Friday, June 28, 2013
The word philosopher means “lover of wisdom.” The ancient church fathers referred to Hindu yogis (practitioners of yoga) as gymnosophists. The word “gymnosophist” is made up of two Greek words, “gym” meaning a workout or exercise and “sophist” meaning wisdom or a wise person. The word “gymnosophist” then means physical wisdom or dynamic meditation. Most people today see nothing wrong with yoga because they see it as just a stretching exercise. But in reality, it is an occultic form of dynamic meditation coupled with stretching. The ancient church had nothing bad to say about physical exercise.
Tertullian AD 197 Apology 42 – We are not like Indian Brahman, who practice the dark art of the gymnosophists, who dwell in the woods and exile themselves from ordinary human life.
Clement of Alexandria AD 195 Stromata 1.15 – The Indian gymnosophists are as the other barbarian philosophers. They are either Brahmins, Sarmanae, or Buddhists.
In ancient times the eastern form of meditation where practitioners empty their minds was called sorcery. For more information on meditation, see the section on Paganism. For full details and complete descriptions of the Canaanite forms of sorcery, see the book Ancient Paganism.
Ancient Church Fathers: What the Disciples of the Apostles Taught, by Dr. Ken Johnson, Th. D.