Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Remembering Ray Yungen

Remembering Ray Yungen

Ray Yungen, Lighthouse Trails special author and supporter, died October 16, 2016 much to the sadness of his many Lighthouse Trails friends, and readers.  And although I never met Ray, his writings and warnings impacted my life many times over! 

Here are a few of the things I remember from his book: A Time of Departing.

I remember reading that book, now well-marked, and well-worn, while trying to wrap my mind round all of its new ideas, and new names I was encountering. 

I remember beginning to understand the scope of the New Age, and the Emergent Church and how it had impacted so many churches and denominations.  I began to be able to use this new found information to "red flag" words, teachings, and persons that Ray had written about.

I remember Ray's use of key scripture at every turn (highlighted in small gray boxes) to substantiate his findings.

I remember Ray's writing style as never nasty nor mean, but sincere and truthful pleading with the reader to be aware of the movements that had crept into the churches.

I remember wanting to share the book with others touting its chapters, glossary of terms, list of
questions, list of past Christian mystics, endnotes, and index.

I remember being amazed at the degree of, and depth of Ray's documentation with his twenty-four   end note pages.  Truly Ray's work was never just hear say or conjecture, but based on solid
research.  (pp.208-231) 

I remember Ray's amazing ability to cite succinct quotations that he reiterated over and over that  stuck in a person's mind.  One Nouwen quote oft repeated by Ray was: "Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not.  Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God." (p.62)

I remember how often I have used Ray's index to find some particular person, or term.  Just a perusal
of this index highlights exactly what Ray covered in this book.

I remember Ray writing (and telling) many times that he loved to scout out bookstores, and would often count the shelves filled with New Age spirituality as opposed to those labeled Christian.  Yes, thanks to Ray we, his readers, were the grateful recipients of the results of his endless research. (p.13)

I remember Ray naming the Baptist Sunday School Teacher Sue Monk Kidd and her decent into paganism through a Thomas Merton book.  This made us want to read the Monk Kidd books too.  Not long after we met someone enamored by Kidd, and were able to share why this was a problem.  Now this was but one name, and work among dozens that Ray opened our eyes to.

I remember all the references devoted to Reiki in Ray's book.  Strange, I said to my husband, Ray was the one who wrote about Reiki (pronounced ray-key).  And so we were ready when in our home group we met someone who had studied Reiki, and others familiar with it.  (pp.94-98)

I remember discovering that on page 132 (pinched at the corner now) that Ray quoted the late Dr. Paul Bubna, President of the Christian and Missionary positively.  This made me curious if there
was a CMA church in Salem, Oregon.  Yes, there was.  Once found I noted,  much to my dismay, its pastor then was reading Thomas Merton.  Immediately I recognized this church leaned emergent.  Later on, I also found that Ray had heard well-known contemplative Richard Foster speak there. (pp.72-82)

Soon, while researching that Salem pastor, I came to CMA Nyack College site that noted a professor had just written a book on contemplative prayer.  From there much came to light about the CMA denomination, college, and seminary and its descent into contemplative spirituality.  Besides, it led to a personal meeting with the CMA President Dr. John Stumbo who took over for the Salem Oregon CMA pastor before becoming president of the denomination.  And all of this began with a sentence about the CMA in Ray's book, and the Lord's amazing direction!

My most recent remembrance of Ray was shared with our small house group gathered round listening to Ray answer questions along with Warren Smith, and Gaylean Goodroad at the late August 2016 Berean Call Conference with Tom McMahon.  Little did we know how very sick he soon would become.  How much we will miss him!

Most assuredly we'll remember Ray's diligence to point out to the body of Christ how late is the hour, and how far many have departed from the faith. Most certainly we'll remember Ray as a masterful Berean, and a faithful teacher of the Word. Lastly, we'll remember how this humble man, now absent from the body but forever with the Lord, impacted so many lives with not only last day warnings but the gospel. 

As Ray wrote in his "Special Note from Ray" at the end of A Time of Departing, "If you have never found the peace of knowing Christ I urge you to read the first five chapters of the book of Romans and allow the Holy Spirit to draw you to what is being said and offered.  The only prerequisite is to recognize your inability as a sinner to save yourself.  Then, in simple faith, tell God you are now trusting Christ, and Him alone, to be your Lord and Savior."  (p. 201)

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Ray's Key Verse  I Timothy 4:1

"Now, the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart, from the faith, giving heed to
deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons."

A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen:
Reader, if you've never read any of Ray's books may I suggest you begin with A Time of Departing, and share it with all you can.  For it is truly a "classic" in apologetic writing!

The Story Behind Lighthouse Trails by Deborah Dombrowski and the Editors at Lighthouse Trails: 
May I recommend, too, this most interesting booklet of how Lighthouse Trails began, and how Ray played a pivotal role in its founding.

Order the book, or booklet or both from:

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Christian's Mission: 'Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!' into the Pokemon World with Truth

A Christian's Mission:  'Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!' into the Pokémon World with Truth

For Pokémon Go gamers their "Gotta Mantra" is "Gotta Catch 'Em All!"--Pokémon that is.  However a Christian's motto must be: "Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!"  And just what it is that we as born again believers gotta know, gotta learn, gotta discern, and gotta go will be the theme of this post.

Our world is just one month into the Pokémon Go Mania that's taking the country, and a number of other countries by storm.  It was on July 6, 2016, via one's smartphone, that players could download a free app and get set up to head outdoors to begin to catch Pokémon Pocket Monsters.  Soon befuddled folks were bumping into gamers congregating at designated PokeStops be it at a church, a parking lot, a body of water, a library, a museum, a park, or the mall to name a few.   

TV hosts, You Tube video makers, newspaper reporters, and online authors alike were scrambling to describe exactly how these frenzied gamers were zipping Pokémon balls on their phones to catch Pokémon seemingly popping up all over the place.  Meantime, all kinds of safety issues were cropping up--kids in the middle of streets, folks walking into objects, a pair walking off a cliff, and even unsavory characters luring kids into unsafe places.  All of this madness was taking place over one hundred and fifty-one little characters of which some seemed to be cute and clever, while others really are violent, ugly, and frightening.  So with this in mind, what is it that we gotta know?

Gotta Know

At the outset we gotta know some basic Pokémon info-- such as the game of Pokémon, designed by Satoshi Tajiri in 1990s, is managed by the Pokémon Company which, according to Wikipedia, is a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures.  Tajiri designed these Pokémon characters so gamers known as "Pokémon Trainers could catch, and train to battle each other for sport."

Officially introduced in 1996 Pokémon now is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2016.  So the new phenomena Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game currently using the original Generation I Pokémon beginning with Bulbasaur to Mew.  However, it's also important to know that now there are 722 Pokémon which means in the last twenty years 571 more have been designed influencing youth and adults via video games, trading card games, comic books, TV shows, movies, and toys.  For more "gotta know" info read "Pokémon" from Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon

Pokémon site Pokémon.com is filled with info you gotta know in order to be able to interact with Pokémon Goers!  It includes a Pokedex, TV Programs, Trading Card Games, Video Games, A Shop, Attend Events, Pokémon GO and more!  It even has a Trading Card Game Tutorial where one can learn to play the card game. Two sections: "The Pokedex," and "Pokémon GO" are explained further below.  http://www.pokemon.com/us/

The Pokedex

Click "The Pokedex" to get to know individual Pokémon-- their pic, statistics, type, strengths/ weaknesses, evolution, T.V. episodes, and cards.   For example here's "Horrid Haunter's"*
description: "Haunter is a dangerous Pokémon.  If one beckons you while floating in darkness never approach it.  This Pokémon will try to lick you with its tongue and steal your life away."  Find out too this gas ghost can "levitate."  View its "evolution strip" to see it evolved from "Gastly" and can evolve into "Genger."  Check out Haunter's card moves such as tongue spring, hidden poison, psyshot, confuse ray, sleep poison, haunt, dream eater, Gothic fear, and hoodwink to name some.  How gruesome! No wonder this Pokémon has given kids horrific nightmares!
*My name for it.

Pokémon Go 

Click various circles such as "Pokémon Go Plus," "Explore Pokémon," "Teams and Gyms," and "In App Purchases" to find out more game details.  "Explore Pokémon" gives blow by blow info about how the game is played including safety, catching a Pokémon, completing one's Pokedex, the
traits of Pokémon, Pokémon evolution, and Pokémon eggs.  Out of all of this one has "gotta know" that the goal of this game is: "Gotta Catch 'Em All"-- yes, almost all of the original 151 from the Kanto Region.   

Gotta Learn

The Pokémon (Gotta Catch 'Em All) Deluxe Essential Handbook: The Need-to-Know Stats and Facts on Over 700 Pokémon is a useful tool to help grandparents, parents, family, and friends learn much more about Pokémon.  Published by Scholastic in 2015 this information-packed book with its glitzy golden title lettering, and its shiny Pokémon pics begs one to open its cover. 

But, before one opens the book carefully look at the deceptive Pokémon ball-like pics. When you do you'll note most of the pics which they chose are happy, and smiley making the Pokémon appear as if they are just a bunch of cuddly stuffed animals.  However, in a few moments, you'll realize how alluring the cover art is, for the Pokémon are anything but cuddly, rather they are often hideous and evil looking.     

