The next International Yoga Day celebration sponsored by the BJP Govt at the center is just around the corner.Thousands of students and adults will be gleefully participating in the events across the nation to be held on 21st June.Significantly, Hon’ble PM will stay in India for the event, cutting all his foreign tours.The exhausted Christian and Islamic minorities will be watching the show helplessly as the secular credentials of India gets slaughtered in broad day light.Ministry of AYUSH at the center has asked every one to take a pledge to make Yoga an integral part of their daily life.
Yoga has indeed been effectively sold to many nations through the UN General Assembly resolution to mark June 21 as the International Yoga Day.Media is also agog with celebrities endorsing the benefits of Yoga in every channel available.Before you put your Yoga mat down,is there any thing you should know about Yoga but were never told?The fine print part?
The spiritual dangers of Yoga?
We find every one talking about the health benefits of Yoga and urging you to do it regularly.Has any one who has practiced it for say,4-5 years endorsed it?
Here is one who shares his experience after long years of Yoga. William – Fife, Scotland in his testimony says: (CLICK HERE)
“Personal Result of Yoga – Awakening Kundalini”
It may be true that the asanas (positions) and even perhaps the pranayama (breathing) can have health benefits, but the ultimate goal in yoga is something much more sinister. Very few Western yoga teachers actually touch upon this aspect of yoga – but according to the ancient texts, it is indeed the main aim – the asanas and the pranayama really intend to produce the awakening of what is known as “kundalini power”, which is taught as being a snake coiled around the base of the spine.
When this serpent is awakened, it will then move up through the body, through the “chakras” (the so-called life-force centres) and once it reaches the “crown chakra” (or the top of the head) it will explode into the so called “thousand-petalled lotus”.
This is when the danger really starts, and for many people from this point onwards it is almost impossible to return to any semblance of normality. The ancient texts actually include a warning about this, but most Western teachers are either ignorant of it, being too aware of the vast revenues that yoga can bring in, or are indeed themselves deceived and are willingly leading people down a very dangerous path.
Swiss occultist Carl Jung, in his book “The Collected Works of CG Jung” – termed it “a deliberately induced psychotic state”. Now, in most societies, deliberately inducing a psychotic state in oneself would lead to various sections of the Mental Health Act being quoted whilst having oneself bundled into a white van by some police officers.
I myself came very close to this stage. After I practiced yoga intensively (4-6 hours a day) for about a year, I began to be very depressed and nervous, but as I was unaware of the cause of this depression, I continued to use yoga as a way of filling my day.
One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded…
One day, whilst being deep in pranayama and meditation, something in my mind exploded, and my conscience turned white. Suddenly, there were beings dressed in white robes at my side (in the corner of my eye only, in my peripheral vision), telling me that they would guide me into a new life if I would only continue with my yoga.
I did not like that too much, and did not understand what was happening; neither had any of the books I had been reading mentioned anything about this manifestation, so I stopped. I was left in a sort of semi-aware state at that point (similar to the point one would reach just before or after the peak of an LSD trip), and I was also very much aware of what I could only describe as a rent in the fabric of this reality.
I went back into my asanas / pranayama the next day again, and within minutes these spiritual beings were back, with the same advice. They were insistent that I listen to them. There was a palpable anger now also given off by them, as I had consciously rejected them by stopping the day before.
I stopped again, and never returned to it. But I was always aware that these spirit-beings were angry with me, and I had no peace at all from then on. Only in drunken oblivion or drugs could I find any peace.”
Is yoga, meditation and breathing exercises dangerous?
The site mentions the following dangers.
Quotations from different sources:
“There is a common misconception in the West that hatha-yoga, one of about ten forms of Yoga that supposedly leads to self-realization, is merely a neutral form of exercise, a soothing and effective alternative for those who abhor jogging and calisthenics … [However], Hatha-yoga is ‘one of the six recognized systems of orthodox Hinduism’ and is at its roots religious and mystical. It is also one of the most difficult and potentially [spiritually] dangerous forms of Yoga.
