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The Spine and the Sacred Pipe

by Linda Sue Grimes

Many contemporary thinkers inaccurately assign religious discussion to the realm of the imagination. They fail to realize that religion at its deepest and most useful level is based on scientific facts. Paramahansa Yogananda tells us to make our meditation seats our scientific laboratories. He reiterates time and again that the yoga techniques he teaches are based on science, not wishful thinking. The late Wallace Black Elk was a spiritual leader of the Lakotas. In The Sacred Ways of the Lakota he explains the nature of his religious practices. The remarkable parallels between chanunpa, as Wallace refers to his spirituality, and Yoga, the scientific techniques offered by Paramahansa Yogananda, demonstrate the universal bond that ties all authentic religions together.

Read the original article at: Bella Online

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