Is there such a thing as “Holy” Yoga?

Yoga has gained a worldwide appeal today because having a slim and healthy body is a current concern.

More people are hitting the gym and turning to health clubs and are being introduced to yoga. In the medical field, yoga is at times prescribed for people suffering from stress and frustration.

However, reflecting the dominant religious and philosophical themes of this post-Christian age – religious pluralism and postmodernism, many Christians are now embracing what they have re-christened as “Holy Yoga” as an integral aspect of physical fitness and a devotional for connecting with God.

In 2012, the Purpose Driven author, Rick Warren’s Saddleback church announced to its members:

Holy Yoga is a worship experience combining the physical benefits of world class yoga with an intentional dedication to God through prayer, scripture, and contemporary Christian music. We breathe in His goodness and grace…and exhale tension and stress. It is coed, noncompetitive, and Christ honoring in fellowship. Come join us…!” [1]

The influx of this practice in the church and its prevalence among Nigerian Christians (many of whom are upwardly mobile and urbane) necessitated this piece.

Yoga: an unholy offshoot from an unholy tree

Many sincere Christians have asked: Is yoga simply an exercise that helps keep the body slim and healthy? Does it have occultic origins? Can it be practiced without its Eastern religious overtones? Is it suitable for Christians just to gain physical benefit without implications?

To answer these questions, one has to dig back to the very roots of Yoga, to the religion from which it sprang: Hinduism.

Once you have a proper understanding of the philosophy and principles of Hinduism, it won’t be difficult to make up your mind about yogic practices.

According to a reference work, Hinduism is ‘‘the major continuing and connected religions of India, which have now spread throughout the world.’’ [2]

Hinduism is not a monolithic or organized religion with a linear chain of history. “The paradox of Hinduism was its ability to adapt itself to a mass polytheism while simultaneously advancing monotheistic tendencies.” [3]

Another source explains it further:

“Hinduism is not really one religion, but many religions that interact and blend with one another. There is no known founder of Hinduism, no creedal statements of faith to sign and no agreed-upon authority. In fact, one can be a good Hindu and believe in one god, many gods, or no God at all!” [4]

Hindu scriptures include the four Vedas; their commentaries, called the Upanishads (also known as Vedanta); the Mahabharata (of which the Bhagavad Gita is a small portion); the Ramayana; and other lesser books.

The early vestiges of the Hindu religion have been found in an ancient text consisting of about a thousand hymns known as the Rig Veda, probably compiled circa 1500 B.C.

“This makes Hinduism the world’s second oldest religion after Judaism, which was established by God’s covenant with Abraham, somewhere between 2000 to 1800 B.C.” [5]

Historically, yoga dates back many centuries. Figures of people seated in various yoga positions appear on seals found in the Indus valley (present day Pakistan).

The Indus valley civilization is dated by archaeologists to 3600-1900 B.C. There have been many seals found at Indus Valley sites which had engraved upon them pictures that some have related to later Hinduism. The Encyclopedia of Hinduism explains:

“One is the ‘proto-Shiva’ seal, which shows a person, seated in a cross-lehhed position, with a headdress with horns on it and what appears to be an erect phallus. The headdress is said to relate to the later god Shiva’s title of ‘Lord of the Animals,’ … Some see his seated posture as being the yogic lotus position. Shiva is known for his yogic practices.” [6]

Note also that Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism is called “the Destroyer” and the authoritative 15th century text Hathayoga-Pradipika, declares that lord Shiva was the first yoga teacher.

This connection is critical, because the assertion that yoga is a neutral practice that can be utilized by Christians who don’t worship the Hindu pantheon is at best disingenuous and at worst, spiritually dangerous.

The book, Hindu World, calls yoga “a code of ascetic practices, mainly pre-Aryan in origin, containing relics of many primitive conceptions and observances.”

Yogic methods were handed down orally and later put into detailed written form by the Indian yogic sage Patanjali as the Yoga Sutra which is still the basic yoga instruction book today.

The work defines yoga as “a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.” Thus, yoga cannot be separated from the Eastern religions from which it originated.

There are different types of yoga: Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, Tantra and Hatha yoga.

The physical exercises yoga is Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, ‘ha’ means the sun and ‘tha’ means the moon. These exercises are meant to bring opposing yet complimentary occult forces (yin and yang) into balance to enhance physical health and strength.

A reference work has this to say about hatha yoga:

‘‘Originally a part of Raja-yoga as taught by Patanjali [perhaps second-third centuries A.D.], but now frequently detached as a yoga to seek mental and physical health. Its purpose is to locate and activate the cakras (centres of energy) and thus to raise the kundalini (dormant spiritual power) to life. It works especially through bodily postures (asana) and control of breath (pranayama), uniting the ha (breath of the sun) with tha (breath of the moon). The reputed founder is Gorakhnath.’’ [7]

Uncoiling the Serpent

The physical aspects of Hatha yoga are familiar to many Christians. Like most yoga, Hatha yoga also incorporates breathing, relaxation, and meditation (and there are musicals tailored to this end)

However it is the first five steps of the eight-step process of raja-yoga. It starts with the external and ends with the internal. It’s like peeling off the layers of an onion. A person begins with the physical and ends up with the more spiritual and occultic methods.