Title Page:  The title page done in Pokémon logo colors of deep blue, golden yellow, and white has the Pokémon mantra "Gotta Catch 'Em All" below the Pokémon logo.  Then it once again restates the title, and lists the publisher Scholastic Inc.*

*Scholastic Books- the book club used by teachers all over the USA!

The Welcome Pages:  A two-page spread highlights the red page on the left with the rainbow-horned fairy Xerneas sprinting onto the page, while on the right the blue page there's: "Welcome to the World of Pokémon."  Below the welcome is listed the six Pokémon regions --Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos--each full of fascinating Pokémon.

This book also lists the Pokémon picture, type, species, height, and weight which "can make all the difference in Gym battles, in the wild, and anywhere else you might meet Pokemon." Besides, this deluxe handbook, it is said, will enable "Trainers" to master any Pokémon challenge.

How To Use This Book:  This two-page section goes into detail about each Pokémon's name, pronunciation, height and weight, description, evolution, mega evolution, type, and region.  It is
such info that one has "gotta know and learn" to equip one to do spiritual battle with anyone questioning whether this is "just an innocent game" without any concerns as to its background, and agenda!  Along with Scripture, it is knowledge that one can use when a "Deuteronomy Moment" comes.  For as Deuteronomy 6:6,7 reads: "And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

Guide to Pokémon Types:  The next pages explain the eighteen Pokémon types: fire, grass, water, normal, electric, bug, ghost, flying, fighting, psychic, steel, rock, ground, ice, poison, dark, dragon, and fairy.  This ends the seven pages of explanatory notes, and begins the ABC pages which begin on page eight with "Abomasnow" to page four hundred and thirty-two which finishes with "Zygarde".  In between are seven hundred more to scrutinize.

The Back Cover:  The back cover displays the logo, the mantra, and the message:  "Your favorite Pokémon are all here inside this book!  We've got Fairy-type ... Legendary ... Mega-Evolved ... and every Pokémon in between.

To Conclude:  I would highly recommend purchasing this book as you can back up your stories, and words with the Pokémon pictures and info thus adding weight to your warnings.  View the book here and click "Look Inside" to see its cover, its opening pages, and the Aa Pokémon from Abomasnow on page 8-Avalugg on p.28.

Gotta Notice the Names 

Many Pokémon names* say "Watch out!":  Names such  Abra-Psi Pokémon, Absol-Disaster Pokémon, Alakazam-Psi Pokémon, Arbok-Cobra Pokémon, Arceus-Alpha Pokémon, Beheeyem-Cerebral Pokémon, Carvanha-Savage Pokémon, Chandelure- Luring Pokémon,
Cofagrigus-Coffin Pokémon, Darkrai-Pitch Black Pokémon, Darumaka-Zen-Charm Pokémon, Dialga-Temporal Pokémon, Dragonair-Dragon Pokémon, Drapion-Ogre Scorpion Pokémon,
Eevee-Evolution Pokémon, Delphox-Fox Pokémon, Flylon-Mystic Pokémon, Gengar-Shadow Pokémon, Giratina-Renegade Pokémon, Gothitelle-Astral Body Pokémon, Gothorita-Manipulate Pokémon, Gourgeist-Pumpkin Pokémon, Gyarados-Atrocious Pokémon, Houndoom-Dark Pokémon, Hypno-Hypnosis Pokémon, Jynx-Human Shape Pokémon, Kirlia-Emotion Pokémon, Krookidile-Intimidation Pokémon, Lampent-Lamp Pokémon, Latias-Eon Pokémon , Lucario-Aura Pokémon, Manectric-Discharge Pokémon, Mawile-Deceiver Pokémon, Medicham- Meditate
Pokémon,  Mew-New Species Pokémon, Mewtwo-Genetic Pokémon, Mismagius- Magical
Pokémon, Munna-Dream Eater Pokémon, Ninetales-Fox Pokémon, Riolu-Emanation Pokémon,  Sigilyph-Avianoid Pokemon, Spiritomb-Forbidden Pokémon, Thunderdurus-Bolt Strike Pokémon, Uxie-Knowledge Pokémon, Xatu-Mystic Pokémon ,Yamask-Spirit Pokémon, Yvetal-Destruction Pokémon.  These are but a few of many to watch out for!

Delphox, the Fire-Psychic Pokémon, is one name to notice!  It's name has two parts which is a combo of the "Oracle of Delphi" and "fox."  However, even before I found that info I used Thesaurus.com (a terrific source) to find synonyms for psychic, occult, witch etc.  Under occult I noticed "Delphian," and "Delphic."  I wondered if any Pokémon had a name similar to this, and sure enough there was the mystical Delphox.  Looking up "Delphox" on Pokémon.wikia.com I found that this was a fox with the elements of a witch or mage. My Pokémon handbook further said that it held a flaming branch in its hand upon which it focused its eyes giving it psychic visions helping it to see into the future.  After reading about the "Oracle of Delphi" Delphox's story became even clearer.  This then can be woven into the Acts 16 story that involves the Oracle at Delphi.  See  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/acts/16-16.htm. Related topics include: occult, Delphic, witch, wizard, mage, focus, psychic, psychic visions, oracle, Oracle at Delphi, Apollo, spirit of divination, and Acts 16.  https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_of_Delphi

*Note:  Pokémon names were first written in Japanese, and later changed into more suitable names for English speaking gamers. Bulbapedia.com is a site which can provide much additional insight by clicking onto the "Origin" section.  Bulbapedia.com, by the way, is named after Generation One's first Pokémon Bulbasaur.  Find here: http://www.bulbagarden.net/

Gotta Notice the Types, the Moves, and the Illustrations

In all there are eighteen types, and oh, the evil behind these types.  Words can not even describe the things these characters are teaching innocent young children and youth.  As I researched the game  handbook a good number of the 700+ Pokémon were "Psychic"* with psychic terminology and moves and stories.  This brought up the question of the 722 Pokémon how many of the each type were there?  A Pokémon Database soon gave me exact numbers: Water was first with 126, Normal followed with 102, Flying was next with 101, while Psychic took fourth place with 90.  Ice had the least with 38.   See other types here: http://pokemondb.net

*Psychic:  Relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially those involving telepathy or clairvoyance: "psychic powers"  Synonyms: super-natural, paranormal, other worldly, preternatural, metaphysical, extrasensory, magic, magical, mystical, mystic, occult, clairvoyant, telepathic, having second sight, having a sixth sense (Oxford Dictionaries)  Be sure to check out Thesaurus.com synonym list!

The adjectives describing the game moves would make up one eye-opening glossary with most having absolutely horrendous names.  Be sure to peruse "Possible Moves" in the handbook or on a Pokémon info site noting the viciousness of many,  and evilness of others.  This activity alone--the noting of the descriptive names for each move--will surely enable one to discern that this game is literally overflowing with words and concepts and teachings far removed from the Bible. 

Pause and consider the possible moves for Banette, a ghost puppet-like Pokémon, that like a voodoo doll, sticks itself with pins to curse others!  Its moves are: knock-off, screech, night shade, curse, spite, will-o-wisp, shadow sneak, feint attack, hex,* shadow ball, sucker punch, embargo, snatch, and grudge trick.  Stop and imagine youngsters seven and up familiarizing themselves with such a character.  Bulbapedia says, "Banette is a ... doll-like Pokémon that is possessed with pure hatred."

A hex is: to practice witchcraft; to put a hex on; and to affect as an evil spell: jinx.  Synonyms are:
charm, enchant, bewitch, overlook, spell, strike.  Related words are: curse, jinx, possess, voodoo, attract, beguile, captivate, mesmerize, spellbind, entice, lure, seduce, tempt.  (Merriam-Webster)  Deuteronomy 18:10-14 makes it very clear what God thinks of those who use witchcraft or other practices named in this piece.  It reads:  "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or observer of times, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all these things are an abomination unto the Lord:...."

Another need-to-notice activity would be to flip through the book, or scroll through a site with all of the Pokémon pics and simply notice the ferocious or scary looking parts of each character.  Just a few pages into this any one with a smidgen of discernment would have to concede that these atrocious characters have no place in the life of a precious young child, or teen.  For Philippians 4:8 declares, "...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Gotta Know Pokémon Back Stories

Highlighted here are back stories about various types of Pokémon-- stories one can easily recall to share with others who need to become aware of just how deceptive is the Pokémon agenda.

