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Spiritual leader Sri Daya Mata dies in US
Washington, Dec 2, 2010 (IANS)
Sri Daya Mata, successor to Indian spiritual leader Paramahansa Yogananda, has passed away after heading the worldwide religious movement founded in 1920 for over half a century. She was 96.
One of the first women in modern history to head an international religious movement, Daya Mata who died Monday in Los Angeles served as president and sanghamata (spiritual leader) of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (SRF/YSS), founded by Yogananda, author of 'Autobiography of a Yogi'.
Born Faye Wright in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan 31, 1914, Sri Daya Mata grew up in a Mormon family. Her grandfather, Abraham Reister Wright, was an architect of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and constructed a Tabernacle replica that now resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
In October 1931, at the age of 17, Daya Mata moved to Los Angeles and joined the Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic Order, according to a press release from the organization.
For more than 20 years, Sri Daya Mata was part of the small circle of his closest disciples, who were with him almost constantly. As his secretary, she was responsible for recording all of his talks, lectures and classes in shorthand.
In 1955, three years after Paramahansa Yogananda's passing, Sri Daya Mata succeeded the late Rajarsi Janakananda as president of the society.
As spiritual successor to Sri Yogananda, she saw to the guidance of SRF/YSS members, the training of monastic disciples who reside in the SRF/YSS ashrams in the US, Germany and India, and to the administration of the many worldwide spiritual and humanitarian services of the organization.
Under Sri Daya Mata's leadership, the society continued to grow significantly. Today there are more than 600 SRF/YSS temples, meditation centres and retreats in over 60 countries, the release said.
Spiritual leader Sri Daya Mata dies in US - Deccan Herald
Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:57 am
drjohncarpenter wrote:Elvis would have been deeply touched by this topic. This kind woman was incredibly important to Elvis in the last 12 years of his life. He adored her, and greatly valued their private visits. It is said she reminded him of his mother, Gladys.
Sri Daya Mata
She passed away not too long ago.
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:35 am
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:50 am
josephinebeau wrote:Man this guy was multi layered, just when you think you have a handle on him you remember this was a part of him too. I so wish he had had the strength to get rid of morons like the MM who you know were not supportive of this endeavor to self help. They would have been far too threatened to lose their party boy.
Another thing that gets me is that most of this country has stereotyped Elvis and has no clue about this part of his personality. He was far deeper and more spiritual than Lennon ever thought about being.
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:09 am
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:40 pm
Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:03 pm
Suds wrote:His broader spiritual interests are things that Elvis could talk about more easily with Jerry Schiling and Larry Gellar than with others. In fact, I think I read somewhere that Priscilla had gone so far as to burn many of Elvis' books. Is that true? I don't know.
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:38 am
drjohncarpenter wrote:Suds wrote:His broader spiritual interests are things that Elvis could talk about more easily with Jerry Schiling and Larry Gellar than with others. In fact, I think I read somewhere that Priscilla had gone so far as to burn many of Elvis' books. Is that true? I don't know.
It has been written about in several biographies. Elvis and Priscilla together went and burned a pile of his spiritual books shortly after they were married, and Geller had been banished. It was a weird time for our hero.
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:43 am
rjm wrote:Elvis's beliefs were wide-ranging and open. As for "publicly," well, he did push that "Impersonal Life" book on so many people, and according to EWH, made Don Rickles read it on stage. Rickles was very uncomfortable, and didn't know what was happening.
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:45 am
drjohncarpenter wrote:rjm wrote:Elvis's beliefs were wide-ranging and open. As for "publicly," well, he did push that "Impersonal Life" book on so many people, and according to EWH, made Don Rickles read it on stage. Rickles was very uncomfortable, and didn't know what was happening.
An odd, one-off incident on a Las Vegas stage does not in any way equate to expounding in published interviews on spiritual beliefs outside the Christian realm, or recording songs that touch upon same.
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