More and more Christians feel a need to seek meaning outside their own religious traditions. At the same time, Christianity has much to offer yogis who seek to bring a greater social context to their practice. Few people bridge the spiritual traditions of East and West, of the yogi and the Christian, as Russill Paul does. He is a native of India raised as a Catholic, with deep ties to Hinduism and the yogic tradition, and studied as a Benedictine monk at an ashram near Madras. From his perspective, neither tradition is better than the other-only unique. He explains, “A practicing yogi could very well make Jesus the center of his or her attention, and use the methodology and the teaching. We also have to see that Jesus himself propagates a kind of yoga, a yoga of love. While it’s important to see that both the yoga and the Christian traditions have their emphases and specialties, there are certain things about Jesus’ teaching, which can push the yoga tradition in certain ways that can be very powerful – just as the reverse is possible, the yoga tradition can help push Christians in certain ways that can be very powerful for them.” Whether your practice is rooted in the teachings of Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, or Jehovah, this conversation will inspire you to explore ways to draw on the unique offerings of other traditions, so that you create your own unique yogic balance of inner and outer grace. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Russill Paul travels widely in the U.S. and internationally to teach, perform and record, and is featured at conferences on music, health and spirituality throughout the world.
His CDs include:
- Nada Yoga (Sounds True 2007)
- The Yoga of Sound (companion CD to book)
- Shabda: Mantra Mysticism (Sounds True 2008)
- Shakti: Tantric Embrace (American Journey 2008)
His books include:
- The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant (New World Library 2006)
Asha and Russill Paul are trustees of the Bede Griffiths International Trust.
To learn more about the work of Russill and Asha Paul go to www.russillpaul.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Why Christian religions are losing their popular appeal
- How Jesus’ apostles were influenced by Eastern spirituality
- Why the notion of sinfulness is difficult for yoga practitioners
- How the feminine is represented in Eastern spirituality
- Why the resurrection of Jesus is perceived differently in Indian culture
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/12/2009 Program Number: 3302