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Date Posted: 13:36
Author: Eponymous - 30 Sep 2001
Subject: Luther Burbank (Re)Revisited

Some time ago I posted some factual info about Yogananda's account of a meeting with Luther Burbank. (See n.1.) Because some were inclined to question the validity of the second-hand source I had used, I looked it up in the NY Times of January 23, 1926. It's all there on page 2, column six.

As I've pointed out, Burbank's remarks in that interview are quite at odds with Yogananda's account of Burbank's views. What's even more peculiar is that Yogananda never even mentioned this elephant in the living room - even when he apparently made reference to the very same interview! (See n.2.)

1. While Yogananda quotes Burbank as saying that he believed in the reincarnation, Burbank stated (quite famously in his time) that "reincarnation of the individual is untenable."

2. Yogananda seems to have made VERY selective reference to Burbank's remarks about reincarnation in the interview. While the headline screams "Famous Scientist Rejects the Theory if Reincarnation," and while Burbank goes on in the interview to unequivocally dismiss the theory of reincarnation as untenable, the only mention Yogananda makes of the article is the fact that Burbank thought reincarnation was an extremely nice, sensible idea. ("In reference to the theory of Reincarnation, Burbank told the interviewer: 'The theory of Reincarnation is one of the most sensible and satisfying of all religions that mankind has conceived." [Yogananda, per Waqidi's post "Luther Burbank Revisited - By Waqidi 8/13/2001 at 08:54:49 AM"]).

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