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Date Posted: 11:56
Author: Hendrik-16Aug02
Subject: Early SRF ministers
In reply to: anil nerode-16Aug02 's message, "Re: pig droppings" on 11:55

This is just to say that you looked at an unrepresentative sample.

Yes, as I said the sample featured only 'successful' disciples - those that remained with Yogananda/SRF till the end, are still part of the official canon of SRF saints, and appear to have made great inner progress through the years. However I left out the present SRF leadership who I can only look at with mixed feelings.

Whether anyone of the original disciples attained 'enlightenment' (a not easily definable term anyway) as a result of their keeping company with Yogananda and long-time spiritual practice I do not know.

Thank you for the list of early ministers. Interesting to see that many of those people have all but disappeared from the SRF canon, and that among those a fairly large number consisted of individualists representing different traditions, and those who later set up their own closely or distantly related yoga as well as kriya yoga schools.

I wonder whether the later 'streamlining' of SRF's staff history and public appearance was begun only after Yogananda's passing, or even by Yogananda himself, and why it was done. Whether it was a slow process that Yogananda himself started for some reason, or a veritable series of plots of the later 'Daya Dynasty', or both of them going together. As yet the documentation of early SRF history is just too scarce to arrive at definite conclusions.

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