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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta LET DAILY KEBALD WERICSN WOMEN VICTIMS OF HINDU HYSTICISM c wmffmm m lip IB New York tha centre of these Hindu activities It tbe Vedanta Society, with headquarters at No. 135 West Eijfhlietb street. Professor H. C. Parker, who has just gone northward on another nttempl to scale Mount XfcRinley, Is the president, and the Swam! Abhedanonda, not uo-inown to fume, la the founder. The Svraral Abhedananda Is at present at tlie Vedanta Ashrama, or retreat, situ-aieillB the heart of the Uerksliire whose works way obtained from the library." The trulh IB, that while our Christian churches were spending vast sums, coi-rced from well meaning donors, for (ho purpose of Christian proselyting In heathen lands, the Hindus executed n Hank movement, one by one the priests of ancient religions from the bniiks of the Ganges began to. come to this country, and without blare of trumpets or too much attention to themselves Jin Connecticut, about four miles from West Cornwall station. There, Inst summer, the Svrmni, rith to-day they hare succeeded in establishing .he Krishna Temple in Los Angeles, a cmple to Mazdaznan in a son.e of his pupils about him, kid (he Buddhist temple at Seattle and a Hindu .foundation stone of wb.it is to be some day a Vedantic temple, and deep in the granite stone is engraved the sacred and symbolic word "OM." .Here, too, are Lotus Collage and Peace temple in San Francisco. The latest addition to the ranks of Oriental' mystics is Inayat Khan, Pafhan, from the mountain regions of Afghanistan, He is slightly above me- dium height, very dark, good looking and Swarais with the exception of the love clement. Islamism ai> the Sunnis, tbe of the Moslem sects.' understand it is readily poured into listening ears by Ina- yat Khan. In a soft, chanting voice he opeus "There is but one God, arid Mahomet Is His prophet. "God is love. "Love watchetb, and, sleeping, slum.' bereth not. "When weary it is not tired. "When straitened it Is not constrained. "When frightened Itis not disturbed. "But Hfcc a vivid flame and a burning torch. "It mountain upwards, "And securely passeth through all. "Whosoever loveth tnoweth the c of the voice. "Even and terrible death is conquered by love. SWAMI ABHEDANANDA "Unprecedented Activity in L-'Proselytjang -by the United Has Caused This Government to Investigate Migration bf Converts to Are Forsaking Fortunes, Homes, Husbands and Children in Their Search for "The Perfect Way." 'Where the Swamis Preach ;6 Summer Classes of Women (OopjrJzht, 3012, b e New Tort Herald Co. PATHS OF VEDANTA TO RELIGIOUS GOAL, AS SET FORTH'BY THE SWAMI BHAKTI jis the path for those of an emotional na- -ure. It is tile path of devotion and love. It explains the nature, of divine, JOTS nnd slioTrs us how to turn human into diviae and thus fulfil the purpose of lift both here and hereafter. KAJtarA is the path for tha active man. It teaches how to turn our daily taeksUnto acts of'worship, it opaiis tho way to complete-self-mastery. BAJA Ifl path of method and concentration and meditation. It covers the whole psychic plane and describes thought clairvoyance, elalraudience, the evolving- of the finer percep- mental and faith healing as practised by'the Yogis in India. JNAJfA is the path.of right knowledge and discrimi- nation. It explains the fundamental principles of spiritualism and tells how earthbound souls, being1 subject to the law of Karma, rein- carnate on this earth and take human form again. GOVERNMENTAL inquiry lias been set on foot in.an effort in iliicovcr bow many American women converted 6y Me various twatnia and Hindu, priests have hit this cotinniv for India in i he fond hope vf tba Oriental mystenct. Governmental agents arc now quietly ft tcorJi investigating the strange iprcad of these Oriental religions throughout thit country, FROM "somewhere east o' Suez' have come strange religions tha are taking firm hold and root in thin country.' All over the liuited States arc Hindu teachon proselyting nud preaching "educating" pupils, and while .various cities temples arc being erected to Krishna, to tbe Vudas, to Buddha and to other symbols'.of tbe Hindu mytholosj 'Ametican women, obsessed by the strauye pliiloiopbies of the "wise men of the jire being takcii to iueane asylums, or, seeking "the perfect are deserting husband and children to "fol- low fie light." Indeed, it is principally to the. "weaker glamor and alleged mystery the OmntM religions seem to appeal, us has been witnessed HO .often in the in- fluence exerted over American and Eng- lish women by., t lie Chinese mid Japanese fts well as by the Hindus. But there is nomething In the mysticism of the re- ligion's from Hindustan, whether it lie Buddhism, .Vedaism Hilton, of Lowell.