Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sri Sri Daya Mata, Mother of Compassion Impressions of a Saint in Retrospect - an original Poem and UnPoem

                         

"Sri Sri Daya Mata, Mother of Compassion
Impressions of a Saint  in Retrospect"

Gurudeva Paramahansa Yogananda and Disciple Sri Sri Daya Mata

Sri Daya Mata
January 31, 2014 - November 30, 2010
President of Self-Realization Fellowship 1955-2010

In life, 
In death
I sit unharmed,
Upon Thy lap
O Divine Mother"

Sri Daya Mataji was inspired by the above quotation. So she made a sign that hung on the door of her room and which is now part of a display honoring the Centennial Anniversary of her birth, which includes some of Sri Daya Mata's personal items and photos from her trips to India. The display is in the Administration Building of the Self-Realization Fellowship's International Headquarters at Mt. Washington, California, known as the Mother Center. Her sign bears the signature of Paramahansa Yogananda in the lower right corner, who dated it in December 19th, 1951. 




Spiritual Lineage of Self-Realization Fellowship

A Blessing from Mahavatar Babaji - 
Following in the Footsteps of the Great Ones



Sri Daya Mata giving a satsanga at the SRF World Convocation




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Sri Daya Mata - A Life of Love, Humility, and Devotion

Sri Daya Mata - Through the Years in Photos

Messages from Sri Daya Mata

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Dear Ones,

....This year marks the hundredth birth anniversary of our beloved Sri Daya Mata on January 31st. Her divine life has touched us all, and though her soul is free in the blissful realms of light and joy beyond this world, the love and care she showered on Guruji’s spiritual family in both East and West is with us still. Gurudeva’s words, “Only love can take my place,” found full expression in her and will always resonate in our consciousness through her beautiful example. May that love and her positive spirit and faith in God, inspire you in this new year and always….

Wishing you and your loved ones a new year filled with God’s blessings,


Sri Mrinalini Mata

President Self-Realization Fellowship



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A Message From Sri Mrinalini Mata 

on 100th Birth Anniversary of Sri Daya Mata


Dear Ones,

This joyous occasion of our beloved Sri Sri Daya Mata’s 100th birth anniversary is surely celebrated in the heavenly realms where she now dwells, as well as in the hearts of all of us who have been deeply uplifted and changed by her divine life of devotion to God and her boundless compassion for His children.  Souls from all lands and all religions responded to the love and understanding that flowed so abundantly from her God-attuned consciousness, drawing them closer to Him.

From childhood Daya Mataji yearned to know and commune with the Divine as did the great souls in the scriptures.  When she saw our guru Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda for the first time and heard him speak, she thought, “This man loves God as I have always longed to love Him.  He knows God.  Him I shall follow!”  Perfecting that love became the supreme goal of her own life; and because she never allowed anything to distract her from that goal, she was able to receive fully his spiritual bounty and to be such a pure channel of God’s light and blessings in this world.  She inspired all of us around her by her humility, her receptivity to Guruji’s training, and the one-pointedness with which she lived in the thought of God.  Even amidst life’s daily challenges and the increasing responsibilities Gurudeva placed on her shoulders, she exuded an inner joy born of utter trust and surrender to the Divine. 

“Thy will be done, not mine,” was her motto in all circumstances.  She sought no personal recognition, for she wanted only to be a faithful disciple of her Guru; and throughout her years of leadership the criterion of her every decision was, “What would Master want?”  With her whole being she absorbed his guidance and increasingly reflected his nature – both his strength and his infinite tenderness.  While fearlessly upholding his ideals, she gave kindness and understanding to all.  Shortly before Guruji left this world, when she expressed to him her concern about how his disciples could carry on without him, he replied, “When I am gone, only love can take my place.”  Those words remained ever engraved in her heart, and she lived them until she became that love, which nurtured his spiritual family after his passing and has given countless devotees tangible assurance of his sheltering presence.

