CHRISTIANS PRACTICE YOGA?
this question concerns you, this book will not only tell you why
you should, but also how Jesus himself did, in ways that you may
never have heard. Recent research by independent scholars has
uncovered many details about what Jesus taught, which when compared
to the teachings of classical Yoga, indicates close similarities
both in what he practiced, and what he realized. For example,
we know that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, in meditation,
which is what yogis do when they practice "tapas" or
intense austerities, in order to transcend the ordinary ego based
consciousness. An examination of the gnosic Gospel of Thomas reveals
that Jesus "initiated" his closest disciples into spiritual
disciplines which involved self purification and meditation so
as to enter higher states of consciousness, known as "samadhi"
or Self realization in Yoga. The advanced practices of Yoga involve
similar initiations and spiritual disciplines recommended by Jesus
in his "sayings" and parables.
- Marshall Govindan