YOGA MEANS UNION
Union within oneself (between Body mind and spirit), with all humanity, with nature, and with God.
YOGA is the Traditional Ancient Indian Classical Wisdom.
YOGA is an Art and Science for Health and an Integrated Life.
Yoga is an art of self discipline which helps us to control our mind and body; it nourishes our physical and mental health which leads us to better awareness and concentration. Awareness and mindfulness are very important for meditation. Christian Meditation is the continuous awareness of the presence of Jesus and the grace/gift of the Holy Spirit which works through our body, mind and spirit. Our body is the living temple of God (2 Corinthians 6: 16b) and it is the wonderful creation of God and our breath is the breath of life, the gift of God. In the book of Genesis 1:27 we read “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
IS YOGA IS CHRISTIAN?
NO, YOGA is the Traditional Ancient Indian Classical Wisdom. Yoga is not a religion but it is an art of self-discipline, which helps to control the mind and body to attain union or harmony between body, mind and spirit; and also this union or harmony is with all humanity, with nature and with God. Yoga existed before the origin of Christianity and all other organized religions. Therefore the phrase ‘Christian Yoga’ is wrong. The practice of yoga helps the Christian practitioner to enter in to deep silence, calmness, serenity of mind and body and as a result it leads to the continues awareness of the presence of God (meditation).
A cross, a church or any church denominations are not the identification mark of Jesus’ followers. But LOVE is the only identification mark of His disciples/followers. Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13: 34-35. If this identification mark (LOVE) is not there in the life of a so called Christian, that person is pretending or waring a mask as Christian.
Christian Meditation is continuous awareness of the presence of Jesus and the activity of the Divine Spirit. It is the Grace of God.
The traditional religious meditation is reflective thought process of the mind.
MANTRA FOR CHRISTIANS
JESUS, MY LORD AND MY GOD
this mantra again and again hundreds of times every day with love and reverence. The result: mind will become calm and quiet; it will increase the love and intimacy with Jesus. It will transform our life. Repeat this with the rhythm of your breathing: Jesus, my Lord (with Inhalation) - and my God (with Exhalation).
Prayer is not reciting the by-hearted negative ‘prayers’ which creates sin-consciousness, depression and inferiority complex than the presence of the Divine/God-consciousness. Jesus said, ‘when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you’ (Mathew 6:6). Go to your inner room (within you), close the five doors of mind (the five senses) and remain in God-consciousness / in the presence of God. It will transform your life.
PRAYER OF A CHRISTIAN YOGI
Lord Jesus, accept my self-surrender and adoration.
I am not mine but yours.
I know that I am the living, loving and joyous expression of life.
I am ready to love and render my service to humanity.
Help me to do your will
and make me an instrument of your love and peace.