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Date Posted: 13:22
Author: Hendrik-29Aug02
Subject: Re: Recognising tendentious renderings
In reply to: Anonymous 's message, "Re: Recognising tendentious renderings" on 13:21

Yes, there are any number of similar passages in his biography of Yukteswar, which I read.

But I do not consider this being really a 'negative spin'. He tries to get to the bottom of Sri Yukteswar's personality and explain the individual bias of his teachings from his frame of mind. That may not be a purely devotional attitude, but I cannot even find it 'disrespectful'.

What do you think would remain of Sri Yukteswar if a trained historian with a sociologist's frame of mind would venture to produce a well-researched 700-pages volume of biography on him? All the traceable cultural, sociological, and economical influences he may have been subject of would be brought to light in an almost merciless manner compared to which Satyeswar's small - in my eyes almost devotional - booklet would appear quite tame.

But would anybody accuse the historian for writing such a book? Why is Satyeswar expected to behave differently - he is not even Yukteswar's direct disciple, and never met him.

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