Some Third Eye Pokémon:
Dark:  Absol:  Disaster Pokémon:  George Hutcheon, Bulbapedia contributor, shares Absol is based on a "Bai Ze" a creature from both China and Japan who warned good rulers of impending disaster.  In Japan images of the Bai Ze were made into "good luck charms" to ward off monsters and disease.  Absol, says Hutcheon, resembles this monster with its dark horn, feline shape, and black oval third eye. http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Column:On_the_Origin_of_Species
Ghost/Poison:  Mega Gengar: Shadow Pokémon:  Gengar is a "third eye" Pokémon with an oval yellow third eye on its forehead.  Its "malicious," says Bulbapedia, laughing at and
delighting in its victim's terror.  It hides in the shadows hoping to attack its prey, and enjoys casting curses. How horrible is this powerful mega Pokémon which has evolved from the evil Gengar with his sinister leer and giant teeth.  Its "moves" include hypnosis, curses, night shade, sucker punch, dream eater, dark pulse, hex, and nightmare.
Steel/Psychic:  JirachiWish Pokémon: Jirachi is another Pokémon which has a hidden third-eye or "true eye" concealed within a seam.  Its eye is said to absord energy to aid in its hibernation.  If awakened it might grant your wish if you write it on one of its tags, and sing to it with a pure voice.  View this Pokémon with its yellow and green third eye revealed in the "Doom Desire Move" description in Bulbapedia.
The Psychic Third Eye Trading Card:  The Trading Card Game has a supporter card labeled "The Psychic Third Eye."  See it here. 
A third eye is: "A point on the forehead corresponding to one of the chakras in yoga, often depicted as an eye and associated with enlightenment and mystical insight." (Free Dictionary)
Aura Pokémon:
Fighting/Steel:  Lucario:  Aura Pokémon:  Canine-like Lucario (evolved from Aura Pokémon Riolu) raises its four aura appendages to read and manipulate its opponents' aura.  Aura Sphere or "wave bomb" is its very special battle move.  Mega Lucario becomes even more ferocious with additional spikes coming from its hands, feet, and shoulders.  As its aura heightens black patches appear on its body.  It's said too that it can activate crystallized Time Flowers by shooting out aura.
Ghost-Dragon:  Giratina Original/Altered Forme:  Renegade Pokémon:  Dragonic, demonic appearing Giratina in either form was banished, the Pokémon handbook states, to another dimension where all is distorted and reversed.  Like Lucario, Giratina battles with "Aura Sphere."
Aura Guardians:  In the Pokémon world Aura Guardians sense aura and control its power.
Aura Capabilities:  Bulbapedia lists aura capabilities as being able to read minds/actions of others, sense other auras, view thru objects, project aura barriers, transfer aura to others, and activate Time Flowers.
An Aura (in Japanese means "wave-guiding") is: an energy field that is held to emanate from a living being (Merriam-Webster) 

Meditation Pokémon Trio:
Fighting-Psychic:  Meditite:  Meditate Pokémon:  Meditite's Japanese name is "Asanan" which comes from "asana" a name for various yogic poses.  It does such intense meditation it nearly starves itself never missing daily yoga practice.  This routine, says, the handbook, intensifies its inner strength.  Meditite also levitates.  Pics of Meditite can be found sitting in a lotus position with each hand fixed in a mudra.
Fighting-Psychic:  Medicham and Mega Medicham:  Medicham meditates so much it has developed a sixth sense.  Its picture shows it doing a yogic asana with its hands held in a mudra position.  Some say Medicham resembles a good luck charm doll known as a "Daruma doll."
A sixth sense is: a power of perception but not one of the five senses: a keen intuitive power  (Meriam-Webster)
A Daruma doll is: a hollow and round Japanese wish doll with no arms or legs modeled after Bodhi-
dharma, the founder and first patriarch of Zen.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll

Hypnotic Dream-Eating Pokémon: 
Psychic:  Drowzee: Hypnosis Pokémon:  Drowzee lurks near by to draw out dreams.  Drowzee, a dream eater tapir-like Baku-based Pokémon, uses moves that include hypnosis, meditate, zen-headbutt, psychic, psybeam, poison gas, psyshock, and future sight plus more.
Psychic:  Hypno: Hypnosis Pokémon: Hypno uses a pendulum for putting one into a hypnotic trance. Hypno, too, is able to sense what its victim is dreaming.  A movie "Hyno's Naptime" tells how Hypno's sleep waves have caused children to disappear, and Pokémon to grow sleepy.
Self-Hypnosis with a Pendulum:  On line steps to use a pendulum to self-hypnotize can be
found at several web sites. 
Psychic: Munna: Dream Eater Pokémon: If Munna, a Baku inspired blimp-like Pokémon, eats a happy dream it gives off pink mist.  Some of Munna's moves include: lucky chant, hypnosis, nightmare, future sight, dream eater, and telekinesis. 
Psychic: Musharna: Drowsing Pokémon:  Musharna resembles a tapir-like pink pig with its dream stream coming out of its forehead.  Some say Musharna seems like a traditional Japanese incense burner called a "koro." that appears on Buddhist altars.
Baku:  M.R.Reese of Green Shinto writes that a Japanese child having a nightmare is told if they wake up to repeat "Baku-san, come eat my dream!" three times.  After, the legend says, the Baku will enter the room, and eat up the bad dreams. However, this mustn't be over done or it will devour their hopes and desires leaving them with an empty life.  Kids to this day keep "Baku Talisman" by their bedsides. An on line site offers a ring, said to have the Baku spirit in it, that one could wear or hang up for protection.  http://www.greenshinto.com/wp/2014/12/16/baku-the-dream-eater/
Lucky Chant:  This move's meaning was, on Bulbapedia, described as "a good luck charm in Japanese," and an incantation toward the sky to stop an opponent.
Telekinesis is: the production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means.  (Merriam-Webster)

Psychic Pokémon:
The Psi Quartet: Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, and Mega Alakazam:  These four "Psi" Pokémon, all of the Psychic type, possess many powers. Abra's signature  move is to "teleport" away.  Kadabra uses one spoon to greatly increases its powers.  Super intelligent Alakazam has two spoons. Lastly,  Mega Alakazam has five spoons over head while seated in a lotus position with each hand fixed in mudra.  Note his distinctive red third eye.  He, records Bulbapedia, is based on a wizard or sorcerer, or a Hindu sadhus--a holy man who is a yogi.  A Wikipedia article on "Sadhus" has quite a photo display of many holy men with their prominent third eye markings.  For more read "Abra, Kadabra, and Alakazam" at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abra,_Kadabra,_and_Alakazam

Ghost/Spirit Pokémon:
Ghost Pokémon: Yamask: Spirit Pokémon:  Yamask, a very disturbing Pokémon, has a Japanese name Desumasu which comes from death and mask.  It also means "Yama" or Lord of the Dead in Buddhism/Hindusim, and "weeping mask" in Chinese.  Its based too on the Egyptian Ba holding a death mask.  Pokedex entries say its mask makes it cry as it wanders round ancient landmarks.  Should one accidently wear this mask it can be "possessed."  On a post entitled "Pokemanical" a gamer shares stories of really dark Pokémon especially ghosts as Yamask and Cofagrigus. A picture of some of the worst of the worst Pokémon has a comment that says, "Yet still allowable as kids' game. Huh!"
Ghost Pokémon: Cofagrigus: Coffin Pokémon:  This coffin Pokémon who lurks in tombs and ruins is an Egyptian sarcophagi that eats people, and mummifies them! Grave robbers who come too close to its shadowy ebony hands find themselves locked inside Cofagrigus.  Its name is a combo of sarcophagus and egregious which means coffin and grim.  And grim they are!

Light Pokémon: "A Ghost-Fire Trio:"
Ghost/Fire: Litwick: Candle Pokémon:  This small candle has a purple flame that's powered by "life energy".  To get this energy Litwick, a pretender, seems to light the way through darkness all the while sucking life energy from its victim.  A Bulbapedia description says, "Litwick leads people astray and sucks out their life force." What an apt description of Satan!  For II Corinthians says, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." And I Peter 5:8 adds, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour."
In Bulpadedia "Origin" section it says: Litwick's name is a combo of hitodama or a blue, black, and purple flame associated with ghosts, yokai, and candles.  It can also be associated with the leader of a Japanese funeral procession carrying a torch. Some of its "moves" are: ember, will-o-wisp, hex, curse, and shadow ball among others.
Ghost/Fire: Lampent: Lamp Pokémon:  Lampent, an ominous Pokémon, lurks round hospitals "waiting for someone to die" at which time it absorbs their departing spirit which in turn fuels its flame.  However, II Corinthians 5:8 says of those who die in the Lord that we are "absent from the body and present with the Lord!"  And Hebrews 9:27 reads, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
Ghost/Fire: Chandelure: Luring Pokémon: Third in this spirit sucking trio is Chandelure whose name is like a "sentient" chandelier and lure.  Chandelure based also on hitodama which Wikipedia defines as Japanese meaning "human souls" that are like balls of fire floating in the night -- departed souls that have been separated from their bodies.  The Deluxe Essential Handbook says, "Chande-
lure's spooky fames can burn the spirit right out of someone.  If that happens the spirit becomes trapped in this world endlessly wandering."  One of Chandelure's "moves" in the game is to put a "hex" on someone.
Will-o'-the-wisp-is: Wikipedia says a will-o'-the-wisp is an atmospheric ghost seen by travelers at night by bogs, swamps, or marshes which if approached can lure travelers from safe paths.

