Meditation and its Dangers

The meditation industry today promotes and claims that Eastern meditation offers many mental, physical and spiritual benefits. I wish to examine the religious roots of this practise and see if there are any mentally or emotionally reported dangers.

Some of the typical health benefits promoted are; stress reduction, mental relaxation, self healing, reduction in blood pressure, aids in anxiety and depression, heightened awareness of the inner self, the ability to look within and beyond the body and mind, consciousness shift, spiritual awakening and the discovery of powers to manifest wills and desires.

My research from case studies and testimonies, including Biblical understandings, have led me to believe that TM and Yoga type meditation is actually a Hindu religious service. It was designed to encourage spiritual detachment from the body for the purpose of contacting Hindu spirits. With this known intent, it is nothing more than spiritualism. We also discover the original purpose of Eastern meditation was for the use of only the elders, for the preparation of death. Studies also show it has the potential to trigger serious mental and emotional conditions.

The documentations below illustrates the potential mental and emotional dangers of this practise.

What is often overlooked is that these Eastern meditation techniques were never meant to be methods to reduce stress and bring about relaxation.

He (Dr. Lorin Roche, a meditation teacher) points out that meditation techniques that encourage detachment from the world were intended only for monks and nuns. He has spent thirty years doing interviews with people who meditate regularly and says many were depressed. He says they have tried to detach themselves from their desires, their loves, and their passion. “Depression is a natural result of loss, and if you internalize teachings that poison you against the world, then of course you will become depressed.”

Dr. Solomon Snyder, head of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, warns that during meditation the brain releases serotonin. This may help those with mild depression but too much serotonin can cause, in some, a paradoxical relaxation-induced anxiety. Instead of relaxing during meditation, these people become distressed and may even have panic attacks. Snyder says that in some cases of schizophrenia, meditation can launch a person straight into psychosis.

Dr. Michael Persinger, a professor of neuroscience at the Laurentian University in Canada, studied 1,018 meditators in 1993 and found that meditation can bring on symptoms of complex partial epilepsy such as visual abnormalities, hearing voices, feeling vibrations, or experiencing automatic behaviors such as narcolepsy. Note that epileptic patients who suffer from seizures in the temporal lobes have auditory or visual hallucinations, which they often interpret as mystical experiences. Some are convinced that they conversed with God.

Geoffrey Dawson, a Sydney-based Zen meditation teacher and psychotherapist, has come across twenty people who had mentally distressing experiences as a result of attending courses at the Goenka Vipassana Retreat Center in Blackheath (located in the Blue Mountains of Australia). Dawson says these meditators became fragmented rather than integrated and their experiences included panic attacks, depressive episodes, or both that in most cases persisted months after the retreat ended. There were also some manic episodes, one of which later became diagnosed and treated as a bipolar disorder. Dawson was also contacted by a woman whose daughter had been to a retreat. Her friends and family noticed she became withdrawn and obsessive afterwards. Her psychological condition deteriorated and some months later she became psychotic. Within eighteen months she was hospitalized and committed suicide.
http://thehumanist.org/humanist/MaryGarden.html

Even more alarming is that there has long been evidence that meditation can have an unambiguously negative effect on some of those who take it up – something that rarely, if ever, gets mentioned in popular press articles on the subject. In one study (Shapiro, DH, Adverse effects of meditation: a preliminary investigation of long-term meditators. Int J Psychosom 1992 39:62-7), two thirds of the subjects experienced some kind of adverse effect, ranging from increased anxiety to depression and a sense of disconnection from reality. Seven percent reported profoundly disturbing and lasting side effects.
http://stats.org/stories/2003/why_meditat_bad_feb18_03.htm

Long periods of meditation or meditation that has been done improperly may lead to negative psychological or physical effects. Psychosis, dissociation and uncomfortable sensations are all possible side effects of meditation. Meditation often helps to release emotions. If powerful emotions are released, it could cause psychological effects. Some individuals also may experience depression, panic, anxiety or confusion. A study at Stanford Research Institute in the 70s found that adverse effects such as antisocial behavior, confusion, depression, anxiety, frustration, emotional stability, tension, restlessness and procrastination correlated with the amount of time spent in transcendental meditation. Warnings persist through religious and literary texts that meditation is not an easy path, but rather one with many challenges.
http://www.ehow.com/about_5270035_side-effects-meditation.html

…the consequences can be psychosis, aggravation of neurosis, acceleration of disease processes and suicide
Dr. W. Brugh Joy M.D.

