CAPTION. Three Egyptian musicians from ca. 1450 BC. Music was a source of pleasure and relaxation for Egyptians. The main instrument was the harp, followed by the flute. We see a flute player, a harp player and a youth playing the norva, an instrument that is close to our banjo and made out of a turtle shell. The three instrumentalists are lightly dressed with transparent clothes and veils.
Some women catch a cold and some go for gold. The bound, beautiful woman should fight the drinking habit and insensitive indignation with female gold-diggers, says Yogananda. There is more: The church society he once established, is headed by many women. We call them nuns.
The bound, beautiful woman should fight the drinking habit
WOMAN - BOUND: "Women . . . bound by hereditary habit and custom, still attend church without any conscious reason . . . for no apparent reason. But do not misunderstand me, - I am not condemning church-goers". [Yogananda, "Christian Science and Yoga Healing". East-West May, 1932, vol. 4-7
A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN CAN BE A FRIEND: "Sometimes a beautiful woman may fall in love with an ugly man, or a handsome man with a physically unattractive woman . . . A fat, distorted body may harbour a real friend. Therefore, to be sure that your eyes have not deceived you . . . ascertain whether you are mentally and spiritually congenial. Delve deeper into a person's mind and guard yourself against being prejudiced by little peculiarities." [Yogananda, in The Art of Gaining Friends - Including: Why Love Your Enemies?" Excerpted from Inner Culture, March, 1936
LIQUOR - "Women. Fight the liquor habit. You can never really like it . . ." [Yogananda, in "Never Fed, Ever Satisfied". East-West, October 1927 - November 1927
FLOATING - "In the present Spanish Civil War, the death struggles of thousands of men, women and children are floating in the ether causing floods in America, storms in England and Portugal, and earth-quakes in India." - Yogananda, in "Nations Beware" (Humorous excerpts). Inner Culture March, 1937 VOL.9-5 ◊
SUGGESTING MEDICINE? "Medicine has its uses . . . why deny facts?" - [Yogananda].
Some women catch a cold and others catch gold
WOMEN AMIDST CLAY COULD BE CATCHING COLD: "We find some Western ladies wearing shoes with fifty dollars' worth of jewel-studded heels - and most of the Eastern women going wholly without shoes amidst clay and rain and may be catching cold." [Yogananda in "Your Most Important Engagement". East-West 2 and 3 - January - April 1927
BEWARE OF A BLACKMAILING WOMAN: "Many people will remember the case in London a few years ago of ". . . Hari Singh of Kashmir, who was blackmailed by a woman and her accomplices. . . . The woman and her accomplices extracted seven hundred thousand dollars from the Prince. . . . The Prince told of this unfortunate experience to one of the English judges. The judge felt a righteous indignation." [Yogananda, in "Spiritualizing the Newspapers", East-West, March - April 1928 ◊
The dogma-fed, church-going women sometimes does good, but hardly enough to remarry her
TO FILL A BIG CHURCH WITH WOMEN DOES SOME GOOD: "To create a big church in a town and fill it with creed-led and dogma-fed men and women does some good." [Yogananda, in "Yogavatar Shyama Lahiri Mahasaya's Ladder of Self-Realization, for Salvation for All". Inner Culture, March 1937
CAN BE FREED - "Women should remember that their worldly life can be freed from endless physical and mental ills." [Yogananda, in "The Second Coming of Christ". East-West, May, 1932 VOL. 4-7
HAPPY THROUGH A WIFE? NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE: "[A John] thought: "If I get a wife, I shall be happy" . . . then married a nagging, tongue-lashing woman. He divorced this wife, and . . . married again, but the second wife was worse than the first . . . In this way people try, but they never reach their goal." - Yogananda, "Creating Happiness". East-West August, 1933 Vol. 5-10.
Comment. What happened to "If at first you don't succeed, try, and try again"?
Beautiful woman in your home, think lovely thoughts day and night, instead of just
wishing to remarry.
Keep your body healthy and see what you can do
Be very successful in the art of living as soon as you can.
Let self-help take over
Go for fairness and meticulous tact in deals.
An amount of self-help works.
Try to be accurate enough from the start in what you do
Troubling unmet others is not our idea of behaving full well.
To see things fairly, get in order, tidy up
The art of giving constructive criticism is a boon.
There are many defence mechanism against seeing fairly. [Link]
There are other shackles than getting cramped through cult enslavement and being fed with lies. Yet these teachings may help you, at least in the long run:
Did you know that Yogananda talked strongly for things that are quite like the ones below?
Handiness can be helped by getting presented various good and decent all-round sides to it, and even in general.
A thorough, constructive exchange of practical ideas is often helped by various truth-offerings of others.
It should help to encourage many others to live a practical, fulfilling life.
Persevere in your own practice to know the supreme joy of absolute pinpointing and realisation (hamsa).
[See East West, Vol. 1, No. 1, November-December, 1925.]
Ay: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 1st ed. New York: Philosophical Library, 1946. Online.
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