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Yoga and Hinduism: Yoga is Hindu - Not Christian or Islamic
What is Yoga?

"The term 'Yoga' comes from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj' which means 'to join.' In its spiritual sense, it is the process by which the identity of the Jivatma (individual self) and Paramatma (God) is realized by the Yogi. Yoga means union with the God. This is the goal of human life. Yoga is the spiritual science that teaches the method of joining human spirit (soul) with God. Yoga is the Divine science which disentangles the Jiva from the phenomenal world of sense-objects and links him with the Absolute"

- Sri Swami Sivananda

Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in India and Hinduism - from the Sanatana Dharma, (Sanatana Dharma or - “The law of Eternal or Universal Righteousness” is the original name of what is now popularly known as Hinduism. Sanatana Dharma comprises of spiritual laws which govern the human existence -The eternal law that sustains, upholds and preserves the universe.)

The word Yoga is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism. Yoga also refers to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Yoga was first expounded in the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, known as the Vedas. Four Vedas are the earliest scriptures known to mankind, extending back thousands of years. Hindu tradition puts the Vedas as far back as 10,000 years. Therefore, yoga itself can be considered 10,000 years old.

Today, Yoga is practiced by about 15 million people in the United States and 150 million across the globe. After tremendous popularity of yoga there are efforts in the western cultures to create a new version of yoga that will be disconnected from its origin - Hinduism.

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Why is there urgent need to dissociate Yoga from Hinduism?

Both Christians and Muslims are good people. Some of them try their best to convert people to their religion so as to 'save' them. This is a good intention, but unfortunately it is founded on the wrong belief that 'Only' their religion is right.

And what about the Preachers and Proselytizers? - Because of their wrong believes these people have always promoted Hinduism as religion of Pagans and Hindus as “Satan Worshippers”. (Watch movie 'Indiana Jones' or read some school text books in USA to understand enormous amount of dislike towards Hindu Religion.) Denigrating and Slandering Hinduism is considered as a holy duty in these religions, guarantying a place in the Heaven for those that perform this holy duty.

The fact is - God IS Fair and Unbiased. God is NOT Unjust, Blind, Hurting and Favoring-Selective-Religions as some think.

For 2,000 years these two religions have collectively denigrated Hinduism and promoted Yoga and Idol Worship as 'Satan Worship'. It goes on even today. Fortunately, the common masses are rejecting the 'Divisive Ideologies' and are adopting 'Inclusiveness and Freedom of Choice'. With advent of the Internet, people are realizing the difference between tolerant and intolerant religions. Masses are clearly ignoring and rejecting fear-mongering from the Church and Mosque and are adopting Yoga as part of their daily life. Promotion of Yoga and Idol worship as a 'Satan Worship' does not work anymore. Hence there is an urgent need to 'Embrace what one cannot get Rid of'. So the need to Promote Yoga as their own creation.

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Dilemma of Christianity: 15 millions of Satan Worshippers in America!!!

Hinduism (and most of the eastern religions) are about Acceptance, Unification and Freedom of Choice that is founded on open faith that can be challenged and criticized both - and no one will kill you for doing that. Islam and Christianity, on the other hand, are about Denial, Division and Fear-mongering that is founded on blind faith that can be never be challenged or criticized. You challenge it and the doors of burning hell are waiting to welcome you. You don't follow it and still doors of hell are open for you. The terrorists ('God's believers') will send you on a fast-track-train-to-hell simply by beheading you on the order of 'their' God Smiley Face

Unfortunately, for the western world, Surya Namaskar is one of the Yogasanas that starts with worship of Surya – The Sun – which is a form of 'Satan worship' according to Christianity. Therefore, Do all 15 million Americans, that perform Surya Namaskar daily, become Satan worshippers? They do not. This poses a big dilemma for the Christianity and Islam, thus there is an urgent need to dissociate Yoga from Hinduism and promote Yoga with new names like 'Christian Yoga', 'American Yoga' or 'Islamic Yoga' and so on.

Therefore, it is in the interest of the western cultures to dissociate Yoga from Hinduism, and somehow associate Hinduism with the favorite western concept of "Castes, Cows and Curry"...This is simply because it cannot be tolerated in the western culture that they are following the basics of the Hinduism - the religion that has been slandered as "Pagan religion" and the followers of Hinduism as "Devil worshippers" for two thousand years.

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Hindu Assertion of Yoga

What is Yoga?

Union with Divine is the goal of human life. Yoga means union with the Divine. Yoga is spiritual science that ends all pains & miseries and unites our Soul with the Super-Soul (The Supreme Divine.)  Yoga confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy and ever-lasting peace to its practitioner. Yoga helps the seeker attain THE ONE that is self-luminous, eternal, indivisible, pure, spotless, desireless, qualityless, timeless, spaceless, changeless, beginningless, endless, unborn, imperishable, fearless, motionless, nameless and formless - Something infinite that shines eternally. (It is important to realize that this is a journey of several lives. Please do not expect ever-lasting peace after practicing Yoga for few years. It not going to happen! SmileyFace)

Followers of Yoga are not expected to become Hindu. At the same time it would be modest to expect that they be aware that yoga is a wonderful gift of the Hinduism, the most ancient religion of the world.

There might be millions of Christian and Islamic followers of Yoga. But Yoga in its original form is ABSOLUTELY derived from the basic tenets of Hinduism and it CANNOT be separated from Hinduism. PERIOD.

