LTRP Note: For parents or grandparents who have thought it is harmless to let their little children or grandchildren watch an hour of Sesame Street once a day, we offer this warning. While many Christian parents have most likely seen the liberal slants of the popular T.V. show, and perhaps kept their children away from the show, turning to Mr. Rogers instead, many Christian parents have allowed Sesame Street into their homes, feeling that the underlying New Age, liberal message was subtle enough to bypass the hearts and minds of little eyes and ears. But the following articles show that Yoga (the heartbeat of Hinduism) is alive and “well” on Sesame Street, and parents should beware. While warning a 4 year not to participate in any Yoga exercises they might see on Sesame Street can make parents feel they have done their job in protecting their kids, it isn’t likely that a 4 or 5 year old will understand the dangers when Big Bird tells them how fun it is or when they see their favorite personality on Sesame Street telling a room full of kids to do the Yoga exercises. Check out the following articles and see the video clip below.
New York Times: “Same Street, Different World: ‘Sesame’ Turns 40″:
The pedagogy hasn’t changed, but the look and tone of “Sesame Street” have evolved … Now there are green spaces, tofu and yoga….
This season has an Om sensibility. “My mom takes me to yoga class, I love doing yoga,” a little girl in pigtails says in an episode that ran in October. She is narrating a short film that shows a pixieish teacher and her pupils folding into the downward dog position. After class her mother arrives with a plastic water bottle. “She says it’s important to drink water when you exercise,” the girl explains. “When I grow up I want to be a yoga teacher.” 1
The Independent (London, UK): “Why Sesame Street still counts”
In recent years Sesame Street has faced challenges. It can sometimes seem at odds with the era of political correctness. The Cookie Monster has been accused of promoting obesity and sponsorship by McDonald’s was drew wide criticism. The show still attracts big name guest-stars but is up against competition from newer forms of entertainment. Even the programme’s core values have changed. In 1970 it taught racial tolerance, now young viewers hear about the environment or healthy food. In an episode of the new series a child talks about her mother’s yoga class. “I love yoga,” she announces. “When I grow up, I want to be a yoga teacher.”2
Check this out:
(from Sesame Street, Season 9, Episode 52)
(Courtesy Underground News)
“Yoga helps even little ones channel energy, emotion”
CNN: Decatur, Georgia (CNN) — Gigi reaches up into her sun salutation. She steps back into her high lunge and kicks her legs straight into plank pose, a push-up she holds without wobbling for 10 seconds before looking up impatiently at her yoga teacher.
It’s close to 6 p.m. She’s had a long day.
She collapses on her mat, rolls on her back and closes her eyes. And then sends one finger digging up her nose.
What? C’mon, she’s only 5.
This is yoga for kids. Once an oddity reserved for only the crunchiest communities, downward dog for the grade-school set is now being taught in studios from Minnetonka, Minnesota, to Moscow, Russia. And educators, including Chicago’s Namaste School, which serves mostly poor kids who speak a language other than English, are turning to yoga to connect with a generation that many say has been dismissed as deficit this or hyperactive that.
At Decatur Yoga and Pilates studio, just outside Atlanta, Georgia, Dylan Laakmann, sits quietly next to his mother. The lanky 12-year-old whose fashionably shorn hair hangs in his face, describes himself as a “downer” before he started taking yoga two years ago.
“I wasn’t really that happy a kid, I guess, and my grades, they weren’t that good,” he says, his taut mouth easing as he relaxes in conversation. “I wasn’t that joyful.”
To read our research on Yoga and reasons we believe it is New Age and NOT spiritually beneficial but rather harmful, click here.
LTRP Note: Please read the following out-of-house article in conjunction with our October 19th posting, Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?.
Geneva – The World Council of Churches on Thursday called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming.
The leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches also invited places of worship for other faiths to join a symbolic “chain of chimes and prayers” stretching around the world from the international date line in the South Pacific.
“On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change,” the council said in a statement.
“By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists,” it added. Click here to read more.
