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Promote Yoga
Yoga is part of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies that have in common exercising discipline over the body in order to free the mind and allow it to communicate with the universal energies or false divinities. The practice of these exercises are directly linked to the philosophical and religious aims of these religions. They tendencially prepare the person to accept the idea of escape from matter, or even the self-destruction of the material part of man, which is considered bad.

In the wake of Vatican II with its adaptation to modern man and other religions, Catholic institutions are changing their spirituality and asceticism to accommodate yoga. After it gained broad acceptance in the religious Orders, now we have the Vatican giving its "blessing" to yoga by posting its semi-official approval of it on the Vatican Radio website.

Below, you can read the text of the document; a photocopy from the official Vatican site follows immediately afterwards.


Yoga goes beyond Religion, Says Catholic Priest
November 06, 2012: A Catholic priest in Agra, whose book on yoga was recently released, said that the exercise goes beyond religion and is "truly universal." Archbishop Albert D'Souza of Agra released Fr. John Ferreira's latest book Health, Wealth and Happiness Through Yoga at St. Peter's College in the city. "The book is a primer, aimed at popularizing the intricate knowledge of the esoteric science of yoga, which goes beyond religion and is truly universal," Fr. Ferreira said.

He said that modern society, with its cup overflowing with stresses and a whole string of mental and physical ailments, stands in dire need of India's knowledge of yoga. "Integrating yoga into the school curriculum will provide a holistic approach to education as a science that not only prepares a student for life, but supports the art of living well."

"Joyful living, drawn from the depths of one's own life rhythm, according to the goal set by the Creator, is the foundation of health, wealth and happiness," he added. In his message, which was read at the event, Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that through the prescribed postures and exercises, one's all-around sense of well-being improves, allowing one to enter into himself so as to commune better with god.

Fr. Ferreira said that he has been a follower of many yoga gurus and did extensive research to produce the book. The book also includes views of Christian priests who have approved his yoga experiments. "This is significant since it is still regarded by many as basically a Hindu system," he said. 
Vatican promotes Yoga

Credit to Secretum Meum Mihi blog
Posted on November 24, 2012