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Santosha - is this in line with Christianity

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by Belinda Cooper, Aug 15, 2022.

  1. Belinda Cooper

    Belinda Cooper I am called to be salt & light

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    A friend started a Yoga studio and Santosha is mentioned all over the place. I myself don't do yoga or know much about the vocabulary. Can you help me by telling me if this yoga is against God's teaching?
     
  2. sandman

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    Yoga is what you make it....it can (and many do) get into some very (subtle) spiritual things (spiritual as in a form of occultism)....that may not be the right word, but it's pretty close

    Santosha, I believe just means contentment, but it is related to the 8 limbs of yoga.
    It is hard to separate the Niyamas from yoga and that is where things can get interesting....not in a good way.
    Do some searching on your own regarding this as there are several forms of yoga.
     
  3. JimR-OCDS

    JimR-OCDS God Cannot Be Grasped, Except Through Love

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    Most Americans do "Gym Yoga," that is, the physical exercises themselves.
    I did them this morning and have been doing them for 25 years, off and on.


    Call it what you want but reading Santosha for me in this thread was the first time I ever heard of it. I had to google it to learn what it is.
    What I read, is the same as taught in Christianity which would be the detachment
    from disordered appetites which St John of the Cross described.

    Being content with what God has giving you and seeking nothing more, nor being
    jealous of what others have, is Christian virtue. Using a term from Hinduism, seems to make it purer, but it's just a different name for the same thing.

    Bottom line is, if you're going to do Yoga, do Gym Yoga and remain Christ Centered, when doing it. Your Christian spirituality will give you what God wants you to have and remove the anxiety of desiring anything else.
     
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  4. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Fundamentally, Yoga and Eastern mysticism teach that you can find complete fulfillment and satisfaction in yourself. "Santosha" is what we would call being content. Nothing wrong with that, but it leaves God out of the picture. Personally, I stay away from anything that is tainted with Hinduism or Buddhism. There are other forms of exercise that have no (wrong) spiritual basis. Martial arts are also shot through with false religion.
     
  5. Belinda Cooper

    Belinda Cooper I am called to be salt & light

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    i agree with you. I don't do yoga and I am not planning on doing yoga. The friend is a lady that has joined my Bible Study and I immediately felt that this is excluding God and I can not help her promote it as she would like.
     
  6. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I knew a young man who was a black belt in karate. He was about 18. He got born again and immediately quit karate. His conscience would not let him continue.
     
  7. JimR-OCDS

    JimR-OCDS God Cannot Be Grasped, Except Through Love

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    Where I took Karate years back, my instructor was a Christian and held Bible Studies,
    for anyone who wanted to attend.

    Karate has little to do with spiritual practices, unless you want to bring your own
    spirituality into it.

    That being said, if you take up Karate as an adult, you're pretty much wasting your money and time. There are cheaper better ways to exercise. :D
     
  8. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's a bit like yoga in that there is a (wrong) spiritual basis for it. Maybe it is possible to eliminate the eastern mystic element from it. Personally, I'd avoid it.
     
  9. JimR-OCDS

    JimR-OCDS God Cannot Be Grasped, Except Through Love

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    Then avoid it.

    However, don't tell other's they're wrong when practicing Yoga exercises or taking
    Karate classes.
     
  10. Belinda Cooper

    Belinda Cooper I am called to be salt & light

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    I believe that is exactly what was stated. "Personally"

    it seems like you are taking this personally. The whole purpose here is to give our thoughts, I asked and her or she answers honestly.
     
  11. JimR-OCDS

    JimR-OCDS God Cannot Be Grasped, Except Through Love

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    I stand corrected, so you personally will avoid it.

    Fine!
     
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