“When this [first five steps is done], one is to begin the three internal steps of raja-yoga. The first five steps of Yoga have been conscious external methods of preparation for the internal goals of raja-yoga.” [8]

There’s also Kundalini yoga, which is supposedly meant to awaken the serpent goddess from the base of the humsn spine to produce an altered state of consciousness and trigger violent manifestations.

The late El Collie, a Kundalini enthusiast and blogger, wrote:

“When the Kundalini awakens, tremendous power is unleashed. The resulting expansion of consciousness affects every element of our being, from our biological functions to our personal relationships to our concept of reality to our influence in the world. We are irrevocably changed in ways we could not have imagined and in ways we may never fully comprehend.

“For some of us, the risen Kundalini gives us our first or most unmistakable contact with the Spirit… Kundalini is Shakti, the Great Mother Goddess, the living energy that daily make her vibrant presence known in my body and my psyche. She is as fierce and powerful as she is mysterious and enticing.” [9]

However, it’s agreed by all practitioners that:

“All paths [of Yoga] lead ultimately to the same destination – to union with Brahman or God…” [10]

So it doesn’t really matter whether one practices a physical or non-physical yoga, inasmuch as it the overall purpose of yoga is aimed towards attaining a “higher state of consciousness” or “self-realization” with a spiritual force, it opens up the door for one to interact with the spirit realm.

The word yoga literally means “to yoke” or “bind together” or to harness or control. To a Hindu, yoga is a technique or discipline that leads to union with a great supernatural force or spirit (called Brahman).

Its goal is “self-realization” to realize that atman, the individual soul is identical with Brahman, the universal soul i.e. you and god are one

Yoga was not designed or originally practiced for physical fitness. It’s meant to “yoke” a person to the universal force through a stage called moksha or liberation, which we call death.

In an article on ‘‘Yoga and Hinduism,’’ the authors wrote:

‘‘In ancient Indian philosophy yoga was not meant to be a fitness regime. Rather, it was a means to salvation or liberation (moksha) through the isolation of the soul from the body. Out-of-body experiences are still the goal of some popular forms of yoga. Later, after other schools of Indian philosophy had adopted yoga, its goal was reinterpreted as the union of the human self with the cosmic self, or God” [11]

The unholy feet of the Eastern gurus

It must be noted that Yoga was not shipped directly from India to Africa. With the exception of the Kemetic Yoga, much of it was imported to Africa from the west.

The spread of yoga to the west started in the latter half of the 20th century. In 1965, the U.S. immigration law was rewritten to cancel racial qualifications and restore rights of naturalization to Asians.

Through this, many Hindu gurus found their way to America giving rise to the Hare Krishna movement, and Transcendental Meditation, a close adjunct of yoga, which was popularized by Maharishi Yogi and Hollywood stars.

The India-born journalist, Caryl Matrisciana, in her book Out of India: A True Story About the New Age Movement, points out that classic Hinduism was not as mission-minded as evangelical Christianity, but during centuries of British rule learned several effective missionary strategies from British missionaries.

As a result, by the beginning of the 21st century there were over 70,000 yoga instructors active in more than 20,000 locations across America, including business centers, hospitals, and education facilities, spreading Eastern mysticism throughout the entire country.

In a 1993 publication, an American-born Hindu monk named Palaniswami predicted:

‘‘A small army of yoga missionaries – hatha, raja, siddha, and kundalini — beautifully trained in the last 10 years, is about to set upon the Western world. They may not call themselves Hindu, but Hindus know where yoga came from and where it goes.’’ [12]

Holy Yoga’ – an oxymoron

In the 20th century, a large percentage of Western including many American churches, fell prey to the dubious syncretism championed by the ecumenical movement and as more churches were mired in liberalism and pragmatism, the concepts of Hinduism began to find their way in.

These Christians while seeking for means to straddle two opposite concepts and revelations to birth what they call “Christian Yoga,” were also attempting to detach yoga from Hinduism by turning history on its head.

Brooke Boon, the founder of Holy Yoga Ministries and an active Christian Yoga instructor wrote:

’’…yoga predates Hinduism by at least one thousand years. Yoga was not created by Hindus but was indeed co-opted by Hindus as a major part of their religion.” [13]

Let’s accept for the sake of argument that yoga did predate Hinduism by a millennium, the basic question still remains: did it originate from an Abrahamic worldview or ancient paganism?

The Concise Dictionary of Religion defines Yogic religions as “those religions, ultimately of Indian origin, that have at their core one or another form of the practice of Yoga. The major Yogic religions are Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.” [14]

The same author in another reference work notes that, “Yogic religions are the main rivals to Abramic religions,’’ which he defines as: “Religious traditions that trace their ancestory to the patriarch Abraham. The major religions in this grouping are Christianity, Islam and Judaism.” [15]

Since yoga emerged from a religious system that stands opposed to the Judeo-Christian faith, mixing it with Christian worship doesn’t alter its nature. It’s still unholy. Mixing milk with dung will not produce chocolate fudge.

