Sunday, May 29, 2011


Is a Guru Health Retreat Kosher?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

2011-05-08 pic for blog 001A reader asked:

A friend has been to see many top specialists to help him with various physical aches and pains. They have done the best they can in treating him. Yet he is still in a lot of pain to the degree that he now contemplates seeing a Hindu Guru who runs a health farm.

What worries me though is my belief that his meditations may be connected to Avodah Zara, [idolatry] chas v'shalom. [G-d forbid]. I am worried sick. Are my fears founded?

Gutman’s reply:

      Your fears are well-founded. If this is, as you say, a Hindu guru (which means a Hindu religious spiritual teacher and leader), then most certainly his spiritual beliefs will be taught there even if the main purpose of the farm is health. Imagine going to an x-ian alternative health program. Besides healthy eating, what would you expect them to teach?

     Even if the guru could heal your friend (which I really doubt), the spiritual trouble that your friend would receive would be much worse than the physical pain that was relieved.

     Sometimes meditation can indeed help relieve physical pain, but again, do not learn meditation from a guru. There are Jewish meditation teachers, and there are entirely mechanic, non-spiritual systems available as well.

     Also simple exercises, such as swimming, can make a huge difference in a person’s physical life.

     Tell your friend to search for entirely physical, non-spiritual, alternative health systems. There are literally dozens of them out there, and although the mainstream medical establishment says that they are worthless, they have been known to help a lot of people. This is especially true when the mainstream system does not work. Tell him not to be naïve and pay a lot of money without investigating both the system and the practitioner.

    Do not give up. There is something out there for your friend.


  1. Someone who suffers as was described and has been to many types of therapy, usually suffers from something connected with the psyche. I was trained in NLP which is designed for that.
    I also treat people online.

  2. Gutman,

    Thank you for your steering us away from trouble.

    By the way, do you know of any types of "energy medicine" that both WORK, and are completely free of both halachic and spiritual problems?

    Thanks in advance


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