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Date Posted: 08:58
Author: Hendrik - 2 Jan 02
Subject: Re: Interesting?
In reply to: andre - 30 Dec 01 's message, "Interesting?" on 08:56

Master did supposedly say toward the end of his days that it was only Rajarsi who had fully lived up to his expectations and that in some way or another all the other disciples save perhaps Sister (Gyanamata) had disappointed him.

As far as I can hope to understand Yogananda's nature this statement of his may be taken as his measure stick for his disciples' inner attunement with him. It may say something about his disciples' inner progress, but it does not serve as a comprehensive assessment of their inner virtues, which may lie elsewhere.

What Yogananda does stress here is that none of his disciples save two did meet his expectations he put into them.

It does not necessarily mean that the others were not as "spiritually advanced" (whatever it means) as Rajarsi and Sr. Gyanamata. What it means is that from a point of view of identification with the Guru all but the two failed to some degree - in his view. And I should mention here that Yogananda was not infallible, as none of us are.

Indeed it would be hard to imagine Rajarsi or Gyanamata protesting or contradicting any of Yogananda's wishes. They were totally devoted to him; Gyanamata eventually developed a telepathic contact with her master which allowed her to communicate with him to some extent so that physical constact was held up only sporadically.

How many of us can completely identify with a guru? How many of us do want it at all? And: Is it necessary after all, something indispensible?

I don't know the answer.


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  • Re: Interesting? - No, just another Paulsen troll -- ketch - 31 Dec 01, 09:00

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