You may have seen an article in the papers this week about the Vatican and yoga. The Vatican and one of it’s priests said that they believe “yoga is linked to the devil as is reading Harry Potter books!”
Rather than getting angry about this idea as a link to Hinduism and the notion of re-incarnation, the priest who made the statements should be sent alot of compassion as it shows us that with ignorance (avidya) beliefs can influence generations of human beings, this is just what we talk about in yoga as” conditioning”. Yoga has always taught me self empowerment and to go beyond the surface of something to find out what is the cause of our suffering and misknowing, make your own mind up and discover the real truth about something, not from what you have been told by someone else, because in reality they may know nothing about it- maybe we should invite the priest to a class and see?
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