You probably don’t know this about me, but my cousin was an exorcist. I don’t think he ever actually cast out a demon, but I learned when I was a kid that he did go to Exorcism School at the Vatican where he learned technique and observed a number of demonic possessions and stuff. He later went on to become an Archbishop. Anyway, they really do have exorcism in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics have the rules for how to carry out an exorcism in their homes, in a little black book that has other ceremonial information as well. In the home I grew up in, we kept this book in a large cross, in which there were also sacred candles and holy water and some other materiel. Just in case. The idea was to hang this cross on the wall near the entrance way so if there was a demonic possession or a dead person or an unbaptized baby in the house, and the priest rushed in to perform the appropriate ceremony, they would know right were to find the book and the candles and the holy water and stuff, in case they had left that stuff at home.

By the way, I’m pretty sure the Ocean is all holy water, because you make holy water by touching it to holy water, and lots of Catholics have taken showers after putting holy water on their heads. Some molecules of holy water must have gone down the drain and eventually to the ocean. Other molecules evaporated out of the holy water holder in the church, so the water vapor in the sky is pretty much all holy water by now. But I digress.

There is an interesting story returning zombie like from the dead, because it is several months old, that the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, Gabriele Amorth, thinks that Yoga is a form of demonic possession.

This is distinctly possible. I remember once noticing that Amanda, who does yoga, had disappeared. I had no idea where she went. I looked around the house a bit and then gave up, figuring she had gone out or something. Then, I went into the bedroom closet to get a garbage bag (we kept them on the shelf in the bedroom closet) and there she was, in the Yoga Warrior Pose. It scared the shit out of me. It turns out that she was in the closet (it is a walk in closet) organizing some stuff when she felt moved to do some Yoga. To me, she looked totally demonically posessed.

Anyway, Father Exorcist Gabriele Amorth has stated that Yoga leads to a belief in Hinduism and that “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation,” according to the Huffington Post.

From Newser:

Yoga is the work of the devil, according to a man who claims to have banished evil spirits from 70,000 people….practicing yoga leads to evil “just like the Harry Potter books,” which he believes promote black magic.

“In Harry Potter the devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells, and curses,” said Amorth, who was at the film festival to introduce a new American exorcism movie, The Rite, which stars Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.

I saw The Rite. It reminded me of my cousin.

Anyway, there is something relevant here. The other thing you may not know is that my daughter, Julia, has been out of town for several months. Out of the country, actually. And she left the US just days before the latest Harry Potter movie came out, and has not been able to see it. The good news is that she’s been away long enough that it has now come out on DVD, and I just got a copy of it.

She returns tomorrow. I assume we will be watching the movie tomorrow night while we eat pesto tortellini. Which apparently is unavailable in the Republic of Georgia.

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3 thoughts on “Yoga, Satan, and Harry Potter

  1. And she left the US just days before the latest Harry Potter movie came out, and has not been able to see it. The good news is that she’s been away long enough that it has now come out on DVD, and I just got a copy of it.

    I was disappointed with Part 2. After Part 1 followed the book pretty closely, I was expecting something similar for Part 2. Oh, well. I hope your experience with it is/was better than mine.

  2. Your description of how holy water is made somehow reminded me of homepathy! Why not, they both have the same amount of power to help people.

  3. If yoga can be satanic indeed it was used by hindu pagan cults, athletics and olympic sports should be banned even more so, because they were part and parcel of the olympic religion of the ancient Greeks, the most perfectly anti-christian that ever was. And the net result of olympic sports has always been a decrease of faith and charity of a much greater scale than that of practicing yoga. Yoga never converted many persons to real hindu cults so much as olympic style athletics converted people to the cult of personal or state power. The proof is that pagan totalitarian states such as USSR and Third Reich were most intent in the development of olympic sports, not yoga, which then remained something for outsiders. All olympic disciplines such as pentathlon can be traced back to the cult of very explicit demons. As for the public professional matches, they harken back to the Roman circus where Christians were martyred, and develop the same barbarous spirit within the crowd. Professional sports were always forbidden or better still unheard of in the ages of faith such as the middle ages. The same is not true for yoga, which effect depends on the deity it is devoted to, and all great indian yogis prescribe Jesus as an object of meditation when it comes to teaching their discipline to westerners. All great christian spiritual masters of the past used some form or other of mind and body discipline all hindu specialists would classify as yoga. In paleo-christian art (3-4th century) many figures are represented meditating in fixed bodily postures, some definitely christian as the cross, some other that could pass as hindu as the sitting on one’s heels. We also know that repetitious mantras were used in the same way as the sanskrit ones. Hinduism, though technically pagan, is not an anti-christian thing as the Greek olympic religion was. Most present-day Hindu sages venerate Jesus and consider him as the one inner teacher (they only object to imported churches having the monopoly of his teachings), whereas the Athenians who were approached by Saint Paul showed him nothing but scorn, because all the Gods they adored were Gods of scorn and of cunning. It is not true that yoga leads to hindu beliefs, such as reincarnation, for contrary to what we imagine 60% of hindus don’t believe in reincarnation, they rather fear hell and aspire for heaven when death is at hand, even the custom of corpse burning is justified by the hope of burning bodily impurities here on earth to avoid as much hell-fire as possible. Reincarnation as the new-agers propound it does not come from hinduism proper but from the jain cult, and also from jewish kabbalah and freemasonry. In India, it got generalized as a belief only in the 14th century, with the advent of the Vaishnava religion, when India experienced her own kind of new age. The Shiva religion, which is far more ancient, only believes in salvation or damnation afar one single lifetime, pure and simple. The real hindu philosophies consider reincarnation as part of the world of maya, illusion : real souls on the path to God never experience it, only demons experience it. All hindu forms of yoga and meditation do have correspondences in Christian saints’ life. For instance, the Patanjali form of raja yoga is even better practiced following the directions of Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual exercises. I practiced raja yoga and it leads to experiences of hell and heaven, not reincarnation. For sure it can expose the soul to demonic attacks, but all Christian mystics suffer from them as part of the battle for God. The people who engage in olympic sports lose much more faith in God.

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