As the mother of Gurudeva’s worldwide family, Daya Mataji cared so deeply for us all.  I hold in my heart as one of God’s most treasured blessings the divine friendship we shared as we served Guruji’s work together for more than sixty years, and cherish the wisdom and love she conveyed from her inner attunement with him.  Ever afire with devotion to God and the desire to serve Him, she sought to awaken that enthusiasm in others; and the greatest way we can honour her is to follow with renewed zeal the sadhana Guruji has given.  I pray that her example may remind and encourage you that, through your efforts and his blessings, you too can know the divine joy and all-fulfilling love that permeated her life.  Jai Guru, Jai Ma!

In God and Gurudeva,

  Mrinalini Mata

Sri Sri Mrinalini Mata

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Western Symbol of Indian Spirituality

By STATENEWS - Fri Jan 31, 1:37 pm
byStateNews
Jharkhand State News Article Online


At fifteen, she receives an English translation of the Bhagavad Gita. She is deeply moved. The scripture reveals to her that God is compassionate; He loves His children. He is approachable, knowable. His children are divine beings, integral parts of Him. Oneness with Him is their birthright; they can realize this birthright through self-effort. The young girl resolves to devote her life to seeking and finding God.But, how? “Who loves God? Who knows God?” 
She goes from one religious authority to another, but is not satisfied.

Then, she comes face to face with Paramahansa Yogananda! Some years after founding Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), Paramahansaji had gone to represent India at an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, USA. Subsequent lectures in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia were enthusiastically received. For the next many years, he toured extensively in USA, giving talks and classes on the science of meditation and balanced spiritual living. In 1925, he founded Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), with its headquarters in Los Angeles. It was much later that he was to write the spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” The Government of India was to eventually honour him in 1977 with the issuing of a commemorative stamp, acknowledging that “…he takes his place among our great saints."

Paramahansaji was in Salt Lake City, in 1931, to conduct a series of classes. The teenager recalls her first impressions: “I became transfixed, unaware of anything around me except the speaker and his words…. I could only think, ‘This man loves God as I have always longed to love Him. He knows God. Him I shall follow.’”
In an assembly of thousands, it seemed unlikely that she would be able to meet the Guru. But, adversity is sometimes also an opportunity. She had long suffered from a blood disorder; doctors had not been able to cure her. Still, she was attending Paramahansaji’s classes with bandages covering her swollen face. This attracted the Guru’s attention. After the classes, he gave her a divine healing. He affirmed that no trace of the illness would remain within a week, nor would it ever recur. And so it was!

But, to the girl, an even greater blessing was the opportunity to meet this man of God. She was extremely shy, and to this day wonders how she got the courage to speak her first words to him: “I want so much to enter your ashram and devote my life to seeking God.” The Guru looked at her penetratingly for a moment before replying, “And you shall.”

Soon thereafter in 1931 itself, she embraced the life of renunciation and consecration to God, becoming one of the first sannyasins in SRF. She was later given the monastic name of Daya Mata, “Mother of Compassion."

Although she was deeply happy, those early years of training were not without struggle. From the beginning, it was evident that Paramahansaji had singled her out for a special role. He later told her that he had put her through the same intense spiritual discipline as his own Guru had given him. For over twenty years, she was part of the small circle of his closest disciples, with him almost constantly. As years passed, he gave her greater responsibility. In the closing period of his life, he began to speak openly to the disciples, of the worldwide role she was destined to play. He knew of her reluctance to assume the position of leadership and wanting to remain in the background, but was adamant. “Now my work is finished,” the Master told her, “your work begins.”

Paramahansaji entered mahasamadhi in 1952. In 1955, succeeding the late, saintly Rajarsi Janakananda, Sri Daya Mata became president of YSS/SRF. As spiritual successor to Paramahansaji, she oversaw the guidance of YSS/SRF members, the training of monastic disciples in the ashrams, and the faithful carrying out of the great Guru’s ideals and wishes for the dissemination of his teachings and the expansion of his spiritual and humanitarian work worldwide.