2012 Olympic Ministry Promotes Olympian Carl Lewis Despite Involvement with Hindu Leader Sri Chinmoy
Contact: Underground Apologetics, 608-469-7956
MADISON, Wisc., Nov. 9 /Christian Newswire/ — Olympic ministry Lay Witnesses for Christ announced that ten-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis would lead the ministry’s efforts at the 2012 London Olympics. He was appointed Chairman of the Athletic Executive Committee for the London Olympics. He is also on the board of directors for Lay Witnesses, a Texas ministry.
Dr. Sam Mings, President of Lay Witnesses, says, “I know of no one individual – including the great evangelists through the years who have been seen, heard or written about regarding their faith in Jesus Christ (than Carl Lewis)!”
However, during his athletic career, Lewis was involved with cult leader Sri Chinmoy. On Chinmoy’s Website, they say Chinmoy “conducted twice-weekly peace meditations at the United Nations for more than 35 years.”
Also, the site says Chinmoy “originated the World Harmony Run — a global Olympic-style torch relay that crosses every continent — and established some 100 meditation centres worldwide.” This run is used to promote worldwide peace.
Sri Chinmoy was a promoter of the New Age Movement with leanings toward Hinduism, which promotes pantheism, yoga, and other false teachings. Click here to read this entire news release.
By YOAV GONEN Education Reporter
New York Post
(Courtesy of Underground News)
Thousands of city public-school students and teachers are participating in a “Brain Education” program run by a group with ties to an alleged cult.
For the past three years, the Department of Education has shelled out nearly $400,000 for 44 schools to participate in the Power Brain Education company’s lessons and workshops.
But dozens of former employees of an organization called Dahn Yoga — whose founder developed the teachings for Brain Education — said the school program is run by a group that is part of a vast web of interrelated companies conning participants into investing all their time and money in unproven health and healing activities.
The former workers of Dahn Yoga, which operates 130 health centers and two training retreats across the country, filed a federal lawsuit in Arizona in May charging that its activities are abusive and grow increasingly devotional over time to the group’s founder and spiritual leader, 57-year-old Seung Huen “Ilchi” Lee.
“If my child was [participating in Power Brain], I would pull them out in about two minutes,” said lawyer Terry Brostowin, who settled a wrongful-death suit against Dahn Yoga last year. “I would be very scared.” Read more: click here.
by Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries
“When Students Are Left for the Wolves”
I wasn’t prepared for what I was about to hear the evening of November 3. My alma mater, Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, sponsored an Interreligious Symposium promoting some kind of “common ground” between Buddhism and Christianity. One would think if a Christian had an ounce of discernment, they would deduce that Christianity has nothing to do with Buddhism and such unions are playing with fire. But a panel concluded that there was “common ground” when it came to “meditation.” Granted, this kind of meditation could put one in a dangerous altered state of consciousness, but maybe that’s ok as long as we can find a bit of unity here! Some would call this common bond of meditation “contemplative prayer.” About 200 students and a few adults were crammed into the symposium auditorium. Attendance by the students was mandatory.
The three main presenters were Buddhist monk Witiyala Seewalie from Sri Lanka,
Bethel professor Paul Reasoner who is a part of the “Christian Zen” movement, and Ted Meissner, an active Buddhist layman and meditator in Zen, although he grew up in a Christian home.
The kind of meditation being promoted by the panelists is the kind that brings “enlightenment,” whatever that means.
Ted Meissner described the goal of enlightenment to our daily growth and walk with Christ.
Panelist Paul Reasoner did not particularly enlighten anyone to his area of interest, Christian Zen, so I am still clueless as to what that is.
I think it’s an attempt to again help people become Buddhist-friendly. It was clearly an emphasis on the blending of Christianity and Buddhism. With only about 20 minutes for questions, there was no way I was going to get a multitude of mine answered.
Doing a bit of research told me that Zen is a school or division of Buddhism characterized by techniques designed to produce enlightenment.
This term is used repeatedly yet I have never seen such a line-up of unenlightened panelists!
In particular, Zen emphasizes various sorts of meditative practices which are supposed to lead the practitioner to a direct insight into the fundamental character of reality — whatever that means!
And if I don’t fully get it, how are 20 year old college students supposed to get it?
