Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yoga, the divine in me - CHANTING

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
- Psalm 1:2

I have been in a few yoga classes where chanting occurs. In one instance in particular it was used to aid in cleansing the lungs of toxins by exhausting all of the waste air as we chanted. As I understand chanting, the proponents claim the primordial sound vibrations achieve balance and happiness, specifically: longevity, better health (reduced stress), loving relationships, and a blissful life[1].

The work of the enemy is to afflict and deceive (John ). In deception, the devil attempts to prevent each of us from knowing the Word of God and the devil goes further to pervert it. Since the day Noah stepped off the ark, the enemy has been at work distorting God’s truth over the ages. All of the religions of the world are distortions of the revealed truth as found in the Bible.

Some parts of the eight limbs of yoga[3] written only 200 years after the death of Jesus align with the Word of God. And yet, at the core they deceive and redirect you and me from worshipping the living God of the Bible. It is the work of the enemy to deceive through slight distortions and compound them over time (2 Corinthians ). Yoga presents enough truth to draw us to it and then contorts the truth just enough to pull us toward darkness. Chanting as I understand it opens up the possibility to connecting to the forces in the heavenly realm including demonic forces. This is detestable in the eyes of the God (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).  

The “half truths” the prince of this world (John ) displays to us through things like yoga are very tricky to discern. They hem us in. The only way to separate truth from deception is by meditating on the Word of God (Psalm 1).

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- Hebrews 4:12

As I practice the postures of yoga, I meditate on the Word of God. I ask the Spirit of God to reveal to me how a passage of scripture illuminates the attitude of my heart and my actions against God (Psalm 139:23-24). From this posture, I worship in both Spirit and Truth (John ).

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
-         Psalm 145:18

So, as I conclude this series on yoga and the divine in me it is important to reflect on a couple of unyielding truths:

  • My spirit in its flesh is willful against the divine authority of God and must come in to a posture of humble repentance (John 3:5).
  • In order to have the Spirit of God dwell in me, I must believe Jesus to be the savior (Romans 10:9).
  • I am to worship God through Jesus (John 14:6).
  • My worship of Jesus allows me to receive the Spirit of God and be overflowing to the measure of all fullness of God (Ephesians -19).
  • The Spirit of God is the DIVINE in me. God’s Spirit works to guide me in all truth (John ).
  • I am worship the Lord God only. He is Holy and worthy of my worship (Luke 4:8).

To learn more about how to experience God in your everyday life read The Whee Factor, by Edy Sutherland.

Be sure to read ALLthe postings in this series titled YOGA, the divine in me.

[1] http://chantingyoga.com  (accessed May 24, 2011)
[2] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant (accessed May 24, 2011)


Anonymous said...

I feel like the Half-truth's the world offers us are so tempting because they are easy and feel good to us. They allow us to think that we are right while still permitting us to hold on to things that are wrong. They never really require us to "take up our cross. A schoolyard example could be being kind to those who are kind but ignoring, distancing yourself from or even hating those who are unkind or different.

Anonymous said...

Here is Mark Driscoll's take on yoga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhcoBLdM8CQ