by Reb Gutman Locks & Akiva at Mystical Paths
This is a brief post, much more on this topic soon. But dear friends, please, even if you see Yoga or New Age topics being published or presented by seemingly kosher sources, please know, it simply isn't kosher.
- The Kabbalah of Astrology, Numerology and Energy Healing. -- Some think that a neat new-agey sales pitch will draw people in. We think the Kashrus of Pork is never kosher.
- The Jewish Teachings of the Dalai Lama. -- The Dalai Lama is a religious leader of a religion that is 100% clearly avodah zorah, literally and truly idol worship. He may have some fine things to say, but I doubt anyone would attend "Jewish Teachings of the Pope", and this is NO DIFFERENT.
- The Essence of Kabbalah Unites With The Wisdom of Yoga. -- The essence of kabbalah is connecting with the Ein Sof, the infinite at the infinite level, where Ein Ode Milvado, there is no other. Yoga would teach you postures of meditation and worship to contact the energies of the worlds, those who exist to hide the infinite. Never the twain shall meet.
- A Kabalah Life is to bring a Higher Consciousness to every thought considered, every word spoken and every act engaged. -- Sounds like mitzvot with kavanah (focus) to me. Don't fall for the fluff, the mystical search for deep meaning and higher purpose with ease. It's there to be found in Torah and Avodah Hashem (service to Hashem, davening, mitzvot), but not in a simple course, a few thoughts or to be purchased over the Internet.
Watch out, a pig simply isn't kosher, and neither is new age, yoga, or leaders of other religions. And if you take something that is kosher and you wrap it in bacon, guess what, it's not kosher anymore.
Posted at Mystical Paths. Read it elsewhere? Stop by the source.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא