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Indian Churches are asking Christians to Revoke practicing Yoga

Due to its spiritual roots in Hinduism, a network of 13 churches in Mizoram are appealing to their church congregations to refrain from practicing yoga

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  • Due to its spiritual roots in Hinduism, a network of 13 churches in Mizoram is appealing to their church congregations to refrain from practicing yoga
  • Reverend Lalramliana Pachuau stated, yoga is based on the philosophy of Hindus and cannot be blended with Christianity
  • Priyanka Chopra’s family was a victim of the inescapable community writs of the Syrian Christian churches of Kerala

Yoga is a spiritual and physical discipline which has roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The basis of yoga is defined exclusively in Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  These texts discuss yoga as a practice to control the senses and mind. It is popularly believed that by practising yoga, one can attain liberation (moksha) from worldly suffering and cycle of birth and death (samsara).

Due to its spiritual roots in Hinduism, a network of 13 churches in Mizoram is appealing to their church congregations to stay away from practicing yoga.

Yoga at a gym. Wikimedia commons
Yoga at a gym. Wikimedia commons

The leader of Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC) and Mizoram Synod of Presbyterian Church’s senior executive secretary, Reverend Lalramliana Pachuau asked the constituent churches of MKHC to issue a message to its members, stating that the church believed yoga can “dilute” the doctrine of Christianity.

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Reverend Lalramliana Pachuau said that the issue was raised during the meeting of MKHC at the Synod office on June 2. He stated that yoga is based on the basic principles of Hinduism. It cannot be mixed with Christianity. “Yoga exercises may be able to heal some illness, but Christians cannot use it to replace the eternal healing of Christ,” he said. He also added that yoga can be used to assimilate or convert Christians. However, he also mentioned that he did not have qualms about the propagation of yoga at an official level by the Indian government.

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Priyanka Chopra with her grandmother. Image source: HuffPost.com
Priyanka Chopra with her grandmother. Image source: HuffPost.com

Also, the churches of India have recently been in the headlines, for the wrong reasons too. Priyanka Chopra’s family was a victim of the inescapable community writs of the Syrian Christian churches of Kerala. Baptised in the St John’s Attamangalm Jacobite Syrian Church in Kumarakom, Kerala, Priyanka’s grandmother, Mary John as a dying wish, wanted to be buried in her family church. She had married a Hindu and spent most of her adult life in Bihar.

However, the church authorities had said that Mary John had married a Hindu and spent a non-Christian life. They claimed that she couldn’t be laid to rest there. The authorities went on to say that the traditions, rules and faiths of the believers were more important than Priyanka.

Later, her grandmother’s body was laid to rest in the Kottayam diocese of  Jacobite Syrian Christian Church.

-By Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: devika_todi

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  • francislmonteiro

    YOGA WITHOUT OM IS GOOD Holy Father

    You are the tree and cardinal bishops are trunk and we are branches.Then why we lay people rights are not considered by Mumbai church

    From last several years I am fighting for transparency in Funds collected by Church .Mumbai Church is full of news about land selling to builders,demanding donations,Not giving records of fund collected

    Why Holy Father instead of giving instruction does not come heavily on those who go against Church teachings.Why we are tutored like child that God is merciful and we can go on sinning The first trunk part that will crack is Mumbai archdiocese.

    My Church Nativity of Lord kandivali east Mumbai collects building fund of rs two lacks from public every month .The priest refuses to give balance sheet showing where cores from last seven years or more kept .We want to know which banks hold this money .We want expenditure /income details from start of fund.This father has completed five years then why he is not transferred .Should I believe their are God Father?Our Church is closed full day on Monday ,No mass.Why one assistant not given to this church as we have seven hundred families.

    The contribution to fund is voluntary but they have made compulsory by closing nose saying no minority/baptism /marriage certificate be given unless latest receipt of contribution to fund is shown

    Holy father has to act against Arch bishop as my letters fall on deaf ear

    Father This same priest shouts against corruption of Govt but what he is doing by hiding facts.We can preach many good but can we be hypocrit

    WE can arrange yearly picnic yearly party and what not then why not annual general body meeting to discuss accounts and other agenda

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Religion should not be mixed with one’s well being.

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  • francislmonteiro

    YOGA WITHOUT OM IS GOOD Holy Father

    You are the tree and cardinal bishops are trunk and we are branches.Then why we lay people rights are not considered by Mumbai church

    From last several years I am fighting for transparency in Funds collected by Church .Mumbai Church is full of news about land selling to builders,demanding donations,Not giving records of fund collected

    Why Holy Father instead of giving instruction does not come heavily on those who go against Church teachings.Why we are tutored like child that God is merciful and we can go on sinning The first trunk part that will crack is Mumbai archdiocese.

    My Church Nativity of Lord kandivali east Mumbai collects building fund of rs two lacks from public every month .The priest refuses to give balance sheet showing where cores from last seven years or more kept .We want to know which banks hold this money .We want expenditure /income details from start of fund.This father has completed five years then why he is not transferred .Should I believe their are God Father?Our Church is closed full day on Monday ,No mass.Why one assistant not given to this church as we have seven hundred families.

    The contribution to fund is voluntary but they have made compulsory by closing nose saying no minority/baptism /marriage certificate be given unless latest receipt of contribution to fund is shown

    Holy father has to act against Arch bishop as my letters fall on deaf ear

    Father This same priest shouts against corruption of Govt but what he is doing by hiding facts.We can preach many good but can we be hypocrit

    WE can arrange yearly picnic yearly party and what not then why not annual general body meeting to discuss accounts and other agenda

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Religion should not be mixed with one’s well being.

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Twitter Takes Multiple Steps To Curb Misinformation Before Elections in India

More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation

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Twitter is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of 2019 general election in India, Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said here on Monday.

Addressing a Town Hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category.

“The real problem is not misinformation per se as jokes can also be categorised as misinfomation. But misinformation that is spread with the intent to mislead people is a real problem,” stressed the Twitter CEO who is in India on a week-long maiden visit.

Dorsey, who got a rousing reception at IIT-D with the students wildly cheering the young entrepreneur, likened solving the problem of misleading information to that of addressing a security issue, or building a lock.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

“No one can build a perfect lock, but we need to stay ahead of our attackers. AI could probably help,” Dorsey told the audience.

Earlier in the day, the Twitter CEO met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform.

Dorsey also met Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama over the weekend. He was also expected to meet Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the growing criticism over Twitter’s role in the spread of misinformation and fake news as India faces Assembly polls in five states in November-December ahead of next year’s general elections.

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Twitter, along with other social media platforms, including Facebook, came under intense scrutiny of policymakers in the US for their failure to stop the spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts on their platforms during the 2016 Presidential election.

The micro-blogging site since then has stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of divisive messages and fake news on its platform.

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter recently announced that it would now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviour.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the gathering during the ‘Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi, India, VOA

As part of the new rules, accounts that deliberately mimic or are intended to replace accounts that were previously suspended for violating rules may be identified as fake accounts, Twitter said recently.

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However, according to a Knight Foundation study released in October, more than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 US election are still active. (IANS)