To be fair, it wasn’t the doctor but one of the ladies in the office that expressed this opinion. We were having a discussion of weight loss and diabetes. In light of that I thought, the head line on Drudge, which took me to The Independent, was interesting because it claimed that the Muslims in India were claiming that the International Day of Yoga was a plot by the Hindus to advance their religion.
This is nothing new to me. I have long known that Yoga was a practice steeped in Hindu thought. I shared it with the lady in the doctor’s office. She, of course, did not believe me. Now I find myself in the embarrassing position of agreeing with some Muslim leaders.
“Kamal Farooqui, a member of the Muslim Personal Law Board, told BBC Urdu that by promoting yoga, the government is trying to push a Hindu agenda.”I understand that millions of people participate in Yoga as nothing more than a type of exercise. I also know that it is rooted in a philosophy from eastern religion in which meditation is an emptying of the mind. Christian meditation is different. It is a filling of the mind with a teaching or principle from the Bible. Same word, different foundation, opposite goals.
So think twice before you get into Yoga. Look a little deeper. Do the same thing when you hear the Muslims demanding accommodations like places to wash their feet and Sharia. Of course, if you are a cafeteria Christian or garden type pagan, it doesn’t make any difference.
Whatever its spiritual roots, I still don’t think Yoga will cure diabetes.
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