This one thing I do know: It doesn’t mean getting to know the fundamental character of the one true God.
I was accompanied on this journey by Pastor Bob DeWaay from Twin City Fellowship in Minneapolis. He has contributed some thoughts to this summary of the event.
There was not one whit of “Christianity” that was presented to the Buddhist participating on the panel. This sent a message to him that he is ok being a Buddhist.
The push was “meditation.” But being a Buddhist means becoming conscious of one’s own divinity.
This was not clarified. Had it been clarified, it could have sent out a huge red flag to questioning students at Bethel.
So why would Christians get on board with this kind of meditative enlightenment when acknowledging one’s own divinity for a Christian would be idolatry and an abomination to the one true God?
The students were encouraged to do meditation that would silence or empty their minds.
Keep in mind that some who promote this kind of meditation such as Richard Foster, actually tell you to pray a prayer of protection over yourself before you begin!
Yet there was no warning to innocent and naïve students and again, attendance for most there was mandatory.
We heard a lot about those ancient mystics and desert fathers. Here we go with the mystical again, and mysticism always trumps doctrine. Bring on “experience”!!
Another panelist talked about the Jesuits he studied under. Is Bethel a Baptist-rooted university or Catholic-rooted? Try the former.
A symposium like this is leading these kids straight to the Emergent Church which goes along with all of the above.
And if anything will bring spiritual death, it is all things Emergent. The step beyond that is the one-world religion.
You can hear the entire audio of the 75 minute symposium here.
So now that we know some of what was talked about, what wasn’t covered? With a Buddhist on the panel needing truth, Jesus Christ was not mentioned.
Nothing of the gospel was talked about. Sin was left out as was a Christless eternity for those following the wrong path. Rather, all that was praised was some kind of glorious unity and mind expansion that could be achieved through Buddhist meditation.
No one talked about the possibility of opening oneself up to demonic influence from emptying the mind in the wrong kind of meditation.
Let me be blunt and say that the meditation techniques promoted at the symposium were Eastern and unbiblical.
They claimed that Christians could gain spiritual benefit by using Buddhist meditation. What an affront to the Lord who inspired the Biblical writers.
It was as if to say that God failed to give us what we need to draw near to God, but we can find what we need through Buddhism.
A simple Scripture like Psalm 119:15 was never used: “I will meditate on your precepts and consider your ways,” presenting a solid biblical statement on “meditation.”
Or meditating on God’s wonders in verse 27. The psalmist meditated, that is, deliberated over God’s Word in such a way that he was able to understand it.
It says in Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD.”
This “meditation symposium” was not pleasing to the Lord.
I am reminded that there are students and faculty at Bethel University who meet regularly for prayer not using any kind of techniques.
There is a ministry there called “Pray First” which focuses on the students.
As one person said to me, “please also share that God’s light is shining brightly in areas at Bethel University.”
This is not an attempt to castigate the entire university of teachers and students, many of whom are godly, righteous people. This column is not directed at them.
It is directed at some careless faculty who are enthusiastic about their beliefs who should use better judgment than to present Buddhism, “Christian Zen,” and contemplative prayer as some good alternatives for the students.
by Jim Fletcher
I got an interesting email last week from an employee at a bookstore chain. Previously, I had written about the state of publishing a couple times and pointed out who doesn’t have a problem offering books that … might not be good for people.
“Not good” in my world means books that espouse worldviews that are harmful. As a hypothetical case, I’d have a problem with a store that stocked the Satanic bible.
The employee gave me a detailed analysis of what is important in the chain that employs him. Not surprisingly, what is important is the bottom line. Period. Very detailed sales reports monitor the buying habits of people who have been fed fluff by these stores and the vendors who supply them.
The chain maintains a veneer of conservative religious stock.
But they also champion either fluff or outright dangerous books by heretical authors.
The titles that deal with things like “Having the Coolest Life in Five Minutes” are created to make money, period. The byproduct is that they appeal to the basest human nature: the appeal to self. So I consider those titles harmful, and yet chain stores (and some independents) pander to human nature. Their purpose isn’t to edify, but to ring up sales. Click here to continue reading.