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Date Posted: 11:15
Author: Mike Drake - 3 Jun 2001
Subject: Re: Reply To Ketch
In reply to: Ketch - 3 Jun 2001 's message, "Re: Reply To Ketch" on 11:15

Regarding precession, see paragraph 5 of "Response to Waqidi," below.

As I’ve said, I no longer have a copy of the Autobiography. I seem to remember that the stellar companion stuff was in the chapter about the “science” of kriya yoga. I could be wrong, though.

As with precession, I've already referenced the testimonial letter elsewhere on these threads (also: the content of that letter is quite unspecific about just what it was Burbank was approving, other than some unspecified "Yogoda teachings" (or similar language)).

I believe Burbank was quoted in the papers as anti-reincarnation roughly contemporaneously with the period during which Yogananda claims Burbank espoused "pro" views. In any case, Burbank was alive when he stated his "anti" views to the paper (and obviously when he wrote his essays), but 20 years dead by the time Yogananda recounts the alleged pro-reincarnation remarks.

I have also addressed the "but it's only a little mistake" apology. As I said, I think the whole chapter on Burbank is misleading, and I point to the reincarnation contradiction only as a clear-cut, concrete mistatement of fact. (And even then, it seems I have to argue for this point rather extensively!)

Whatever his flaws, I am sure Yogananda was a fine person. Really. I just don't see any evidence that he had access to anything properly called "absolute truth" or the like. Quite to the contrary.

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