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Lesson 233 -
Yoga and Religious Beliefs (Audio)
Date: Sun Sep 5, 2004 0:13pm
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Q: Thank you for all the lessons.
I already completed the lessons, and am progressing with 2 times daily
practise. But if I have a shortage of time, then I only do pranayama and
I have a question. Is it OK to practice AYP without interfering with our
faith? Practicing AYP is like practicing tennis or playing chess. It is only
a matter of physical body including brain and nervous system.
A: Your practice sounds very good.
Yes, that is right. Yoga is a matter of purifying and opening the nervous
system to its natural higher functioning, which will not interfere with any
religious belief system. AYP is non-sectarian, meaning, not tied to any
particular belief system.
Interestingly, as our nervous system purifies and opens we become much more
attuned to inner Truth, and that can strengthen our spiritual life in
whatever religious tradition we are in. Each religious tradition has its own
terminology and metaphorical language to describe the process of human
spiritual transformation, which is the same neuro-biological process in
And if we are not involved in any religious belief system, that is okay too.
Yoga will work just as well in the nervous system, as long as we have a
strong desire to practice and progress toward greater inner peace and
The guru is in you.
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