Jun 23, 2004, 01:55
We could give 'yoga' different names but it is still basically yoga ... a science/religion/life philosophy based on Hindu beliefs where one relates his/her mind, body and spirit with a divine energy/being. We should claim back to God what really belongs to God. Yoga's origins are not. No matter how much we try to sugar-coat it to make things look 'politically-correct', 'inviting' and 'attractive', we still have to be careful. I don't know much about 'european' fear for I'm of Asian/Oriental background. I've seen cults, mystics, churches and new-age groups... and it's hard distinguishing one from the other until you've really dwelt on it too long. I wouldn't try to dip my finger in it. Talking to an Christian Indian friend who knows much about yoga, palm-reading, and transcendental meditation, he certainly wouldn't recommend it either.
You sound like my friend Bob...