Many religious and spiritual movements that masquerade as peaceful and loving are actually full of demons, darkness, and death.
I've been very critical of yoga in any form ever since I read, "The Gurus, The Young Man, and Elder Paisios." I wish my friend would have never given that book to me as a gift. Disturbing book. :-/
Can you tell us more about this book, and why it was so disturbing? I'm intrigued.
True, but the young man in the book encountered a few individuals connected to Hinduism, individuals who apparently were not all that pure, and who perhaps engaged in black magic. You can find such individuals in any religion. The young man did not encounter other Hindus, who have a much more positive reputation, like Ramana Maharshi
, or Swami Ramdas
(not to be confused with the American "Ram Dass"). I suspect that if he had done so, his experience of Hinduism would have been much more positive. I don't think one can judge a whole religious tradition, or set of religious traditions ("Hinduism" is much more of a whole set of religious traditions), on the basis of one's encounter with only a few persons, of questionable morality, of that tradition. However, I think the book does a good job at showing that just because someone claims to be 'holy', or claims to be 'enlightened', doesn't mean that that person actually is.