Hybrid Thursday Satsang
In Person and via Zoom
September 30, 2021
“Christian and Yoga Interconnections”
with Paul Emerson, Ph.D.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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7:30-8:30 p.m.: Talk by Paul Emerson Ph.D.
8:30 p.m.: Evening Prayers
One of Swami Veda’s interests in his later years was “interfaith dialog”. Along those lines a number of famous spiritual teachers have referred to Jesus as a “mahayogi”–Parahamsa Yogananda and Ramakrishna to name just a few. While the traditions of Christianity and yoga certainly have centuries of divergent history, theology and occasional conflict it’s sometimes useful to reflect on the commonalities. The Jesus story would certainly not sound unfamiliar to a first century Indian yogi although they might wonder at some of the specific cultural details and nuances. This talk will spend some time looking at the common strands of yoga with both orthodox and less than orthodox Christianity.
Paul Emerson is a biomedical engineer with a Ph.D. He is the authority on the physiology of breathing for The Meditation Center and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. Paul has worked as a research scientist, has been a manager of clinical research with a major biomedical company and a university instructor. In addition, he holds eight patents in the areas of dialysis and sleep therapy. he is a scholar of ancient yoga texts. Paul was certified by the Rockford School of Yoga and began teaching in 1975.
TMC policy for those entering the building or participating in outdoor ceremonies will be requesting all to practice non-violence – being fully vaccinated or wearing a mask w/social distancing. Staff and volunteers will not be asking for vaccine certification cards as trust of community will be sufficient. All are welcome.
To further protect the community, an Iso-Aire purification movable unit has been purchased to use in all rooms of TMC where people gather. These units have pre-filter, hospital quality HEPA filters, and a bi-polar ionization unit to remove pollen to pathogens.