- SlasK., who is styled "Her as ghe is the high priestess of the Sun Worshippers. Miss Sarah Farnum, New England spinster, save her entire fortune to found at Green Aero a summer school of Hindu philosophy, and ended her little journey uto mysticism by being incarcerated by ior friends in a-lunatic asylum. HERSCHEL C. PARKER SWAMI ABHAVANANDA Ah Ameripaaj3onverttQjJitjduism In Chicago Miss Aloise Reuss was Hindu mysteries." .ibcn from the Hindu Mazdaznan >f the Sun so violently insane that slit iad to be taken to the Illinois Insane Asylum. I Miss Ellis Shnw, of Mass., be-1 jime so obsessed with the teachings of th Ilndu mystics thnt she had to bi trained by law from giving away all he roperly to the Sun Worshippers. rom the fact that a governmental ib- uiry has been set oil foot designed to scorer how American women hare cen induced to leave this country for industan, there to delve further into the where, as the proapcctUi "In this quiet and retired tpot one may Uye a simple life of absolute peace and undisturbed harmony with Nature, and dr practical and spiritual philosophy, taujht by the accredited teachers from wears Vahort, pointed an Dyke be rd and well wased mustache. He differs materially physically from eitaer the Swnmis Vivekananda or Abhedananda. Vivekananda was short, dark, clean shaven, very obese, with large bulbous nose, immense ears and wide, protruding eyes. He a voice of wonder- ful, range, compass and timbre, and wa past master'of the mystical teachings o the Vedca. Th'_- Swami Abhedananda is slightly fairer, but otherwise E replica 01 lis deceased predecessor. Inayat Khan, in India, is recognized as clever exponent of Eastern voca music and voice culture. He preaches a 'The blackness of, the flopji. grave is lighted by love. I or God is lovi. I is love. I 'Love is lore." There is a momentary pause ngain th> voice is heard. The. liquid toue., nre ;ott, but tbe words fall e arc of God. We are .tha children of the Father. God is not an element 3od is not an essence, but a. vibrant, Sen tlent being, a being of'infinltc love. It is mpossihle to conceive the greatness ol thi love which overshadows everything. Bring of the Father, we are a part of :hc Father. We are s part of His love. A'e are lave ourselves; therefore we must ove. iih almost physical force 'tli: Jnsls- ent cry if "T.iove, all ther sensations. The dark, liquid eyes f the preacher are luminous with emo- different cult altogether from the Vedanta Treatment of Throat by Compression of External Ear Mohammedanism, Bahaism, r wbat not, that has proved particularly fatal to American woman- klnii: Among tht; American women conrerti icxde'by, XJjadai (h'era -U Mrs. May Wright Sewell, of Indianapo great friend of Mrs. Ole' Bull, who as also deep in Oriental mysticism, w ade dangerously ill by her devotion ic studies-of her Hindu swauiis. The wife of .President Wlnthrop Ells ortii Static, of Purdue University, At 1 yette, Ind., left her her husbc ill her join iho '.Ur.n Wtrshiy- pors and find what she thought'was going tt> IIP (he perfect life. Small wonder that one of the Hindi prosclytcrs, Baba Bhnrata, waa able to joast tbat he had made more than CVe thoasnnd converts in this country, most of ihem women. The prominent cases cited tbove are but a few of the more of tbe spread that the Hindu have bcfn making In this country- HOTT the i of these atrxnie arid igioni a ad of JiiSt year Dr. Mark Howell described a method of considerably di- minishing the 'paius accompanying an- Sinn by strongly compressing the ears with the palms of the hands against the niastoid is to say, against the bone immediately below the auricle This method, first pointed out by the London physician, was later confirmed by Dr. Uald, of Copenhagen, who lias studied it in his turn. The latter found that In forty-sir cases of affections of the tonsils the pain in he throat was considerably relieved or even caused to disappear iit the case of, ii.iticuta by one of the two ouiuinedI by bilateral compression. It Is evident that such manipulations cannot be practised at nriy leiijth. with the firifcrs. Hecou rse must therefore be had to mechanical compreinon. Two padi, each