Ichthys.ie
THE WORLD FROM THE CATHOLIC ANGLE

A film-interview with Fr Joseph-Marie Verlinde and his round way to find Jesus.
Born to a catholic family, a nuclear scientist, in sixties, after searching for meaning of life he found Transcendental Meditation. During that time he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the guru to The Beatles and other celebrities) and became his brahmacharin (student, or something). After leaving his master he returned to Europe and started to study theosophy, anthroposophy, channelling, magnetism and what not.


He found Jesus in 1975, in 1976 he started seminary and now he is a monk and a scholar in several schools and Universities.
In the film he speaks about his path from Buddhism to Catholic faith. One excerpt of the film particularly struck me. It’s about yoga and its influence on those practising it. Verlinde says: “When I told the guru during the trip to Germany that Europeans practice yoga for relaxation he became laughing furiously. Then he stopped, thought for a moment, and said, very significantly, that that does not prevent yoga from having its effect.”
I dedicate the film to all those who think there is a way to practice other religions without breaching the First Commandment.

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