The Bible directly warns against this adoption of pagan traditions among the nations:

And after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates… ” (Deut. 12:30-31) see also 2 Kings 16:10-16.

It’s interesting to note that Boon admits that yoga opens people up to spiritual influences but claims that by rebaptising it as “holy,” it will somehow connect people to Jesus Christ. Definitely not the Jesus of the Bible.

“Yoga absolutely does open a person up to spiritual influences. But in Holy Yoga, the only spiritual influence we are open to is that of Jesus Christ. … We must completely co-opt the amazing gift of yoga for Christianity. That’s what we’re doing with Holy Yoga.’’ [16]

Proper breathing techniques have always been very important in yoga practice. Traditional, non-Christian yogis teach that deep breathing can translate into deeper meditation and union with a divine being. Christian Yoga instructors also teach that proper breathing skills are crucial to meet with God.

In their desperation to legitimate this with the Bible, they appeal to Genesis 2:7 where God breathed into the nostrils of Adam making him a living soul. But that was describing creation, it is not about relationship with God (which Adam lost later).

Elliot Miller points out the components of yoga that grate against the Christian faith:

“There are some rather sneaky elements in hatha yoga that help explain why enrolling in the neighborhood yoga class would be a dubious decision for the Christian. First, teachers and students typically greet each other with the Sanskrit namaste, which means, ‘I honor the Divine within you.’ This is an affirmation of pantheism and therefore a denial of the true God revealed in the Bible. Furthermore, hatha yoga classes typically conclude with ‘a 10-15 minute relaxation period to relax the body and still the mind.’ As part of this process students often are given a mantra to repeat in meditation or chanting. Hindu mantras are generally the names of Hindu gods and goddesses.” [17]

Not only has Hatha yoga found a place within the body of Christ, Bhakti yoga which had been utilized as a tool of devotion to Hindu deities has also been snagged on as a technique to encounter “the One” (a New Age term for God).

Nancy Roth, an assistant priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin, Ohio, attempted to describe “an incarnated Yoga theology.”

She said, “[i]t did not matter that we had chanted ‘OM’ or that the exercises had Hindu names. My awareness of my own ‘incarnated-ness’ drew me closer to the Incarnate One … The One I encountered, as I lay on the gym floor with my body relaxed and my mind and spirit attentive, was the God I knew in Christ Jesus.” [18]

The “OM” mantra is regarded as the most sacred syllable in Hinduism. It is said that the syllable contains three sounds, a, u, and m, sometimes written “aum” in English.

“The three sounds stand for very many things, including the three parts of the universe (earth, atmosphere, sky) and the three major gods (Brahma, Vishnu, Siva).” [19] Chanting it is an implicit endorsement of polytheism (Exodus 20:1-3).

The spiritual experiences described by these yogis (whether ‘Christian’ or otherwise) and the beings they encounter measure up with the kingdom of the occult.

Rabi R. Maharaj, an ex-Yogi who became a Christian wrote:

“Although the peace I experienced in meditation so easily deserted me, the occult forces that my practice of Yoga cultivated and aroused lingered on and began to manifest themselves in public. Knowing that without these displays of the supernatural my following could never be very great, I welcomed this growing spiritual power” [20]

David Purseglove, a therapist and transpersonal counselor mentioned some of the crises common to people who get involved in Eastern meditation:

“Frightening ESP and other parapsychological occurrences… [spontaneous] out-of-body experiences or accurate precognitive ‘takes’… profound psychological encounter with death and subsequent rebirth… the awakening of the serpent power (Kundalini)…energy streaming up the spine, tremors, spasms and sometimes violent shaking and twisting… ” [21]

Gopi Krishna also warned of the dangers of the practice of seemingly innocuous Hatha Yoga:

“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.” [22]

He also stated that the reason why Hatha yoga is very dangerous is because it can cause Kundalini arousal.This arousal typically results in temporary states of insanity, radical changes in the physical body, and possession by a demonic spirit.

Caryl Matrisciana explained that the exercises and breathing techniques of yoga actually do release the same neurological energies that are released by abuse of certain narcotics, and by other mystical practices.

Very often the goal of both drug abuse and Yoga meditation is to escape from the intense pressures of real life. Both produce physiological changes in the body and brain, and euphoric experiences. She pointed out that Christian Yoga meditation brings about the very same state of altered consciousness produced by Hatha Yoga, New Age meditation, and several hallucinogenic drugs. [23]

From the facts presented, it’s clear that Yoga – in whatever guise – opens the door of people’s lives to demonic bondage. Instead of being yoked to vicious spirits, Jesus invites all to Himself:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28)

Yoga constitutes a “pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,” and as good soldiers, we should fight the good fight against all demonic lies, including the one that says that Eastern-born yoga is compatible with Bible Christianity (2 Cor. 10:5)

Christians need to say “No” to Yoga, no matter how popular it may be or whoever is offering it to them.

