Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible? – Dr. Christine Mangala, India

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WHAT ABOUT YOGA?

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Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Dr. Christine Mangala, India

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Dr. Christine Mangala was raised in India and brought up a devout Hindu. Her family was close to one of India’s leading Hindu gurus and teachers. Now an Orthodox Christian writer and teacher, she and Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen speak about whether various aspects of Hindu Yoga are compatible with Christian faith and practice, or whether Yoga should be shunned entirely.

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The interview video of Dr. Christine Mangala & Kevin Allen

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Mr. Allen: Welcome to The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio. As many of you know, we have spoken often on this program about the influence of eastern, non-Christian, spiritual ideas, metaphysics, and worldviews on our culture. And this is the spiritual background I came out of, one which continues to be a subject of interest to me, and, I hope, for some of you as well.

Recently, my parish in southern California has begun to see a trickle of enquirers coming from various eastern traditions, especially those of Hinduism. So I hope our conversation today—Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible?—will bring light to the subject.  In addition to enquirers from eastern spiritual traditions, many Christian believers also practice yoga asanas, physical postures which have become virtually mainstream in North American and European life, and even some forms of Hindu-influenced meditation. So the question of the compatibility of yoga in its various meditative and especially the physical postures forms with Eastern Orthodox Christianity is one that we’ll attempt to address on the program today.

My guest, whom I’m very very enthused to be speaking with, was born a Hindu, a Brahmin, the highest and priestly caste in India. She was brought up on yoga. Her grandfather, in fact, was a personal friend of one of the expounders of modern yoga and Vedanta philosophy, the well-known Swami Sivananda, who is the founder of the Divine Life Society. And Dr. Christine Mangala became a Christian at age 22, and later converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. She received her doctorate in English literature from Cambridge University, and has authored articles on literature and books of fiction, of which she has written several, as well as various spiritual subjects, including yoga and Christianity. She is married to Dr. David Frost, the director of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England—a fine program, by the way—with whom she has four children, and she attends St. Ephraim’s Russian Orthodox Church in Cambridge, UK, England.

Her excellent article, “Yoga and the Christian Faith,” provided the impetus for this program, and I’m speaking with my guest today by telephone in Continue reading “Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible? – Dr. Christine Mangala, India”

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What is yoga? What is kundalini energy?

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WHAT ABOUT YOGA?

What is yoga? What is kundalini energy?

By Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, USA

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

The literal meaning of yoga is ‘yoke.’ It means tying your will to the serpent kundalini and raising it to Shiva and experiencing your ‘true’ self. All paths of yoga are interconnected like branches of a tree. A tree with roots descending into the same areas of the spiritual world. This is evident in the ancient books the Bhagavad Gita and the Yogic Sutras of Patanjali. I learned that the ultimate goal of yoga is to awaken the kundalini energy coiled at the base of the spine in the image of a serpent so that it brings you to a state whereby you realize Tat Tvam Asi.[8]

Of course, yoga may facilitate exceptional experiences of body and mind. But so does the ingestion of mind-altering drugs, and flavorless, imperceptible poisons. Through yoga, little by little, one is harnessing shakti, which yogis refer to as the Divine Mother, the ‘dark goddess’ connected with other major Hindu gods. This energy isn’t the Holy Spirit, and This isn’t aerobics or gymnastics. Attached to this entire system are bhajans and kirtans – pagan equivalents to Orthodox Christian akathists, but for Hindu gods – as well as mantras, which are ‘sacred’ formulas, like calling cards or phone numbers, to the various pagan gurus and gods.

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Notes:

[8] Sanskrit for “Thou art that” appearing in the Upanishads and subsequent yogic and Vedic texts. The phrase means the practitioner is identical with the Ultimate Reality, or with a god, or God.

Is it right to kill animals for food? Is it right to eat meal? Can something that we eat making us more closer to God?

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Question:

Is it right to kill animals for food? Is it right to eat meal? Can something that we eat making us more closer to God?

