After a conversation on another forum I was drawn to ask this question.
From my limited understanding of yoga, it deals with connecting to your inner essence and tapping into a universal oneness but it doesn't have a defined set of parameters or deities making it less of a complete religious system and more of a spiritual template that one builds upon regardless of their religious beliefs; or lack there of. The link below describes it more in the light in which I see it.
I know a lot of people on this site practice yoga so I would love to hear a few of you comment on this and I would love to know what religion you practice and how it coincides with Yoga principles and practices. I Yoga your complete spiritual system, is it completely separate or does it enhance what ever religious beliefs you hold?
I take offense to your statement, "Man has got some warped ideas because we don't base our lives on the bible..." To say this says that those that don't hold your view point have a twisted since of reality and doesn't considerer that we may view you and your beliefs as just as twisted and miss guided.
You are stressing that their is "ONLY ONE" God yet in your own book, that you just called the authority, it often refers to gods in the plural. And to stay inline with the current topic I will relate to Psalm 82:6-8 where God is talking to gods and says, and I quote, "Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance."
Now being that this is all left up to interpretation, I could easily say that God want you, or some mortals since verse 7 says they can die, to "rise up" and take hold of your inner power and become as God.
Not to be confrontational but if you want respect then start by giving it. I feel as if I have been very respectful in my questioning as I try to gain more insight into how you see the world and I expect the same from you towards those of us who may see it differently.
This link is to a gentleman who was studying very hard to become a bible scholar and the more he studied the more he learned about the bibles flaws due to multiple translations over it's thousands of years of existence. I would recommend the read simply if people are truly interested in facts or looking at a religion with biased and possibly unfounded opinion broadly cast across the world that has caused many horrible wars and suffering. Just my opinion.
I have read some of this before. I could almost believe some of it if I didn't study so much into how the Bible did come about and the finding of ancient manuscripts ect. However, there are too many prophecies that have so accurately been fulfilled. The hundreds just in the life of christ alone are amazing and couldn't just have happened. It is completely impossible for those prophecies to have just been guesses. Each prophecy was fulfilled to the "T" in the Life and death of Christ. And if the bible is so "off" then these prophecies couldn't have been fulfilled. Then also there are the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation that have been fulfilling in perfect accuracy. I understand the human element and how things can get misconstrued. But you know everything else that people are studying or meditating on are just "human works" if you want to put it that way also. So you to choose to believe something. To blame the horrible wars on the bible is not accurate. Human beings (regardless what faith or non-faith people claim) have been so good at destroying themselves, each other and this planet. The reason is simply "self". People want to believe that they are a god or can become god. If they don't necessarily believe that - then they believe that what they want trumps everything and everyone else around them. I believe those of us here really do want to do and believe what is right. There is alot of information and misinformation out there on every single thing. But we all have faith in something. I can't make you have my faith. It's something that has developed through my own personal study and life experiences and choices. I am so thankful that I can put total firm belief in the Word of God and know that if it causes "horrible wars" it is again because humanly speaking self wants to dominate and do what it wants instead of submitting to the Will and word of God and obey the commandments and live morally etc. But God doesnt force that (people force - God doesn't). We have a free will and free choice. We can choose to be wrong. I don't believe it will save us to be wrong. But I am thankful that I have the free will choice to believe or disbelieve. My life is not the same . The Bible is alive and active and very relevent for me. I am so thankful and blessed to have it.
A while ago I watched some documentaries from a website called:
There are a bunch of trailers there that are to Documentaries that have been done on the bible and other subjects. I was impressed. I would be interested in what others think once they watch them.
I am not going to stop walking because people of belief systems that are not my own do it.
I will not stop eating bananas because of the same.
If one really likes yoga, and do not want to get into the religious side of it, there are many classes available that just teach the basic moves without the cosmic jibberish.