Notes

[1] https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/saddleback-church-and-holy-yoga/

[2] The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, John Bowler, editor, Oxford Univ. Press, 1999, 430.

[3] Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions, Larry Nichols, George Mather and Alvin Schmidt, Zondervan 2009, p. 426

[4] Fritz Ridenour, So What’s the Difference? Regal Books, 2001, p. 91

[5] Ronald Enroth, Evangelizing the Cults, Vine Books, 1990, p. 21 “Hinduism”

[6] The Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Constance Jones and James Ryan, Facts in File, 2007 p. xviii

[7] The Oxford Dictionary, p. 415

[8] Ronalson Carlson, Transcendental Meditation: Relaxation or Religion? Chicago: Moody Press, 1978, 41-42

[9] El Collie, “Kundalini: Danger – High Voltage Kundalini Awakening,” http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/kundalini/id/35190

[10] Lucy Lidell, The Sivananda Companion to YOGA, Fireside Books, 1983, p. 18

[11] Ronald Enroth and Vishal Mangalwadi, A Guide to New Religious Movements, InterVarsity Press, 2005, 45

[12] Stan Guthrie, Hinduism Gains a Foothold in America, Christianity Today, Feb. 8, 1993, p. 50.

[13] Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Soul, NY: Faith-Words, 2007 p. 31

[14] Irving Hexam, Vogelstein Press, Canada, 1993 p. 237

[15] Irving Hexam, Pocket Dictionary of New Religious Movements, InterVarsity Press, 2002, p. 120

[16] Holy Yoga p. 33

[17] Elliott Miller, The Yoga Boom: A Call for Christian Discernment, Christian Research Journal vol. 31, no. 4 pp. 35-36.

[18] An Invitation to Christian Yoga, Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 2001, p. 1

[19] The Encyclopedia of World Religions (Revised Edition), Robert Ellwood and Gregory Alles, Facts on File, 2007, p. 328.

[20] Ravi Maharaj and Dave Hunt, The Death of a Guru, Harvest House, Oregon, 1977, 75.

[21] Naomi Steinfield, “Passages In: For People in Spiritual Crisis,” in AHP Perspective, Feb. 1986, p. 9

[22] Gopi Krishna, “The true aim of yoga,” Psychic (Jan.-Feb. 1973):13, in John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, 605.

[23] Out of India: A True Story About the New Age Movement. Silverton, OR: Lighthouse Trails Pub., 2008, p. 187

Weighing the Grail Message: Dark Philosophies

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The Bible opens our eyes to the realms of reality, which we can also term as dimensions.

There is a physical realm of space/time/matter universe in which human beings live, where they are subject to the five senses. But many tend to make the fatal mistake of believing that anything beyond the realm of these physical senses is simply not there.

There is also Heaven, a realm of pure existence where God reigns as Sovereign. In this second “dimension” is where the throne of God is and His glory is fully manifested.

This realm was bridged when God chose to become Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyone who is in Him can access this realm of God’s infinite power, love and justice.

There is also a third dimension of spiritual darkness, controlled by Satan and his hosts. Though this sphere is divided into several sub-kingdoms rigidly ruled by hierarchies of fallen angels, it is presided at the top by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).

This third dimension is a domain of the forces of great deception and wickedness, hence, it consists of all who have willingly pledged allegiance to the god of the world and are in rebellion against the one true God revealed in the Bible.

Indeed, it’s not strange to find individuals or organizations, claiming to possess some “keys” to luminous ascent, mystical insights or powerful spiritual practices whose sources are actually plugged deeply into the bowels of the kingdom of darkness.

From what has been documented so far, the Grail message is one of such destructive revelations.

Destructive, because, at some point in their teachings, the self-professed “cross bearer” is directly introduced to the very occult philosophies which used to be taught only to secret initiates of modern Witchcraft – until some few decades ago.

In this piece, I will be focusing on chapter 15 of In the Light of Truth Volume 2, titled “Thought-Forms” to unravel how those who follow the Grail path, however sincere, are like the proverbial frog in the kettle, being slowly boiled till they end up in the dinner plate of the Lord of darkness himself.

The first three paragraphs of this chapter castigate materialists whose conversations are hollow; their thoughts empty and their interests oppressively narrow. In the words of Oskar, “many people are not very much different from animals.” He continues:

“They cannot and will not understand that life on earth, with all its pleasures and joys, only gets its real meaning when one has become more or less familiar with the Ethereal World, and knows about the reciprocal actions connecting us with it, for then one no longer has the feeling of being at the mercy of chance.”

As stated previously, the key emphasis behind the occult is interaction with the spirit world and the spirits therein.

The ethereal world, as explained by the Grail message, is the spiritual world from which emanate “alternating currents” and “intuitive perception.” It’s said to be the world of spirits where humans came from and the grail “God” resides.

