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(In Commemoration of Southern Manipur Gospel Centenary Celebration 1910-2010)
:Rev. Lalrosiem Songate, M.A., B.D., Th.M.
Evangelical Congregational Church of India
people living in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned. (Math. 4:15-16 NIV).
The above quotation taken from the Bible aptly describes the historic moment when Christianity sets its foot for the first time in the state of Manipur that turned one of the most ferocious and war-like tribes into one of the most peace-loving and most faithful followers of Jesus Christ within a few decades.
The State of Manipur: The small state of Manipur is located at the north eastern tip of India having international boundary with Myanmar. Manipur covers an area of 22, 327 square kilometres of which 92% is hill area whereas only 8% is plain area. It was a part of the British colony during the colonial era and was later merged to the Indian Union on October 15, 1949. It continues as a Union Territory until it attained a full-fledged statehood on January 21, 1972.
The People of Manipur: The inhabitants of Manipur can be broadly divided into two groups such as the Meitei people that inhabit the plain area and comprises about 66% of the total population and the Tribal Groups occupied the hill areas of the state and comprises about 30% of the total population. Continue reading
By Sandeep Poonen
Yoga is a Hindu science that claims to teach people how to unite their soul with the “Supreme Soul”, and merge their will with the “Cosmic Will”.
The practice of yoga has three main components:
1) The physical exercise component,
2) The mental meditation component, and
3) The verbal chanting component.
These three are combined to make yoga what it is.
Let us think of these three separately.
1) There is nothing inherently holy or evil about the physical exercise component by itself. If someone stretches his leg in a certain way, that is neither holy nor evil. None of the physical stretching exercises in yoga need be connected with any religion. So we can do any exercise freely, even if it was a Hindu (or a Muslim, or a Buddhist) who first taught it. A typical yoga lesson does not emphasize the spiritual connection initially. So when people hear that some Christians are opposed to the practice of yoga, they wonder why. The reason is that the more advanced you get into yoga, the more you are going to move towards the ultimate purpose behind these exercises. So while breathing exercises may appear to be innocent initially, even these could be initial stepping stones that have its overall aim as “merging the individual will with the Cosmic Will.”
2) When it comes to the mental meditation component, we have to be careful. Yoga typically teaches people to empty their minds of all thoughts and then to meditate. That is wrong for a Christian. The Bible tells us to meditate on God’s Word at all times. We must FILL our minds with God’s Word – meditating especially on the verses that tell us how much God loves us (e.g. Psalm 139:17-18, Isaiah 49:15-16, Jeremiah 29:11, etc).
3) The verbal chanting component is what we must avoid altogether. Yoga typically teaches people to keep chanting the word “Om” – a syllable that is supposed to be the highest manifestation of God-consciousness in Hinduism. The invoking of Om to relax is much more than a blind chant of some random syllable. It is an opening of the mind to other spirits. As Christians, we must never seek to achieve any sort of relaxation by such chants. We do not even chant the Name of Jesus, because that Name is not a ‘mantra’ – and our Lord specifically forbade us from using meaningless repetitions in prayer. The Lord gives us rest in our minds through the Holy Spirit and not by chanting.
If we find that we can meditate on the Lord and be at rest in our spirits, while doing the physical exercises in yoga, then we can continue doing them. But if at any time, we find any uneasiness in our spirits, then we should avoid doing them. There are many forms of exercise, other than yoga, that Christians can engage in, to keep physically fit. We can know the mind of the Spirit in all matters by peace in our hearts (Rom.8:6).