Yoga is Satanic as it lead to Hinduism – Vatican

· Date:November 28, 2011

Vatican’s chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading ‘Harry Potter’ brings evil. Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and ‘Harry Potter’.

“Practising yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“Yoga is the Devil’s work. You thing you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation,” he said.

Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling’s young wizard.

“People think it is an innocuous book for children but it’s about magic and that leads to evil. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil,” he said.

“Satan is always hidden and the thing he desires more than anything is for people to believe he does not exist. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.

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  1. Raj Puducode Reply

    November 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Pope is a leader of satans
    Humanity should shun the catholics since it is a cult who worship the satan & their leader is a big satan & an Ex-Nazi.

  2. sans Reply

    November 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Vatican needs weak people to rule
    No wonder why so many people leave Christianity. Yoga provides strength for mind and body. Looks like Vatican need weak people all over to rule..

  3. Nallakannu Reply

    November 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Go to hell
    Let all of them emulate their leader and crucify each other for all we care. Hindus have better things to do than do sexual advances to same sex and sodomise little boys in the seminaries.

  4. ravi Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Not only Vatican but all pentecost groups also say the same thing. This news is available in their sites too. But catholic church in Kerala is teaching this in some places. What does the vatican has to say to this? Or vice versa? The sad part is some yoga trainers are teaching this in a converted or secular form by avoiding chanting of OM as Udgeeth pranayamam. Insead they ask the participants to chant amen etc. I hope shortly Vatican will decry against Ayurveda and say that it will also lead to Hinduism because the presiding deity of Ayurveda is Dhanwantharamurthy who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In that case Ayurveda will be left for Hindus alone who believes in Mahavishnu.

  5. mvj Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Some person in West told that yoga does not belong to any religion and some other pointed out Jesus christ was an expert in the nowadays said Pranic healings which include techiniques of breathing exercises and there are some books on this topics by Christian Father avaliable in india also.
    The modern young generation uncontroled life which leds to modern difficulties of body and soul, so to get relief by way of life they shift to yoga later.
    Another foolishness of Vatican to make history of correction later. Is Vatican always with fools only, against real truths.

  6. Sakthi Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Height of Ignorance! what else we can say, as Sri Narayana Gurudevan said. everybody should learn all the Scriptures and choose which one is best for the individual, If this ignorant fool at least literally read Bhagwan Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras he will never ever publish this foolish and idiotic statment. Shame shame shame.

  7. Wagamama Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Christian Yoga
    Yoga is becoming so popular in the West that the Church has started ‘Christian Yoga.’ ; copy cats

  8. Sanjay Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Recently I read in Mathubhumi that one “NUN” is taking classes for Yoga. I feel “Mathrubhumi” may be wrong in printing “Yoga” instead of printing “SEX” with Bishop.

  9. Rex Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Gabriele Amorth- Exocist Head of Vatican
    Here is simple answer on you tube to Gabriele Amorth (Stop calling such frauds Father) by SUbodh-

  10. proudestkafir Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Asinine hindus
    Why no comments from our esteemed Indian christians on this order from their child b^^^^ring pedophile pope and his assistant? Oh I get it.the christians also think the same.May be?

  11. Shaunak Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    devil has posessed christians
    We know these christian devils are against yoga and for bhoga. The relly sick bhoga of little boys. It seems that the christian devil is feeling threatened by the salvation power of yoga, which destroys their adharmic bhoga.

  12. Kashmir Hindu Reply

    November 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Church is satanic and funds porn
    Church itself is built on a lot of lies.They forcibly kidnapped and sold lot of black Africans to slavery.They would torture them to convert to desert religion Christianity or force the women into becoming sex slaves.How can Jesus be born to a virgin?Church says God created woman from man’s rib.Is it true that man gave birth to woman?Church prosecuted internationally renowned scientists like Galileo and Copernicus for proving Church theories to be wrong.Even now the Church is trying to spread porn in Asian countries and ruin young minds.These b******s should be made to apologise for their sins on humanity.


    November 30, 2011 at 1:44 am

    This is the problem to the christan priests that they only saw thing in their religious vision. the vatican thing that the Yoga is from India and it should be banned to christan youths. they are estimating the things in their religious views.

