I accepted the invitation of Simone Venturini to explain what Yoga, and what Meditation is in the vision of Yoga: more and more often I come across articles that, even if from influential sources, praise to Yoga, Meditation and the other Eastern techniques as “satanic practices.”
The word Yoga means literally “join and yoking”: the union clearly assumes the presence of two elements which are essentially the body and mind (this last one considered as a conglomeration of automatism, thoughts, feelings and emotions). Of these two aspects, the body is made strong and healthy through the practice of postures (Asanas) and the Energy transmitted through the breath control techniques (Pranayama); the other, the mind, is the component that must be harnessed / yoked. The positions in Yoga often mimic the nature and forms of reality and, in some cases, they are a tribute to the great Masters or the Vedic Deities: they tell us that man is made in the image and likeness of the Macrocosm, which is not to be confused with God or Divinity. The Macrocosm is the totality of the elements of nature and the rhythms that punctuate the cyclical nature of the universe and who very often recall the seasons in human life. In practice, this cyclicity is very important because it allows us to understand the great events of life that otherwise might appear meaningless to our eyes.
Just think about illness, old age and death: they are not an ‘”exclusive” to man but belong to the cycle events of nature in which man (the Microcosm) is inserted.
In the Yoga texts you find written that the positions are fighting old age and death but this doesn’t certainly mean that people who practice yoga acquires magical powers or such other faculties: simply, maintaining an healthy body is one of the first aims of physical practice.
To control energy means managing the fuel among which you find breath: the man enters into life with one breath and leaves this life through a last breath. Mastering the energy and expanding it means to have control over all the mental and emotional mechanisms that hold our life force.
Now I wonder: Is maintaining a healthy body satanic? Is learning to manage emotions satanic?
I do not think so.
It’s simply the need to live as long as we are allowed to live in a calm and dignified status: none of us gets opposed to a medical cure that can save our lives. Similarly, why should we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to feel good? This may look like the quest for immortality in the eyes of detractors, which is the prerogative of the Divine.
On the contrary, it can be said that Yoga through continuous and constant immobility research teaches the art of dying, physically first and then counsciously.
When the body is fortified he is ready to what is called the inner Yoga: the process that leads from concentration to deep meditation. Meditating means to treat and cure. It’s understanding that the world around us is an illusory reality because our senses are illusory and limited.
Meditation is the dissolution of that ontological veil of ignorance that drives us to attribute to people and things a value that they do not have. The first question we must ask is this: What is pain? What causes pain? In Hindu vision, pain originates from Avidya (lack of knowledge), arises from the inability of man to see things and people as they really are. Man puts in waiting expectations that in almost all cases are disregarded. Hence the pain.
Meditating means to dispel this illusion: observe and learn without involvement.
Is there Satanism in this? I do not think so.
Is there a research to look like God or to reach God? I do not believe.
In the Gospel of John it is written:
” If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. “
Jesus utters these words “hold to my teaching”: Which teaching is this? It’s “loving and giving without expecting anything in return, it’s helping those who appear defeated by life”. When can we really love? When we throw away the mask of illusion that pushes us to judge without really knowing: only then we can be free.
Yoga is Freedom, Meditation is Awareness and Truth is Love.
I do not see distance between Yoga, Meditation and the Word of Christ. All I see is fear of something that more often we do not want to know.