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Journey to Nivana

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I was born and brought up in India. During my teens in the 1960s young

Europeans and Americans began arriving in India looking for meaning,

spiritual enlightenment and kicks. I was fascinated by these foreigners as I

had lived most of my life in small town India among Indians and knew nothing

of the culture of these newcomers.

 

I joined with them for a while and embarked on my quest for fun, truth,

reality and spiritual significance. I experienced the power of Sadhus (Hindu

mystics) and the electric like surges of power coming from their eyes and

radiated by their presence. I visited places like Hardwar where my body and

mind felt like it was on the edge of a vast spiritual cosmos beckoning with

promises of ultimate spiritual consciousness and enlightenment.

 

Writers such as Jack Kerouac and Timothy Leary provided many of us with

vague but totally compelling directions. However many of the seekers got no

further than cheap and easily available marijuana and settled down to a

succession of sexual encounters, living in ashrams with people they

initially felt were brothers and sisters on the same path to experience and

enlightenment. Many lost their way in a haze of drug impelled unreality and

without any reference points they ended up broken in spirit, and aged before

their time. There were frequent stories of death, suicide and mysterious

disappearances. My first excitement began to falter when I saw many of these

searchers begging in the streets and others lining up to sell their blood at

medical centres.

 

I had given my life to Jesus in 1963 and although by the late 1960's I was

excited by changes in Western youth, culture, music and the apparent dawn of

a new age of spiritual enlightenment, I could also see a different picture.

 

Later when in the 1970's and 80's I stayed and travelled around India on

business, my heart went out to the young empty-eyed seekers I met and spoke

to. I discussed with many the road they had taken and tried to show them

what love I could and point them to life through Jesus alone. Many seekers

had risked everything in an attempt to find truth, enlightenment and nirvana

only to be dashed to the ground by a series of rejections, deceptions,

finally waking up to the fact that they were being exploited by their gurus.

 

These experiences opened my eyes to many aspects of Hindu mysticism. Few

Christians realise that for thousands of years gurus have operated with

gifts of healing, miracles, gifts of knowledge, and intense displays of

spiritual consciousness as they stretch out and connect with a cosmic power

which, though demonic in origin, is very real. The power of some mystics and

their reported miracles exceeds that which is generally claimed by

Christians today. Many Hindu gurus claim that they can undertake spiritual

journeys which unite them with the god-head of their cosmic power source. It

is commonplace to find gurus worshipped as divine beings by their followers

who claim that these gurus are no longer mere humans but have by a process

of transformation been changed into gods (avatars).

 

Over the past 30 years there has been an increasing acceptance in the West

of the new consciousness being taught by the more well known gurus. The New

Age (of Hindu Mysticism) has crept upon the West like a glacier with its

progress hardly perceived but increasingly accepted. Brought to attention by

the first visits of the Beatles to India in the 1960's, a wind of spiritual

change is sweeping through our society. People are buying into these new

philosophies unaware of their occult origins. The acceptance of the Natural

Law Party ideology by some of the most intelligent and influential people in

the UK is only one testimony to the lure of New Age consciousness rooted in

Hindu mysticism and Yoga.

 

Hunger for blessing, significance and spiritual experience now grips many

westerners in one way or another. The desire in people to search for and

find a place with the divine presence grows every day as the traditional

anchors, structures and securities of the past are broken. The material

benefits of our society are proving insufficient to meet the deep rooted

longing for blessing and significance and this is evident by the dramatic

usage of all forms of mystical New Age practice and therapy.

 

Many professing Christians are at the forefront of the search for

supernatural experience and meaning. Few realise the similarities between

practices they are being encouraged to adopt and the practices of mystical

Hindu yoga. The practices, methods and manifestations of Siddha Yoga go back

a long way in time. I will describe some of them using their Sanskrit names.

