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Date Posted: 11:59
Subject: Re: pig droppings
In reply to:
's message, "Re: pig droppings" on 11:55
As someone who has been a student of Yogananda's since 1968 I find your information fascinating. All this early history is quite revealing, really, for it shows that what has become of SRF today is quite divorced from the Yogoda/SRF of your time of reference, which is of course that of your father.
But what I sense in your words, forgive me if I'm incorrect, is a silent implication that all of these other beings/disciples left Yogananda for a hidden reason, one that isn't readily known to today's student/disciples. Or maybe it was due to more than one reason? I just get the feeling from your words that you are telling us to read between the lines. The trouble being, of course, is our unfamiliarity with what you seem to be implying.
I'd heard the stories from some of monks about Dhirananda's "betrayal" as Ma Durga quotes Yogananda describing his departure. The monk told us that D took the money and left, breaking Y's heart and wallet. Y then went to Mexico for some solitude, and wrote his chant, "I will be Thine Always" in response to his sorrow.
Your father's departure has been widely reported in the New Times LA article's, your own website (which was the first I'd heard of those allegations and which shocked me), and the resultant back and forth of the DNA tests vis a vis Mr. Erksine.
My point was that there were those who stayed with Yogananda. And those beings all became realized. Now maybe the latter doesn't necessarily follow the former, but in my book, it is as a direct result of their loyalty to their guru that propelled them to spiritual greatness, enlightenment. And of course that's the name of the game, as far as I'm concerned.
Did your father meet with Yogananda when the Indian Ambassador visited Mt. Washington March 4th, 1952? Or was it Dhirananda? Kriyananda tells the story, as an eyewitness, that a person who'd apparently left Yogananda (a former disciple) came to the event and when YOgananda saw him he told him that he'd always love him, evidently not what the man wished to hear.
Swami Premananda (Jotin) officated at Yogananda's funeral service. This is not generally known today as SRF has literally airbrushed him out of the picture, but it would seem to indicate that he, at least, still considered YOgananda his guru.
Kamala was evidently treated very badly by SRF after the publication of her book about YOgananda. She, however, tells of seeing and speaking on the telephone with YOgnanda just a few months before his death. This, too, would seem to indicate that she considered him as her guru.
The other's I don't know anything about.
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