In today’s Wall Street Journal was an article aboutÂ two religious leaders who areÂ urging their followers not to practice yoga.Â OneÂ was the Pope. The other was anÂ authority on theology in the Southern Baptist Church.
As I understand it, both of these authorities see something evil in using the body as an entrance to the spiritual state.Â Whether its a sin to get in touch with the Almighty inÂ this relaxed and meditativeÂ state,Â or, that you are having a phony visit with Him when you get there, I’m not sure.Â In any event, if you are a Catholic or a Southern Baptist, no Yoga.
Actually, I’m a little concerned about Yoga myself.Â You see,Â part of my social life involves nonbelievers.Â We get together and yak and laugh about things–I really enjoy that.Â
But what if all my nonbeliever friends took up yoga andÂ opened the doorÂ to spirituality?Â Â TheyÂ mightÂ take up with some Hindu god or whatever,Â and, poof, they won’tÂ need me anyÂ more.Â
Â Perhaps they might thinkÂ they had become Catholics or Southern Baptists when they really were not because theyÂ came into portÂ on the wrong ship.Â Â That would not helpÂ me because I would have missed the ship altogether.
If you need to relax and get yourself into a great state of mind,Â don’t try to get there throughÂ your body.Â Â There are substances that go right to your head, but we won’tÂ discuss them here.