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Most people practicing yoga in the West have no real understanding of its depth.
The deeper meaning of the word yoga is encapsulated in the word “union.” Thus, yoga is the invitation to explore the journey beyond the experience of feeling separate (sin).
The problem that those who declare “Yoga is a sin” feel just as separate as you do.
Most of them have never had a direct experience of that which they reference with the word “God.”
God is an experience. God is not a concept.
Yoga as it is understood by those in the KNOW is the way to overcome the feeling of separation from God.
This is not something you believe in. It has no value if it is not your personal and transpersonal experience.
Belief in God is like belief in electricity. It has no real power without a direct connection.
The Master Jesus referred to the experience of Yoga in the following way.
I am in the Father and the Father is in me – John 14:11 KJV
Notice here that this is the complete description of unity. There is no separation.
The experience of sin (as separation) is realized to be false. Think of what that would do to the established Church if it were declared in every pulpit.
Such teaching would have to be suppressed as has been the case throughout the history of the Christian church and other churches.
Within this direct revelatory experience, of non-separateness, you KNOW that you have never, nor can you ever be separate from the experience referenced by the word ‘God.’
Experience is the beginning of mysticism… People will say ‘I am drawn to mysticism because I want an experiential faith.’ I think that’s great! But let that be your starting point, and not your ending point. If the experience of God is the beginning of mysticism, then God’s encounter with you is the end of mysticism. — Carl McColman
God is not outside you and you are not outside God although for most people for almost all their lives this is the feeling they experience.
This is the feeling of being separate. (sin)