The Kami Trio: Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus:
Flying: Tornadus: Legendary Cyclone Pokémon:  Tornadus, a kami of wind, is based on the Shinto god Fujin.  Tornadus is a wizard-like Pokémon that is carrying a bag of wind.  Japan Talk's
"Raijin and Fujin: Fearsome Japanese Gods of Nature" by John Spacey tells how when Mongol Fleets attacked in 1274 and 1281 Fujin was thanked for protecting Japan.  From this came the word kamikaze (note "kami) which literally means "divine wind."
Electric/Flying: Legendary Bolt Strike Pokémon:  Thundurus, a kami of lightning and thunder, is inspired by one of the most feared of Japanese deities Raijin.  It's said of Raijin that if there's a storm Japanese children were told to cover their belly buttons for Raijin might eat them.  People prayed to Raijin for rain and lightning.  A rice field hit by a lightning bolt, it was believed, would be fertile and produce a good harvest.  Spacey says statues of both protector gods are seen at gates, shrines, and temples through out Japan.  Muza-chan in "Japanese Traditions"* says Raijin comes from "rai" for thunder and "shin" for god.  It was known as a "kamiari" or "kami" for spirit or deity and "nari" for thunder.  Muza-chan notes you'll find this beautiful "red demon" Raijin statue at the Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa, Tokyo.  http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/japanese-traditions-fujin-god-wind    http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/japanese-traditions-raijin-thunder-god
*  This blog is packed full of Shinto stories.
Ground/Flying: Landorus: Legendary Abundance Pokémon:  Bulbapedia states that Landorus was the master of this "Forces of Nature" kami trio. In the Pokémon universe region called "Unova" there's a shrine in honor of the "Great Landorus" named "The Abundant Shrine."  Landorus is based on a third kami--the Kami of Fertility--also named Inari.  http://pokemon.neoseeker.com/wiki/Kami_Trio
A Kami is:  In the Shinto religion, kami are spirits/phenomena that are worshipped.  According to Wikipedia:  "They are elements in nature, animals, creationary forces in the universe, as well as spirits of the revered deceased."  Under "Etymology" Wikipedia notes: "Kami is the Japanese word for a god, deity, divinity, or spirit.  It has been used to describe 'mind,' 'God,' 'supreme being,' 'one of the Shinto deities,' 'an effigy,' 'a principle,' and 'anything that is worshipped.'"  For further info:    
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami.  The Bible, however, in Exodus 20:3-5 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them: for I the LORD they God am a jealous God, ..."   

A Creator 'God' Pokémon:
Normal: Arceus: Mythical Alpha Pokémon:  Areceus is the god Pokémon of the Pokémon Universe.  It's based on a creator deity with a stance like an Egyptian bull or calf idols particularly Apis.  It has an arc on its back, says Bulbapedia, that is used to represent reincarnation in Hinduism.

Arceus is connected to the Shinto gods Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi who summoned the first goddess and god Izanami and Izanagi to create Japan with a spear. The reference to its having 1000 arms comes from Buddhism.  Arceus, its said, created Sinnoh, a Pokémon area, and the three Pokémon Lake Guardians Uxie, Azelf, and Misprit and the Creation Trio Dialaga, Palkia, and Giratina.

Upon reading its English name "Alpha Pokémon" one can't help but think about the Biblical reference in Revelation 1:8 that declares, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

These stories are but the tip of the iceberg as to what terms, and concepts are being put into the receptive minds of our kids straight out of Shintoism, Buddhism, the New Age and other pagan religions. As Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  And as the prayer the Lord taught us to pray which ends in Matthew 6:13 says: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever."

Gotta Learn About the Shinto Connection

Shintoism in Pokémon:  In his July 18, 2016 article "Pokémon Go and Its AR Universe", Ray Tsuchiyama shows how much Pokémon is connected to Shintoism. Ray says the Pokémon Go gamers out on their Pokémon hunts are "almost like a new religion of seekers."  "They," says Ray, "are seeing 'otherworldly' aural specter/image in the middle of the 'material world' of buildings, shower trees, and beaches."

Ray also recalls Satoshi Tajiri, the Pokémon founder, was into his bug collecting world as a child, and later the anime character Ash with his electrifying Pikachu was made to resemble Tajiri.  Ray says Tajiri's childhood hobby surely contributed to Pokémon with all its curious critters.  "But," writes Ray, "there is also the deeper cultural, mythological, and animist religious history of Japan that influenced this global game."

Ray goes on to show how closely tied Pokémon is to Shintoism when he writes, "In fact Ninetales is obviously the fox god of Shintoism.  Also the water Pokémon ... Whipcash ... is like a blue catfish ...(which)... in Japanese mythology a catfish ... triggers earthquakes....  Lombre ... has the greatest resemblance to the Kappa a Japanese water demon.  ... the Pokémon Shiftry evokes a Japanese goblin that lives in trees and cause windstorms. ... Kyogre and Groudon ... (are referred to in the Hoenn region) ... which is a retelling of the mythological creation of the Japanese island chain by the primordial male and female.  A Shinto 'world flood' myth has been worked in Mewtwo's character.

"In the original game," maintains Ray, "when a Pokémon lives long enough in the material world, this character 'ascends' to a higher plane, kind of like astral projection, and again, the spiritual motif returns.  Also in the game, Pokémon trainers gather to mourn and present offering for 'dead' Pokémon, since without the chanting of the Pokémon 'souls' will wander the material world and transform into vengeful spirits--again evoking Shinto beliefs."

Ray declares, "Pokémon characters clearly resemble Shinto gods that hang out in rivers, rocks, trees, and other places--and following Shinto, when offered food and incense, Pokémon and friends/allies and bring players all sorts of rewards, like points (blessings?)."

Even your smartphone muses Ray can "be warm and full of good thoughts" since we have become disenchanted (in a spiritual way) with our daily lives ..."  "So," says Ray, "Pokémon players can inhabit two worlds: one that is 'real' and one that is 'imaginary'...."  Ray ends by noting that Pokémon
GO isn't the original "character hunting" mobile app.  Ray writes, "For years in Japan game firms like Yokai Watch and Monster Hunter, have spawned thousands of small groups ...  All these games are heavily influenced by Shinto Mythology." 

Gotta Learn About the Yokai Connection

Yokai are: (ghost, phantom, or strange apparitions) a class of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. (Wikipedia)  They can, says Wikipedia, be malevolent to mischievous, or even bring good fortune.  Yokai can appear in different ways: as animals, as humans, as inanimate objects, or as shapeless.  They have spiritual supernatural powers with obake shapeshifting being one of the most common ones.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dkai

An informative article entitled "Who's That Pokémon? Yokai Edition" by Kristen Dexter starts out "But some of my favorite Pokémon were inspired by yokai: supernatural monsters, ghosts, and phantoms of Japanese folklore.  Says Kristen, "Gotta catch 'em all, yokai!"

Kristen then lists the Japanese term for a particular yokai and its definition.  She then asks:  "Who's that yokai?"  After there's a large picture of each Pokémon that fits this definition, and a further reference to its/their traits.  Here's the yokai covered: Sazae Oni, turban shell ogres, like Slowbro and Slowking; Sogen Bi, a fireball floating head, like Gastly; Baku dream eaters, like Drowzee, Hypno, Munna, and Musharna; Jinmenju, human tree heads, like Exegguter; Yamauba, old woman turned witch, like Jnyx; Nekomata, Bake split tail cats, like Esperson; Nukekubi, cursed headless woman or girl, like Misdreavus;  Kamitachi, ambusher attacker weasels, like Sneasel and Weavile; Futakushi Onna, two mouthed cursed woman, like Mawile; Tsukimogami, spirit inhabited inanimate objects, like Banette; Hitodama, graveyard colored light, like Litwick; Kodama, ball of light tree spirits, like Celebi, Phantump, and Trevenant; Chochin Obake, paper lantern inhabiters, like Dusclops and Dusknoir; Yuki Onna, evil woman freezer of travelers, like Froslass; and Nurarihyon, old man yokai leader, like Jellicent.   Read it at:  https://www.tofugu.com/japan/pokemon-yokai/.

Gotta Read Up on Church Reactions to Pokemon

One last thing to look into and become aware of is the number of churches that have been designated Pokémon Go Pokestops and Gyms.  Churches, in any number of articles, are crowing about how unbelievably wonderful it is that they have been named stopping places for Pokémon Go players to pick up items to help catch those hidden Pocket Monsters.  Now, is it because most churches see it as a reason to share the gospel with those that happen by, or is it because they think the game is clever and yes even fun and they get to share things like water, or a place to recharge smartphones?    Unfortunately, it is the latter in many instances.    

I even read where an Episcopal church attendee declared if you're going to do 'evangelism' you might as well have fun doing it.  Another "evangelical millennial" opined all that old "Pokémon is of the devil drivel" why that's a thing of the past; and just think there is not one of the 721 Pokémon now here, and more coming that have a name that in way is devilish or Satanic--not a one.  Read here:
http://www.millennialevangelical.com/is-pokemon-satanic/  How I'd challenge this uninformed
millennial, or any one else regardless of age to do the research using sources quoted in this piece that show how infiltrated Pokémon is with every sort of evil idea that could be thought up.  In fact, the verse that that best describes Pokémon could be Genesis 6:5 that reads: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of his heart was only evil continually."  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it is today!

Gotta Discern, Gotta Go

In summary, once one grasps that Pokémon is inundated with deceptive teachings, one must
determine to research Pokémon lore and backstories to more fully discern the agenda, the culture,
and the religion from which this game has arisen. The question then becomes: "What must one do with this information?  Just as Berit Kijos in her excellent 1999 article: "The Dangers of Role-Playing Games-How Pokémon and Magic Cards Affect the Minds" listed ideas on how to teach
one's children or grandchildren on ways to resist occult entertainment I too would urge parents, grandparents, and friends to be ready as Deuteronomy Moments arise, and during devotional times to talk to your children on a regular basis about key words and ideas presented in Pokémon and Pokémon Go and how they contrast with scripture.

