Yoga is the rave at the gym for GenX and symphony at the concert for aged, with some men and women, ignorantly and innocently signing up to practice yoga, day-dreaming of the perfect figure they saw in the advertisement where a supermodel was posing in Yoga posture seeming convincing of perfect health (who I am sure did not attain such figure by Yoga). One may allude to its popularity to another lifestyle to help you lose weight or balance your life, but do they actually know the origins of yoga? I would not want to push you to take my decision for you; however, before making a conclusion on whether to do yoga or not, I recommend you to take a deep look at the facts given below.
Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realization. It comes from India and goes back over five thousand of years. The Indian sage Pantajali, in his Yoga sutras defines yoga as the control of the activities of the mind. Yoga methods encompass the entire field of our existence, from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. Its methods include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control, as well as meditation. Continue Reading →
We all are called to know God personally. Whilst we have tasted his goodness and have put our faith in him after knowing him personally, we are also called to live in obedience to his commandments in love. Lord Jesus Christ gave a commission of immense importance to his disciples in the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 28 and verses 19-20 that we must go out and tell all people regardless of their caste, creed, sex, age and religion about the love of God and freely given forgiveness for all repentant sinners. By my first hand experience I have learnt many aspects of gospel sharing and evangelism which I wish to share with you in this book to understand those aspects where many believers and leaders fail equally and make people either rigid towards salvation or are even persecuted for offending the religious sentiments of their subjects. Continue Reading →
God has blessed and encouraged me thoroughly by the ‘Word of the Week’ by Zac Poonen. I am publishing it as is here with due credit to him. Read and be blessed. WORD FOR THE WEEK 21 February 2010
Christian Fellowship Church, Bangalore, India www.cfcindia.com.
The Essence of Babylon – From Man, Through Man And To Man
In Genesis 11:4 we read that the people of the world decided to build a tower. They said to each other, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top would reach to heaven.” They wanted their tower to be the gate of God (Babel). Human effort to reach God is a major constituent of false religion. False religion is always a religion of works – and not one of faith and dependence on God. Continue Reading →
I was amazed why God did not allow me to change the ‘Word of the week’ for two weeks. I intended to change, yet, when I asked for it, He did not provide His Word. Finally I chose to keep this page as is – thinking probably God has to make that message available to someone who really needed it.
Finally, He touched my heart with one very inspiring story from Email Ministry – ‘The perfect mistake’. I have been thoroughly blessed, so publishing it as is, with all due credit to the Email Ministry team.
Sin of Commission – doing something which God forbade and Sin of Omission – not doing something which God demanded
While I was meditating on the Word of God once, I experienced a thought banging my mind – how should I categorize the sins.
‘Big and Small sins’, ‘Exposed and hidden sins’ or ‘Acceptable and abominable sins’ and many more categories passed through my mind in which I could categorize them. Usually, the most soothing classification to our conscious is ‘big and small sins’ as we normally do classify them for ourselves for the ease of living. Though it is much easier to handle, it is not biblical. There are no sins which are small in God’s eyes, SIN IS SIN. Continue Reading →
सत्यमेव जयते – अर्थात सत्य की सदा जीत होती है। हम इस बात पर विश्वास करते हैं और इसी कारण बहुत से त्योंहार मनाते हैं। कुछ त्योंहारों में हम परस्पर असत्य पर सत्य की विजय को प्रतिबिंबित करते हैं और इसीलिये उत्सव में शामिल होते हैं। हम आनंद मनाते हैं और उससे जुड़े कई तरह के रीतिरिवाज भी पूरे करते हैं। सच तो यह है कि हम चाहते तो हैं कि सत्य की ही अंत में जीत होनी चाहिये, परंतु सत्य से ही अनजान हैं।
मेरा मानना है कि सामान्यतया मनुष्य की रुचि सत्य में ही होती है। झूठ को कोई सुनना पसंद नहीं करता। हाँ, यह बात और है कि यदाकदा स्वार्थवश हम झूठ बोल देते हैं। उदाहरणतया, जो लोग ज्योतिषियों के पास जाते हैं क्या वे अपने भविष्य का सत्य जानना नहीं चाहते हैं। कौन उनसे झूठ सुनने के लिये जाता है? अपने बच्चे से कोई झूठ सुनना पसंद नहीं करता; गलती भी हो जाये और बच्चा सच बोले तो संभव है कि मार से बच जाये परंतु झूठ बोले और पता चल जाये कि झूठ है तो जो हाथ में आये उससे पिटाई करने में माँ-बाप पीछे नहीं हटते। पुलिस वाले सच उगलवाने के लिये क्या क्या नहीं करते? यदि आपको पता चल जाये की सामने वाले झूठ बोल रहा है तो क्या आपकी रूचि उसकी बात में रहती है? कई लोग कहते हैं कि किसी की भलाई के लिये बोला गया झूठ ‘झूठ’ नहीं होता। यह सुनने में तो अच्छा है लेकिन अपने आप में असत्य बात है। कुल मिलाकर हम झूठ पसंद नहीं करते, परंतु जो शाश्वत जीवन का सत्य है उससे ही अनजान बैठे रहते हैं, उसे खोजते ही नहीं, और मिथ्या संसार में मन लगाये रहते हैं। Continue Reading →
I have found God who is the source of true peace, love, joy, happiness, success and all heavenly blessings. I am enjoying my life much more than I did earlier. I have confidence and trust in God that HE LOVES ME.
I was born in India of Hindu parents in February, 1977. I was educated in Jaipur till my graduation and did my post graduation from IIT-Roorkee, India in Earth Sciences in Applied Geology.
While I was in the college, I met a Hindu girl, who was a born again believer (Yeshu Bhakt). She shared the good news of God’s love through his Son Jesus Christ with me and gifted me a Gideon Bible. I did not read this book immediately but after a thorough analysis of various religious books and concluding that Bible is the only true word of God, I began to pray to this stranger God and study the Bible deeply.
I experienced a life-transforming encounter with the God.
Out of my early research of the religions and further study of the religious scriptures and eventually Bible, I formed few conclusions:
first, that all religions are same (ways devised by man to find and reach God by the means of our good deeds), good for learning the noble ways of living lives but difficult to practice due to its cumbersome rituals. I concluded that religion fails in helping us in meeting God;
second, that God is not a distant being who cannot be reached out even with so many efforts; rather He loves each one of us that He came down to meet us as a man, Jesus Christ, who lived with us, died for us and was resurrected to restore us into His heavenly kingdom, so that we may live with Him eternally.
thirdly, God is not angry and fierce God who will scare the life out of us and waiting to kill us for our sins but He is a loving God who cares and loves to the point that He sent his own son (incarnation) as human being to pay the price of our sins, redeem us from death (punishment) and reconcile us to God