Of course, the Ethereal World is not Heaven. Our God does not inhabit, nor is He part of, the spirit world or physical world. The spirit realm Ab-dru-shin speaks of is the same one that New Agers and Witches tap into to wield their spiritual energies. 

This is a dimension of spiritual darkness. It does not acknowledge Jesus as the only Way nor the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus emphatically stated: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18). The Christian fellowships with God only through the Holy Spirit. But the god of the Grail message is one that can be found in trees, rocks, animals and all other creation.

“Rejoice that all around you lives, into seemingly immeasurably far away regions! Nothing is dead; nothing is void as it would appear. Everything is working and weaving in reciprocal action, in the center of which you stand as humans to continually form and direct anew the threads, as both starting points and final goals.”

Here the seeker is introduced to the two core beliefs of Witchcraft/Paganism: Monism and Animism.

Monism, which literally means “one-ism,” teaches that all is one and one is all. It asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality.

In other words, people only think that a rock lying in a field is entirely separate from the field in which it’s lying. But monism says that the rock is the field, and the field is the rock.

Animism is the belief that all things – from rocks to amoeba to trees – is infused with life force or energies. In other words, the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. In the words of a witch, “The ancient world view did not conceive of a separation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate'” (Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 29).

This is why the Grail message says “nothing is dead.” Their god is like a force or power pervading and pulsating through everything and it can be manipulated like a thread to spin and reach your goals.

Christian researchers, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden note that:

“The New Age movement is an all pervasive, all-encircling philosophy, birthed from Theosophy and Hinduism. New Age groups comprise a united syncretistic religion; everything comes together under one philosophy. Their divine absolute principle is not a person; it is not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The absolute principle is an impersonal entity that inhabits all creation, whether they call it consciousness, energy, vibrations, spirit, force, Mind, Brahma, or the One” (The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson, 2008 p. 193).

“Awake! Use the power given to you in the full knowledge of this mighty happening, lest in your stupidity and obstinacy, or even in your indolence, you bring forth only harmful deformities which choke all that is healthy and good and finally cause you as their author to totter and fall.”

This is one of the starting techniques of witchcraft rituals: how to control and utilize impersonal energies or forces and direct them to work your magick.

This is the same philosophy Napoleon Hill was espousing decades ago:

“A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to know … Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly…” (Grow Rich With Peace of Mind, Ballantine books, 1967, pp. 215-20).

This is why even an unwary Christian who relies on the teachings of self-help or motivational cults can slowly end up embracing and practicing the occult. The occult is a very subtle path; it’s like peeling off layer after layer of an onion until you get to its terminal bud.

Many early seekers of occult mysticism are drawn in by the pursuit of wisdom and the heady feeling of using their “mind power” to alter their lives, but by the time they are properly trapped in occult snares, they realize they have been enslaved by vicious demonic forces that know no mercy.

“This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small part of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Its threads, however, run both into the Gross Material World and further up into the more Ethereal World and in the same way they also run downward into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all is intertwined and interwoven, un-tearable and inseparable!”

What he is talking about here, in cliched phrases, is the dark philosophy of using your mind through the agency of demonic power to control the physical world and navigate the spirit world.

In the ethereal realm that Ab-dru-shin introduces his followers to, there’s a supposedly “pure region” and the lower “dark region.”

But we know that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). He “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1Tim. 6:16). There are no “inseparable” spiritual network of veins in the universe linking God’s kingdom with the kingdom of darkness. Such a teaching is straight from the pit of hell.

Psalm 113:4 says “The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.” No man can control God or His power, and man is not the author of it. Anyone that is teaching stuff about “using” or “controlling” some impersonal energies or “animated substantiality” in creation is working with demon spirits!

The Creative Power flowing through man concentrates ethereal matter through the focused volition of a completed thought and combines it into a form which expresses the volition of the thought.”

This is actually an occult ritual. In Witchcraft, the practitioner is taught to use the power of visualization in making his/her spells effective.

According to Hermetic tradition, the Egyptian god Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (The Thrice-Powerful), was the originator of alchemy. He taught that the physical world could be transformed through mental imagery.

In his Magic: An Occult Primer, an occultist, David Conway explains the necessity of visualization for performing ritual magic:

“. . . the technique of visualization is something you will gradually master, and indeed must master if you are
to make any progress at all in magic… it is our only means of affecting the etheric atmosphere. It enables us to build our own thought forms, contact those already in existence and channel the elemental energy we need down onto the physical plane” (p. 59).

In an article, Visualization in Magic, a witch explained:

“We live in a Universe where everything is energy … You see, as human beings we have the potential to focus and manifest the kind of energy that we want to experience in our day-to-day life. This gives us immense power and creative potential. When we visualise an image in our mind – a goal that we wish to achieve, a place that we’d like to live in, the perfect job – we are bringing it closer into reality. We are concentrating that free flow of energy into a singular thought, and the more attention we give to it, the more it grows and starts to manifest in our daily life.”