For over half a century, Sri Daya Mata carried forward the legacy of her Guru. Her spiritual state of perennial peace and tranquillity, her transparent compassion, her purity of heart, her unbounded love for God and His children, and her simplicity and humility were a shining example for all to follow. Under her wise leadership, Paramahansaji’s work expanded phenomenally.

Before his mahasamadhi, Paramahansaji had asked Daya Mata, “Promise me that you will take the same interest in our work in India as I have.” In fulfilment of that promise, Daya Mata spent extensive periods in India over three decades. She toured widely, like a pilgrim. She spoke to eager audiences, inspiring one and all with her personal example and devotion. She met with great saints of modern India, including Anandamoyi Ma, Swami Sivananda, and Shankaracharya of Puri. She met India’s national leaders, including the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, and other prominent Indians like Pundit Ravi Shankar. Thanks largely to her efforts, there are over 200 YSS meditation centres spread all over India today. 

The worldwide work of SRF also blossomed under Sri Daya Mata’s benevolent leadership. Today there are meditation centres in almost every part of the world.

The great Guru had told Mataji, “When I have left this world, only love can take my place. Be so drunk with the love of God night and day that you will know nothing but God; and give that love to all.” These words became her guiding light.

During an interview, someone remarked that the example of her life had transformed thousands of lives. With palpable sincerity and humility in her voice, Mataji responded, “I hope I touch the lives of others. But I am happy just loving God. May be it sounds simplistic, but it’s what really matters to me.”

Daya Mataji left her physical frame on November 30, 2010. But, as we celebrate the centenary of her birth on January 31, 2014, may we be constantly inspired by her shining example of “just loving God”!




In Memoriam: Her Holiness Sri Daya Mata 
Respectfully Remembered
NoteworthyNews

Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India 
Honors the Memory of Sri Sri Daya Mataji


Memorial Service held for Sri Daya Mata
President and Sanghamata, SRF/YSS
  Pasadena Civic Auditorium
December 12, 2010

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"Achhe Dukkho, Achhe Mrityu"
Rabindranath Tagore 
Sung by Lopamudra Mitra



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Sri Daya Mata in Communion with the
Divine Mother of the Universe
in Sacred Ecstasy

"...Once Her (Divine Mother's) love fills  your consciousness, it will be more real to you than anything in this world and will overflow into your thoughts and actions and permeate your whole being.

You honor Divine Mother by every effort you make to keep Her in your thoughts, to serve Her selflessly in your activities, and to reflect Her kindness to all."

~ Sri Daya Mata   






A Tribute to Sri Daya Mata

Written on the Anniversary of Her Birth
January 31, 1989

Sharifah C. Rosso

"Beloved Divine Mother, my life is in your hands.
Purify my heart by my all surrendering love for Thee."
  
In my inner eye, I beheld Thee,
O blessed and beloved,
Sri Sri Daya Mataji;
Sitting in lotus posture,
Stilled, silenced, steeped in sacred ecstasy.

On a regal throne Thou didst pray
(O Queen of Heaven -
And of my heart)
For all those living, passed on,
And still, not yet here today.

Enraptured in eternal Bliss -
Infinite in Cosmic Consciousness,
Unified with Christ in all of Life,
One with God,
So holy,
So sublime.

Wisdom personified,
Beauty unqualified,
Radiant and glorious;
Thy Compassion and Immortal love
Dost always shine.

A royal crown of delicate blossoms adorned Thy hair,
(O humble one; so pure, so rare),
Robed in garlands of multicolored hues,
Strung in layers of soft and gently scented flowers;
“A radiance undreamed of…",
A majestic holiness filled the air.

To think of life without your Birth,
Is to think of no light at all upon this earth.
So, too, the angels celebrate
With God and Gurus
In holy reverence and great mirth.

