Indian Catholic priest to speak at British parliament on Yoga

A Catholic priest is telling the British House of Lords of the benefits of yoga to mark International Yoga Day 2018 on June 21.

Fr Joe Pereira told AsiaNews that he has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for 50 years, adding that his Kripa Foundation has used it “to help in the rehabilitation of people with alcohol and drug problems.

“The Kripa Foundation offers an intense program of yoga and meditation designed especially for people who undergo treatments and recovery sessions [from drug addiction].”

The Indian priest says that yoga has “the power to help us get in touch with the true inner self and to transcend the world of Prakriti [physical matter] and of materialism and to operate from a level of awareness which brings us to our essential ‘uniqueness’.”

The practice of yoga is controversial in the Church. Prominent exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth described it as “evil” because it encouraged people to practice eastern religions.

Fr Jeremy Davies, the official exorcist for the Westminster archdiocese, also warned against the practice: “Beware of any claims to mediate beneficial energies (e.g. Reiki)…any alternative therapy with its roots in Eastern religion… They are not harmless”.

However, Fr Pereira rejects the criticisms: “First of all, I have been practicing Iyengar Yoga for 50 years. After the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has received elements of spirituality from the religions of the whole world. In my work with drug addicts, I have found that the answer to the thirst for love and God is fulfilled through the discipline of the body. With the body, as a temple of the spirit of God, everyone has a journey towards God within his own self “.



source: Catholic Herald

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10 thoughts on “Indian Catholic priest to speak at British parliament on Yoga

  1. Once we heard a comment of retired CMI bishop… He and all of his gurus practised yoga all through out the life… It seems they are healthy because of it… And asking Who these gays who go against yoga…. What is wrong… It is part of his and his fellow brotherens life style now… Imagine what mission they could do for Christ in diaspora….
    Christ and Christian mission is slow only because of this deadly bishops and religious in India… They should be caught by the genuine laity.

  2. I completely agree with Thankapan and Selvaraj that Catholics may not practise the Hindu art of yoga without great spiritual danger to themselves. I have researched the pros and cons of Yoga for over 20 years and have written and collated thousands of pages of information from a Christian perspective at Two Vatican Documents (1989, 2003) warn Catholics about the spiritual dangers of Yoga. So have several countries’ Bishops’ Conferences as well as the Church’s leading exorcists and scores of eminent Catholic writers. Joe Pereira is no priest; he is a guru of yoga. He, Fr. Anand Mathew and Fr. George Nedumparambil are Hinduised priests and are misleading ignorant people. My web site is dedicated to exposing false and compromised shepherds like them. Michael

  3. We need in church pari like persons who know who is Christ ( power of Christianity) same way the power of Eucharist, precious blood of Christ, name of Jesus, the sacrament of confession, anointing of the sick, rite of catholic exorcism,deliverance and healing ministry..These are best treatment for all the evils ever since came to the world…
    For a Christian who search daily bread in other systems and religions are just adulterous, and like beggars who collect the waist food from the street’s wait box and glorify its taste besides it has ownership of five star hotels….Unfortunately Indian catholic hyrarchy has filled with waist collectors who glorify what doesn’t belong to Christianity, they are ashamed of Christ and word of the Lord, because practical difficulty…in running their institutions….

  4. A good heart2heart conversation before the Blessed Sacrament will initiate a series – n more – in the Divine presence of Lord Jesus.. n I can witness (on behalf of some others as well 🙂 that any kind of addiction can be resolved n cleansed thru the inner-healing that is so unique to Christ Jesus (with HIS Father n Holy Spirit of course) Na?
    Perhaps we must do more in sharing this awesome “secret” we possess 🙂 so that many more can find Adoration Chapels n Churches (with The Tabernacle) a mighty place of deliverance n wholesome healing.. Na?
    We have much more work to do and many more enriching fruits to bear.. from what we receive as nourishment from within our Church.. that am certain will draw even those who r practising just about anything – to an inner healing that is beyond “fears of conversion”.. Lord Jesus is an inexplicably incredibly amazing friend to anyone n everyone.. O if only many more can come to know of it (n experience HIM) from everywhere Na?
    Much prayers continue for many more to willingly acknowledge n openly attest Dr Jesus Christ as Supreme-yet-humble Healer.. from an experience of Divine LOVE that is open to all.. 🙂 NO conversion call this 🙂 but only an attestation of what I have witnessed in the LIVE n living works of God..
    Love in Christ Jesus everyone,