  14. Venugopal Kaikulath Reply

    November 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Why Yoga is dangerous.
    Yoga is about self-discovery. Whoever moves in the direction of self-discovery would see plainly that religions like Christianity and Islam are only organisations for political power. This is why the Church and Mullahs are against Yoga.

  15. Arun Kuamr S Reply

    November 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Feeling pitty on you Mr.Pope
    Mr . Pope,

    If you find Yoga is Satanic,then inform ypour colleagues in India to stop copying Hindu rituals.They are using Kodimaram, Anapurathu Ezhunallippu etc..Also stop them to use Hindu Names..As per ROman civilization Pope belongs to top class of community who involved in troubling lower casts..Christianity is a fake religion created for safeguarding someones political and Economical Interests. Worshipping a god, who cant save a noble man being crucified is a satanic act

  16. Arun Reply

    November 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Mr Pope:Can you answer this
    •Instead of spreading lie let him find answer to the following:-
    As per Christian belief Adam and Ava were created about 6030 years back. If it is true, how can we discover the fossils of human being about 60000 years old?
    Ava was created out of, side born of Adam. Does it means God run short of required material? Or It means women got less importance.
    Why God created forbidden fruit? Had they not eaten forbidden fruit you and me and even Christ would not have born. So is it a boon or a curse. To whom the credit go.
    God cursed Adam and Ava but did not have any control over Satan in snake form.
    Adam and Ava had only two sons’ kayil and Abel. From where did the girls they married came?
    Why so much of controversy regarding the date of birth and resurrection of Christ in the statement of Marcos, Lucos, and Yohanan and other historical evidences? Mathai not even agreed with resurrection. Which one is gospel truth?

    How Christ who could not save his own life could save others?

    If Christ life was scarified to God for our safe, to which God? Is it to his father? Or Is it to some other God.

    If Christ was happy to sacrifice, why he tried his best to avoid by hiding form Yahudas
    In bible many places God shows his jealous, cruelty, angry, intolerance and arrogance against other Gods, believers and Ladies. God is not above this?

  17. Raj Puducode Reply

    November 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Cathilicism should be banned

    It is shocking that Vatican is calling Hinduism as a satanic cult. These bloody Catholics indulge in all types of sexual perversion repeating the name of Jesus. They are worse than devils & always indulge in sexual acts with underage boys & girls, nuns & anybody passing by. It is strictly a money making business & nothing to do with spirituality. They will die a natural death in course of time which is not going to be far.

  18. GSK Menon Reply

    December 3, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Yoga is satanic
    This idiot Father Gabriel should be specially invited to Kerala to see the deep infection caused by Satanic Hinduism on the desert religion christianity. The first shock he will see is the shining Kodimaram that shadows the church. Next, he will see the second shock, Kalvilakku, made of black rock. The Inquisitor of the Goan Inquisition, Francis Xavier, had a deep hatred and revulsion for articles of worship made out of black rock. Third shock, the Nilavilakku inside the church. Fourth shock, the playing of traditional Temple music in the form of Panchavadyam, in the church. Fifth shock, the bible being referred to as Veda Pustakam, the converts detest using the word bible. Vedas is more acceptable, it reminds them of their ancestral religion. Sixth shock, a thulabaram kept inside the church, converts weighing themselves and offering various kinds of consumables to the desert god. A totally forbidden practice in the desert religions. Seventh shock, Hindu temple offerings like Payasam (kheer), laddoo, appam, being offered to the desert jew. It is not known as to when he developed a likeness for Hindu delicasies over the Jerusalem foods. Eighth shock,small idols of the Jew made in gold are carried and hoisted on top of black elephants. Hindu temple umbrellas are used, sometimes Hindu type palanquins are used, and the jew carried around the church or around the town. Ninth shock, the padre prefers to call the jew not as jesus but as Parameshwar, Mahesh,Prabhu,etc. The Jews mother is better known as Amala, Vimala, Nirmala, nobody wants to use mary. Tenth shock, camphor is being lit and shown to the jew. Eleventh shock, converts sing Hindu bhajans and kirtans, ditto copy in lyrics and music, here and there a casual mention of Yesu. Twelvth shock, prasadam in the form of laddoo, appam being distributed. Thirteenth shock annadanam being offered, pure Hindu vegetarian meals. No non-veg for the poor jew.
    Let Amorth witness the Hindu virus in action on his church.