So blessed am I,
(Your littlest one and eternal daughter),
And, indeed all humanity,
That Thou didst come to incarnate,
To bring to us the wisdom of the Sages,
Our blessed Gurudevas' sacred teachings,
Luminous, preserved by you for all the ages.

To have heard the holiest of holy words
Directly from your lips,
And to have had you take my hands in yours,
In the Mother Center's Chapel;
To have visited you in your sitting room,
Where I touched your holy feet,
And bowed to your divinity there,
(Where you ever so sweetly stroked my hair,
As my head gently lay upon your lap);
To have received your unceasing blessings,
Always sent to me ever so lovingly;
Are my most cherished privileges,
And ever so sacred memories.

To stroll the hallowed grounds
Blessed by you and Gurudeva,
To walk along the garden paths,
And trod upon the grass where you have passed,
To sit and talk with God in the sacred Chapel,
Where you sometimes still come to pray,
To kneel before the altar of the Great Ones,
(From whom Kriya Yoga spreads throughout the World),
Where you became one with the Supreme Deity,
In deepest states of highest samadhi,
Awakening Spirit's inner peace, love, and infinite joy in me,
Accelerating the liberation of our souls for all eternity,
Are my most sacred blessings,
The salvation and redemption of my life.

Namaste, Namaste, Namaste.

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  A Letter to Sri Daya Mata
Written on the Sixtieth Anniversary of 
Her Ashram Entrance
November 19, 1991

Your life, Beloved Ma, has been dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of the Great Ones. No personal motive or desire has ever dimmed that majestic vision to provide mankind with the means to achieve the ultimate goal of union with God by personal, intimate, devoted communion with Him through Kriya Yoga. 

You have provided a tangible example of how to live a life in the noblest and purest way, dedicating all one's thoughts, speech, actions, and movements to God, with deep humility and an attitude of complete surrender to Gurudeva and the Divine Ones who sent him. 

You have not only preserved for posterity the sacred Teachings of the Master, but also provided all who follow in your footsteps glimpses of a perfected being incarnate through the radiant eyes of a perfected disciple. You have achieved that supreme state of ecstasy with the King of the Universe in both meditation and activity alike. You have become One with That about which you speak. Your personal intimate dedication to Divine Mother has been a blessing for this Age. 

Personally, I am deeply thankful to you for introducing me to this path and Gurudeva. I am grateful for your unconditional, eternal love, your personal prayers, and your blessings. I most humbly lay at your holy feet my body, mind, and soul, and all the devotion of my heart. I hope I will be able to find you and be of service to God and Guru in my next incarnation, and I pray you may forgive my past mistakes as I remain ever loyal to you and this noble organization of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, our Blessed Gurudeva's most holy work.
In His most sacred love divine, always I remain your littlest one,

Sharifah.

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In Reminiscence: Sri Daya Mata 

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Sri Daya Mata at Mother Center 1978

  A Christmas Letter to SRF Members
                                                 
                                                                  Christmas 1961
                          Dear Ones,
             
                          Christmas Blessings to you!

                          The great love and joy of this holy season fills me and
                          takes my heart racing to the farthest reaches of eternity
                          to embrace the Lord Jesus.  Join your heart's love with
                          mine in that infinity where time and space melt, where
                          we stand in his presence and pay him homage.

                          I pray that Christ flood our consciousness with the all-
                          illuming light of his wisdom, that we know he is with
                          us always - - a light unto the world dispelling all 
                          shadows of ignorance.

                          What love flowed through the divine life of Jesus! As
                          we adore his spirit in omnipresence may we comprehend
                          his divinity. Beholding the infinite Christ cradled within
                          the bosom of our love, we may rejoice truly for his birth,
                          as again we celebrate the blessed Christmas season.