Not everything of a spiritual nature is good for us. Any time we venture into spiritual explorations we desperately need discernment. During the height of Transcendental Meditation fad in the 70′s, the TM instructors also had the highest suicide rate of any trainers in a spiritual system. TM is just recycled Hinduism which, at the heart of the system, inductees are given a mantra which is a past Hindu god which is to be chanted unnumbered times each day leading into peaceful bliss. The opposite is true. The person chanting the name invites spiritual parasites to oppress them. I speak out of experience and not theory. Gary Gold PhD
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/opinions/17335/

These findings indicate that we are not dealing with something as simple as mind and body relaxation techniques. Clearly Eastern meditation has a real potential to cause mental and emotional problems. A recap of these dangers; depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, partial epilepsy, narcolepsy, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, increased anxiety, a sense of disconnection from reality, antisocial behaviour, confusion, emotional instability, restlessness, procrastination, aggravation of neurosis, acceleration of disease processes and even suicide.

A short history lesson on yoga:

Yoga is an ancient Hindu religious system of meditation and discipline. Yoga practice is central to Hinduism and Buddhism. The term “yoga” means “union” or “yoke” in Sanskrit. Yoga philosophy maintains that yoga is a method for helping one achieve union of self consciousness with the “Universal Consciousness” (i.e., the chief Hindu deity, Brahma, the impersonal force of the universe).

Enlightenment occurs with the realization that self and Brahma are one (i.e., you are god). “A person is said to have achieved yoga, the union with the Self, when the perfectly disciplined mind gets freedom from all desires, and becomes absorbed in the Self alone.” Bhagavad-Gita 6.18. A yogi utilizes physical exercises, controlled breathing, vegetarian dieting, relaxation methods, and meditation techniques to enter altered states of consciousness, thereby opening himself up to spirit contact with Hindu deities

Hatha Yoga is the popular “physical yoga” practiced by millions of Americans today. It is a branch leading to Raja Yoga, the psychological yoga of the mind. As one progresses through Hatha Yoga, the practitioner “becomes wise like a god,” according to Yoga Swami Svatmarama in the HYP Ch.4.71. “The (real) Yogi becomes the creator and destroyer of the universe, like God. “ Ch.4.76. Yoga is motivated by a spirit that inspires self-deification in the practitioner with a promise of reincarnation. One may enter a spiritual realm where he experiences delusions, out-of-body feelings, contact with spirits, demonic oppression, and possibly demonic possession.
http://www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/church_issues/Yoga.pdf

We find that TM (transcendental meditation) and Yoga actually promotes emotional and mental detachment, encouraging a spiritual union of the self consciousness with a universal consciousness, known in Hindu as Brahma, better known as the cosmic “christ” in more modern new age movements, not to be confused with Jesus Christ, Son of God. This theology has its roots in paganism, teaching the pantheistic view that god is an impersonal entity which exists only in nature and in the universe.

This short introductory video gives us a quick look into the occult nature of meditation.

Universal cosmic karma and the theological view of reincarnation plays a vital role in this doctrine, which has deep roots in the occult. This religious doctrine concerning the continuous recycled of the spirit is rebutted in the Bible, and believed to be one of the original lies of the devil.

Genesis 3:4-5
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Dave Hunt explains that one of the dangers of this Eastern meditation practise is contact with unholy spirits. It is absolutely frightening to see so many services advertising meditation as a tool for speaking with spirit guides, ghosts and the diseased. TM meditation, either with or without the intent, can lead to contact with these demonic spirits.

According to Father Jeremy Davies, exorcist for the leader of Catholics in the UK, yoga puts people at risk from devils and the occult is closely associated with the scourges of “drugs, demonic music and pornography” which are “destroying millions of young people in our time”. DNA World, “Yoga leads to possession by devils?
http://plutonica.net/2008/06/05/news-yoga-leads-to-demonic-possession/

Clairvoyance is clear hearing. This allows me to hear sounds, including voices, that come from the spirits. Mostly what I hear is information in my mind’s voice. The best way I can describe it is to imagine you are reading a book, and at the same time having a thought like, “Did I turn the stove off?” I have two voices happening in my mind, one being my own thought voice which I have to bring down through meditation, and the other voice which would be the other side coming through.
http://www.letusreason.org/NAM28.htm