  5. Dear Alan dsouza,
    Thanks for the criticism… Could you please explain why there is the presence of Serpant in kundalini …. the final purpose of the yoga? In the bible u know what the Serpant represents! And in the exorcism rite we see there is a rebuke to the old Serpant, which is devil…( see st.michaels prayer).
    You know in Jesus’ temptation, satna offers the powers of this world, under the condition to worship him… And see the Jesus rebuke in Matt 4:10. We are not supposed to worship the creatures but the creator Lord who hold all wisdom and holiness and might… In Surya namaskaram the posture of worship proposed Is same in catechism of the Catholic Church to worship The only God….kneeling down etc….
    We see how the Jews adored in the presence of the Lord almighty when appreard in cloud… Same posture we see in Supriya namaskaram….
    All the postures in yoga are duplicating animal kingdom! is it not abominable to human persons created in the image and likeness of God… I don’t tell you about the P.T we had in school days, the stretching our hands and legs it is common to all martial arts developed in Japan, China, Kerala— Kalari pait etc… Or the orthopedist tips…. Yoga is not all about stretching… But it is a system to worship the Lord of this world… Unlike the catholic priest is made for…

    Christians live on the mercy acquired by our Lord through his suffering, death and crucifixion and resurrection. We believe in the living Lord who concquiered death. Christians are not to be too preoccupied with bodily needs, that even the non Christians do… What is then the difference of the people of the Lord and the others?
    Unfortunate our priests, bishops and nuns of India, with their wrong training, are very badly lack the crax of Christianity, in the name practicality…
    the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See I Kings 8:54.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)

    It is an acknowledgement of our total unworthiness.
    When God made a covenant with Abraham, Abraham recognized his unworthiness before God and “fell on his face” before the Lord. (See Genesis 17:1–22.)
    It is recognition of the need for God’s mercy.
    When the leper came to Jesus for healing, he fell on his face and begged for mercy, saying, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Luke 5:12.)
    It is a right response to a serious crisis.
    Often when the leaders of Israel faced impossible situations and knew that only God could deliver them, they fell on their faces before Him and sought His aid. (See Numbers 20:2–6 and Joshua 7:1–6.)

    It acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
    Kneeling before God provides a visual image of submission to His authority. One day every knee will bow before God, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God. (See Philippians 2:9–11.)
    It is a sign of earnest appeal.
    King Solomon knelt when he asked God to bless the Temple and the people of God. (See I Kings 8:54.) Elijah knelt in earnest prayer when he asked the Lord to send rain to end Israel’s drought. (See I Kings 18:41–46.)
    It is a sign of personal humility.
    The psalmist humbled himself before the Lord and encouraged others to do the same: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker” (Psalm 95:6).
    It is a sign of reverence.
    In some cultures, one who wants to express reverence and respect for another will bow before him. The deeper the bow, the greater the respect he shows.
    It is an expression of worship.
    When God answered the prayer of Abraham’s servant, the man “worshiped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth” (Genesis 24:52).

    It represents our position in Christ’s righteousness.
    “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1–2).
    It symbolizes our preparation for battle.
    “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:13–18).
    It shows readiness to serve.
    One expression that describes serving another person, especially a sovereign, is to “stand before” that person. Daniel and his companions were to serve the king after a period of preparation, “. . . that at the end thereof they might stand before the king” (Daniel 1:5). Since we have been “made free from sin,” we become “the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18).

    It goes like this…. Lacks space… I could give more… On postures curtesy to web sites…on Christian postures in prayer

  6. Your comment is really funny.. What you have written shows the depth of your ignorance and prejudices towards anything that you don’t understand.. And you call this a holy life 😀 Best of luck with your version of Christianity!! Thank Thankapan

  7. Matters India need more precision, the said priest is working among most hopeless alcoholics and drug addicts.. I was thinking What is the relation of that the priest with..British house of lords…

    Are they all in same situation of his clients in India? Hearing the nomenclature I thought yoga is accepted even by great people mistakingly..The Father could also suggest some Ayurveda medicine and homeo medicine for de addiction of the people of British House of Lords…may God save the addicts… Let us pray

  8. To pick up a thorn on the foot one need harder needle or another thorn to pick it up…. May be yoga is working like a needle for the pathetic alcoholic addicts and drug addicts…(the medicine used for snake bite is usually anti- venom) But for a Christian aspiring for holy life yoga is a great block as the world wide exorcists speaks from their diary. Church documents support it. Those priest goes against church teaching should be excommunicated from priestly ministry…
    I thought the disease is common with some religious priests like mcbs, CMI, ims and their beach nuns… This priests sound like a diocesan priest…. Or is it a trick game this gay was send to generalise all priest of India is like this….? Traditional Catholic lay men of India are up in hands against Catholics who propose yoga in church circle.

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