  19. Wagamama Reply

    December 3, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Menon saab, you have summed it up really well. I was shocked to see puri, payasam, idli, and Gulab jamoon offered to Jesus in a western country. Xians say Indian culture is not from Hinduism!

  20. indian Reply

    December 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Mino to Gandhi , then why not ?
    Is this process of merger or winding up of this Roman company in india ? Or Is this incarnation of jewish god into indian avatars or personation of the jewish god.
    This questions can only be answered by our said Pope the great or by our great indian Followers of this pope.

  21. K.M.Gopinath Reply

    December 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Yoga is satanic
    As Mr.Menon has advised, this Father Gabriel should be invited to come to Kerala to satisfy himself that christianity is indeed going the satanic way but with the active connivance of the pope and the local padres. I once asked a christian friend that why should he not reconvert to Hinduism rather than indulge in such meaningless imitations. Many of the imitations are banned in the Bible and are not in keeping with the tenets of the Bible.

  22. Desert Fox Reply

    December 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Yoga is satanic
    Are these converts following Christianity or is it a perverted form of Hinduism ? I am of the opinion that the converts are not happy with their foreign religion. They are trying to be as close to Hinduism as possible. They are just worshipping the corpse god by borrowing Hindu mode of worship.

  23. Janardhanan Nair Reply

    December 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Yoga is satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    Yoga is 100% Hindu just as transcendental meditation, Bharatanatyam, and other articles of Hindu faith like Nilavilakku, kodimaram etc. Mr.Menon has given a solid expose of the borrowings done from Hinduism. The Hindus never compelled the christians to follow their mode of worship. The very same Christian priests who fraudulently convert are behind the copying and borrowing phenomenon. The priests in Rome are fully aware of such non – Christian modes of worship being followed in India. There are Christian organisations functioning in Pune and New Delhi by names like Vidya Jyoti etc whose main function is to study new methods of copying and fabricating stories about Christ coming to India, Nepal, Tibet etc. Father Gabriel Amorth thinks that only Yoga leads to Hinduism, let him learn about the significance and concept behind a Nilavilakku, Kodimaram, Bharatanatyam etc then he will realise that these also lead to Hinduism. The converts are already half way back to Hinduism.

  24. Shashikumar B Reply

    December 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Yoga is Satanic
    Only after converting to a bland monotheistic religion like Christianity, the converts have realsed the richness and grandeur of Hinduism and Hindu culture. There is no point in pointless and meaningless imitations. Here in U.S.A. where I live I come across Kerala Christians vigourously following Hindu temple practices before the Christian God. They are objects of ridicule here, for all such practices are clearly forbidden in the Bible. Does it make any sense praying to one God using the practices of another religion ? Suppose Hindus were to worship in temples like Muslims, how absurd it will look ? The same way when Christians worship like Hindus, it looks very odd. And when suddenly a priest proclaims that Yoga is satanic and leads to Hinduism, what nonsense he is talking ? The Christians in India are spiritually Hindus even today, conversion has made only a partial external change, internally they are all Hindus. That explains their deep faith in Hindu worship methodology. In that sense Father Gabriel is correct. By doing Yoga and other Hindu religious practices, one adopts the Hindu religion and a different way to God. Christianity has not been granted any monopoly or exclusive rights to attain Godhead. Concepts like “Satanic” are all childish and puerile nonsense. No wonder that the West has discarded Christianity and no wonder that in India also the Christian converts are finding deeper and valuable meanings in Hindu rituals and temple symbols.

