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Date Posted: 10:41
Author: ketch - 28 Aug 2001
Subject: Excerpts from SRF's 1995 response to Ananda's accusations - part 7
In reply to: ketch - 28 Aug 2001 's message, "Re: Excerpts from SRF's 1995 response to Ananda's accusations - part 6" on 10:39

The Rights to Paramahansa Yogananda’s Writings:

Ananda has asserted that SRF has edited in its favor the passage about SRF owning the rights to Paramahansaji’s writings. They imply that the Guru intended only the proceeds from the writings to go to his organization, but not the copyrights.

However, as mentioned earlier, until the end of his life the Guru repeatedly stated, verbally and in written documents beginning at the time of SRF’s legal incorporation in 1935, that the rights to all his books, writings, lectures, and other works belonged to Self-Realization Fellowship. To cite one example, the following notice appeared at his request in the November 1939 issue of SRF’s magazine:

Paramahansa Swami Yogananda renounced all his ownership rights in the Self-Realization Fellowship when it was incorporated as a nonprofit religious organization under the laws of California on March 29, 1935. At that time be turned over to the Fellowship all his rights to and income from the sale of his books, writings, magazine, lecture, classes, property, automobiles and all other possessions. The corporation, whose affairs are managed by a Board of Directors, does not pay Yogananda any salary. "

World Brotherhood Colonies:

Mr. Walters has also objected to the removal from Autobiography of a Yogi of the references to world brotherhood colonies. Not having been on the Board of Directors during the Guru’s lifetime, he was not aware of all the organizational guidelines and priorities that Paramahansaji gave, including those about spiritual communities.

Throughout the 1940’s, Paramahansaji’s ideas for spiritual communities underwent considerable evolution. In the beginning he accepted for residence in the Encinitas colony married couples and families in addition to the renunciants who were already there. However, it wasn’t long before he determined that to properly organize spiritual communities for families along the lines he envisioned would take much more time than he then had available time that he felt needed to be devoted to the more important aspects of his work. From then on, the Encinitas center, like the Mt. Washington headquarters, became primarily a community of monks and nuns wholly dedicated to the monastic ideal. Paramahansaji did, however, continue to speak of his ashrams as model "world-brotherhood colonies" demonstrating the life of outer simplicity and inner searching for God that would bring the greatest happiness and fulfillment whether one were pursuing the monastic path or that of the householder. After his plans for the Encinitas World Brotherhood Colony had changed, Paramahansaji removed from Autobiography of a Yogi the passage describing world brotherhood colonies, and replaced it in the 1951 third edition with a much briefer description of activities at the monastic ashram center.

In a satsanga with members in 1975, Sri Daya Mata was asked about SRF’s plans to found world brotherhood colonies. After describing the evolution of the Guru’s plans with regard to such communities, she concluded:

He said to us that his mission was to bring the message of Kriya Yoga. There will be plenty of time in the future when such colonies and other ideas can be put into effect. His mission was to bring the teachings; our duty is to spread them. He told us this will require a great deal of time and effort. Our duty is to establish his message, to build his work, and to spread it and that is what we are doing.

How vital it is that we concentrate on this as our first priority. The world is hungry for what Master gave. Look at the state that the world is in today. Master’s message was not just for communities of two or three hundred individuals; his is a mission to the whole world, and people are hungry for it!

Self-sustaining SRF communities for families will come into being in future, when the time is right. In the meantime, Paramahansaji did encourage the formation of SRF householder "communities" in another sense: He urged members to settle in the vicinity of our temples and centers, having their own homes and businesses, participating in SRF activities and creating a helpful spiritual environment through mutual association and fellowship. This has indeed come to pass. Communities of hundreds of SRF families have developed around our temples in Encinitas, Hollywood, and Richmond, as well as near our Hidden Valley and Front Royal retreats.

Rajarsi Janakananda, president of SRF/YSS from 1952-1955

To the monks in our Guru’s ashrams in America, Rajarsi wrote in 1954:

"Many of you have asked questions, and I have been waiting to receive answers to them from Master. The Masters don’t always answer when we expect them to do so, but rather when they feel the time is ripe.

"To those of you who have asked or who have aspirations to go out into the field and give SRF classes as traveling teachers, I pass this message on to you. The other evening, March 1st to be exact, Sri Yukteswarji came to me during meditation with this message: "I don’t want teachers who have personal ambitions, or who are seeking flattery, or who have selfish aims. I want only true devotees to give these teachings those who are unselfish, who love God only, and who have some realization. None but these should go out to teach. ‘’

"Therefore, dear ones, please study hard, attend all the classes, and improve yourselves in every way Be steadfast in your unselfish purpose; and, above all, meditate deeply so that you will be ready to serve God and Guru through SRF. This is a time of preparation, meditation, and study, as well as self-discipline.

"I send Master’s love and blessings to you, one and all. May God be with you always. "

Dear Student:

I am going to give you one of the greatest lessons in the TECHNIQUE OF REALIZATION, exactly as given by my great master, Swami Sri Yukteswarji of India, who received it From his master, Lahiri Mahasaya. This technique was rediscovered by the great Master Babaji. Further description of its benefits can be found in the chapter on Kriya Yoga in my book Autobiography of a Yogi. It is a spiritual accelerator, which helps to quicken your spiritual progress whenever you use it during the periods of your spiritual stagnation, which may arise while practicing any other technique of progress.

This technique is mathematical in its results and having it, you will feel that you have the key to continuous Self improvement and Self-realization right in your own hands during the periods of my absence. It will be a source of perpetual help in times of your greatest physical, mental and spiritual emergencies. If all other things fail you, this Special Lesson properly used will give you the help that nothing else can give. -

This will be your only opportunity to receive this lesson for a long time to come. Self-Realization students who have already taken it are specially invited to receive again this uplifting lesson on Realization.

With unceasing blessings for your all-round good,

Very sincerely yours,

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