Är yoga sataniskt??

Är yoga sataniskt? Det finns kristna grupper som är av den åsikten. I dagens Aftonbladet (111127) kan man läsa följande artikel om hur företrädare för katolska kyrkan ställer sig till yoga:

”Varning för yoga: ”Satanistiskt” Han påstår sig ha renat hundratals människor från onda andar. Han är Vatikanens tidigare chefsexorcist och hedersordförande för det internationella förbundet för exorcister. Nu varnar fader Gabriele Amorth, 86, för – en motionsform. – Att utöva yoga är satanistiskt, säger han enligt Daily Telegraph.– Det leder till ondska precis som när man läser ”Harry Potter”. Enligt Amorth är Yoga satanistiskt på grund av dess kopplingar till Hinduismen.”http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article13994024.ab

Det är inte bara katolska kyrkan som ställer sig kritisk till yoga. Evangelikala anser att utövandet av yoga är fel väg till Gud:

Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to “the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.http://ldsliving.com/story/62366-christian-leader-on-yoga-not-christianity

Hur ställer sig Jesu Kristi Kyrka av Sista Dagars Heliga till utövande av yoga? Är det satanskt? Är meditation fel sätt att närma sig Gud? På kyrkans officiella hemsida kan man finna en artikel från 1979 där yoga beskrivs på ett positivt sätt:

Tao, tea, and BYU? Yes. It was part of an enormous effort to communicate across cultural and religious gulfs in the symposium on “The Literature of Belief” sponsored by the Center for International and Area Studies and the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University, with one session jointly sponsored by the Association for Mormon Letters.Nine speakers spoke on a range of topics that included Kundalini yoga, Hindu folklore, Qu’ran, Buddhism, Taoism, the Old and New Testaments, Joseph Smith’s First Vision, and the Articles of Faith. Some of the topics were as familiar as Sunday School class to the audience; others were so far removed from daily experience that most of the audience did not even know that the scholar addressing them stood at the summit of his profession. Academic Vice President Robert K. Thomas had predicted that the symposium would be a “honing and focusing experience” that “comparison and contrast alone can provide.” His prediction was amply fulfilled.

Keynote speaker Joseph Campbell, retired professor of literature and comparative folklore at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, introduced his audience, through an illustrated lecture, to the symbols and stages of Kundalini yoga, “India’s gift to us” dating from about the fourth or fifth century b.c. “Try to hold one thought in your mind continuously, even for a couple of seconds,” said Dr. Campbell. “It takes tremendous concentration to make the mind stand still.” http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=01f1615b01a6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

I en artikel från kyrkans tidning Ensign från 1975 påtalas att kyrkans president David O. McKay ansåg att meditation var själens språk:

”Some of the Asian religions place great emphasis on Yoga (meditation; literally, union with God). Followers of Zen Buddhism and Transcendental Meditation (to name only two of many such movements) claim with good scientific evidence that their methods bring peace to many tense and troubled souls. This should be no surprise to Latter-day Saints, because our own leaders have taught us the importance of meditation. In 1967 President David O. McKay said in the priesthood session of general conference: “Meditation is the language of the soul. … It is a private devotion or spiritual exercise … it is a form of prayer and one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord. Jesus set the example for us.” http://lds.org/new-era/1975/10/latter-day-saints-and-eastern-religions-a-few-thoughts-on-bridge-building?lang=eng&query=yoga

Även i kyrkan lärs yoga ut av entusiastiska medlemmar. En medlem skriver på sin hemsida att kyrkan lär ut att varje enskild människa själv måste känna efter om något som gör eller säger harmoniserar med vad kyrkan lär ut:

”I don’t know that church has made a stance on yoga. The church wants each person to ask themselves if anything they do and say is in harmony with the teachings of the church. I believe yoga is wonderful exercise. Meditation is another way of listening to the spirit after your personal heartfelt prayer. The chants and other things, I believe you will have to decide for yourself. If you’re unsure prayer about it. The spirit will tell you all things. For a couple weeks ago, we had in enrichment night a lady from a different ward who taught us yoga. It was wonderful. Of course we should not go to the extreme, so leave the chants and thing out. Have fun.” http://ormonds.net/yoga/index.php?page=ldsyogi

Man kan tävla i yoga också! Här visar en kvinnlig medlem från Utah upp sina kunskaper i yoga.