  25. Jeevanand Reply

    December 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Yoga is satanic
    Everything that Christianity is following is Satanic, what can anybody do ? Christianity is not a religion , that is the real problem. A distinct religion has its own independent religious ethic, culture and code. Unfortunately, Christianity has nothing to call as its own, except to display what has been appropriated from others. In India also it is the same story of borrowing from Hinduism. The converted Christians should realise that they have made a mistake by converting. You cannot be a half Hindu and half Christian, that is Satanic.

  26. G.Rajan Reply

    December 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Yoga is satanic
    The fact that this Father Gabriel sports a designation like Chief Exorcist itself indicates what a superstitious religion Christianity is. This is the only religion which talks full time about miracles, devils, satan, favours received and all such gibberish nonsense. Can’t this Christ control Satan ? Why is Christ afraid of Yoga and Harry Potter?

  27. Krishnadas Reply

    December 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Yoga is satanic
    Why is the Kerala church not reacting ? Those in the forefront of borrowing from Hinduism and making Christianity into a mirror image of Hinduism should make known their reaction. I read reports of Fathers performing aarathi, reciting Gayathri Mantra and using OM symbol in conjunction with the cross, are these Satanic ?

  28. S.Santhanam Reply

    December 7, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Yoga is satanic
    Why is the Pope keeping quiet about Christianity incorporating Hindu belief systems in their religion ? It is not as though the Pope is unaware of this. This is plain hypocrisy and cheating. In Tamilnadu, Archana is being performed in Churches, Poorna Kumbham is being used, recently a Dhwajastambham has been erected in Mylapore Santhome Church. Maybe St.Thomas will get nirvana by seeing the Dhwajastambha from his grave.

  29. Govindankutty Menon Reply

    December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    yoga is satanic
    Nobody is compelling Christians to follow Yoga or any other Hindu practices. Christians who wrongly converted are expiating for their sin of converting by slowly following Hindu beliefs and practices. Many Church fathers and nuns are silently leading the campaign to Hinduise the Church in a phased and gradual manner. That is why not a single Kerala Church father or nun is protesting against this foolish Father Gabriel.

  30. Lakshmi Menon Reply

    December 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Yoga is Satanic
    I find that not a single Christian is expressing their views. Even the regular Christians who keep criticising are keeping silent, why ? When Rome says following Yoga is Satanic it is as good as saying it is criminal. The Semetic Gods do not approve of Hindu ways of worship, but what will our local converts do ? I think it is better for them to reconvert back to Hinduism.

  31. Krishnamurthy Reply

    December 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Yoga is Satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    The cult of Satanism is inbuilt in Christianity. Without Satan there is no Christianity, it is Christianity which is steeped in superstition and mythology. They fear that if Christians start practicing Yoga, they will get enlightened about the true nature of God and thereafter reject Christianity.

  32. Vijay Nambisan Reply

    December 12, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Yoga is Satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    Rome is afraid about the growing popularity of Hinduism around the world. They are trying to frighten people by raising the bogey of superstitions like Satan. Rome forgets that this is not the Middle Ages, we are living in the 21st century. If Satan is so powerful why not worship him also ? If paedophile Christian priests can be called Holy Father, then why not Satan be called Almighty Satan.

  33. Rajesh Reply

    December 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Pope is clearly a moron
    You dimwit Pope, even we Hindus don’t want you to take up anything thats Hindu!
    Most recently the Hindu paper showed a Father Michael….. who is also known by the name Swami Sadanand. Why a Hindu name pig-face?!?!

    Satan is in your freakin head!

  34. Bhaskaran Nair Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Yoga is Satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    The Pope has gone on record justifying paedophilia as “normal” See how perverted and depraved he is. It is a great sin for all these Catholics to kneel before this monster and kiss him. The true colours of the Church is emerging for the world to see. A harmless discipline like Yoga is termed as Satanic, but a depraved activity like paedophilia is described as “normal”. I request all Catholics to reconvert to Hinduism, instead of listening to this creep.

