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In Memoriam: Sri Mrinalini Mata
(May 8, 1931 – August 3, 2017)
A Special Message From the Self-Realization Fellowship Board of Directors
  August 4, 2017

  
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Dear Ones,

On August 3, 2017, our beloved Sri Mrinalini Mataji, president and
sanghamata of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011, peacefully departed from this world. We will miss her deeply. Yet we would want no sorrow to mar the bliss and freedom she is now experiencing in the heavenly realms, where Guruji has welcomed her with boundless joy and pours out to her his divine love and blessings for the faithfulness with which she fulfilled his trust. She was a pure channel for his teachings and the guidance he wished to convey, chosen by him because of her high spiritual advancement from past lives as his disciple and because he knew she had the wisdom and humility to set self aside, seeking only to please God and Guru.

When great souls such as our Gurudeva Paramahansa Yogananda incarnate on earth for a world mission, God often draws to them close disciples from the past to assist them in their work. Mrinalini Mata was surely such a one. From Guruji’s first meeting with Mrinalini Mata when she was only fourteen years old, he recognized that she would play a vital part in spreading the sacred science of Kriya Yoga that he was ordained by God and the Great Ones to bring.

In this quiet, shy young girl, he saw a purity and depth of understanding that would be able to penetrate to the very core of the divinely revealed truths he taught and present them in print with the power and authenticity of his wisdom. He also realized that she had the capacity to be single-heartedly loyal to his ideals and guidance—a disciple to whom he could entrust the polishing of his priceless gems of inspiration, knowing that she would never stray from his meaning but capture its very essence. With great care he trained her personally to succeed Tara Mata in the momentous task of preparing his writings for publication, and to that task she dedicated heart, mind, and soul. All of us who practice Gurudeva’s teachings, and the generations of devotees yet to come, owe her an eternal debt of gratitude for the purity of her attunement with him, and her decades of selfless efforts, which have given us such a wealth of his divine wisdom.

With an understanding ever rooted in Gurudeva’s vast consciousness, Mrinalini Mataji fulfilled multiple roles during her many years in his ashrams. In addition to her lifetime responsibility for editing Guruji’s writings, she served as vice president for many years, working side by side with Sri Daya Mata to aid the growth of Gurudeva’s work in the West and India. She had a special place in her heart for Guruji’s homeland and rejoiced to see his work flourishing there. When she became president of SRF/YSS after Daya Mata’s passing, she guided his society in the same spirit that Daya Mataji expressed in saying: “Not what do
I want, but what would Master want.” Their example affirmed the changeless truth that Guruji is in charge of this sacred work, and it will always be so.

The lives of those who have inspired us, and helped us grow spiritually, leave an enduring imprint upon our souls. Through her unwavering devotion to God and Guru, her work with Guruji’s writings, and her deep caring for his spiritual family, our dear Mrinalini Mata will ever be enshrined in our hearts. As we unite in sending her our love, gratitude, and prayers, we can be sure she receives those thoughts, and that we will meet again in God’s light and joy. May our lasting tribute to her be our own efforts to apply the truths in Gurudeva’s writings with zeal and persistence until they become a living, transforming power in our lives. That gift, placed at Guruji’s feet, is the expression of gratitude that will most touch her soul.


Yours in divine friendship,

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Brother Achalananda, Vice President
For the Board of Directors of SRF and YSS

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AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda
After a five-year journey to bring Paramahansa Yogananda’s life and teachings to the big screen, CounterPoint Films has announced that its work on
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is now available in DVD and online.
"Using a seamless mix of re-creations and fascinating true footage, this very even-tempered documentary takes its audience all the way through a saint's life, from his first sensations in the womb to that moment in 1952 when, having recited a poem to a large crowd at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, he exited his body just like that....In between those events he changed the Western world."

