Sunday, October 22, 2006

"A Hindu Apple for Modern Eve, The Cult of the Yogis Lures Women to Destruction."

On Oct. 22, 1911 the Los Angeles Times reported:

"The yoga class is becoming as popular as … the Shakespeare class. It is the direct means by which a Swami reaches the public. It is the promise of eternal youth that attracts women to yoga, the promise which is found intertwined with most of the pagan religions."

Yoga, The Times warned, "is a dangerous knowledge to lure any but the best balanced brain. In the pursuit of it, too often the listening devotee is offering her sacrifices even at the altar of her soul." As evidence, The Times cited women who had started to sunbathe nude or "abandoned home and husband and children to join the sun worshippers."

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