By Sabin Geyman
On January 22nd, US Marines at Camp Pendleton began training in Buddhism-based “mindfulness” meditation and Hinduism-based yoga stretching. Former US Army Captain Elizabeth Stanley, a professor at Georgetown University, treated her own post-traumatic stress disorder with yoga. Now she wants other soldiers and high-stress workers to de-stress with the “Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training” (MMFT) program of her own designing; she feels her combination of yoga and “mindfulness” training can help reset the nervous system after combat, according to AP reporting.
But some of the 160 Camp Pendleton Marines who took part in a similar training in 2011 wondered why they were told to stare at their boots and contemplate how their foot is connected to the ground. Indeed, what is the advantage of staring at one’s boots and contemplating that they’re connected to the ground? Wafty strategies of getting grounded can get a little surreal if one is not careful.
We can get more insight into Buddhist “mindfulness” by studying the Dharma wheel, an old Buddhist symbol representing the eight-fold path—right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Right mindfulness is one of the eight spokes of Buddhism’s eight-fold path! So let’s be very clear: the mindfulness-based meditation being foisted on US Marines is very much Buddhist-style meditation.
Dharma is part of a works-based religion, and while the eight-fold way may sound impressive, there’s only one true way according to Christianity: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” said the Lord Jesus. “No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). From the book of Ephesians, we also know that one can be saved by grace through faith, not by works but rather by receiving God’s gift of salvation. [Italics mine.]
The Dharma wheel is very much in evidence in Lhasa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, but what is less known is that the Dharma wheel is also at the Vatican and at the house of the late TV magnate Aaron Spelling. The TV show “Dharma and Greg” was an obvious infiltration of Eastern mystical thought into our culture, bringing in Buddhism unnamed and all fuzzy-wuzzy. Stealth Buddhism at St. Peter’s Square, in American movies and television, and now in the US military is all part of an invasion of the Antichrist spirit, which is forming up a global Antichrist false religion as we speak.
And let’s not forget the Hinduism-based yoga going on at Camp Pendleton. Yoga is a religious Hindu word denoting yoking up with the Brahman spirit, and supposedly escaping the vicious cycle of reincarnation. Therefore, the yoga-styled stretching at Camp Pendleton has a distinct Hindu component.
The Beatniks, the Hippies, and the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll crowd brought with them an any-god-will-do Antichrist spirit, and the post-Fifties pattern of the US having less-than-decisive warfighting results is directly related to the spasm of ungodly expressions all over the American landscape. It’s no accident that this Buddhist and Hindu de-stress training has been accompanied by a senseless call (from atheists) to take down a Christian cross at Camp Pendleton.
Warfighting is a necessary evil in these wicked days, and the best way to go to war is by repenting to the Lord Jesus and seeking Him for strength. Conversely, boasting in one’s own strength and numbers (like Nassar did before losing the 1967 Six Day War) and following false idols of wood and stone are among the fastest ways to lose a war.
Methinks our American soldiers should be joined with the True and Living God, Jesus the Christ—the very One who has blessed our country so much when our people have followed Him and cried out to Him. The US military’s official flirtation with the false gods of Hinduism and Buddhism is a chilling mistake of vast proportions, and it should be stopped.
Sabin Geyman is a former Department of Defense analyst, Chinese instructor, and journalist. His new book, Testing the Spirits: Exposing Dark Sayings & Embracing the Light of Jesus, is a clarion call for a return to our Judeo-Christian roots.