we should not quarrel over labels.... and leave such quarrels to less intelligent, less wise people