Point out that Proverbs describes the simple--the naïve ones--those who are open to anything that comes down the pike as contrasted to the wise-- the knowledgeable ones-- those who cry out and search for wisdom as to which paths to take.  And as Solomon said in Proverbs 4:10-15: "Hear O
my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  I have taught in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in the right paths.  When thou goest thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction ; let her not go; keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the path of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."           

What opportunities await informed Christians, who with both scripture, and pertinent Pokémon information, can clearly point out how deceptive, and evil these alluring Pokémon are.  Yes, we gotta be ready to go for not only must we warn about Pokémon Go, but as Mark 16:15, a Bible go verse, reads, "... Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

Learn to Discern Granny Verses:  Proverbs 4:26, 27

In this Pokémon Go world how apt are these verses:  "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."

For More Information:

"How Pokémon and Magic Cards Affect the Minds and Values of Children (and a Warning About Pokémon Go)  (1999) by Berit Kijos 

"Gotta Catch 'Em All" (2009) by Mike Oppenheimer at: http://www.letusreason.org/Current17.htm



Friday, June 3, 2016

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Infiltration of Major School Systems: A Look Into 'Mindful Kids Miami' and 'Breathe for Change' Madison

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Infiltration of Major School Systems:  A Look Into 'Mindful Kids Miami' and 'Breathe for Change' Madison

Miami-Dade County Schools Partner with Mindful Kids Miami

Miami-Dade County Schools (Fourth Largest School District in the U.S.A.) is being transformed into a mindfulness-yoga school system through its partnership with Mindful Kids Miami, and its mindfulness lady leader--Valerie York-Zimmerman.

Yes, grades Pre-K through 12, students as well as teachers and administrators will be instructed in mindfulness meditation. Training centers have been set up all over Miami even in the sanctuary of the "most progressive church in the city"--Riviera Presbyterian Church (USA).  Recently Riviera adherents proudly held up a banner reading, "We All Are God's Beloved Children: No Exceptions!"

Now, Valerie York-Zimmerman, devotee of famed mindfulness zealot Jon Kabat-Zinn, passionately shares mindfulness practices everywhere she goes.  And just what does this partnership between MKM and M-DCPS involve?  And what will the children/teachers of Dade County be subjected to?  To begin read about its "Inner-Journey Poster" below.

Ponder This MKM Poster: MBSR Teachers/Administrator Course for 2015-21016

A colorful printable poster designed to hang in faculty rooms touting the Mindful Kids Miami's pilot program for professional development for its classroom educators and administrators shows the MKM and M-DCPS logos side by side at the top of the poster.  Just below the logos is a serene beach scene complete with a sacred stone stack.

Stating the official agenda of MKM, the poster declares, "Mounting scientific evidence supports mindfulness-based programs help teachers reduce stress and burnout, anxiety disorders and depression, and improve immune function, attention, memory, executive function, compassion,
resilience, among other benefits."

To find more information about this fully funded program one is encouraged to visit www.MindfulKidsMiami.org. Participants also were told to go to M-DCPS Employee Portal to register so they might receive their "26 Master Plan Points."

In small print at the bottom the poster says MKM is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to bringing benefits of mindfulness to all children, grades Pre-K through 12, in Miami-Dade County.  The intention of MKM is to teach "mindfulness skills" to children and adults in schools, hospitals, and institutional settings.

Valerie York-Zimmerman: Founder of "Mindful Kids Miami"

Exactly who is York-Zimmerman?  And what is her agenda?  "The One Quality You Must Instill in Your Child" by Amanda McCorquodale fills us in when it says that secret something for York-Zimmerman "is mindfulness, a daily meditative practice that brings one's complete attention to the present moment."

And the article informs us that York-Zimmerman has studied with Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh as well as mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn.  In addition, Valerie's extensive bio "About the Teacher" on her web site points out that she's studied with many other "auspicious" masters from both the East and the West.  Besides, she and her husband Dr. Zimmerman have even built "The Sanctuary" which is a meditation hall "nestled in the tranquility of a Zen garden."

When one reads where she's studied, and with whom she's trained it's impossible not to wonder how such an organization, that's so blatantly based on Buddhism, can penetrate into a public school system such as Miami, and seemingly no one even challenges these obvious religious ties.

Prayer Stone Stacks: Their Association with Mindfulness

As noted the MKM's Poster had a prayer stone stack pictured on its M-DCPS' faculty poster.  So too, it can be noted, that both Thich Nhat Hanh's book The Mindful Survival Kit, and Jon Kabat-Zinn's book Mindfulness for Beginners had similar prayer stacks on their front covers.  So what is the significance of this?

The Daily OM's article "Prayer Stone Stacks: Intention Set in Stone" gives us one answer when it says, "Out in nature, mindfully placing a stone on a stone pile leaves a prayer in its wake for those that follow after you."  An article form The PranaShanti Yoga Centre of Ottawa, Canada "What Do Stacked Stones Mean for Mindfulness?" notes that building such stacks requires full attention to the present moment thus making the process "meditative."  After, one can infuse each stone with a prayer or intention and when something disrupts that pile those prayers have done their work, and are released.  http://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/printerfriendly.cgi?articleid=23084

Thus, MKM's sacred stone stack on its poster brings up the question is mindfulness secular, as MKM suggests, or is there a religious component as even their poster would seem to signal?  And one might also ask how did all this mindfulness infiltration get started any way?  For the answers one must turn to Jon Kabat-Zinn and his karmic saga.

Jon Kabat-Zinn's Karmic Saga: The Mainstreaming of Mindfulness

Mary S. Wylie, in "How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream--And the Backlash That Came With It," tells the story of how Buddhist student, and MIT molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn received "his karmic assignment" vision during a meditation retreat. What was this assignment?
Why it was to bring his Eastern disciplines of yoga and mindfulness to people of the Massachusetts hospital in which he was then working.

How did he then achieve this mainstreaming of Buddhist mindfulness?  Wylie writes it this way, "... he approached the challenge by adopting a mainstream and commonsensical American vocabulary that described meditation as a way or paying attention and cultivating awareness in everyday life, and by practices that were easily accessible and straightforward."  In other words, he removed every shred of Buddhist terminology that he could!

This "little pilot project" begun by Kabat-Zinn flourished as his patients took responsibility to practice watching their breath, utilizing body scans, doing home yoga, and learning to meditate.  Over and over Kabat-Zinn emphasized this mindfulness meditation meant: "To pay attention on purpose in the present moment nonjudgmentally."

Fast forward thirty-seven years later, and today you'll find his mindfulness in hospitals, schools, colleges, prisons, military training, sports, corporations, and more.  As Wylie wrote, "mindfulness is a 'boffo bestseller' both as a product, and its endless spinoffs."

Now, notes Wylie, numerous studies were made but almost all of them, but for forty-three, were deemed unusable as found by John Hopkins Asst. Professor of Medicine Madhav Goyal.  Wilie also described how such famous personalities as the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Moyers helped push mindfulness to the forefront.

Wylie, however not only described the successes of mindfulness, but its downfalls.  One of these downfalls, seldom told to the public, is the fact that, according to Willoughby Britton of Brown University, mindfulness has a shadow side or a dark side.  Britton found that those who deeply meditated often experienced disturbing results such as hallucinating, reliving old wounds and traumas, feelings of intense fear, and having psychotic outbreaks.  Britton called this her "Dark Night Project."  Britton noted, "If we think anything is going to fix everything, we should probably take a moment and meditate on that."  Click here for the Wylie's entire article:

Major Spokesman for Mindfulness Congressman Tim Ryan: Part of Honorary Board of Mindful Kids Miami

One doesn't have to do much research to discover MKM has its roots in the University of Miami's mindfulness program.  In fact in April of 2015 there was presentation sponsored by MKM and the university featuring Tim Ryan, Amishi Jha, Scott Rogers, and Valerie York-Zimmerman herself.

It's interesting to note that Congressman Ryan, speaking at a 2013 Wisdom 2 Conference, along with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Marianne Williamson, testified how Kabat-Zinn had won him over to mindfulness meditation during Tim's first silent retreat.  Ryan then went on to write A Mindful Nation which has a foreword by Kabat-Zinn.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOnwBg08geU

Amishi Jha, an ardent Buddhist, is also a contemplative neuroscientist researcher with the U. of Miami.  Now, her research has been to show how mindfulness impacts the brain.  However, if you examine Jha's speaking engagements it will immediately show her strong ties to Buddhism, and the New Age with her presentations at Naropa University, Upaya Zen Center, Omega, and Windmill Meditation.  Once again, mindfulness aficionados who declare mindfulness secular, and not religious should note who is championing this approach, and their associations with Buddhist organizations.

University of Wisconsin/Madison's Public Schools Partner with Breathe for Change

Much like Mindful Kids Miami the University of Wisconsin and Madison Public Schools are partnering with Breathe for Change.  Again like Miami, Breathe for Change is run by an ambitious lady leader- Dr. Ilana Nankin.  http://www.breatheforchange.org/

This youthful "change agent" Nankin, who worked for the Biden-Obama campaign, is out of Berkeley with a triple agenda for America's kids: social justice, yoga, and mindfulness all rolled into one.  Nankin, in a few months, has put together an organization that has, according to its web site, already "reached remarkable milestones" since its startup in 2015 at U. of Wisconsin.

