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Date Posted: 16:09
Author: ketch - 8 Jun 2001
Subject: New Times LA Report
In reply to: ketch - 5 Jun 2001 's message, "Re: Yogananda's alleged immutability" on 16:07

But what is alleged to have occurred after his death has done much to reinforce Yogananda's standing among his followers as an avatar, or godlike being, and to add to his mystique as a mystic even among nonbelievers. In accord with the guru's instructions, his body was to remain visible under glass for 20 days before the coffin was sealed. Throughout that time, until they finally put the bronze cover of the casket into position, cemetery personnel are alleged to have observed something most unusual. In a notarized letter, Forest Lawn's mortuary director at the time wrote that the body displayed no mold, no visible signs of decay, no drying up, and no odor. "This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparalleled one," wrote Harry T. Rowe. "Our astonishment increased as day followed day without bringing any visible change in the body. [It] was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability." Not surprisingly, the church has reprinted the account in various publications during the years, suggesting it as proof of Yogananda's divine status. Rowe died years ago, and the curator of Forest Lawn's museum, Margaret Burton, says she is unaware if anyone else reputed to have observed the phenomenon is still alive. "We wish we knew [if there was anyone else]," says Dick Fisher, Forest Lawn's publicity director for 25 years. "Not a year goes by that we don't get inquiries about [the letter], but there's little that we can say about it other than it exists."

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  • Re: Yogananda's alleged immutability -- Mike Drake - 5 Jun 2001, 16:10
  • Re: Yogananda's alleged immutability -- ketch - 5 Jun 2001, 16:10

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