Christian researcher, Dave Hunt pointed out that both old and new occult rites follow the same underlying formula:

“When the witch doctor slits a rooster’s throat, sprinkles the blood in a certain pattern, and mumbles a secret incantation, the spirits must respond with their magic as part of the bargain. So it is with the new paganism and its new rituals” (Occult Invasion, The Berean Call, Oregon, 2010, p. 83).

The difference now is that, priests and priestess of the new occult spirituality usually employ “scientific” terms and often introduce “bloodless” rituals to the initiates. But the old methodology of witchcraft – directing demonic powers to work using the mind – remains unchanged.

Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses.”

In chapter 53 of this same Volume II, Oskar Bernhardt delves into the pagan worldview of animism when he states that each individual species of matter – every stone, plant and animal – produces its own specific radiation.

This radiation blends with the radiations of the other species with which it is combined, and together these form a harmonious halo of radiations which is already recognized today and simply called Od or aura.

This is the mystical twaddle that Grail followers pride themselves in, that they find the ‘law of attraction’ directing them towards colourful radiations emitting from other souls in the Grail movement.

Like my friend Fola, the first Grail adherent I personally knew, told me, when I asked why she often avoided some fervent Christian coursemates during our university days. Her answer was quite revealing, “The vibrations emanating from them do not harmonise with mine.” That’s the same thing any occultist would say when they encounter a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the aforementioned chapter, Ab-dru-shin actually reveals how the gate of occult power is opened through sexual rites:

“Until the sexual power awakens the process is the same as with a baby. Through their radiations the material cloaks absorb only what they need in order to mature. When the sexual power sets in, however, the spirit stands fully equipped, the gates are then thrown open, and an immediate connection is established.”

How satanic can you get.

“Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centers in the world of thought-forms.”

Like most occult/New Age organizations, Grail adherents are taught that doing some good acts and avoiding certain foods with “bad vibes” will make their ethereal (spirit) bodies light and ascend into the “realms of light.”

This ethereal delusion is all that the devil needs to prevent a person from receiving eternal life freely offered by God through Jesus Christ.

They are also taught that bad thoughts will weigh heavily on their ethereal bodies and make them dense and earthbound, and thus sink into the realm of darkness. In my personal engagements with Grail adherents, I’ve not yet met a single one that hasn’t displayed the sins listed by their guru in the quote above.

This shows that they only flaunt these virtues in speech, their actions bespeak the opposite. The Bible says “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). You cannot tap into devilish wisdom and bear godly fruit.

The philosophies espoused in the Grail message do not come from God but from the powers of darkness.

Enya: The Occult Connection

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From day to day, my journey,

The long pilgrimage before me.

From night to night, my journey,

The stories that will never be again

The above lyric is the English translation of the part of Enya’s Book of Days sung in Irish Gaelic.

The first time I heard this song on TV in 2004, even though I was a Christian, it resonated deeply with my sense of aesthetics. Four years later when a Christian friend introduced me to his Enya collection, I dived into them like an excited dolphin. I couldn’t get enough of her music.

Sometimes when I listened to Orinoco Flow, I felt a strange sensation in my spirit, like I was immersed in a body of water.

From experience, I knew what that implied, and I began to check out her lyrics. Right from the first one I read, I could figure out the deep witchcraft codes embedded in them and I made a clean break.

Enya Patricia Brennan is more than just an Irish singer and songwriter born into a musical family. To unwary Christians, Enya’s music is a potpourri of classical, church and folk music with poetic, nostalgic and calming sensations.

To the uninformed, Enya is simply a liberal Irish Catholic who, at most, beautifies her faith with mysticism. But to the discerning, she is on a journey; a long pilgrimage on the Old Ways: witchcraft.

In this article, which is a sequel to the one I wrote four years ago, I will be unraveling more occult connections in Enya’s music, showing that those who identify her as a New Age/occult singer, are not mistaken by any means.

According to a reference work, New Age music emerged in the midst of “the advent of all manner of self-awareness and higher-consciousness trends and fads floating about in the 1970s, and the increasing popularity of non-traditional ideas regarding health and well being.” [1]

New Age stores not only also sell occult books, ‘healing crystals’ and pagan artifacts, but also New Age music – relaxing music that serve as aural companions for whatever occult technique the customer is seeking. It all fits together.

In occult circles, guided meditation is often practiced, in which the practitioner connects with the spirit realm and the spirits therein through the aid of mantra, occult music or drugs.

This occult meditation is aimed at different purposes: relaxation, for pagan breathing exercises, inducing trances, healing and preparation for spell work and witchcraft.

The relaxing music is aimed at fostering mental passivity and mind control which are necessary conditions to get yoked to the demonic realm.

During a spell work, a witch/magick practitioner must be able to use his/her mind to visualize and direct his/her psychic powers to its destination. Thus, they need pagan/occult-themed music to stimulate their minds.

Such music genre could be classical, jazz, or ethnic (such as Celtic), but they are music composed by the initiated and for the initiated. One occult organization even described them as “music of the spheres.” Indeed, the spheres of darkness.

A few examples of such music are Ave Maria by Origen, Mystic Spirit Voices by Lesiem, A Place Without Noise by Wayne Gratz, a number of Yanni’s music and of course, Enya.

