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Date Posted: 14:12
Author: Mike C - 2 Jun 2001
Subject: Re: Reply to Mike C
In reply to: Mike Drake - 2 Jun 2001 's message, "Reply to Mike C" on 14:11

Mike,

Human traits are not only those that are the most noble.

India has a long tradition of caste and remaining in traditional class structures. To an orthodox Hindu, marrying outside of their own caste is usually something to be looked down upon and forbidden. Yogananda was a product of that society, as we are of ours. I think this is important if one wants to look at why Yogananda was Yogananda, complete with faults and superstitions.

We are all a product of beliefs and conditioning throughout our life, and it is probably impossible to get rid of all of it. Most people never concieve that there is something beyond the "historical self", that reality that has been given to us by preceeding generations. Yogandanda was a rare soul that saw this, broke out of it, and it seems, in turn helped others realize it in themselves.

I see nothing wrong with trying to understand a person, but am very aware that no person can be describe as they actually are. We can only look at separate incidents and draw conclusions. Let us be even handed.

Mike

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