“The term hatha is derived from the verb hath, which means ‘to oppress.’… What the practice of hatha-yoga is designed to do is suppress the flow of psychic energies through these channels [“symbolic, or psychic passages on either side of the spinal column”], thereby forcing the ‘serpent power’ or the kundalini force to rise through the central psychic channel in the spine (the sushumna) and up through the chakras, the supposed psychic centers of human personality and power. Westerners mistakenly believe that one can practice hatha-yoga apart from the philosophical and religious beliefs that undergird it. This is an absolutely false belief. … You cannot separate the exercises from the philosophy. … ‘The movements themselves become a form of meditation.’ The continued practice of the exercises will, whether you … intend it or not, eventually influence you toward an Eastern/mystical perspective. That is what it is meant to do! … There is, by definition, no such thing as ‘neutral’ Yoga” Johanna Michaelsen Like Lambs to the Slaughter, pp. 93-95
“A woman of my acquaintance upset her hormonal balance doing this yoga exercise, and it produced a malfunction in her adrenal glands. Doctors didn’t know how to reverse the effects… and she soon died…Swami Rama warns that advanced forms of patterned breathing, which is a common yoga exercise, can cause a person to harm himself irreparably.” . Richard Kieninger, The Spiritual Seekers’ Guidebook, Quinlan, TX: The Stelle Group, 1986, p. 71.
“To practice pranayama [breath control] without real guidance is very dangerous. I know of three persons who have died from it…”
Sri Chinmoy, Astrology, the Supernatural and the Beyond, Jamaica, NY: Agni Press, 1973, pp. 53-68,87-89; Sri Chinmoy, Conversations with the Master, Jamaica, NY: Agni 4
“Now we come to breathing exercises. Let me caution you: they can be very dangerous. Unless properly done, there is a good chance of injuring the brain. And those who practice such breathing without proper supervision can suffer a disease which no known science or doctor can cure. It is impossible, even for a medical person, to diagnose such an illness…. [For example,] I had known a young boy of perhaps 16 or 17 years of age who had begun to practice hatha yoga…. He was acting very strangely. He would prostrate fully on the ground, rise to full height, then repeat the performance—over and over again. The Swami said that he had lost his mind. …Finally, however he became so unmanageable that he had to be confined…. As regards breathing exercises, I know that Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and all the disciples of Ramakrishna have warned us again not to practice them (yet Vivekenanda, Ramakrishna’s disciple, encouraged them! “
Swami Prabhavananda, Yoga and Mysticism, Hollywood, CA: Vedanta Press, 1972, pp. 18-19.
“Yoga is not a trifling jest if we consider that any misunderstanding in the practice of yoga can mean death and insanity,” and of kundalini yoga, he says that if the breath is “prematurely exhausted [withdrawn] there is immediate danger of death for the yogi.”
Hans Ulrich Rieker, The Yoga of Light: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, New York: Seabury
Press, 1971, pp. 9,134.
“In Hatha yoga the breathing exercises are more strenuous, attended by some abnormal positions of the chin, the diaphragm, the tongue, and other parts of the body to prevent expulsion or inhalation of air into the lungs in order to induce a state of suspended breathing. This can have drastic effects on the nervous system and the brain, and it is obvious that such a discipline can be very dangerous. Even in India, only those prepared to face death dare to undergo the extreme discipline of Hatha yoga.”
Gopi Krishna, “The True Aim of Yoga,” Psychic, January-February, 1973, p. 13.
“Just as lions, elephants, and tigers are tamed, so the prana, should be kept under control. Otherwise it can kill the practitioner.”
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (chapter 2, verse 15), Rieker, Yoga of Light , p. 79.
“As stated before nothing but dangerous, mediumistic psychisms or neurotic dissociations of personality can result from the practice of [yoga] meditation without the qualifications mentioned at the end of the last chapter.”
- R. Butler, “Instant Cosmic Consciousness,” in John White, ed., Kundalini Evolution and Enlightenment, Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1979, p. 47.
“To practice it, as many do, out of curiosity…is a mistake which is punished with futility, neurosis, or worse [‘even insanity itself’].”
Sri Krishna Prem, The Yoga of the Bhagavat Gita, Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 1973, pp. XV, 46.
“considerable pain, physical disorder, and even disease….”
Avalon, Serpent Power, p. 12.
Ernest Wood warns of “the imminent risk of most serious bodily disorder, disease, and even madness.” He observes that many people have brought upon themselves incurable illnesses or insanity by neglecting Hatha Yoga prerequisites, and “by any mistake there arises cough, asthma, head, eye, and ear pains, and many other diseases.”
Ernest Wood, Seven Schools, p. 14.
“All features associated with European witches are claimed also by Indo-Tibetan yogis and magicians.”Some yogis: “… boast that they break all the religious taboos and social rules: that they practice human sacrifice, cannibalism, and all manner of orgies, including incestuous intercourse, and that they eat excrement, nauseating animals, and devour human corpses. In other words, they proudly claim all the crimes and horrible ceremonies cited ad nauseam in the Western European witch trials.”
Mircea Eliade;leading authority on shamanism and comparative religion. Editorial, Yoga Journal , May/June 1984, p. 71.