  35. Hary Nambiar Reply

    December 14, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Let us respectfully disagree.
    Mr Menon, I enjoyed reading your comments. I was not aware of the fact that Christians in India virtually follow all Hindu customs and practices. The man who made these statements does not seem to have read anything else but the Bible. For people who refuse to acknowledge Yoga as a Hindu practice leading to meditation, the word is “stretching.” Unfortunately, when one becomes regular in stretching, one is unable to give up the practice. Then one is drawn to advanced practices like “praana yaama” and meditation. This leads to the Yogi wondering what, after all, is the worth of this body. Lot of the people in the west practice Yoga and opt for cremation. Recent statements by the Christian pundits have surprised many well meaning people including Christians. Nevertheless, while commenting on these statements let us not be disrespectful.

  36. Sridevi Nair Reply

    December 15, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Yoga is satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    Christians in Kerala and Tamilnadu are following the practice of tying Mangalasutra on the occasion of marriage. This is a pure Hindu custom. Can anybody enlighten me as to why they are following this Hindu custom. Is it also Satanic ? If Yoga is Satanic, then what about Mangalasutra ? Will any Christian enlighten me ?

  37. Gireesh Nambiar Reply

    December 18, 2011 at 4:15 am

    One more shock!
    Would like to add one more shock; fourteenth shock: Offering flowers to altar (kinda throwing) when the priest comes to the altar with Bible. The reason is simple. Yoga, or for that matter any ancient oriental discipline, helps the practitioner to think logically, to increase power of discrimination, and to get glimpses of Higher Nature. Needless to say what this would lead to..!

  38. Bhaskaran Ayyappan Reply

    December 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Yoga is Satanic
    It appears that Christians in Kerala and other places in India are following Satanic method of worship rather than Christianity. Are the Church Fathers and Nuns really Satan in disguise ?

  39. Arun Kumar Reply

    December 27, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Yoga is satanic as it leads to Hinduism
    Hindus in India have never compelled any convert to follow Hindu mode of worship to propitiate Christ. At the time of conversion, the Missionaries claim that their god and their way of worship is best. After conversion, these very same Missionaries compel the converts to start using Hindu names and do everything from Aarathi to bhajans etc etc. Missionaries themselves are propagating Heathen way of worship, why ? Everday in Malayalam newspapers we see groups of Church Fathers crowding around a Nilavillakku and lighting it. Contrast this with M.K.Munneer’s boycott of lighting a lamp. The reaction among the converts are ambivalent and hypocritical. The Kerala Catholics should demand an apology from this Father Gabriel Amorth, perhaps they should invite him to come to Kerala and light a Nilavillakku and participate in the Hindu functions of the Church.

  40. Miville Reply

    June 17, 2012 at 5:09 am

    first christianity was bhakti-yoga
    I understand the exorcist’s point of view, which is based upon experiences with western-style, spurious, unreal yogis, who don’t practice their exercise within the framework of a dharma, just to gain health or wealth generally, and who don’t give a damn for moksha of any kind. Yoga means discipline and any spiritual discipline, be it of hindu and also of christian origin, is satanic when aiming only at material ends, and practiced outside a sacred precinct or context, as happens most of times with yogis. What is true for yoga is also true for Alcoholic Anonymous, which aims only or mostly at counteracting the material hazards of alcoholism, through the means of a very flimsy and wishy-washy conception of God who on the other hand won’t condemn the love of money for its own sake, which is a far greater spiritual evil than the taste for booze. And most Westerners who are into what they call yoga are in it practically in the same spirit, just to gain some supplementary peace of mind and body in their race to worldly achievements.

    But condemning hindu yoga as evil, when it is done for renunciation purposes, or even just to get a taste for renunciation, is absurd, for the early christian art shown that the Christian practice at the beginning was quite like hindu yoga, with many postures like the Cross or the vajrasana or the pillar being kept for hours and days to achieve spiritual concentration. If you happen to read great saint’s works such as St. Teresa of Avila, you will see that breath regulation is of paramount importance in her recitation of rosary : it is bhakti-yoga with most elements of raja-yoga.

    This exorcist should beware more of the rafter in his own eye, like the utterly pagan and wicked origins of western olympic sports (performed for purely materialistic aims, or fascist ones), or of gymnastics (that were born in the context of Greek pedophile relationships and are still conducive to such deviations) rather than of the straw in the stranger’s.

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