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Is yoga a religion?

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Is yoga a religion? Website link: http://www.swamij.com/religion.htm (for more info) A FEW QUOTES: (Source info for these quotes is at the bottom of the web
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      Is yoga a religion?
      Website link:
      http://www.swamij.com/religion.htm
      (for more info)

      A FEW QUOTES:
      (Source info for these quotes is at
      the bottom of the web page linked above.)

      Swami Sivananda Saraswati: "Yoga is not a religion, but an aid to the
      practice of the basic spiritual truths in all religions. Yoga is for
      all, and is universal."

      Georg Feuerstein: [To practice yoga] "You need not believe in
      anything other than the possibility that you can transform
      yourself." "...some Yoga practitioners are more religious than
      others. But Yoga itself is simply a tool for exploring the depth of
      our human nature, of plumbing the mysteries of the body and the mind.

      Swami Chidananda Saraswati: "Yoga tends to bring out the inner unity
      that exists at the central core of all religions, and its non-
      sectarian techniques bring people closer in spiritual ties of inner
      unity."

      T.K.V. Desikachar: "Yoga was rejected by Hinduism... because yoga
      would not insist that God exists. It didn't say there was no God but
      just wouldn't insist there was.... Yoga is not a religion and should
      not [affiliate] with any religion."

      Swami Rama: Yoga is a systematic science; its teachings are an
      integral part of most religions, but yoga itself is not a religion.
      Most religions teach one what to do, but yoga teaches one how to be.
      Yoga practices, however, described in symbolic language, may be found
      in the sacred scriptures of most religions. (Lectures on Yoga, 1979,
      from Chapter entitled What is Yoga?)

      In loving service,

      Swami J
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