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Date Posted: 13:11
Author: Anonymous - 24 Oct 2001
Subject: Re: Deleted post
In reply to: ketch - 24 Oct 2001 's message, "Deleted post" on 13:10

Sorry, I forgot. Here is my post again, without the SRF references:


There are two uses of the word 'fundamentalism'. Fundamentalism, with a capital 'F', refers to the specific Protestant movement you mention. Fundamentalism, with a small 'f', is far more commonly used, and has become an integral part of the language used to discuss religious movements.

Clearly, the way the term 'fundamentalism' is being used on this board is the more commonly, and universally, accepted use.

What are some of the habit patterns you see in most fundamentalist religions?

-condemnation of people who are different (either in belief, practice, or culture), rather than acceptance and compassion

-fear of any interpretation of scripture, since 'God said it' once and it doesn't need to be explained or understood. Thus a very literal interpretation of scripture (yes, even fundies have to 'interpret' scripture in order to try and understand it)

-a reliance on the letter of the law, rather than the spirit of the law. Of course, this reliance is solely on the fundies own interpretation of the 'law'

You do make a valid point in suggesting that Yogananda had the realization to make modifications to the teachings, since he was/is a Master. I doubt, however, that he would approve of a fundamentalist (with a small 'f') approach to religion.

I think he would, and did, affirm the 'fundamentals' of his path: 'Kriya Yoga plus devotion work like mathematics, they cannot fail'.

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