Under its banner of "change and transformation" B4C boasts that it offers "the world's only 200-hour wellness and yoga teacher training designated specifically for educators."  This sixteen day training, associated with the  Cloud Nine Yoga Schools headed by Erika Faith Calig, promises to take educators through a "transformational progression" that includes yogic principles and postures, mindfulness and breathing, and powerful group exercises.  Grads of this training earn a "Yoga Alliance 200-hour Certification" (From Cloud Nine) and become Breathe for Change champions.

A closer look at the Madison Yoga Certification Schedule from last year should make the discerning reader cringe at what public school youth are about to be taught through this coming army of mindfulness and yoga educators.  It's day by day, and even hour by hour schedule is laid out for all to see--things such as eight limb yoga, yamas and niyamasas, asana intensive, breath and sun salutations, yin/yang yoga, pranayama and bandhas, meditation, kids' yoga, kids' moving meditations, blissful breakfasts, love lunches, divine dinners, chakras east and west, chakra affirmations, ayurveda, intro to mudras, mantras, kriyas, kundalini, the Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism, deities, avatars, partner yoga, Thai massage, and the list goes on and on!

Concerned reader:  This list is "religious" through and through for these topics are straight out of Hinduism and Buddhism.  Remember, this is all going into public schools.  And this summer B4C is moving on to NYC, and on to the "Sesame Street Program."  Be watching!

The May 20, 2016 Yoga Journal features B4C asking:  "Can Yoga Save Our Schools, One Teacher at a Time?"  The answer is, says the YJ Editor, is Breathe for Change "thinks it can."  However, no program or person will save our schools for we've swept God out, and brought other gods in.  Isaiah 45:22 says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else."  Just one person can make all things new, transform us, and calm us and that person is Jesus Christ!

Mindfulness and Yoga Are In Our Schools: What's Your Response?

Not only is mindfulness and yoga in Miami and Madison but in many other places as well; in fact it could be going on right in your own school via the Smart Board, the school TV system, the PE program, or elsewhere.  And very soon mindfulness and yoga programs are going to require true Christian teachers (parents too) to take a stand against participating in training classes, or having such practices in the classroom as those taught by MKM, or B4C.  And jobs may be lost.  Some of these may be pilot projects for now, but total control is right around the corner in the name of science, health, and wellness.  The handwriting is on the wall!

With school systems all over the country ready to embark on a mission to incorporate mindfulness meditation, and yoga into their curriculums what will your response be?  Will you keep silent, or will you speak up?  For this is the time now to take a stand for truth.  Inform your pastors, youth leaders, administrators, teachers, parents, grandparents, and others of what is happening.  Wake up for the time is late!

Should such a time come when teachers and parents are forced to take a stand on these issues I hope with the songwriter of  "The Solid Rock" you can respond, "My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name.  On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand."

Learn to Discern Granny Verses:  Psalm 1:1-2 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

Note: Mindful meditation asks you to close your eyes, clear your mind, and focus on your breath; while Biblical meditation asks you to fill your mind with the Word of God, and think of it over and over.

For More Information:

"Coming to a School Near You?  Mindfulness Meditation for Public School Children
in Wisconsin"  Lighthouse Trails Blog

Meditation!  Pathway to Wellness or Doorway to the Occult? by Ray Yungen 
Lighthouse Trails Tract Booklet

D Is for Deception by Kevin Reeves and the Editors at Lighthouse Trails
Lighthouse Trails Tract Booklet


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Disney? Zootopia's Yax Yak Oms at Mystic Spa

What's Up Disney?  Zootopia's Hippy Yax Oms at Mystic Spa

Remember characters like Donald and Daisy Duck and Huey, Dewey, and Louie?  Well, things have changed!  Instead Disney's Zootopia, Pixar's latest animation marvel, has a cast of characters that includes "Be the Change Judy Bunny," "Oming Yax the Hippy Yak," and "Nudist Yogi Nangi the Elephant" among other animal prey and predator characters making one query, "What's Up Disney?"

While much has been written about Zootopia this review will zero in on its "middle of the movie moments" which include Judy and Nick's meeting of the zoned out nudist Yax the Yak, who mans the desk of Zootopia's Mystic Oasis Springs Spa; and their introduction to Nangi* the Yogi Elephant and the other animal "nudists" cavorting round the spa's "Pleasure Pond" in provocative positions.
http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Yax  http://zootopia.wikia.com/wiki/Nanga

*Note:  "Nangi" means "naked" in Hindu; and Nangi is voiced by actress Gita Reddy.

Thus, because of the disturbing content of these scenes this back story will give the reader a better understanding of what makes these middle of the movie scenes so troublesome.

Zootopia's Meditation Moment: Yax Yak Oms

Main characters Judy and Nick meet Yax seated behind his candle lit front desk in front of a sacred mandala.  Yax's mouth is opened letting out a continuous stream of that most sacred Hindu sound: OM or AUM!

Now OM is the symbol you'll see resembling a three having a tail with a tusk-like-shape and a diamond over it.  Aliyah Schick in her book: The OM Meditative Color Book: Adult Coloring for Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Spiritual Connection, Prayer, Centering, and Coming Into Your Deep True Self  describes OM as the original primordial sound that created the universe.  It is the name of God.  OM is the vibration of God's manifesting into form."  Schick further says, "OM is the most recognized symbol of Hinduism ... widely used in Hindu traditions, by yoga practitioners,
by Buddhist, Janists, and others."  Schick continues, "OM is a whole prayer within itself, and is often used as a repeating chant ....  It attunes us to higher levels of being.  It is said that the vibration ... penetrates all the way to our souls."

Schick says chanting OM will enable one to find their "deep true selves."  But the Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 that our true selves are "desperately wicked and who can know it?"  And that the only way we can find life and hope is through Jesus Christ, not through chanting OM.

If you've read my previous blog: "Disney Kids' Pixar Short: 'Sanjay's Super Team' Shocks with Hindu Story" you'll recall how Disney also inserted a meditative scene with  Sanjay's dad "oming" in the short preceding the recent movie: "The Good Dinosaur."  Recall this seven minute short was sprung on the audience without any warning.  And when the short ended the audience had its eye-full of Hindu idols and a Hindu demon.  Disney's insertion of such meditative methods was not part of its past fun-filled films.   However, content has changed, so be alert!

Disney Zootopia: The Essential Guide 

Yax Meditating on the Cover

A look into Dorling Kindersley's Disney Zootopia: The Essential Guide by Victoria Saxon will help give even more incite into Zootopia's mid-movie-encounters.  Just a glance at its cover shows five of its characters; Judy front and center surrounded by Yax, Flash, Nick, and Clawhauser.

And what is Yax doing?  He's meditating in the lotus position with his hooves in a mudra, and mouth opened in the "OM" position.

Yax Meditating in the Center

Just past the midpoint of the book once again we find Yax featured in a two page spread.  Yax, "the naked yak on Mystic Spring Oasis's front desk," is described as a "laid-back dude who doesn't seem to notice anything much."  Around the illustrations in DK fashion there are boxes.  One entitled:
 "A Warm Welcome" tells us Yax lights lots of candles on the front desk.  Yax's "Fact File" box lists  his hobbies as: "chanting and burning incense." 

Yax's "In the Zone" Box shares, "Yax won't let guests interrupt his meditation.  The more they try to bother him, the louder he chants."  Behind Yax you'll note the edges of the large meditation mandala on the spa's wall.  In the movie scenes the background mandala is very noticeable!

Moving over to the full page picture of Yax chanting while sitting with his legs crossed in the lotus pose with labeled arrows pointing out: "flies buzzing round," "shaggy unwashed hair," ""mystic orange beads with green charm," and "meditating in the lotus pose."  A blurb beside him is labeled: "The Body Is a Temple."  It reads: "Yax believes that his body is awesome, and he wants to keep it pure and natural."  (pp. 42-43)

Yax Meditating at the End

Just in case you didn't get enough of the "Yax" who do we find pictured on the "Acknowledgement" page at the very end?  Yes, Yax oming as the flies swarm round his mangy hair.

Mystic Springs Oasis

The Essential Guide has another two page spread describing "this awesome spa" as "the best place in the city to chill out and feel good."  This Mystic Springs box says, "Dudes of all types are seriously welcome here, from business yaks to bear cops.  Visitors can relax with meditation, yoga, hot springs, and lots of warm mud." 

Around the two pages, boxes highlight various parts of the springs.  The far left box "Top 3... Yoga Positions" are given as "Downward dog, Half moon, and Tree Pose."  The next box "Pleasure Pool" says the spa's pool is an "outdoor haven" where animals splash and snooze.  The "Take a Break" box tells that upon entering the spa all mammals are to encouraged to breathe in the goodness of incenses...."  It continues, "The rooms are kept dark and quiet to provide a soothing environment."

The last box "The Naturalist Life" shares this 'amazing tidbit':  "The fact that guests exercise in the nude also keeps them cool--the spa is a naturalist's club, which means all the animals are naked."
(pp. 40-41)  And this is a children's book? movie? 

