EDITOR'S NOTE: Our "elder brothers in the faith" find their way back to one of the true origins of their faith: Tantric Hinduism.
The rabbis' pride would never allow them to admit it to a Goy, but it's Kundalini which informs Kabbalah and not the other way around as is claimed in the article below.
Tantric Hinduism (through it's Sri Yantra) is also the source of the Judaic six pointed star which has become the symbol of the "Jewish" State and all things Judaic. This symbol communicates a key gnosis to the initiate: that Judaism is an occult religion rooted in sex worship.
Yes, these people who JPII repeatedly told us are "our elder brothers in the faith" are in fact Pantheists who believe in reincarnation, that they can manipulate their god and nature through their sexual activity and many other such anti-Biblical things.
With yoga, meditation and other New Age practices and beliefs as dominant as they are today in the formerly civilized, Christian West, it can be chalked up as yet another contribution of Judaism to our contemporary world: the infiltration and replacement of Christianity with Eastern beliefs and practices which have been a part of the rabbinic tradition for centuries.
For those laboring under the false notion that "Orthodox Jews" are free of the influence of Kabbalah:
"In our century, scholarly researchers have made clear the centrality of Kabbalah to the whole of Jewish religious consciousness." (Barry W. Holtz, Director of Research, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, p.26)
"Kabbalistic ideas don't belong only to the chasidic point of view. They are a part of a general Jewish psychology and theology." (Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, premier Judaic scholar and Nasi of the reestablished Sanhedrin)
Kabbalah meets Kundalini
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 6:36 PM EST
Raema Salmon, Jackie Tepper and Neshama Yoga
By Cindy Mindell
STAMFORD - The Zohar teaches, “If fire does not burn intensely, tap the wood, and it blazes forth. To the same effect, if the light of the soul does not burn brightly, tap the body, so that the light of the soul should blaze forth.”
It is an ancient belief that the body houses a soul, or a divine spark, that can be awakened through certain actions. The Kabbalistic teaching is echoed in Kundalini yoga, considered the “yoga of awareness,” an awareness that G-d is a part of us and we are a part of G-d, say Raema Salmon and Jackie Tepper, instructors of Neshama Yoga, Tepper's brainchild.
Just as Kabbalah guides a Jew to connect with G-d through prayer of the body, mind, and soul, so Kundalini uses meditation, breathing, and physical exercises to unite the divine spark in each of us with the greater divine. Jewish scholars point to “shukkling,” the rhythmic swaying that brings the body into active prayer, as an example of the body-mind-soul connection.
One Saturday morning last October, Salmon and Tepper introduced Neshama Yoga to the world, as part of Temple Beth El of Stamford's Synaplex. Fifty people braved a near Nor'easter to begin their Shabbat with a unique session of Kundalini yoga infused with Jewish spirituality. They came to pray with body, mind, and soul.
Tepper and Salmon created Neshama Yoga n neshama is Hebrew for “soul” -- as another way for Jews to deepen their spirituality and connect with G-d. The combination of breathing, meditation, chanting, and physical exercise offers a much different experience than a traditional prayer service, the instructors say. They will teach a second class at the February 10 TBE Synaplex Shabbat ...