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Date Posted: 11:29
Author: nojdw - 25 Sep 2001
Subject: Loyalty to the Guru and His work.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Loyalty to the Guru and his work

"It is the duty of the guru-preceptor and the disciple to be loyal each other, not only in one life, but for many lives if these are necessary to reach God. Those who are one hundred percent loyal to a guru can be sure of ultimate liberation and ascension. One may have many teachers, but only one guru, who remains as one's guru even in many different lives, until the disciple reaches the final goal of emancipation in God. You must remember this, once that relationship is formed. It is much easier to reach God through the link of true masters with whom you are connected as a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship."

"Many will urge that you join other societies and religions. If you succumb to the temptation of curiosity, you will get confused, and due to disloyalty to the specific messenger and guru-preceptor sent to you by God's decree, you will lose wisdom and may not ascend or be liberated for one or many lives. To dishonor the messenger of God sent by Him in response to the devotee's prayer call, is to be disrespectful of God. That is why Jesus said to Peter, "O ye of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Remember, you have been told that Jesus was Eliseus before and his guru-preceptor was Elijah. Then later Eliseus, through a succession of incarnations, was born as Jesus, and Elijah was born as John the Baptist. That is why Jesus asked John to anoint him, saying, "This is the way of all righteousness." That is, all righteousness, or the right way of finding liberation and God, lies in following the teachings and discipline of a true guru-preceptor."

"Though you should love all people and respect all religions, still your own path lies through Self-Realization and it's Masters. You were selected and ordained to find liberation and ascension through Jesus, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswarji and Paramahansa Yogananda, your Guru-Preceptor. The title is a much higher title that "swami," which signifies one who is trying to master his Self or one who has succeeded in doing so. The title "Paramahansa" signifies the Royal Divine Swan swimming in the sea of Spirit, one who is free from all limiting desires, or new desires and karma which might keep him tied to the world. A "Paramahansa" lives in the world, but is not of the world, and knows God as His sole object of desire."

"All who have actually accomplished the goals of the Seven Steps can act as preceptors to others, but only by years of merging with truth can they ultimately attain the paramahansa state, From that state on, God directly controls the life of the devotee."

SRF Praecepta Lessons, K-17, pg. 3.

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"As I love you so, so I am writing this -As a son shuld be loyal to his father so a disciple to his guru in every way. I never question your love and loyalty-I feel you nearer and nearer to me- that is why I venture to ask you to follow;

1) 100 percent Self-Realization and the living link of the gurus, and not divert your mind to any other teachings or work. Make Praecepta (SRF Lessons) your whole life with Kriya Yoga.

2) Passing out literature of other teachings confuses and unsettles the minds of new and even old students. So I shall be happy if you concentrate minds of students only in SRF.

3) All meetings strictly should be around SRF and practice meditation.

If the above rules are followed you will find the great gurus showering blessings on you and you will feel a living connection with the living link of gurus"

An excerpt from a handwritten letter from Paramahansa Yogananda to a disciple, 1947. It was published in a letter that SRF put out in November, 1995, in response to a letter circulated by Ananda making various accusations against SRF. A readable photocopy of the letter is also included.

"Your letter's assuring words of devotion and loyalty to this Cause and the Masters deeply touched me. Whole we must pay homage and give all due respect to all religions and all religious followers, still, we must remember our supreme loyalty and devotion must be one-pointed-given to one path only. You have given that already to Self-Realization Fellowship and to guru. One should become firmly grounded in the teachings of his choice before studying the merits of other teachings, else he will become confused and lose sight of his goal, which is not theoligical knowledge, but actual God-union"

An excerpt from a typed and signed letter from Paramahansa Yogananda to a disciple, 1947. It was published in a letter that SRF put out in November, 1995, in response to a written and verbal attacks and accusations against SRF from Ananda. A readable photocopy of the letter is also included.

"The Kriya technique will be the foundation, the continuosly expanding base of your own Self-realization, So you must be true to yourself and to the Gurus of Self-Realization-Fellowship by faithful practice of the liberating soul-science. SRF is resolved to show you that Cosmic Consciousness is attainable in one lifetime if you properly and continously cooperate in this divine endeavor."

SRF Praecepta Lessons, 1938 copyright, K-3, pg. 2.

On July 8, 1948, shortly after his great samadhi, he wrote the following words to the leader of the SRF center in Mexico City:

"After the great visitation of Divine Mother I see more clearly how She wants this work to be directed and therefore I write this letter....we must remember that in the second or third generation of our work everything must be centralized here at Headquarters, otherwise divisions will begin and our work will fall apart. You and those with me now are of the first generation, and I do not worry about you for you have had contact with me and know how the work should be spread, but those who follow after us will make mistakes unless all the work is centralized under one department- under the Mother Center."

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