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Yoga is Powerful: Psychological Danger of Yoga and Meditation. P.D. Moore

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          "Yoga is Powerful, But is it really Bad for you?" (see book cover) (ISBN-13: 9780954359614)

                        See Preface

This little book shows that there is much more to Yoga than meets the eye.

The author shows that there is an all-important point that is often overlooked by western Yoga enthusiasts: that Yoga “is not just a physical exercise, but has a strong psychic component as well."

The Psychological Danger of Yoga and Meditation...
At first blush, it may seem pretty 'far-fetched' that Yoga can cause of mental illness.

But as the following excerpts from P.D. Moore's book, Yoga is Powerful, But is it really Bad for you? shows, that "Yoga is the progress elimination of consciousness" which the Yoga sutras say is necessary "in order to secure pure-self awareness."

Yoga and meditation are today widely promoted as harmless and effective healing practices and as ‘preventative medicine’. But in this little volume, the author shows that not only is Yoga and "intensely occult activity," but also that it can have, and has been proven to have, significant adverse effects upon the mind, including serious long-term psychological harm!


"A German study: amazing psychological effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM)

"The following is an excerpt from TM-EX Newsletters, Fall 1990, Spring 1991, Summer 1991, and Summer 1992. The excerpts are extremely insightful. It records a major Study and the subsequent High Court ruling on the effects of transcendental meditation (TM), which exposes the dangers inherent in all meditative practices of this kind. It also addresses the various implications arising from the practice of transcendental meditation. This is one of the few studies of its kind, and was commissioned by the German Government’s Ministry of Youth, Family and Health. The physical and social implications of TM (a form of transmission Yoga) being of primary interest.

"The study offers an overview of the teaching and practice of TM based on the movement's own presentation of itself and its aims. Excerpts from the German Government's study, as approved by the Court, now follow. The German Federal Government Report begins thus:
"…. Meditation with the help of a mantra is a common method and one in great demand in Hinduism. This is because of the belief in the magical power of certain sounds or words, by the use of which the initiated can attain godly powers. On account of this the mantra must be kept secret.

"Although it is said in the TM movement that the mantra is a sound without meaning, the belief in the magical power of the mantra is still maintained. It may not be exchanged, and has to be a certain one chosen from Hinduism and has a traditional meaning: (for example a Hindu god). In order to resolve the conflict between religiosity and scientific appearances, Maharishi has deliberately mechanized and standardized his meditation procedure. He has made it useful for the needs of the westerner: “The mechanical path to God-realization.” It is the highest and most complete path to God-realization, which in public is often paraphrased as self-realization by the TM movement.  
"They believe in the effectiveness of TM even when in the mean time negative experiences and results are evident. These are interpreted as an on-going release of stress. Far-reaching changes in the perception of reality occurred, as well as changes in self-evaluation and evaluation by others. The length of time given to meditation each day increased in half of the total cases, from 40 minutes to at least two to four hours daily; in one case to more than eight hours. This tendency is encouraged in courses, this at times being a direct instruction to meditate longer each day. As well as this meditators invest more time and energy in the TM movement.
"[para.] 4.3.3 TM has a detrimental effect on the decision making process. There is loss of self-determination.... Also, the variables, facial expression, bodily posture, voice and handwriting point to the fact that the total personality is gravely altered under the influence of TM.

"[para.] 4.5.4 Whereas before the TM phase performance at school was well above average, and those investigated were most happy with their school or job situation, a considerable worsening in these areas occurred as a result of the practice of transcendental meditation. 56% had decreased concentration abilities during the TM phase, only 16% reported an improvement. 61% found it more difficult to manage the workload, as against 13% who reported an increased capacity.

"TM had a negative influence on the professional careers of 58% of meditators. Altogether 28 meditators (42%) gave up their studies or professional career in order to work full time for the TM movement or to be able to go on long courses. They did this on the basis of promises made to them by the movement. An analysis of the taped interviews and the stenographer's scripts only serves to strengthen the suspicion that the TM organization aims at cheap labour, which in the case of those people who became unfit to work in the course of time, can be sent away again without any real difficulty.

"[para.] 4.6.6 In 76% of cases psychological disorders and illnesses occurred, 9% of meditators had therapeutic treatment before the TM phase, 43% had psychiatric treatment or had to have medical treatment during the TM phase. The psychological disorders most prevalent were tiredness (63%), “states of anxiety'” (52%), depression (45%), nervousness (39%), and regression (39%). 26% had a nervous breakdown and 20% expressed serious suicidal tendencies. Psychological illness already present before the TM phase worsened considerably. TM can cause mental illness or at the very least prepare the way for the onset of mental illness.
        [Emphasis supplied].

"West German High court approved the above report, ruling the study valid and concluded, amongst other things:


"The ruling of the highest federal administrative tribunal, the Bundesverwaltungsgericht on May 24, 1989 in Case number 7 C 2.87 is: The Federal Government is allowed to say TM can cause psychic defects or destruction of personality.”


"In his little book Death of a Guru, Rabindranath Maharaj seems to confirm the findings of the German study. He firstly, recounts that in spite of his father’s lofty ‘spiritual state’ he had to be fed, washed and cleaned for eight years. That is because for eight long incredible years his father sat in a lotus position, legs crossed, feet overlapping the thighs, chanting ‘OM’.

