Special Announcement for SRF Centers, Groups, and Circles
We have just learned from the Mother Center that our beloved president and sanghamata Sri Mrinalini Mata has peacefully left her physical form, on August 3, 2017.
All of us have been deeply blessed by her extraordinary loyalty and attunement to the Guru, and her steadfast dedication – right up to the very end of her life – to getting the sacred teachings of the Guru to his chelas around the world. While we cannot help but feel great sorrow upon receiving this news, we are also comforted to know that she is in the loving presence of the Gurus, and experiencing the infinite bliss of God.
We would like to share with you some of what the Mother Center has communicated to us:
“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 14 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…. 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.”
We will have information about memorial services to honor Sri Mrinalini Mata as soon as can be arranged, and suggest that you periodically visit the SRF website for details. Greenfield will also hold a special service, which will be announced once the date is known.
The Self Realization Fellowship 2017 World Convocation will be held from August 6 through August 12 in Los Angeles, California. All scheduled services here at Greenfield will be held as usual during this week.
On Tuesday, August 15, we will celebrate Janmashtami, the birth of Bhagavan Krishna, with a service beginning at 7:30 pm and ending at approximately 9:00 pm. Please bring a flower to this commemoration service as a symbol of your devotion, and a donation may be given as a symbol of your loyalty to the work of Self Realization Fellowship.
On Saturday, August 19, we will have our annual post-Convocation gathering, starting at 5:30 pm with meditation and kirtan, and followed at 6:15 pm with a potluck supper. After supper, we will share highlights from this year’s Convocation. Everyone is invited to attend, and if you would like to bring food, a sign-up sheet is available in the dining room.