Many of Enya’s song weren’t relayed in English language. She also employed back masking so folks who don’t know about the occult wouldn’t notice that she was onto something sinister.

1. Afer Ventus (English translation: African wind) says:

Sea of the Clouds, Umbriel

(Each to their own. Each to it’s own)

Sea of the Rain. Ariel

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear)

And we go to the stars …

Sea of the Tides. Io. Vela

African wind. Zephyrus

(Each to their own. Each to its own)

Volturnus. Africus…

Estesiarum. Eurus.

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear).

Umbriel and Ariel, though names for moons of Uranus, actually refer to specific demons. Umbriel is an earth demon often depicted with black wings, while Ariel is a demon of the air.

In Satanism, Ariel is a fallen angel called the “archon of wings” and is said to connect the adept to other elemental spirits.

Io is the name of a female water spirit worshipped in ancient Rome [2]. It’s no accident that Enya says that she moves with the tides of the sea.

Vela is the name of a constellation. It also means “sails (of a ship)” in Latin. Vela represents the sails of the Argo Navis ship which was constructed by the goddess Athena and consecrated to the Roman sea god, Poseidon. [3]

Zephyrus is the Greek deity of the west wind. He has strong ties to Zepar, another deadly demon that is invoked in Satanism, especially by men who seek to bring women under the slave of lust.

Volturnus is the Roman god of the Tibre and is probably regarded as the god of all rivers. He also belongs to the class of Anemoi and is equivalent to the southeast wind. [4]

Africus is the Greek deity of the southwest wind. Estesiarum is a term describing the north winds of the Aegean Sea and Eurus is the Greek deity of the East wind.

So, in this music alone, Enya invokes several “big guns” to take over the listener.

2. Exile (chorus)

I’ll wait the signs to come.

I will find a way

I will wait the time to come.

I’ll find a way home

My light shall be the moon

And my path – the ocean.

My guide the morning star

As I said home to you

Who then can warm my soul?

Who can quell my passion?

Out of these dreams – a boat

I will sail home to you.

You will notice that Enya keeps singing about being on a “path” or “journey.” Modern Witches believe their religion is the old path; and right from their initiation, each step taken upon this path leads towards a greater understanding of the natural world and the divinity that purportedly lives within them.

In witchcraft, the moon, through its phases and faces, is said to guide witches through the mysteries of life. It regulates nature and magick, and when they draw down the moon at their esbats, they are tapping into the pure white mystical light of the moon.

The “morning star” or “torch bearer” epithet is used for their goddess Hecate, Diana/Artemis, and in the Bible, it refers to Lucifer/Satan (Is. 14:12). So, the message Enya was conveying there is loud and clear.

3. Angeles

Angels answer me, are you near if rain should fall? Am I to believe, you will rise to calm the storm?

For so great a treasure words will never do. Surely, if this is, promises are mine to give you

Mine to give you …

Angeles, all could be

Should you move both earth and sea

Angeles, I could feel all those dark clouds disappearing … Even as I breathe comes an angel to their keep…

This lyrical content appears to be a conversation that is carried on with one seeking a guardian angel and promises (pacts) to cement the relationship.

In Wicca and the New Age, they regularly contact their “guardian angels” using altars, candles, oils, incense, crystals, beautiful fabric and statues. Of course, these are demons pretending to be angels.

A former satanist had this to say:

“These spirits of the air known as sylphs are the higher class of elemental forces that take the form of angels and deceive those that are in spiritual [occult] churches. When properly invoked by occult prayer, they could easily compel the lesser demon to evacuate the victim’s body for them to occupy. But as time goes on the victim continues to develop series of problems.

“These sylphs are in categories; some of them are attracted by white candles while others are attracted by coloured candles … These spirits … easily send visions to the mediums concerning governments, nations and people. They disguise themselves like angels of truth, often quote scriptures from the Bible, when the medium is possessed and using the name of Christ as well. Their mode of communication is by whispering in the medium’s ear or meeting them in their realm.” [5]

Occult meditation is the key to contacting these fallen angels and Enya’s reference to an angel visiting the listener as he/she “breathes” in sync with the calming sensation of her music is quite understandable.

4. Smaointe… (Thoughts…)

Listen to me, so sad forever

I am lost without you and your wife

The great love in your life

She guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

I cry at the great loneliness, tears so sad, and you sleeping in the quiet, green grave. In deep peace. There was happiness but it went away

You followed your husband, the great love in your life. He guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

From the lyrics, it’s clear that the song is directed to the “Lord and Lady” of witchcraft.

Many Wiccans are duotheists – believing in an eternal mother Goddess who rules over the earth, moon, sky and the sea and her consort, a Byronic Horned God who presides over the sun, hunting, sexuality and vegetation.

