What is the Christian view of yoga? Is yoga just a stretching routine, or are there spiritual aspects to it?
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What is the Christian view of yoga?
Is yoga just a stretching routine, or are there spiritual aspects to it?
Answer by Metallic Doom
yoga promotes the flow of chi or prana so yes there are spiritual aspects of it, and being someone who works with astral/spiritual energy on a daily routine, i know for a fact yoga greatly amplifies the energy
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Dirty Paws and Divine Intervention: New Book from Joan Wester Anderson Challenges Readers to Rethink Their View of ?Angel Dogs?
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 09, 2011
One afternoon, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson came across the story of a woman who believed she had been protected by an angel dog. An angel dog? Nonsense, thought Anderson. Yet that initially ?ridiculous? idea has turned into Anderson?s latest book, which will be published by Loyola Press this April.
Angelic Tails: True stories of heavenly canine companions is a collection of accounts from ordinary people who believe that God has graced, and even saved, their lives through dogs. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to rethink their conception of angels, just as Anderson did before she ever considered writing Angelic Tails. Says Anderson, ?Honestly, I had to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment in this matter. I was reluctant to accept the idea that dogs could be angels. In hindsight, I realize that I was putting limits on how God should take action in our world.?
The carefully vetted stories in Angelic Tails prove that many people?a retired Air Force Colonel, an eighteen-year-old girl, a saint from the nineteenth century?readily accept muddy paws and cold noses as one way in which God provides comfort, consolation, and protection in people?s lives.
Recent American Veterinary Medical Association surveys have revealed that nearly half of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, and Trendsspotting?in researching 50,000 daily tweets?discovered that people tweet on their dogs more than on any other ?relative? except for their moms. Then this from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion: More than half of all adults, including one in five who say they are not religious, believe they have been protected by a guardian angel during their lifetimes. Given Americans? high regard for their pets along with a strong belief in angelic intervention, Anderson?s new book is likely to strike a chord with a significant portion of the population.
As part of their marketing efforts for this book, Loyola Press is offering an autographed copy of Angelic Tails to the first 500 people who purchase the book from the Press?s website, http://www.loyolapress.com/angelic-tails-special-autographed-copies.htm
Joan Wester Anderson has been writing and speaking about angels since 1992. She is the author of the national best seller Where Angels Walk and has written a total of eight books on angels and miracles. Affectionately known as the ?Angel Lady,? she is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows around the country. Joan and her husband live in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
Links: Angelic Tails, Joan Wester Anderson, angel dog, Loyola Press
True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions
By Joan Wester Anderson
PUB DATE: April 2011
7 5/16? x 7 7/16? Paperback, 232 pages, $ 14.95
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At the northwestern tip of India is located The Golden Temple, or Harimandir Sahib, the most significant historical center on earth to the 20 million Sikhs worldwide. Here people from all walks of life are invited to join in listening to the hymns and teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib and to join in unity for a communal meal (Langar). This sacred gurdwara (temple) has entrances on all four sides, a symbol that this faith “is for people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come and to whichever direction they bow.” (Guru Arjun Dev)
Over five hundred years ago in Punjab, India, a son was born to a Hindi couple. The child, who was named Nanak, was expected to follow in his merchant father’s footsteps. But this child was different in many ways. He was contemplative and thoughtful. He would frequently get lost in meditation. He seemed disinterested with the things of this world. He discussed religion with his Muslim and Hindi associates.
Finally, one morning he went to the river to bathe. According to legend, he entered the stream but did not surface. For three days and nights his friends searched for him, but he was not to be found. Then came the miraculous event-Nanak emerged from the river. During the time he’d been missing, Nanak had an incredible spiritual experience. He’d been in communion with God, and had been enlightened and given a calling to tell the world of his True Name. The first thing Nanak said upon his return was “There is no Hindu, no Muslim.” Nanak’s message was that only through true devotion to the one True Name could humans break the cycle of birth and deaths and merge with God. Nanak became the first Guru, and Sikhism came into being.
At that point, Guru Nanak left his home on the first of four major journeys to spread his message. Between the years 1499 and 1521 he traveled to such places as Sri Lanka, Tibet, Baghdad, Mecca, and Medina. Miraculous events accompanied him wherever he went, and he gained a large following. Finally at the close of his life he settled in Kartapur with his wife and two sons. His many disciples came here to listen to his teachings. Before he died, he appointed one to continue his work. Since Nanak, there have been nine other living gurus. The tenth, Guru Gobind Singh taught that there was no longer a need for a living guru. Instead, he found a spiritual successor in the Guru Granth Sahib (sacred texts), and a physical successor in the Khalsa.
Literally translated, khalsa means “the pure,” and it is the goal of all Sikhs to become Khalsa. Officially, one becomes Khalsa when he or she has undergone Sikh baptism, and have agreed to follow the Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions, along with wearing the prescribed physical articles of the faith. This ceremony takes place when a mature individual presents him or herself in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib and five other Khalsa Sikhs. The candidate is taught what will be expected of him or her, and then drinks Amrit (sugar water stirred with a dagger).
Khalsa members can easily be distinguished by certain articles of clothing which they wear as symbols of their faith. These are referred to as the Five K’s.
· Kesh, or long, unshorn hair, is a symbol of spirituality. It reminds the individual to behave like gurus. (Male members wear a turban over the hair.)
· Kirpan, or the ceremonial sword, is a symbol of dignity. This is not regarded as a weapon, much as the cross is worn by Christians as a symbol of faith, and not an instrument of torture.
· Kangha, or comb, is a symbol of hygiene and discipline.
· Kara, or a steel bracelet, is a symbol of restraint in actions and a constant reminder of one’s devotion to God.
· Kachha, or drawers, which symbolize self-control and chastity.
Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world. It began as a progressive religion which rejected all distinctions of caste, creed, race, or sex. It recognized the full equality of women at a time when women were regarded as property or entertainment of men, when female infanticide and widow burning was common and even encouraged. The legacy of Sikhism is its emphasis on one’s devotion to God and truthful living.
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How for Hindus, Buddhist, and most eastern religions view reincarnation and karma, can I start with none?
How can I have owed Karma from the beginning? Is it possible not to even develop Karma? How do one get in Karma debt the FIRST place, even when there were not that many humans on earth?