Greetings to All,
I have been told that in Hinduism there is a serious misunderstanding of our Orthodox Christian theology, and that this misunderstanding has also influenced the "New Age" movement here in the West since it borrows heavily (and seemingly arbitrarily) from Hinduism. I have been told that many who become involved in yoga are eventually taught that Christianity itself somehow grew out of HInduism, and that therefore the truth about God and the nature of humanity resides in the ancient writings, beliefs, and practices of Hinduism, which are being adopted and promoted by modern practitioners of yoga. I have also been told that they believe that our scriptures "borrow" from ancient HIndu writings (apparently some even say that our Lord Jesus Christ spent years in India and "learned" his teachings there ).
Does anyone know of Orthodox resources for learning how to talk to those immersed in yoga and the "New Age" movement about Christianity? I have acquaintances deeply involved in these things who often start talking to me about "God", "prayer" and "faith", but at the same time seem very patronizing or even hostile toward Christianity. I do not initiate these conversations, yet it seems that the other person is "defensive" during them, apparently threatened by my faith in some way. I often feel completely confused after our conversations, and it seems that although we are using the same vocabulary we are still actually speaking two different languages!