In Pagan myths, the horned god dies and is reborn each year, while the goddess descends to the underworld to mate with the Dark Lord. These themes are observed in Wiccan feasts and sabbaths:

“In mainstream Wicca mythology, the Autumn Equinox marks the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure we see the decline of Nature and the coming of winter. This is classic ancient mythos also reflected in the Sumerian myth of Inanna and the ancient Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and Persephone.

“In modern Celtic Wicca/Witchcraft, the Autumn Equinox also bids farewell to the Harvest Lord who in the mythos of some traditions was slain at the time of Lughnasadh (a festival marking the beginning of the Celtic harvest season).” [6]

Thus, non-initiates might not grasp the full meaning of what Enya was singing (and it’s not even in English language). Her lyrics also sound a lot like a chant seen on a popular Wiccan website:

“Goddess my shield, my encircler,

Each day, each night, each dark, each light … In my lying, in my standing, in my watching, in my sleeping. Goddess be my strength everlasting.”

5. China Roses

Who can tell me if we have heaven,

Who can say the way it should be;

Moonlight holly, the Sappho Comet,

Angel’s tears below a tree.

You talk of the break of morning

As you view the new aurora,

Cloud in crimson, the key of heaven,

One love carved in acajou.

One told me of China Roses,

One a thousand nights and one night,

Earth’s last picture, the end of evening

Hue of indigo and blue.

A new moon leads me to

Woods of dreams and I follow.

A new world waits for me;

My dream, my way.

This appears to be poetic, but even at that, she brings in some codes which her Pagan or Wiccan listeners can fully decipher.

The two archetypal forms of the horned god of witchcraft is: the Holly king and king Oak. In some traditions, the Holly king represents the bright form of the horned god.

“A thousand nights and one night” is an expression based on a Tarot emblem which typifies death.

Witches believe colour blue stands for devotion, harmony or love while indigo stands for wisdom, insight or spirituality.

Also, they believe the new moon signals new openings or beginnings. So, when Wiccans sight the new (crescent) moon, they begin their spells geared towards new pursuits.

6. May it Be

May it be an evening star

Shines down upon you

May it be when darkness falls

Your heart will be true

You walk a lonely road

Oh, how far you are from home

The evening star is a code for their goddess. She is also symbolized by the five pointed star or pentagram. A New Age and occult researcher, Deanna Conway, wrote:

“Pentacle, pentagram: five pointed star with one point up; symbol of the Goddess in all Her forms. In ancient Egypt, it was the star of Isis and Nephthys; in the Middle East, that of Ishtar. To the Celts it was the sign of the Morrigan. A sign of the Earth Element in Tarot … Repulsion of evil; protection.” [7]

7. La Sonadora

I; the autumn

I; the evening star

I have been an echo

I shall be a wave

I shall be the moon

I have been everything, I am myself

I; the summer

I; the ebony

I am the dreamer

Even though this was sung in Spanish, when you compare its English translation to a track titled “Deity” sung by Wendy Rule – who openly admits to being a witch – you can see the similarities.

It’s here

I’ve followed

A voice

To follow

I am the maiden

I am the mother

I’m the crone

I am the sea

I am the sky

I am the blood

I am the moon

This is not a coincidence. Both women drink from the same poisonous fountain of witchcraft.

8. Epona

Though this music is entirely instrumental, its title indicates who it was dedicated to.

Epona is the name of one of the dark forms of their goddess. Witches praise her as “the white mare, spirit of the wild” whose “hoofs beat on the sand.” A Wiccan scholar notes that:

“Among the Irish, a red horse signified death. Horse deities such as Epona, Medb (the goddess mare) of Tara, and Macha of Ulster (protector of horses) are chthonic divinities of the dead.” [8]

Many Christian fans of Enya – I expect – would argue that since they do not subscribe to pagan beliefs and their use of New Age music is only for the benign purpose of relaxation, these occultic influences can’t affect them. After all, Enya also has a song in which she made references to “God the Father”.

This line of argument may sound fine in theory, but practically, it is false and misplaced. Even in the light of the above evidence, such thinking is muddled and in denial.

The Bible expressly forbids the practice of enchantments (keshaphim) and trafficking in spirits in Deuteronomy 18:10-13.

The rendering of the Hebrew keshaphim is “muttered spells” or “incantations,” rendered “sorceries” in Isaiah 47:9 Isaiah 47:12 , i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound.

God’s Word also forbids sorcery (Greek: pharmakeia) which includes physical objects or magick that impacts the human senses. Enya’s music (and the others like hers) are geared towards controlling people’s minds and bringing them in touch with the demonic.

Notes

[1] “New Age Music” https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/new-age-music

[2] Rachel Alexander, Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies, Springer: 2014, p. 190.

[3] https://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/vela-constellation/

[4] Brian Campbell, Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, University of North Carolina Press 2012, p. 141.

[5] “I Refused Hell” transcript of Monday Romanus Ekeocha’s testimony. Christian Alive vol. 2 no. 14, (2006), p. 2.

[6] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi, Llewellyn, 2000, p. 37.

[7] Deena J. Conway, Maiden, Mother and Crone, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 2003, p. 179.

[8] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, p. 225