Disney/Subway Kids' Meal Decals

Along with Subway's kids' meals for six weeks this winter, children could collect large Zootopia wall decals that kids could peel, stick, and reuse.  Just who was featured on the very first pack?  Why, Yax in his lotus pose, Nick the Fox, and a Zootopia cityscape.  I would love Disney/Subway to tell us why this blissed-out Yax was a good character kids should stick on their toys or books?

Disney Movie Reward Mother's Day "Ohm Card"

View this Mother's Day card titled "Ohm...Ohm...Ooohmmmm..." with the in the zone, Yax in that same hideous--now colored almost all orange-- picture.  One can get this "chill card" with its "enlightened look" complete with a frame inspired by Zootopia.  To many this oming Yax is extra cute because Yax's voice is done by New Age actor Tommy Chong.

Zootopia's Not So Nice Nudist Playground

In the movie, just as Judy and Nick go out to meet Nangi the Yogi Elephant at the Oasis' exercise area, Yax brazenly turns round lifting his tail into Judy's face.  With much more on these playground moments Johnny Brayson's "The Zootopia Nudity Scene Makes It Worthy of Its PG Rating" (Bustle) shows movie clips of the next scenes: the naked hippo and giraffe volleyball game, the seductive panther on the velvet couch, and the giraffe's position as it takes a drink.

Brayson writes, "Yes, the most talked about scene in Zootopia involves an animal nudist colony."  Brayson also notes that the idea of animal nudity is so clever for animals are always nude.  Just the way the animals are posed, relates Brayson, is "pretty hilarious."  Brayson mentions also Judy's shock at the risqué images she sees as she strolls through the naturalist club.  And " ... this super funny scene," asserts Brayson, "is one of the many reasons why Zootopia is going to be remembered as one of Disney's best."

The truth is that, contrary to Brayson's opinion, anyone caring about young children would never consider these titillating scenes as hilarious or funny!  The question to Disney would be exactly what was the purpose of these naturalist club scenes in the first place?  If youngsters performed  these actions in their play time they most certainly would be reprimanded, or punished.  This portion of the movie not only is not a part to be remembered, but one to be lamented that Disney has reached a new low!  Parents should be cognizant of the content of all future Disney films.  As one young mom commented in a review she should have done her homework before taking her children to see it!  Amen to that!
Christian Reviews of Zootopia

Several Christian sites review the movie.  One "Christian Spotlight" missed the mark when it rates its moral content as "Average" rather than "Negative."  However, others commenting within the piece had far more discernment than its reviewer Blake Wilson giving its moral content the negative rating it so rightly deserved. A "Plugged In" review by Focus on the Family neglected  to mention anything about Yax's meditation, yoga, or the obvious meditative mandala.   Once more this highlights the fact that many Christian groups, churches, or pastors fail to step up to the plate and address current issues so as to alert their readers, or members!  Would they would awaken, and be serious contenders for the faith as Jude of old!

Pixar's Future Animation Agenda

Does Disney have an agenda incorporating meditation moments with Hindu content, or nudist clubs with cavorting critters?  Does Disney poke fun at family values, or anyone who would appear like a prude or a goody-two-shoes as Judy did in these clips?  The Guardian's "Cannes 2015: Disney Unveils Toy Story 4-and Their First Nude Scene" by Henry Barnes gives a sneak peek into Pixar's animation future plans.

Barnes shares that topics that will be popping up on the Disney slate in coming years will be "grief, racial profiling, and gender bias" among others.  At the time of this May 2015 article, the Mystic Spring Oasis scene was unfinished.  However, Barnes notes that, Pixar's Chief Creative Officer of Disney John Lasseter said, "This is Disney animation's first nude scene. ...  It's been a long time coming."  And what else, Mr. Lasseter, has already come in "Sanjay's Super Team, " and in "Zootopia?"  And what more will come?  Parents and teachers should stay tuned!

Pixar's World Trust Collaborator

Apparently with their upcoming agenda in mind Pixar hired a most interesting consultant, World Trust's Dr. Shakti Butler, to give them feedback on Zootopia's content.  Butler, a doctoral graduate of
the School of Transformative Learning and Change out of California's Institute of Integral Studies,
specializes in race relations and social justice.  Featured on the Institute's facebook, with its SriYantra logo, Butler is praised for her role in Zootopia in interrupting biases and stereotypes.

In Conclusion

In this upside down world where evil is good, and good is evil a cleverly animated animal film has all sorts of hidden agendas, and topics that behooves one to be ever alert as to what future films will entail.  So be nourished up in scripture, and be able to stand up for truth.  For as I Peter states one should be prepared, with courteousness and respectfulness, to give a logical defense to those who question one's faith!

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Isaiah 5:20

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

Monday, March 21, 2016

Disney Kids' Pixar Short: 'Sanjay's Super Team' Shocks with Hindu Story!

Disney Kids' Pixar Short: 'Sanjay's Super Team' Shocks with Hindu Story!

Imagine the shock and confusion recently when a friend went to see the kids' movie The Good Dinosaur,  and was met with the short Sanjay's Super Team.  Without warning, or explanation this wordless seven minute film burst on the screen showing what appeared to be an Indian boy in front of a TV, and his father worshipping before an open shrine.  What was this film all about with its scary idols and an evil monster?  How in the world did this connect with the movie The Good Dinosaur?  None of it made sense!

And none of it would make sense until further research gave the answers.  As many are aware, some Disney movies are preceded by an entertaining animated film done by Pixar.  But this preview short was decidedly different, and had an apparent agenda.  So what was this agenda, and why this short?

For a quick answer one can turn to Wikipedia's Sanjay's Super Team.  This article tells us this mini-film was directed by Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, and produced by Nicole Grindle.  The film was Patel's own story about his conflicts and problems growing up in a Hindu family in which he had to participate in his father's daily Hindu meditations.  To counteract this, Patel, as a boy, chose to imagine the Hindu gods as super heroes.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay%27s_Super_Team

To tell his personal story Sanjay and his team used fast moving, even terrifying at times, animation to mesmerize the viewer.  For this seven minute short exposes viewers to Hindu practices at every turn starting with the "motel room meditation." 

West Meets East: Super Hero TV Infatuation VS Hindu Shrine Meditation

Patel's Short Introduction

From the get go we find young Sanjay at his TV watching a "Super Team" cartoon as his dad is at his shrine worshipping his Hindu idols--Vishnu, Durga, and Hanuman.

At the sound of the ghanta bell, Sanjay is forced away from his TV adventure over to his dad's open shrine altar with its trio of idols.  Here the dad anoints each one with a red powder dot on their forehead.  The bell is rung again.  And Sanjay and his dad fold their hands, while the dad begins to chant "Om!"

Patel's Motel Room Description

The article "Pixar Looks East" notes the film unfolds in three locations, each marked by Hindu symbolism.  In the square motel room there's a square TV opposite a square shrine separated by a shaft of light from a window that symbolizes East versus West.  In another piece Patel characterizes the short as an East-West handshake.

Patel's Actual Motel Room Description

At the start of the short the title "A True Story" flashes on the screen, followed by the word "Mostly" so the actual title is "A Mostly True Story."  Thus, in order to unlock the real story one may find additional details in Patel's numerous interviews.

In The Fader's "Sanjay Patel Finds His Super Power," with Anupa Mistry, Sanjay shares more of his boyhood story when the says, "... I'd go out to the Lido Motel parking lot and my dad had marigold plants.  I'd pick about ten ..., wash them ... and bring them to him.  He'd be sitting cross-legged in front of his shrine and there were rows and rows of framed images and statues of deities.  He'd
anoint them with red powder and a marigold petal, and ... ring the bell."  Sanjay then had fifteen minutes to watch TV until the bell rang again.  After he had to sit for twenty minutes while his dad did aatri, and used his mala beads in meditation.  See: Puja (Hinduism) at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puja_(Hinduism)

Patel's Puja Worship Contrasted to Scripture

The Murtis:

Patel mentions his dad worshipped "murtis" or images of deities that are considered divine once consecrated.  However Exodus 20:3-5 warns: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing ... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them or serve them ...."

In the film one views a square box-like shrine with "an eye hole" opening.  In actuality, as Patel shows in a power point show, a bigger shrine area still exists with its numerous murtis at the motel.

The Cleansing:

In a Huffington Post interview Carol Kuruvilla tells how Patel's dad would daily bathe each idol before expecting Sanjay to pray with him.  In Ezekiel 36:25, 26 the prophet records: "Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, (Israel) and ye shall be clean from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: ...."  In sum, it isn't idols that need washing but us.  Psalm 51:7 says: "Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

The Food Offerings:

Sanjay, in an art museum power point talk, showed pictures of food placed before his parents' deities, and a Hindu saint picture smeared with food.  In fact, shared Patel, his parents fed their deities before they ever ate themselves.  I Corinthians 8:4 mentions idol offerings like this: "As concerning ... the eating of those things ... offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one."  Deuteronomy 4:28 notes that idols "... neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell."

