Conversations with Yogananda

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Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 450 pages
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Lost Freedom addresses the widespread feeling that there has been a fundamental change in the social life of children in recent decades: the loss of childhood freedom, and in particular, the loss of freedom to roam beyond the safety of home. Mathew Thomson explores this phenomenon,concentrating on the period from the Second World War until the 1970s, and considering the roles of psychological theory, traffic, safety consciousness, anxiety about sexual danger, and television in the erosion of freedom.Thomson argues that the Second World War has an important place in this story, with war-borne anxieties encouraging an emphasis on the central importance of a landscape of home. War also encouraged the development of specially designed spaces for the cultivation of the child, including the adventureplayground, and the virtual landscape of children's television. However, before the 1970s, British children still had much more physical freedom than they do today. Lost Freedom explores why this situation has changed. The volume pays particular attention to the 1970s as a period of transition, andone which saw radical visions of child liberation, but with anxieties about child protection also escalating in response. This is strikingly demonstrated in the story of how the paedophile emerged as a figure of major public concern. Thomson argues that this crisis of concern over child freedom isindicative of some of the broader problems of the social settlements that had been forged out of the Second World War.

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Excellent. Just when I thought there was nothing new for Paramahansa Yogananda, this wonderful books comes out. The best part is that its not tainted by any dogma from any organization.
They are intimate discussions that are worth re reading after you are finished.

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I find the excerpts deeply sincere and moving.
I am convinced that what I have read here has the power to transform our lives.
My regret : I have not read all this sooner !
I am now 64 and
can only have a limited span of life ahead.
I would recommend it to all my friends interested in matters of the spirit.
My humble thanks and appreciation to Swami Kriyananda, whom I regard as one of the most highly evolved human beings , for writing about Swami Yogananda.
Finally, I would humbly request readers to put in a brief prayer for me sometime, to enable me to become a better person, trying to follow in the footsteps left by Swami Yogananda and his disciples.
Ashis Biswas,
Kolkata, India,
Member Ananda Sangha

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