ON AWAKE / FROM THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE:

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

This is the link to the Awake website

 
Update, September 9, 2016: Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 (more information below)
In Memoriam: Brother Anandamoy (1922-2016)
September 6, 2016
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Our revered Brother Anandamoy, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and monk of Self-Realization Fellowship for more than 65 years, passed away peacefully at SRF’s International Headquarters on Mount Washington in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, September 6, 2016.
As a much-loved and deeply respected minister of SRF, Brother (Swami) Anandamoy inspired and uplifted thousands through his selfless life and profound understanding of the spiritual life and the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. He has left a lasting legacy in the spiritual lives of countless souls around the world whom he helped and encouraged on the path to God for so many years.
 
A Brief Biography
Born Henry Schaufelberger in Zurich, Switzerland, on November 1, 1922, Brother Anandamoy was introduced to Eastern philosophy in his early teens and soon afterwards began his own search for spiritual enlightenment. But how, he wondered, could he find an illumined teacher to guide him? “After I finished my schooling, I worked in my father’s business for two frustrating years,” he recalled. “By then, I had given up my interest in Hindu philosophy, since it seemed hopeless that I could find a guru. I embarked on a career in art, and after three years I was invited to go to the United States to study with Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect.” He arrived in the U.S. in 1948 and right away discovered the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. “I hungrily read the book,” he said. “I knew in my heart that I had found what I wanted and made up my mind to study the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and find God.”
Some months later, Brother Anandamoy traveled to Los Angeles hoping to see the great Master. Their first encounter was at the end of a Sunday service given by Paramahansaji at the SRF Hollywood Temple. “It was an unforgettable experience,” he said. “After the service, the Master sat on a chair and most of the congregation went up to greet him. Finally when I stood before him, he took my hand in his and I looked into those deep luminous tender eyes. No word was spoken. But I felt an indescribable joy coming into me through his hand and eyes.”
Brother Anandamoy entered the Self-Realization Fellowship ashram as a monk in 1949 and was privileged to receive Paramahansaji’s personal training until the great Guru’s passing in early 1952. He took final monastic vows of
sannyas in November 1957 — taking the name Anandamoy (“permeated with divine bliss”) — and was ordained as an SRF minister in April 1958, both in ceremonies conducted by Sri Daya Mata.
During the long span of his life as a monastic disciple, he was called upon to serve his guru’s work in numerous and varied ways. His early assignments included landscaping work at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine prior to its opening in 1950, helping with the construction of India Hall and the lotus tower on the grounds of the Hollywood Temple and Ashram Center, and serving as a cook at the SRF café in Hollywood. He began his ministerial duties in the 1950s, and over the years was minister-in-charge at SRF’s Hollywood, Encinitas, Phoenix, Lake Shrine, Pasadena, and Fullerton Temples. In addition, he made numerous trips to India, serving Paramahansaji’s Yogoda Satsanga Society, conducting initiation ceremonies in Kriya Yoga, and speaking to large audiences throughout the country. He was also in charge of various SRF ashram centers over the years.
Brother Anandamoy was a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India Board of Directors for many years. Sri Daya Mata also placed him in charge of the spiritual direction of the SRF monks, and he served in this capacity for decades as a beloved counselor and mentor.
Paramahansaji had intimated to Brother Anandamoy that he was destined to be a teacher and public speaker, and it is for this ministerial role that he will be long and widely remembered. During extensive travels in United States, Europe, and India that spanned four decades, Brother Anandamoy came to be recognized as one of SRF’s most loved and respected ministers, inspiring SRF members and non-members alike with his incisive presentations of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, personal reminiscences of his experiences with the Master, and his wise and compassionate personal counsel.

Loving Pranams to a Beloved Monk
As we send our loving pranams to Brother Anandamoy, we can take consolation in the thought that he is now united with God and Guru, to whom he had so completely dedicated his life. We can also be grateful for the many audio and video recordings that have preserved his encouraging, insightful guidance and his endearing charm. We invite you to experience some of these special moments with Brother Anandamoy on the SRF website and SRF YouTube site:
(4 video clips)
Audio-Video Satsanga
  • (1 video clip, 2 audio clips)
    Disciples Reminisce
  • – excerpts from talk given at the 2006 SRF World Convocation (2 video clips)
    “Opening to God’s Love in Meditation”
  • SRF’s online bookstore also features two booklets and other audio and video recordings by Brother Anandamoy.