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Date Posted: 13:53
Author: peer345 - 6 Jul 2001
Subject: Re: Calling the Org into Question
In reply to: Thomas mark - 6 July 2001 's message, "Calling the Org into Question" on 13:37

Dear Thomas,

it is good to see things laid out as clearly as you have done so. I agree with you 100%. It seems to me that SRF is so concerned with polishing its appearance to conform to a particular shape - Daya Mata's or not, i really don't know - that they twist the truth to the point where they are becoming quite empty and devoid of real content.

I say this because I went to a monastic's visit where I live which happens but rarely. I thought that at the talk he would actually say something. Well it was a polished and vacuous as the leaflets SRF put out for the voluntary league. It was a very nice talk but in terms of content empty - two stories of Daya Mata which related to nothing at all. One about her pet dog and how she hated to discipline it and one about her "revelation" after a deep meditation that all you needed was "love and service, love and service". I don't actually disagree with this latter point but in a talk you have to say more than that surely!

SRF make me angry. It is increasingly a church of Disneyland-like fundamentalisms. It is hard to trust the books by Yogananda from SRF - but we don't have much more to go on, some but not so much. They are still rich I guess but..........?

The privacy and hoarding nature of the organisation makes it one I feel very uncomfortable with. I very occassionally revisit the devotee-forum and the inanity of the discussions makes me wonder how I ever put up with it. I had question marks but overcame them thinking I just didn't quite understand. For me the changing of the photographs was the last straw - it is a lie I can't and won't support.

They have really moved towards a deification of Yogananda and that is something else I cannot support - it is finally a total disempowering of the individual and a move to an increasingly narrow literalism and its subsequant fundamentalism. It talks of the obssession with over-control by the organisation.

Daya Mata may have a strong spiritual energy and/or presence, I don't know having not met her but I think we all know this means nothing in terms of true spirituality.

That ends my rave!


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  • Re: Calling the Org into Question -- stephen, 16:14

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