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Date Posted: 18:20
Author: Mac - 13 Jun 2001
Subject: Re: SRF machinations
In reply to: anonymous - 12 Jun 2001 's message, "Re: SRF machinations" on 18:19

I think it's obvious after reading the various accounts of close disciples that Yogananda did know his time to depart was fast approaching. In fact, he even said that after Sister Gyanamata's death he was living on borrowed time, fighting with Divine Mother to let him stay a little longer to finish up things he wanted to do. He had to bargain with her a lot to let him stay longer, She wanted him gone long before.

As to the way in which he chose to go, I think it was appropriate in light of his mission. I mean, after being such a high profile yogi, do you want to just expire while sitting on the toilet taking care of nature's calls, or would you rather use the most public and visible opportunity possible? Especially when you consider that he was 1. Indian, and 2. The banquet was in honor of the Indian Ambassador, and 3. He said he wanted to die with his boots on *speaking of India*, and 4. He died after finishing his poem about India ... could any other opportunity have been better? I think he hung on with all his strength at the end to make it to the day of the banquet. Had it not been for that, he probably would have left a sooner.

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