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Date Posted: 07:42
Author: anonymous - 8 Mar 2002
Subject: experimental research

The Practical Program Of Universal Church Reformation - East-West Magazine - Paramahansa Yogananda

4. All churches should be turned into spiritual universities, with a daily routine
of study, and with regular hours. They should have daily evening services for
business people. Each church, instead of injecting untested dogmatic training
into its floating church members, should advocate the study of experimental
psychology and theology of all religions. In the theoretical department, the
church university should discuss critically and teach all the views of different
religions. In the practical department, the efficacy of prayer, the technique of
concentration and meditation, and breathing exercises as discovered by the
Master Minds of India and other religious teachers, should be experimented
upon paying students who attend regularly, and in secluded, sound-proof rooms.
Weekly, monthly, and yearly examinations of the students as to their powers of
concentration should be given regularly. In this way the churches would not be
places of charity, depending upon the favors of stray visitors, but they would be
places of universal utility, attracting real truth-seeking people to them.

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