Answer:

God in the Holy Bible gave us all the animals to eat.

So we can eat meat. It is not a sin.

Genesis 9:3 > “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything”.

Genesis 1:30 > “And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.”

Acts 10:9-16 > “The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” …”

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The Buddhists believe in the false reincarnation and they don’t eat meat because they fear not eat their grandmother.

It’s false. It’s wrong.

Also the plants are alive.

The Buddhists don’t eat meat because it is a living animal but they eat plants which are alive, too.

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The Orthodox Christians don’t eat meat, milk, cheese etc. only in the fasting.

Matthew 9:14-15 > ” 14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”. 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. ”

With the Orthodox Christian fasting we are close to God and the devil stay far away from us.

With the Orthodox Christian fasting our prayer is stronger and devil goes away.

If someone is ill don’t make fasting or ask his Spiritual Father (=Personal Spiritual Father – Orthodox Priest) about it.

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What’s so special about the Holy Bible?

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What’s so special about the Bible?

Christian belief is that the Bible is the word of God, revealed to Man. God’s word is true, unchanging and eternal.

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness”(2 Timothy 3:16).

Proof that the Bible is the word of God is found in 1 Peter 1:23:

“You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God…”

Who wrote the Holy Bible?

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Who wrote the Holy Bible?

The Holy Bible was written by several writers over an approximate period from 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D. However, the answer is that ultimately God himself was the author. Throughout the Holy Bible we see men and women who God used as his instruments in bringing divine messages. The Holy Bible was written by humans, but is ‘God-breathed’, i.e. the spirit of God inspired the Holy Bible writers to convey an accurate and true message – the very words of God himself.

What do you mean, “Pray to the Saints”? – Video

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FREDERICA MATHEWES-GREEN

USA OF MY HEART

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What Do You Mean, “Pray to the Saints”?

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Maryland, USA

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Welcome to the Orthodox Church! Join Frederica Mathewes-Green, in this video series, on a journey into the Eastern Orthodox Church. Learn about Orthodox teachings and dogma, Orthodox architecture and terminology, and what it means to live an Orthodox life.

In this video, “What Do You Mean ‘Pray to the Saints?’,” Frederica explains that the English word “pray” in this sentence is a little misleading. So, what does it mean to pray to the Saints and what does the Orthodox Church practice? Watch to find out!

 

 

Why do Christians pray to God?

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Why do Christians pray to God?

Christianity uniquely emphasises that a Christian can have a personal relationship with God. We should regard prayer as being the talking part of the relationship and a two way process at that. Jesus himself set down the model prayer for all Christians:

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Prayer has the benefit of drawing us into a deeper relationship with God – as we pray we learn more about his will for our lives.

If God is holy and good, where did evil come from?

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

If God is holy and good, where did evil come from?

Evil is not something that was created by God, rather it should be seen as a lack of good. God created man with free will – the ability to choose between right and wrong. Evil basically comes from the exercise of that free will in not following God. Being human means that we have responsibility for our own actions, whether they be good and bad.

How to tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope? – Video

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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How to tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope

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Preferably use 100% woolen yarn for knitting needles number 9.

For practice until you learn it properly, use a thick twine to solve easily in every mistake.

What is Reincarnation?

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

What is Reincarnation?

Reincarnation (which literally means ‘to come again in the flesh’) is the belief that at death the soul separates from the body to then be reborn in a new body. A person’s deeds in their lifetime (known as karma) determine their fate in the next. To break this cycle of death and rebirth, one should strive to eliminate karmic debt through good deeds and attain Nirvana, a state of inner peace. Reincarnation as a belief is found in many eastern religions (e.g. in Hinduism, where it is known as Samsara.)

Christianity rejects reincarnation as contrary to the sovereignty of God – the ultimate judge of all. Furthermore, the cycle of rebirth and death as a way of dealing with our sins would negate Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, made for the sins of all mankind.

“Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment, so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).