Idolatry in Tzfat – Gutman’s reply

Idolatry in Tzfat

Chaim, from Tzfat, (northern Israel), wrote: I just saw this on a popular Tzfat group. What do you think? Actual hardcore avodah zara (idolatry)?

Kundalini Yoga class: Kundalini yoga with the yoga teacher and sound healing therapist. Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of consciousness that brings about change in physical, mental and emotional bodies. The class includes body postures (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation with live didgeridoo music. The teacher of Kundalini yoga is also a sound healer with didgeridoo and Tibetan bowls.

Gutman’s reply:
Jews who practice yoga like to say that all the idolatry that is inherent in yoga has been removed, which, as long as they call it yoga, is simply not true. But with Kundalini yoga they cannot even pretend that the idolatry has been removed because the actual technique is idolatrous.
Kundalini yoga teaches there is an energy resting at the base of the spine and with their technique you can raise that energy up through the chakras (centers along your spine) and to the top of your head, and you will attain “god-realization.” “You will see that you are god and live forever.” They call this coiled up power the “serpent power.”
Who in the Torah says the same thing? In the Garden of Eden the snake tells Eve, if you will eat of this tree (that G-d told you not to eat of) you will not die. Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like G-d.
It’s the same serpent, but they call it the way to god-realization, and we call it a snake!


Gutman Locks – also affectionately known as “Guru Gil” – has been a fixture in the Old City of Jerusalem for two decades. He is the author of several books and musical tapes.

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