afliscd to n separate rod, which can be adjusted as required along a hori zoutal bar, coDGiitutc tha niost simple ap parntus. This is prcferahly appUcd dur- ing iiieals, ID order to diminish [he jmins caused by deglutition. The compression rise to some incoureniCDce for pa- tients, but they prefer to endure it father 'han pain which they would otherwise experience. In explaining the actioii of this process sufferings of internal organs are pro- jected in certain cutaneous zones owing to Teflei action arising In the hetic nerve and tenaiuating in the nar- row. and the therapeutic methods, termed teem to prove a, cutaneous irritation of the, same zones may bring about a diminution of internal pains. On this supposition the auricular compression acls as a sort o counter-irritant or diversion in the cu nucotiK nervous zone, which is the sea >f the arising from the tonsillar Dr. Head's researches have following the: (interior it is hnpossibh! to allow that it is duo to ;OD, Fair bosoms rise and fa art of the audience is utmos jhere A sensation is xpcrjenced; there something new to link of; an attraction springs up be. ween (eacber and pupils and a new .re- or new obsession is formed! and propagated, with American women 'r'fer and. a ..dirk skinned helrophant from the mountains .of Afghanistan u tbe master. of-the most potent.of the Hindu teachers to come to this country WAI the Sffami Vivekananda, of Calcutta. In teachings the mystic quality of Hin- duism WM much emphasized. He' told religion-of Veujinti dedicated? self-effulgent jlght of the Sun of laflaiti Wisdom, which dispels the of ignorance in the human heart, aad whow name is the eternal word 0X1." Which is an answer that cnthuaiajtiJB the new religion might puzzle over i long time and which might well "lead seeking but weak minds to the verge'of iusanity. But the Sn-ami -oei "It is not meant for aay individual person, hut for the Infinite Spirit which s the Source of all personal manifests- ions and Divine Incantations. A wor- shipper of Christ should think of ipon this altar, a worshipper of Buddha, r Krishna. Shira, Vishnu, Jeova Allah should think of his Ideal as seated upon this symbolic altar of the heart. In the same manner the worshipper -V Ramskrishnn, or of the DivinV Mother, or of tbe Supreme Spirit under any other name should place Him or Her upon the altar." A member of the Vedanta Society at- tempted In explain all this so that.it might be comprehensible to Oe- cidental'intclligence. She "None of us know what God is. Fie Is ioown to the different peoples at different epochs of the world under Tbe arc called sometimes dol worshippers, are in reality nothing the sort. The. idols before which they bow stand only symbols ot 3od they have In their hearts. It is ame witb our Christian churches.; me contends tbat the models of Christ ba he cross, io universally tbe churches nnd before .wbtcV jhristicns prostrate themselves, are-idoli which the people .worship. They stied merely as'the symbol of Him, 'ber- here, they help the worshippers zation of tH Christ oC their inner longhts to which (her pray, If-you'Mk le -very Hindu, who is graying before ths o-called idol if he believes in.m'tny-'godi is answer will he, 'There is but one God.' very Hindu knows this, however irnnraat r superstitious he may appear. Idolatry n India does not mean anything horrible. t is the attempt of undeveloped minds fo: rasp high spiritual truths. If the Hindu anatic burns himself on the pyre he ncvsr jrbts the fire of inquisition. Chris- is not to become a Hindu or a faist, nor a Hindu or Buddhist to Christian. But each must asslrailati e others and yet preserve its .indirid- ality and grow'according to its own lav growth." The Vedantists my that Ralph Wajdo merson the first great Swami or acher of the Vedactic faith. In' tht Upaniehad and in the Bhagarad ita occurs tbe passage made so familiar America "If the slayer thinks he has slain, -or tbe slain .thinks that he slain, they know not well that the soul can slay nor he slain." Seek Citizenship. Because Christianity tencheji that thr sou! of man had a beginning but will uo end the Hindus cannot accept it. In the sacred writings of the Vedsi tbii _ quotation is "I give the earth to Arya." And, acting on this belief, the knowing that they belong, to a branch'of that great Aryan f.tiuily lo hk'li wt ourselves belong, unJonhtedly "ihink ihey_ have as much right in the United is the children of other nations. It not unnatural, either, thai, some of