are obviously other models of religion than yogic spirituality as the various religious
teachings in the world clearly reveal. Many religious groups do not emphasize a yogic type
purity of body and mind, nor do they teach yogic-like meditation practice, or have a yogic
goal like liberation from rebirth and realization of unity with God. They may not look to non-violent or meditative figures as their
guides but to people of active or militant dispositions. They may not emphasize an
internal yogic-like quest but promote external actions, even war to spread their
As this is the case, there is no
reason to insist that at least some of the founders of different religions could not have
had the same views as their proponents today. Whether the yogic model of spirituality is not the only approach, is
not entirely valid, or whether some religions are deficient depends upon if one considers
the principles of yogic spirituality to be universal.
But to pretend that all religions derive, at least
originally, from a model of yogic spirituality and therefore are all equally true and must
lead to the same goal, though they may not recognize it as their aim, cannot stand
scrutiny. It is neither fair to yogic spirituality or to other religions to assume they
are simply the same thing in a different guise or misinterpreted.