Spiritual Dangers of Yoga and Kundalini
According to renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung:
“One often hears and reads about the dangers of Yoga, particularly of the ill-reputed Kundalini Yoga. The deliberately induced psychotic state, which in certain unstable individuals might easily lead to a real psychosis, is a danger that needs to be taken very seriously indeed. These things really are dangerous and ought not to be meddled with in our typically Western way. It is a meddling with Fate, which strikes at the very roots of human existence and can let loose a flood of sufferings of which no sane person ever dreamed. These sufferings correspond to the hellish torments of the chönyid state…” C. G. Jung, Introduction to The Tibetan book of the Dead *
The purpose of this website is to provide information and links to articles and websites that describe the many physical, psychological, and spiritual dangers associated with Yoga, Transcendental Mediation (TM), and especially practices that are used to bring about a “Kundalini Awakening.”
As you investigate the sites and articles referenced on this website you will see that the purpose of yoga is not physical exercise but a path to spiritual “awakening” and “enlightenment” through union with the “divine.” In order to bring about this “enlightenment” the overarching goal of yoga is to prepare oneself for the awakening of the spiritual energy or “kundalini” that supposedly lies dormant at the base of the spine. When the awakening of kundalini or “serpent energy” occurs, the consequences can be perilous and last for years.
Signs and Symptoms of a Kundalini Awakening:
- Mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems
- Severe emotional mood swings -anxiety, depression, rage, fear and dread
- Sleep disturbance
- Gastrointestinal problems, irritable bowel syndrome
- Itching, burning, cramping, twitching of skin and body
- Electrical rushes and feelings of energy moving throughout the body
- Ego problems, grandiose and paranoid states
- Psychic, trance states and out-of-body experiences
- Sexual and hormonal difficulties
- Uncontrollable vocalizations, chanting and body contortions
- Ringing, rushing, and hissing sounds in ears
- Paranormal activity – levitations, possession states, and spiritual assault
- Inability to function effectively enough to work or care for children
- Symptoms can last for years
So startling!Is it not?
Yoga not for children!
“Yoga exercises are not recommended for children under 16 because their bodies’ nervous and glandular systems are still growing, and the effect of Yoga exercises on these systems may interfere with natural growth”
Physical Dangers of Yoga
“Physical yoga can be dangerous. Shakti Karma. Bhakti Yoga International Society.
Yoga done wrong can be dangerous and can cause adverse effects on your overall health. Some of these side effects as are follows: Adversely effecting your muscles and cause heavy pain and internal bleeding. Some yoga poses can even lead to fracture or ruptures of delicate bones. This case is especially true if you have delicate or brittle bones. Ruptures like these can take months to heal and might sometimes even need surgical intervention. Some yoga poses can even lead to adverse gastric problems in some individuals. Most people complain gastric symptoms to be associated with hatha yoga postures. This is especially true if you do not perform all yoga asanas in a particular sequence. Some of the yoga poses are so complex that even experts don’t understand them properly. For instance the kundalini yoga.
Yoga poses like these done wrong can have adverse effect on you mentally. This is known as the kundalini syndrome. The possible side effects on kundalini syndrome are pseudo death, psychosis, pseudo psychosis, confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sadness, suicidal thoughts, urges to self-mutilate, homicidal urges, arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), exacerbation of prior or current mental illness, insomnia, inability to hold a job, inability to talk, inability to drive, sexual pains, temporary blindness, and headaches. Even if you practise yoga under a instructor, chances are that he or she is not fully aware of the techniques and might give you wrong instructions. So you need to be super careful if you even consider attempting these advanced yoga forms.”
Religion and psychosis. Johannes Aagaard. May, 1994.
“It is an established fact that yoga – at least in the form that has become pervasive today, viz. Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga – may release and possibly create psychotic states in the mind of the practitioner, withdrawing his or her interest from the outer world in ways reminiscent of the kind of psychosis called autism.”
“Hot” Yoga: Physiological concerns while exercising in the heat. Leslie Funk. Yoga World, Apr-Jun 2001.
Not to scare but to caution!
Surprisingly the Ayush Ministry is not aware of these dangers and their website does not contain what ever is mentioned above.Not many may be aware of all these negative aspects of Yoga practice.As one who practiced Yoga since my 12 th year,I know and have experienced the consequent spiritual problems myself.I suffered for many long years after stopping the Yoga practice.I had unbearable and indescribable pain in my shoulder plates,so bad I used to stay entire night awake,walking restlessly.Thrice I went into depression and ran away from home.Many more such.So I thought I should share what I know to those who may not be aware of it to enable them to take informed decisions.My close friends have rolled their mats back after hearing this stories.Why take such risks?,