thi Hindus look to adopting American citizenship an escape from -British rule. The question as tn whether they art. i titled lo such citizenship never definitely settled. On the application of ne Hindu for naturalization papers-Mr- for a majo Charles J. Bonaparte, Attorney General part of the auditory canal is compressed o HS to clo.ic it completely or a. prcasure is applied to the upper part of he mnstold process, immediately behind ho line of junction of the external ear. The first of these two methods was gen- the niost effective, ID tbe case of patients lufferloff from a unilateral affection, nuch ni abiccii, exerted on the opposite re- loa had little or no effect. Prtwure ex- rtcd oa the tide affected hr.d a raucb better rwalt, but th? belt roaolti werf suggestion, for it is easy to vary the ex- periment so that this factor is excluded, precisely i roved that for affections of the tonsih here exists a zone of hypcrxeoiibiiity reaching: to the posterior edge of the vertical hrancb of the interior in.a i ui iiueiiyr iiJKXiuary It may.be nsked whether tbe phcnomcuatbone Rnd to the posterior half of ltd horf. are not due to pneumatic compression of zontal branch. In the Mse of thirteeo the membrane of the.tympanum, owing to tha obstruction of. tDe auditory canal. But by placing n llrtle tube in the latter the air roily be admitted to the tyDipanuin, and itlH the marilpulatlou It; found to produce the innie relief, hf most natural explanitloo, accord- li-'. that Dri Hcad'i! thcnr 6t IOBCI. On tbli Dr. Head endeavored to de- tennicf the of thin zone of i He found It in only four It not fol< low, however, that tht preceding theory is ft lie, fo4r reflex cutaneous hypcrscnsi- WHty, when wcondary to Internal le- flona, AS haa been obierred, is i ibtoltHilr wmua tils hearers'that the discorcrers of the uplritufll' laws "back Vedas were called Kishjs. and, they were honored'as serfected. beings, and'he added aignifi- "I am'glad to say that some of tbe rery best of'them we re'wo men." Ths philosophy- of. Hinduism igion Is copious of words piled on mystic, unfathomable; so thai otie'a bemused in trying to find the truth thht the words hide. Said the "Love for Love's "It is good to love God for hope of re- ward In this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love's sake, and the prayer jtoes: 'Lord, I do not want wealth, nor'children, nor learning. If It be Thy will, I will go to a hundred hells, but grant me this, that I may lovo Thee without the hope of for love's sftlie.' AH through the Yedantlc philosophy will be found this insistence, aim for the United States, issued a ruling de- claring that the statutes authorising batii- Hzation applied only to "aliens beisf Tree white persons, and to aliens of Afri- can nntivlty or of African" matter has never yet been carried to undoubtedly the ruling of Vttorncy General helped materially iscQuraee Hindu immigration. And yet the iacaming outnumber; all other Asiatic ominj; this way on transpacific n; San which is nnlumlly ;nt big American city they strike, Hiodu- is becoming well tnown as Cbina- bwn.wHs in the old days, though it is tar ess ii.'.ctureEque. .In spite of the rigid cute, wafck 11 of the Hindus arm-ing in this country ave .violated, the immigrants from Hia- uatan are from all .India and belong to all Tbere'are mem- bers of the Brahmin the priests; members of the Kshatrya caste, the iol- Sikhs from the Punjab and former policemen from Hong Kong and Shanghai; members of tbe Valsba caste, the merchants and pedlers, and members of the Sudra caste, the servants. The Hindu as a factor in tho laboi has so far not troubled the Knsl- ern United States, though he bus bpcn thi of some trouble and rioting in tha hotic in its suggestion, of love for love's sake and the value of sacrifice. The beauty of Tedantn, according to its advocates. Is that it asks no man to give up his religion, whether he be Christian, Jew or Pagan, Tbe Swami Abhedananda "To Tchom is the iltar ot tlii ably less than fifiy Hindus, and most o( hese are at Columbia University and. ithcr institutions of learning. The Hindu problem of the East lies !a he presence of the Swnmis. or ducated and able men, who, with their J-'swarthy faces and tireamy looking stand In themselves symbolic of the i fcry of tbe Orient. It is their teachings, their appeals for their disciples to try to attain impossible goals by' unaccus- tomed paths, that are largely for the deluded women awtf 'ortunes to "the who fire up and The, iautW ;