A couple of nights ago, I decided to go into deep meditation again. I don’t know what this is or what you call it, but I’ve had a few experiences where I’ve gone so deeply into meditation that I feel like I’m travelling. It’s almost unexplainable, but it’s an incredibly blissful experience; it’s like a communication with God… the outside world is blocked out and you get this light/tingling sensation. It felt wonderful, but all of a sudden I had a vision of these shadow figures coming towards me. I became intensely afraid and came out of the meditation. Even when I came out of the meditation, at first I couldn’t shake this kind of despairing fear – I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s like a kind of fear you feel you can’t escape from. I was very cold and nauseous and couldn’t stop shivering.. What were these figures and why did they affect me like that? I felt like I was attacked… Ever since then, I’ve still felt a sinister presence nearby at times, but I’ve tried to shut things out because that experience really terrified me. Is there a way to protect myself (and my family, I don’t want to think about things like that around my children) during meditation, or should I stop meditating and try to turn off my sensitivities again? Are these dark beings demons or something else, and why did they come after me?
http://www.psychic-experiences.com/real-psychic-story.php?story=2017

What is the Biblical definition of a Demon:

The Greek form, rendered “devil” in the Authorized Version of the New Testament. Daemons are spoken of as spiritual beings (Matthew 8:16; 10:1; 12:43-45) at enmity with God, and as having a certain power over man (James 2:19; Revelation 16:14). They recognize our Lord as the Son of God (Matthew 8:20; Luke 4:41). They belong to the number of those angels that “kept not their first estate,” “unclean spirits,” “fallen angels,” the angels of the devil (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7-9). They are the “principalities and powers” against which we must “wrestle” (Ephesians 6:12).
M. G. Easton, Easton’s Bible Dictionary

In the Gospels generally, in ( James 2:19 ) and in Rev 16:14 the demons are spoken of as spiritual beings, at enmity with God, and having power to afflict man not only with disease, but, as is marked by the frequent epithet “un-clean,” with spiritual pollution also. They “believe” the power of God “and tremble,” ( James 2:19 ) they recognized the Lord as the Son of God, ( Matthew 8:29 ; Luke 4:41 ) and acknowledged the power of his name, used in exorcism. In the place of the name of Jehovah, by his appointed messengers, ( Acts 19:15 ) and looked forward in terror to the judgement to come. ( Matthew 8:29 ) The description is precisely that of a nature akin to the angelic in knowledge and powers, but with the emphatic addition of the idea of positive and active wickedness.
Smith, William, Smith’s Bible Dictionary. .

These demonic entities can also be understood through the Biblical warning in Deuteronomy 18:9-12, particularly concerning the consulting of familiar spirits, and necromancing (communication with the deceased) which were passed as an abomination, simply because God does not want anyone at risk of possession or gaining confidence in these unholy spirits.

Deuteronomy 18 :9-12
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

The Bible teaches us that the fallen angles, from the old testament are the entities responsible for masquerading as false deities throughout history. Whether they were known as teachers from above, ascended masters, spirit guides or even intergalactic aliens, these entities have always being at work to bring in a strong unbelief against the spirit of God and are stronger than ever working behind the scenes in today’s western cultures through the New Age movement. These forms of meditation also encourages the chanting of mantras, which are designed to attract and worship these very same unholy spirits, which God does not want you to have relations with.

The Bible also describes several cases in which demons are expelled from a possessed person. One example is found at Mark 1:23-26, which says that Jesus cast out a demon from a man in a crowd. There is another example at Luke 8:26-40, which describes how Jesus expelled several demons from a single man. Other biblical passages which mention casting out demons include Luke 8:2-3 and Mark 9:17-30. The existence of demons is consistent with historical worship systems and the Biblical teachings.

Mark 1:23-26
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Dhyana or yoga meditation involves concentrating on the void, on emptiness, as opposed to Christian meditation, which involves meditating on Biblical principles and doctrine for the sake of seeking and understanding what is true and pure. The Bible clearly outlines that we do not pray in continuous repetitions nor in tongues, rather we speak intelligently, sincerely with full consciousness. Christian meditation is required for seeking protection against unholy influences, for seeking the Lord’s merciful nature to actively intervene with our troubles and a means to testify through the blood of Jesus Christ the promise of redemption and blessings.

Matthew 6:7-13
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psalm 119:97
how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The purpose of Christian meditation is to bring individuals to repentance of sin and guide them in a fuller understanding of the truth. Whether it be for one’s own spiritual progress, or for the glory of Christ, or for the prosperity of God’s interests upon earth, it must always be in line with the word.