"When Rabindranath’s father passed away unexpectedly and suddenly, the Hindu spiritual leaders and the ordinary people said he had reached the fullest attainment of the yogi and was therefore taken to the ‘other side’ - to join those blissful spirits that, through Yoga, had escaped the cycle of karmic bondage. Rabindranath’s father was only 54 year old.

"After his dad’s death Rabindranath was expected to take up the ‘mantle’ and carry on his father’s devout mystic practices. It was not long after, that he entered the Durga Hindu Temple in Port of Spain, Trinidad [where presently Hindu comprise 90 percent of the Indian population]. Rabindranath (nick-named Rabi) had been entrusted to the tutelage of a well-respected young Brahmin priest, “thoroughly learned in Hinduism”.

"Rabindranath describes how each day, very early in the morning, he and the other Brahmacharya students would have to chant the mantra Hari OM Tat Sat and say prayers to the Hindu god, Hanuman. This he says was seen as a necessity for those undergoing the daily “transcendental meditation”, which he describes as, “the heart of Yoga.”

"But Rabindranath explains, on page 56 of his book, that Yoga and transcendental meditation could also be very dangerous:

Frightening psychic experiences awaited the unwary meditator, similar to a bad trip on drugs. Demons described in the Vedas [or Hindu Holy Books] had been known to take possession of some Yogis. Kundalini power, said to be coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine, could produce ecstatic experiences when released in deep meditation – or, if not properly controlled, it could do great mental and even bodily harm.


The line between ecstasy and horror was very fine. For that reason we initiates were closely supervised by the Brahmacharya and his assistant.


           During the daily meditation I began to have visions of psychedelic colours, to      

          hear unearthly music, and to visit exotic planets where the gods conversed with   

          me, encouraging me to attain even higher states of consciousness. Sometimes in

          my trance I encountered the same horrible demonic creatures that are depicted

          by the images in Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, and other religious temples. It was a

          frightful experience.

"... Physician Sir James Watt states:

… transcendental meditation [TM]… frequently involves hallucinations and disassociated [loss of ones hold on reality, sometimes referred to as demon possession in some religious circles] episodes that are difficult to treat. Disruption of breathing patterns is also becoming of increasing interest to physicians….

          … for once dissociation has been achieved, depersonalisation follows,  

             relationships with the world and its creator are ruptured, and the subject

          becomes isolated and inaccessible… failure to achieve union with the supreme 

          Being may… result in… suicide…
                   - ‘The New Age Phenomena’, The Church, Medicine and the New Age,

                    page 11..

"Confirmation of the “numerous pitfalls” that await those who pursue Yoga also comes from none other than the Yoga bible, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, pages 45, 46 which lists nine such dangers:

             “Sickness, lethargy, lost of self-confidence, mental instability, indifference, 

              dissipation, false reasoning, false visions, disillusionment, distractions….”

"On page 58 of the same book we are told, the true aim: “Yoga is the progressive elimination of consciousness in order to secure pure Self-awareness”. On page 121, it goes on to explain: This consciousness must be reduced to ashes, its seeds sterilized so as to render all future consciousness impossible…. What remains is the Self….

"What is the ‘Self’?’ you may ask. The answer is hinted at on page 122, “the heights of Self-realisation… he encounters discarnate beings (gods, and angels)….”

"These quotes drive home the all-important point, too often overlooked by western Yoga enthusiasts, that Yoga, “is not just a physical exercise, but has a strong psychic component as well.” – page 91, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The ‘Self’ in Yoga is not ones personal identify or true being but rather, the spiritual being called the Super Soul – Sanat Kumara, or the Serpent King. And, according to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, page 89, it is through the ‘Self’ that: “the yogin establishes contact with the chosen deity … the yogin makes contact with that god or goddess… in the meditational experience.”

".... Prof. Georg Feuerstein, himself a Yoga practitioner, states that, Yoga, despite its Westernisation, “is still rooted in the occult”:

                “As these followers of physical Yoga (or posture practice) continue to develop 

                 in body and mind, however, there will come a time when they start to ask

                 themselves the age-old existential questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why am I here?’

                 I believe that... [in a] very shot time Yoga as one of several New Age occult

                 practices, will come to the fore."

EXCERPTS FROM PGS. 46-57 "Yoga is Powerful, But is it really Bad for you?"

Table of  Contents:

Preface      ………………………                  

1.   In praise of Yoga                    

2.   An Introduction to Yoga                

3.   Secret Powers of Yoga & Meditation    

4.   The Yoga campaign                       

5. Psychological dangers in Meditation and Yoga

6.   Is Yoga Really that Bad for you?         

7.   Dangerous medicine

8.   Are mantras valid tools for reaching God

9.   The dangers of chanting mantras…

10. Is Yoga a form of Sun Worship?

11. Yoga, Channelling & Hypnotism       

12. Yoga, Chakras, Tantric Sex and, Sufi Islam                

13. Yoga, immortality & reincarnation   

14. Heaven, Hell or Nirvana?      

15. The Highest form of Meditation      



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