The Flower Offerings:

Patel tells of anointing the deities with marigold petals.  Acts 14:11-15 gives us the story of Paul being taken for a god, and the people bringing garlands to him.  But Paul told them, "to turn from their vanities unto the living God, which made the heavens and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:"

The Diya Oil Lamp:

In the short, the diya lamp is present which is always used during aarti worship.  II Samuel 22:29 tells us that's its not a diya that gives light in darkness, but as David says, "For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness."  Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarti

The Om Song/The Om Bell:

During aarti worship, mantra songs are chanted using the most sacred sound of Hinduism-- the Om!
The ghanta bell too puts forth vibrations having the Om sound.  Of repetitive chants or sounds done to clear one's mind during meditation Matthew 5:7 warns: "But when you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do: for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking."
For info see: "Heart of Hinduism: Hindu Symbols" at: http://iskconeducationalservices.org/HoH/lifestyle/806.htm  
and "Ghanta" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghanta

Patel's Vedic Temple Description

When Sanjay, in the short, is catapulted from the motel shrine into the dark temple one notices its Hindu yantra in the center of the floor, its three wall idols, as well as the central candle or diya.  Patel relates, " ... we go from a box to a circle that looks like it's an ancient temple.  And in fact, Vedic temples have the same underpinnings in their floor plans."  Patel continues, " ... once the boy lights the diya ... I really wanted to transform what was finite, the circle, to the infinite.  And I wanted to take what was physical and make it more subtle."

Patel in, "Pixar Looks East," references sand mandalas and yantras when he says, "I mean we've all seen sand mandalas and yantras that help one focus and meditate."

Patel's Temple Adventure

In the eerie temple Sanjay faces the demon Ravana whirling out of the candle, and throwing the shrieking Sanjay over to the temple door. The shimmering gods come to life battling Ravana.
Vishnu's bell ringing topples the evil demon, while Sanjay's hitting of the central fire dish sends rainbow vibrations causing Ravana to fade away.  After these terrifying encounters the gods bow to the boy, and Vishnu gives back Sanjay his action toy.  Suddenly Sanjay is whisked back to the shrine.  His dad allows more TV time, opens the shuttered window, sits by Sanjay, and smiles as he views his super hero idol drawings.

Of the temple scenario Huffington Post religious editor Carol Kuruvilla enthuses, "... he encounters
a fantastic trio of Hindu gods-the blue god Vishnu, the warrior goddess Durga, and the half-monkey god Hanuman.  The gods accompany Sanjay on a grand adventure and the boy begins to get a glimpse of the cosmic beauty and brilliance of his dad's faith."

Siddnant Adlakha, of Birth.Movies.Death., mentioned the scene this way, "Sanjay is magically transported to another realm, where he's confronted by a demon in an ancient temple, and the Gods in his father's shrine come alive to save him. Adlakha adds, "... their designs ... already stem from an origin that's a cultural hybrid: Goa Trance album covers."  Adlakha also says, "Each character (god) was designated a specific style of classical Indian dance (which the animators ... learned firsthand!) ...."

Patel's Short Music

Siddnant also noted that Mychael Danna, part of Patel's team, having married a Hindu woman and raising two sons Hindu, understood, "... the significance of each sound and instrument, even making use of the bansuri, a wooden flute associated with Vishnu's seventh incarnation-Lord Krishna."

Patel's Short Dance

Sanjay's team hired an Indian classical dancer, Katherine Kunhiraman, to show them how to have the short's idols perform mudras and dance moves accurately.  A brief look at "Kunhiraman-Indian-Classical-Dance" with host Eva A. Ma gives a close of "Shiva, Lord of the Dance" at 2:30.

Patel's Behind the Scenes Story

Pixar encouraged Sanjay to share his personal story of being a person of color caught between two cultures.  Of course, there's much more to this story than told in the film for prior to  its production Sanjay had already begun his journey to reconnect with his family's Hinduism.  And here's that part of the story.

Patel's Hindu Heritage Rediscovery

In "'Sanjay's Super Team' Is a Deviation from All Other Pixar Short Films"  Emily Rome relates how Sanjay once again was drawn back to his roots when he experienced "Goa Trance" raves that became popular in his area.  Images of Hindu gods were on CD covers, and Hindu sounds and chanting were everywhere in the mid 1990s.  This then spurred Sanjay to explore the Hindu deities
through a book of Indian miniature paintings, and more.

Patel's Hindu Deities Book

Eager to share his new found fascination with others Patel wrote and illustrated The Little Book of Hindu Deities for kids.  In The Fader Patel relates, "The first book ... was self-published ... for my education, it was my homework."  Patel adds, "My first book looks like a hybrid-children's book and it was designed like this because most people know zero about these deities, so you have to start at a child's level."  https://www.thefader.com/2016/02/24/sanjay-patel-sanjays-super-team-pixar

Cute and clever as this little book may be, as Gheehappy.com describes, it's "chock full of monsters, demons, noble warriors, and divine ones."  http://www.gheehappy.com/

Patel's Book About Ramayana

Patel then went on to lavishly illustrate the Indian epic tale he titled Ramayana: Divine Loophole.
Until adulthood Patel had never read this classic tale of the god King Rama, whose wife Sita had been kidnapped by Ravana, and later rescued by Rama and Hanuman. 

After reading this tale Patel realized why a picture of Hanuman standing on a mountain hung on the motel wall over the shrine; why his parents said, "Sita Ram!" when someone sneezed; and why his dad had him repeat the mantra, "Rama, Rama, Rama!" as he counted mala beads during puja.

Patel's Ganesha Book

Patel also wrote a captivating kids' book about the elephant god titled Ganesha's Sweet Tooth.  For a look inside watch the You Tube video below.  On another You Tube reading of the book a cute
little gal shared they were reading the story because it was "Ganesha's birthday."  And she added, "He's a god, and he's invincible!"  But this little one does not know the true God who declared, "I am God, and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:22)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X7YMBxCDOE and

Patel's Museum Exhibitions

Sanjay, in addition to his books and other art work, has done large exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum in California, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.  These shows were overflowing with all things pagan: Hindu idols, avatars, demons, and more.

In conversation with Quamar Adamjee at the Asian Art Museum, Patel did a power point presentation in which he showed a photo of a "rangoli" he painted for his exhibit.  This rangoli* (related to mandalas and yantras) was a mandala-like sort of mat complete with center foot steps said to invite deities to enter into the room.  Hindu households especially create rangolis outside their door ways during celebrations.

*Note:  One also can find Rangoli Color Books and Rangoli Coloring Pages and much more on line.

At the Brooklyn Museum art work from Patel's deity book was used on tiny cards attached to strings that youngsters could chose to wear to find particular "Avatars" of Vishnu at the museum.
Most likely Sanjay's site, "Gheehappy.com," was busy after that show with its shop full of gods and goddess books, posters, t-shirts, and free Ganesha Color Kit.

Patel Finds His Religion

In a 2007 interview with David I. Miller "Finding My Religion" done almost nine years before "Sanjay's Super Team" Patel in answer to which god or goddess he particularly liked answered, "I like Vishnu a lot.  He reincarnates himself 10 times in the form of various avatars or reborn gods to right injustices in the world."  And in answer to which god or goddess his family favored Patel related Durga was the mother goddess his dad worshipped.  Patel said, "I really like her ... she is one of my favorites." 

Patel even shares during middle school, a Christian friend invited him to his church.  How sad that Sanjay never found the God that said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)  By the time "Sanjay's Super Team" aired, Patel had made great progress in reconnecting with his Hindu heritage as well as reconciling with his dad.

Seven Minute Short Hypes Hinduism

As much as this film tugs at one's heart with its depiction of immigrant Sanjay trying to fit into a
Western culture, this short glorifies Hinduism and its deities and opens the doorway wide for
more shorts, and more movies to be made in the name of culture, color, inclusion, and religion ready to influence every age toward acceptance of its meditative practices. 

Therefore, as born again Christian teachers, parents, and grandparents it behooves us to teach our children exactly what is really being presented in this film-not super heroes but pagan idols.  To do this one must teach children Scripture relating to idolatry so they will be able to discern between truth and error.  In addition, we must warn others how movies have radically changed and one must be alert, and informed so as to be able to stand up for truth!

So may you, and I determine as Deuteronomy 5:32 admonishes, "Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left."  And may we be "narrow road" runners in this race!

Learn to Discern Granny Verses: Deuteronomy 6:6-7

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thine children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

For More Information:  Out of India by Caryl Matrisciana

Don't miss Caryl Matrisciana's riveting book Out of India telling how she grew up in India experiencing Hinduism every day.  Here's just a little sample of three paragraph's describing Hindu deities she saw firsthand.  "Every little shop and street vendor's cart we passed was cluttered with photos, paintings, or idols of fierce-looking gods.  These deities were adorned with garlands of marigolds.  Sticks of incense burned in front of them.  Shiva, Vishnu, Kali, and Durga were the ones I immediately recognized because they were most frequently worshiped.

Some of the other gods had bodies of half-animals or trees.  Others had faces of monkeys and elephants.  And there was always the snake.  Sometimes it was entwined around the gods.  Sometimes it covered them in protection.  It always made goose bumps run up my arms.  It looked scary.

Kali stuck her tongue out, blood dripping everywhere.  She wore dozens of skulls around her neck ...  All this frightened me.  These gods looked so threatening!  How I asked myself, could people worship such terrifying deities?"  pp.37-38

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Note:  Should you wish to see this short yourself it is possible to purchase The Good Dinosaur movie which contains Sanjay's Super Team on its bonus section.