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Date Posted: 08:06
Author: Anonymous - 22 Oct 2001
Subject: Re: Who do you believe?
In reply to: Anonymous - 22 Oct 2001 's message, "Re: Who do you believe?" on 08:05

TRANSLITERATION

OF THE TITLE "PARAMAHANSA"



In an effort to show a lack of forthrightness on SRF’s part, Ananda has stated that the spelling of the word Paramahansa in our Guru’s signature was deceptively altered. However, SRF has included an open and thorough discussion of this matter in the Publisher’s Note of Whispers From Eternity (First Version/1981 printing).

The correct spelling of his Sanskrit title in English is Paramahansa, not Paramhansa. Although the common practice for Bengalis is to drop silent or near-silent a’s in such spellings, the omission of the a in Paramahansa is misleading, giving an entirely different meaning from the title actually bestowed upon our Guru. To retain the Paramhansa spelling would be to permit sentiment to rule rather than a true reverence and regard for our Guru and his rightful place among the great ones. A correction was therefore made in the spelling of his title, so that there would be no doubt about its intended meaning.

"Those who have come to Self Realization Fellowship truly seeking inward spiritual help shall receive what they seek from God. Whether they come while I am in the body, or afterward, the power of God through the link of the SRF Gurus shall flow into the devotees just the same, and shall be the cause of their salvation....

"Implicit in the SRF techniques and teachings are the help and blessings of the SRF line of gurus. Devotees who conduct their lives according to SRF principles will be blessed with the hidden and open direction of the SRF line of gurus. The ever-living Babaji has promised to guard and guide the progress of all sincere SRF devotees. Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri Yukteswarji, who have left their physical forms, and I myself, even after I have left the body all will ever protect and direct the sincere members of SRF- YSS. " Paramahansa Yogananda

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