 

The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called 'Dharshan'. At these

meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by

the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is

known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. According to the teaching there are

seven spiritually significant places on the body of a person called

'chakras'. Followers are initiated by the direct experience of the spirit of

the goddess Shakti who is the consort of the god Shiva.

 

The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Khundalini and has

to do with raising the spirit of the god Shiva who lies like a coiled snake

at the base of the spine of a person. The practice is quite intricate but is

brought on by Shakti Pat in conjunction with the repetition of mantras or

religious phrases and by holding physical positions for a long time. After a

period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin

to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into

uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These

manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and

show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on

to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and

appear to slip into an unconsciousness when they lose sense of what is

happening around them. This state is called 'samadhi' and it leads to a

deeper spiritual experience. Most of this spiritual experience is attributed

to a goddess called Chiti. The teachings on her power are rather frightening

and it is claimed that she appears in many guises at any time in history

wherever she can glide in unnoticed and be welcomed unawares.

 

Mystic yoga is widely acknowledged to be a system of practices and methods

which can be superimposed on any religious belief including Christianity and

Islam. Many eastern gurus teach that a sincere belief in Jesus benefits

their practices and methods, and helps practitioners attain the desired

results.

 

Today Christian leaders are being offered a new wave of power practices and

methods obtained from the latest places of Christian pilgrimage. While many

claim this will lead to revival, I see parallels with things I have

witnessed and described above.

 

Christian leaders are travelling to new centres of enlightenment to bring

'It' back (a new consciousness?) The experience is transmitted down

authority lines (the guru-chela line) to specially selected and qualified

followers. In close encounter sessions open hands search out significant

places (chakras) on the bodies of followers. Leaders and followers cry out

for power, more power. An experience of increasing spiritual consciousness

(khundalini) is raised, sometimes through power touches of the opened palms

of the hand or dramatic waves and whole body actions (shakti pat). Followers

are encouraged to shut off their minds (samadhi-yoga) and drink deeply from

refreshing rivers, sometimes in highly charged spiritual encounter sessions

to feel, see and experience the waves of high voltage spiritual power, with

the accompanying physical manifestations of all kinds (kriya), sometimes

collapsing into a mindless, motionless blissful trance like state (samadhi).

 

The promoters of these new teachings have struggled to provide unambiguous

Biblical evidence to justify the methods, practices and manifestations of

this New Age of spiritual experience. Whether this matters or not may be of

little importance to those promoting this, since it is stressed that God is

not bound by the limitations of human minds or the traditions of the past,

and that what we are witnessing is altogether new, a Second Pentecost.

 

These new teachings have taken centre stage in the preaching and evangelism

of many Christian groups. It is claimed that the way to experience spiritual

rebirth is by a direct encounter with the Holy Spirit. Where previously the

historic Gospel was preached based on the exercise of faith in the

substitutionary and atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for

forgiveness of sins, resulting in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one is

now offered spiritual regeneration simply through an experience often

accompanied by physical manifestations. Sometimes this has been said to have

happened even before a word is uttered in the congregation.

 

Those Christians who fail to respond to these teachings or object have at

times been threatened with the damnation of Korah, with the fate of the

Israelites who because of unbelief did not enter the promised land, or with

having the mark of death on their faces. They are warned that they will miss

out on God's blessings. 'Shut off your mind, the mind must lie fallow, it

must be bypassed! Do not question what is going on! Just lie back and let it

waft over you! Here it comes! I can see it over here! Now it's over there!'

 

Leading New Agers in the UK are reported to have welcomed the arrival of the

new spiritual dynamic among some Christian groups. They claim it will help

overcome one of the greatest barriers to the acceptance of the coming New

Age Messiah. The aroma of New Age Mystic Hinduism is here. Its new formula

fragrance is attractive and compelling. It promises to meet the needs in all

human hearts and lead to peace, blessing and self assurance. Or is this an

anaesthetic sent by the the serpent god to draw men and women of every

nation and religion into a New World Order in readiness for the appearance

of Antichrist?

 

Robert Walker

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