Yoga is an immense contribution of Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) to the humanity and it needs to be acknowledged as it is. There is absolutely no relation, what-so-ever, between Christianity and Yoga or Islam and Yoga. Yoga is inclusive - meaning it recognizes that God resides in all of his creation and God loves each of his creation EQUALLY (God does not send anyone to hell or heaven just because of the faith or prophet they follow).
Inclusiveness and Tolerance are absolutely alien concepts to Abrahamic religions. Therefore, Yoga cannot be related to Abrahamic religions (Christianity or Islam) in any way.

et me assure here:

Hinduism is not limited to Yoga !
But Yoga is Hinduism for sure !!!

Also, it is important to understand that the God is not an ownership of any particular religion. Neither Hinduism, nor Christianity nor Islam. Hinduism accepts that every individual has equal right to attain the God and that they can attain the God by adopting various paths (whichever religion the path may belong to.) The Christianity and Islam, on the other hand, absolutely reject the concept that someone can achieve the God by not following the path prescribed by their own religion. These are the religions that promoted concept of “Mine is the God, Yours the Devil” for 2,000 years. This is absolutely a wrong and most intolerant concept I have ever seen. This is the primary reason for the religious and cultural intolerance our civilization has experienced for last 2,000 years (and the terrorism of last several decades).

On the other hand, Hinduism is God centered (the God that is Universal, Inclusive and Tolerant that loves all his creation equally). Hinduism is based on principals that are open for criticism and freedom of choice. Hinduism has millions of different books that promote freedom of choice and still point to the same "Loving God" in different forms. Bible and Koran are just two more books added to millions they already have and understand.

On the other hand Islam and Christianity are prophet centered (that are Regional, Non-Inclusive and In-Tolerant that send people to Hell if they do not follow their "prescribed" paths/faiths).

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Yogi Swami Vivekananda’s view on Religion
Yogi Swami Vivekananda 
Yogi Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda wrote: "If you want to be religious, enter not the gate of any organised religion. They do a hundred times more evil than good, because they stop the growth of each one's individual development.... Religion is only between you and your God, and no third person must come between you. Think what these organised religions have done! What Nepoleon was more terrible than those religious persecutions? If you and I organise, we begin to hate every person. It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes." -The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume I, Topic 'The Gita III']

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  • God is about "Selfless Love" or "The Divine" or "The Absolute".
  • Yoga is about losing your "Individual" identity and merging it with the "Universal" identity - "The Divine" or "The Absolute". This process of union with the God requires conscious efforts of several lives. Forget the religion – Religions are mental blocks and "Dogmatic" religions are absolute hindrances in the process of merging your "Self" with the universal "Self". 
  • God loves everyone EQUALLY, even those who may or may not believe in him.
  • God is absolutely beyond religion. God does not follow any particular religion nor does he promote or prescribe any one of them.
  • God does not send anyone to heaven or hell based on their faith or belief. Barbaric are those who believe in such stupid concepts.
  • Intolerant and Dogmatic religions can never lead humanity to the God. They are binding blocks on the path to the God.
  • Life is not a Random event. God does not punish and reward his children just by a "Sweet Will". The God that rewards or punishes someone just by a "Clueless Will" is NOT a God. Such God needs guidance himself if he is so blind and clueless.
  • Entire Universe runs on the Will of the God, at the same time God does not determine or interfere in daily events of your life. It is ONLY the "Law of Karma" and the "Trigunas" [Sattva (purity), Raja (Activity) and Tama (Inertia)] that govern the "human existence" (not any particular Agent or Prophet of the God)
When you get an opportunity, try to get rid of the intolerance from within (little bit at a time) and realize the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient presence of the divinity in every individual (independent of their religion) and every living being (whether human or otherwise). Give-up all the dogmas if ever you wish to be human and realize the Divine.

Here is how I see God and here is my Journey towards the God. My God is not Hurting. He loves all his children equally without any difference of color, race, nation, religion and ideology. You and I are exactly the same for him. We all may have different vehicles, maps and driving directions but the destination for all is the Same - The Supreme Consciousness!!!

Thank you
Mahendra Joshi

Believe me, I love Bhagvad Gita and I also love the Bible....I read None of them and still I am close to the God...Very very close. Everything that we all believe in here will be proven wrong there...You will realize that when you reach there.

All Religions are Equal

The image like above can be seen 'Only in the Hindu religion' because this religion truly believes in 'We All Are Equal'. We may have different paths but we all have the same destination. Therefore, they never feel the need to convert anyone.

Om Shanti!
“Asato ma sadgamaya, Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya” - (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad)

Meaning - God, Lead me from the asat to the sat, Lead me from darkness to light, Lead me from death to immortality. 
Lord Krishna with Arjuna at Battlefield
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 3, Verse 19

The highest ideal for every Sadhak is `Siddha-Avasthaa' i.e. state of perfection or `Moksha' i.e. release from the cycle of multiple births and deaths. As a result of the knowledge of the Self, a Yogi has nothing left in balance, which is yet to be acquired for anyone including himself. It is all the same to him whether he performs an action or does not perform it. If such a Yogi has nothing to do gain or lose from others then as per the modern principle of `the path of the least action', his logical choice must be inaction and not action; as he has nothing to achieve for himself as well as for others.....In the rhythm of incessantly beating of heart, a Sadhak carries out various mundane worldly activities without even noticing every single beat of his heart. Absence of attachment leads to pacification of mind; thus work and rest go on as if reflex actions. Mind made calm in this way becomes capable of grasping the Self. Calmness of mind is the essential pre-requisite for the knowledge of the Self.

Yoga is an exact science. It aims at the harmonious development of body, mind and soul. Everyone should follow one Yoga as their primary Yoga (based on their character). Then we must combine Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyan Yoga. This “Yoga Synthesis” will lead one to the God.
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