The new age industry is also thriving today selling meditative items and merchandise, such as sage and other herbs for the purpose of burning, singing bowls or bells, crystals, birth stones, word stones, gem stones and chakra charms. These items simply do no provide any protection or enlightenment and unfortunately one puts them selves in a very vulnerable spiritual position, by not realising they are in fact receiving a Hindu church service every time they practise these meditative techniques.

The new age movement is just a modern term for the old age Babylonian occult, and is growing on a global scale, in line with prophesy and naively accepted as a reliable health practise. I encouraging anyone who practices Eastern meditation to be weary of its Hindu roots and its religious intentions, and realise that only your own personal relationship with Jesus, Son of God, can only protect you, heal you and bring truthful spiritual knowledge. Although many people who practice these meditation techniques may be very sincere in their desire to build a relationship with God, they don’t in fact realise they are putting them selves in a dangerous spiritual position and separating them selves further from the Lord.

VIDEOS ON YOGA AND MEDITATION – A MUST SEE

These series of videos are a MUST see for anyone who wants to understand the roots of meditation, especially yoga, sort to be truly a means of disrupting the karmic religion of reincarnation.

MEDITATION – The path to deception

Yoga and The Emerging Church by Dave Hunt
An interview with Dave Hunt

3 Responses to “Meditation and its Dangers”

  1. Bill Donahue says on :

    You are making extremely serious errors here.

    Meditation was instructed by Jesus Christ

    He said the Kingdom of God was within us and we should seek it first.
    He said we should practice the single eye which is stimulating the
    pineal gland of the brain.

    He said we should separate from thought and he also said, that we take away the key of knowledge by not entering in ourselves.

    In addition you bring up the Hindu but leave out the Christian

    Example:
    Hindu Kundalini: Energy rises up 7 chakras in the back (spine) , impacts the pineal gland and stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain.

    Book of Revelation Revelation 5 I saw in the right hand (right hemisphere) of him who sat on the throne (God), a book (the book of life) , written within
    (within us), and on the back side (back/spine), sealed with 7 seals. 7 Chakras.

    The exact same thing.

    You are coming against the teachings of Jesus Christ when you come against people entering in themselves.

    Remember Jesus warning Luke 11:52. Woe unto you lawyers (Bible teachers)
    you have taken away the key of knowledge by not entering in yourselves, and them that are entering in you hinder.

    I would suggest that you stop hindering people who are being obedient to Jesus Christ and entering within.

    In addition when you try to frighten people about bad spirits within, remember Jesus said, at that time you will know, I am in the father, you in me and I in you.

    Jesus is within us and is the only power, to frighten people about another power is really wrong

    Bill Donahue

  2. Bill Donahue says on :

    Let me add one additional comment about Jesus instructions for meditation.

    Jesus said “take my yoke upon you”
    The Greek word for yoke is “yuga” which is Yoga

    Jesus who taught going within, practicing the single eye, separating from
    thought and meeting him within ourselves, said, take my Yoga upon you.

    Bill Donauhue

  3. admin says on :

    The Christian view is that today’s Yoga teachings have never being part of any Biblical teachings, and that Yoga is in all honesty a modern revival of the ancient polytheistic pagan religions of the occult, sold today in the form of a modern health practice.

    It also is in violation of the first commandment

    Quoted:
    “The practice of Transcendental Meditation is a breach of the first commandment. For such as meditate in this manner are worshipping false gods, since the mantra is a prayer to a Hindu deity. The Maharishi is a Hindu Guru and has cleverly presented the Hindu religion in a form more acceptable to the Western mind. ”

    I apologise, but I do not agree or even see how you have come to any logical interpretation connecting the seven seals with the mystical chakras you speak of. Without getting into details, the seven seals of Revelation 5 represents different judgements through out history. Prof. Walter Veith does an great job of teaching the details about the seven seals. If you want to learn more you can watch “Seven Seals / Total Onslaught – Walter Veith”. These seals give us important information in understanding where we are in Biblical history/prophecy.

    Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0muBYQCrfk

    The word yoke is used several times in the Bible, but this has no relation to today’s meaning of traditional Yoga. As I have mentioned in my article, Biblical meditation refers to meditating on God’s precepts and laws with full consciousness. Thoughtless meditation, or use of this mystical middle eye, or opening your chakras, is part of TM and Yoga meditation, which is derived from occult mysticism, and simply has no place in Christian teachings.

    Caryl Matriscian and Dave Hunt have studied this area for many years and you can find many great video clips on youtube and books they sell, if you want more detailed opinions. Their Christian appeal is to teach why these meditations are very dangerous to the mind, body and spirit, and why it is not in line with the word of God.

    God Bless

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