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Date Posted: 07:55
Author: Jimminy Cricket - 2 Sep 2001
Subject: Re: Kriya initiations and SRF
In reply to:
Frank - 1 Sep 2001
's message, "Kriya initiations and SRF" on 07:53
I believe that Roy Eugene Davis considers himself
to be a guru - that is he is not initiating people
into Kriya on behalf of Yogananda - and perhaps he
is justified in doing so. In anycase, for this
reason I doubt the SRF would have any official
position regarding him.
As far as I know Oliver Black was recognized by SRF
to give Kriya until his passing. He was alway listed
in the back of the SRF magazines as an recognized Kriya
minister. I have known a couple SRF members who were
initiated by him.
Some of the others you mentioned (including Kriyananda)
were given permission to initiate as part of their role as
renunciate and lay ministers in SRF. Whether Yogananda
intended them to continue to do so after leaving SRF is an
Here are a few relevant quotes I found:
"Do not discuss, or divulge, any technique without first consulting with SRF headquarters, which reserves the sole right to give Kriya instruction, or
to appoint a qualified SRF member to give such instruction. If you know of someone who you should have the benefit of certain SRF techniques,
encourage him to become an SRF student, that he may receive the full benefits of study. If some difficulty stands in the way of his becoming a
member, advise him to write directly to Self-Realization Fellowship, explaining his situation and affirming his sincere desire to receive instruction in
specific SRF techniques."
SRF Praeceptum Lessons, 1938 copyright, K-7, pg. 3.
In a letter to Tara Mata, one of his chief editors, Yogananda wrote:
"I am sending you immediately the wonderful things that came to me about Kriya Yoga and pranayama. Please striclty refrain from
describing the technique of Kriya Yoga, which is indelibly a part of our work for disciples only...Kriya Yoga indeed has a very popular
appeal ..Everyobody is anxious to receive it after reading the book (Autobiography of a Yogi) and I am giving it to them only after they
have recieved their foundation in the Praecepta Lessons... The science of Kriya Yoga is mentioned in the book but the art of Kriya
Yoga will be learned from SRF Headquarters."
In another hand written note, entitled "Kriya Yoga", Yogananda wrote:
"This is not the end of your relationship with SRF or Kriya Yoga- but the beginning. Keep contact with headquarters and you will be
linked with the Masters, by which salvation is reached quickly...Some take Kriay Yoga and become fully satisfied and forget all about
the link of masters-they will never reach God"
In a letter written on behalf of Self-Realization Fellowship in 1957, Mr. Walters himself wrote:
"...It is our policy to permit only ordained ministers to give the Kriya Yoga initiation. Master said that after his passing he wanted only
SRf renunciates to be ordained as ministers, and at that only after a minimun of seven years in one of our colonies..."
(Note: Apparently Kriyananda has been granting permission to Ananda lay ministers to give Kriya - I don't think any of them were with Yogananda.)
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