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The Kingdom Within

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East & West. Exclusivity & universal acceptance. "The Kingdom Within" explores the world of yoga in America, set among a Christian context.

The film was shot entirely in Austin, TX. The hometown of the director, Bob Peck, Austin is one city that exemplifies these two perspectives. Texas is known for its conservative and traditional values, while the city of Austin is known for its artists, hippies, and Eastern-appreciating spiritualists. It is the microcosm of our debate.

In recent decades, America has seen an overwhelming embrace of Eastern spirituality--largely due to the hippie movement of the 1960's. Despite the First Amendment, this country was primarily founded by Christians, with Christian values. Due to this high-octane impact of these two cultures, there has been either a new-found love or a resistant rejection from their intermingling. And there are very detailed reasons for both results.
While the significant figure within Christianity, Jesus Christ, preached a very direct command to love one another freely, the Church has been guilty of shrouding other viewpoints and offshoots since its inception. Meanwhile, the yogi masters of India have long proclaimed an admiration and respect for Christ, often including him on their list of 'avatars', or men of divine incarnation.

The film explores many layers of inquiry behind yoga's presence in America. Beyond the theology, there is a need to answer the question: Is yoga just physical exercise? Several people from a variety of backgrounds chime in on this initial topic. If it's just stretching, then it's probably fine for people of other faiths to practice it. But if it's a spiritual practice integrated in an ancient Indian philosophy, it could potentially conflict with Christian doctrine.
It also explores both Hinduism and Christianity in greater detail. Hindus are often misunderstood in the West, and this film gives them an opportunity to clarify these misconceptions. Christianity also is given background by clergy from many denominations, including a historical Jesus scholar from the University of Texas.

Ultimately the film lets the audience decide. With eighteen different viewpoints, “The Kingdom Within” reminds us that any issue is never black and white. Hopefully, within the spectrum of grays, we can come to a greater understanding about these two ancient philosophies in our contemporary society.

Website: www.thekingdomwithinfilm.com
Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIpeb-TlFE
Run Time: 1 Hour, 23 Minutes


Bob Peck


Friday September 19, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Historic Bay Club 1210 Fourth Street Santa Monica, CA 90401

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