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Is Yoga a Religion? The God & the Doctrine

Yoga believes in god and it is called as theistic Samkhya where as buddhism as a philosophy is Nihilistic, it neither says yes nor no to the existence of god. Yoga is not just asanas and meditation, ashtanga marga of yoga talks a lot about self discipline and eight fold path of Buddha also talks about self discipline.

Yoga stems from the Vedas - the Indian holy texts that were composed from around 1900BC. Besides yoga, three major religions came from those texts - Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Yoga is one of the six Āstika (orthodox) schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Shiva (also known as Adiyogi Shiva) is regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. He is said to be in constant dhyaana or meditation with the Supreme by the means of yoga (yoga means to connect to add basically). Hence Shiva is known to be Adiyogi. Also Shiva is a manifestation of the Supreme Brahma and beyond death birth and the material bondage and attachments. It is believed that God Shiva is a Sayambhu – which means He is not born from a human body. He was there when there was nothing and He will remain even after everything is destructed. That is why; he is also loving called as the 'Adi-Dev' which means the 'Oldest God '.


The philosophy of yoga is an extension of its psychology and practices. Yoga does not consider any particular religious belief as a requirement for the practice, and one does not need any particular faith to benefit from yoga. We can choose to embrace just part of it - to use it as a tool for our physical health by asana practice or tool for mindfulness by meditation and pranayama practice. Could be as a base of knowledge how we live our life - our approach to different situations and our reactions and acceptance to the others, as well base of our moral and will to do the right things, to respect and protect the nature and every living being, to search for harmony and peace within ourselves, but not to judge anyone and to accept we are not perfect, so the others do have also the right not to be.


Yoga is for everyone, doesn't matter which part you will take in your life and how much time you will dedicate to it, will bring benefits and light to your existence and most likely, naturally without doctrines and fear of punishment, you will see and feel is good for you to follow it and to dig deeper and deeper, getting to know more and more of this ancient wisdom, while with every step in you feel better, you understand better yourself and the world.


Believe in what make you better person.

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