Home » Health » Yoga

Purpose of Yoga - Reasoning With Fundamentalism

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Nov 10, 2007
Once in a while, someone will make the connection about the historical roots of Hatha Yoga and Hinduism. Statements have been made that Yoga and Hinduism are one in the same. In truth, many ashrams do cover Hindu scripture, but that is a real rarity within a Western style Yoga studio. Also, be aware that Christian ashrams also exist, so not all ashrams are the same.

To "push the envelope" further, some religious fundamentalists will say that Yoga is the "advanced scouting party" for global proliferation of Hinduism, on a massive scale. To inject a bit of American humor, from the 1960's, these statements remind me of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, television show, when Arte Johnson would say, "Very interesting, but stupid."

Of course, there are also countless statements that "Yoga is evil," and Yoga is anti-this or anti-that. Let's look at the definition of evil closely. Evil is bad, wicked, mischievous, prejudicial, vicious, hurtful, to have bad intent, and to desire pain for someone else.

That description is actually much more fitting for a religious fundamentalist. In the past, hanging, burning at the stake, drowning, and the rack, were used by religious fundamentalists to rid society of accused witches. Everyone was a suspect, and anyone that was accused, of anything, was tortured, until they confessed.

The Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches), written around 1486, was a popular manual for witch hunting and torturing. Usually, women were accused because of a birth mark, living alone, to seize property, or some other excuse.

So how long was the Malleus Maleficarum used? For almost three centuries, this book was used to justify intolerance. Fundamentalists have left a legacy of hate for anyone who wants to read a history book. Beware of the holy man who condones hate, violence, crime, and killing - for he is not holy at all.

Now, getting back to Yoga - It is true that Yoga develops the entire being by enhancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Each Yoga style will place more emphasis on one of these four aspects. Therefore, all forms of Yoga do have a degree of spiritual value. Beside this fact - there is no evil in spiritual health.

If Yoga were a religious vehicle alone, it would be the most tolerant path to God. No one is turned away from an ashram, Yoga center, or a Yoga studio because of religion, nationality, race, gender, color, age, or any other reason, to discriminate. Why? Discrimination, intolerance, and hate are morally wrong.

Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do." When a religious fundamentalist can learn to be mindful, forgive, and show loving kindness to others, outside of his or her religion, a new legacy of purpose will be created.

Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He is an author of many books on the subject of Yoga and has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 133
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources