Can I Keep My Existing
Religious Belief and Still Practice Yoga?
Yogic practices are designed
to lead us to the Universal Truth, which is Pure Consciousness.
However, to do so they must cause us to question dogmas and limited
beliefs of all kinds which are not universal. If the goal of one's
religion is Self-realization than one can freely follow that
religion along with yogic paths to Self-realization. However, if the
goal of one's religion is less than that, then one's religion is at
best a preliminary step.
To know one's Self one must
eventually go beyond all theories, beliefs, names and forms, all the
movements of the conditioned mind. We need not depend upon any
belief. Rather we should learn to believe in ourselves, in our
nature as Pure Consciousness that does not require any external
support. Only when we are no longer dependent upon any external
support can we know our True Nature.