The Sages of the Talmud ask: “Why does G-d allow the sun and moon to exist, if they have
become objects of idolatry?” They answer: The forces of nature are positive and beneficial;
should God destroy His creations only because of the fools who worship them?
This same principle applies to a new trend of the Twentieth Century. Many troubled youth —
and adults – have joined religious cults that practice forms of meditation involving idolatrous
rituals. Meditation itself can indeed have the positive effect of calming the nerves and the
psyche, but it must divested of anything idolatrous.
Doctors who treat psychological or emotional disorders have a sacred obligation to find a way
to utilize the therapeutic benefits of meditation in a Kosher way. When the success of a
Kosher meditation method becomes publicized, people attracted by idolatrous methods will be