Worldviews; Undeniable Framework for One’s Identity for being Human.
“Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.” Robert E. Lee.
Lee, an influential American Military Staff in the 19th century, simply tells people to get a correct view of life and the world. The quotation was merely a new exposition of the concept people already had deposited about God, Supreme Being, self, the universe, life and death etc. Nevertheless, people might not have been aware of those presuppositions in terms of what we call “Worldview,” despite the fact that they already had that notion in their mind in the developmental process of seeking some understanding of his/her own significance as an independent human being.
These piece of information leads us to say, without an ounce of doubt, that everyone has his/her own worldview, and no one can deny disagreeing on it. Billions of people around the world have some certain presuppositions which are more or less consistent but not precise about the world they live in. And those presuppositions are the driving mechanism for conventional human behaviors in everyday life activities. Basically, worldview is working as a skeletal structure of cognitive postulations to show the reality of life. At the same time, it provides the meaning and purpose of life. Here, I am going to lay ground for Christian worldview by presenting three different worldviews from three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity respectively. Continue reading Opposing Worldviews: Hinduism in Brief
The word, ‘Yoga’ has become a very marketable offer in the competitive marketplace of health and fitness. Many metropolises in the United States of America have been attracted to Yoga recently. The allies in those metropolises are decorated with commercial hoarding boards of Yoga centers. They seem, to great extent, succeeded to lure people by promising to change our lifestyle inward as well as outward through Yoga practices. In this enticement, not even churches are exception subscribing to Yoga without understanding its deeper meaning, purpose, and significance. Thence, Yoga has been adopted as a trendy idea of physical exertion among the Christians which has, in fact, surreptitiously invaded the Christian conscience as a counterfeit spirituality. Yoga cannot be taken as a mere form of ‘working out’ without the aspects of spirituality deeply founded in Eastern Vedic theology and Yoga philosophy.
Generally, Yoga is understood in terms of the system as a practical discipline that keeps our physical motors running in good condition through the techniques Yoga prescribes to its practitioner. In the west, it is largely viewed as the form of physical and mental exercise. And it is easily welcomed in the Christian communities in the pursuit of physical well-being. The common notion of Christian believers is that Yoga can be a better form of workout, since it is all about stretching limbs and controlling respiration through different body postures.
Before assessing whether Yoga can serve Christians without forging its core objectives, the fundamental principles of it should be discussed. The meaning and origin of Yoga, its potential adverse influence in our lives, and its adaptation and adoption throughout the ages in the Hindu Philosophy are the important areas of study that we need to pay attention afore we embrace the Yoga system. Continue reading Not Such a Thing as Christian Yoga