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The Yoga of Jesus by Paramahansa Yogananda
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Read in December, 2009

I love Yogananda and found some of the insights in this book eye-opening, but I didn't resonate with all of them. His referral to God as masculine rather than gender neutral and tends to trip me up in the reading process, although I know it's just semantics.
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Richard Holmes Hi Tammy, if you read the glossary, at the foot of page 134 continuing onto page 135, Yogananda gives clarification of this. I will let you read it yourself but I think it will explain this to you clearly and maybe change your opinion. Regards, Richard


Tammy Mabra Thanks Richard, just checked it out and I see at the foot of page 134/35 a description of "man" meaning humankind, I get that, thanks.

Instead, I am referring to Yogananda's reference to God as "Him." As in, "Those who really mourn for God, who wail incessantly for Him with ever-increasing zeal in meditation..."

My early religious experience was in a very patriarchal (and personally damaging) tradition, which demonized the feminine and insisted God is a Him. Again, this trips me up a bit in my reading as my mind automatically links it to a less evolved understanding of *God*. However, I feel that this doesn't necessarily reflect on Yogananda's understanding but instead is simply the case that he was using the vernacular of his audience at the time. I thought those with similar negative religious experience might find knowing this helpful.


Richard Holmes Yes Tammy, and that is a very good and valid point.


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