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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Did Jesus teach the existence of the "Third Eye"?

Most yoga practitioners believe in seven energy centers in the body called chakras. The position of the sixth is supposedly in the middle of the forehead. It is often referred to as the ‘third eye.’ This chakra is described as being one of the main exits out of the body into the ‘astral realm’ (a spiritual dimension said to be directly above this natural plane). Some feel that Jesus was referring to this concept when he explained, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22–23 KJV)

When subjected to proper methods of interpretation, this one isolated passage is definitely not sufficient evidence that Jesus believed in chakras or specifically, in the third eye. Jesus was rather talking about the way we ‘see’ or ‘perceive’ what is important in life, how we set our priorities. These two verses are sandwiched between passages dealing with ‘materialism versus spirituality.’ Jesus started by saying, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth" and he concluded by saying, "You cannot serve God and mammon" (material riches). (Matthew 6:19, 24) Plainly, Jesus was encouraging his disciples to stay focused on that which is spiritual and eternal, even if they have to function in a secular world. No one can be a slave to material possessions and enjoy the abundant life that the Savior promised.

A popular, modern translation changes the archaic English of the King James Version to say, "If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness." (Matthew 6:22–23 NKJV) Other Bible versions use words like, "sound," "healthy," "clear" or "unclouded" for the word "good." The exact meaning becomes all the more obvious in these newer renditions. Very simply, if you ‘look’ at life with a good attitude—if your values are sound and healthy, and your perceptions, clear and unclouded—the light of truth radiates in you and through you. If Jesus were actually attempting to enlighten his disciples concerning the existence of internal psychic energy centers, he surely would not have been so vague.

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