                          From India receive my greetings and love for the Christ
                          that lives within you all.
                                                                    
God, Christ, and Guru bless you,

Daya Mata, President
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Sri Anandamoyi Ma and Sri Daya Mata, 1961
Account of Sri Daya Mata's meetings with Sri Anandamoyi Ma, 1959

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Sri Sri Daya Mata Bhajan by Surabhi Ranjan from the CD "On Wings of Love"


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 Impressions from a Satsanga
 with
Sri Daya Mataji

Self-Realization Fellowship 
International Headquarters
Mother Center Chapel
Summer Solstice
 New Millennium
 June 21st, 2000

From a Letter Written by Sharifah Rosso to a Devotee in India 


Dear _____,

These notes are being sent to Dr. (Aunty) Shanti Kamat (then living in the YSS Ranchi Ashram) with love, and they are my personal account of one the most memorable days in my life, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my spiritual correspondence with Sri Daya Mata. In that first note, which was dated June 23rd 1975 she wrote, "In the ultimate sense, it doesn't matter if one is a secretary or administrator, or any other profession. What matters in God's eyes is that we learn to seek Him, and love Him, and live by the highest principles no matter what role we play in the drama of life…. Should you be drawn to the teachings of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, we would be happy to enroll you in the Lessons."

So, her words of wisdom are still true today as they were then. During the Convocation I was so surprised to be called by Ma's secretary who invited me to attend a Satsanga on Wednesday evening because I had been on the list for many years. So sweetly, she said, "We want to fulfill your desire". Happily, with great enthusiasm I thanked her and said I would be there at 6:00 p.m.

I took time to get my hair cut, and called my dear Sikh friends, the Mahli family, who owned an Indian Cuisine restaurant in Lancaster, to ask if they could make some samosas for Beloved Daya Ma, who was giving her Satsanga that evening. They are not members of Self-Realization Fellowship, but they are very sincere lovers of God and follow their Guru's advice in their lives - very good people. They were honored to make 75 of them for me and we had enough to share with the nuns, also. They had just enough time to go buy the ingredients and have them ready for me to pick up after my doctor's appointment. So, I was able to deliver the samosas and a gallon of freshly made mango lassi (with a touch of rose water) for Ma and the Board of Directors by 4:30 p.m., just in time for their evening meals. After delivering them, I drove to my apartment located just down the hill from the Mother Center, and changed into my new navy blue suit. I wore a pink blouse for Ma. I had a lovely plant, one that had little inch and a half pink heart-shaped flowers, and it sat in a white wicker basket, with a pink bow around it. I decided to take it with me as my offering to Sri Daya Mataji.

As I drove back onto the driveway of Mother Center, two novice monks were directing me, and they had me park right next to the circular driveway near the large beautiful deodar tree. I then ascended the circular drive and waited at the bottom of the steps of the administration building because that is where about four or five other devotees were waiting. Then, Ma’s secretary saw me and indicated to one of the Bramacharini's that she should help me up the stairs, so one came down and took the plant for Ma, and my hand was then free to use the rail, which I used to help me climb up the front steps.

To my surprise, the Chapel appeared full already with other devotees, but they had saved a chair for me along the right side, on the aisle, in front of Master's Mahasamadhi picture, and a Bramacharini escorted me to my chair so graciously. We all meditated waiting for a few other devotees to come in (and I think the ones waiting outside, who hadn't been invited, were allowed to sit in the back on folding chairs which had been set up), as did Ma’s Secretaries and other Nuns.

All was very quiet awaiting the Saint – stillness with a peaceful vibration permeated the air. Then before I saw Ma, I could feel her mighty spiritual force like a powerful magnet of love as she entered the reception hall. I turned and saw her enter the Chapel. She strode straight toward the altar, stood there in the middle, reverently pronaming to the Great Avatars of this path as she prayed. She sat down next to the altar where her chair had been placed, behind the harmonium, and a beautifully carved Indian screen served as her backdrop.

She was in such good humor, joyful, and so relaxed. It seemed to me that she just graciously descended into the chair, melting like wax, into it. She said, "You have written that you wanted to see me. Well, you are seeing me. Can I go now?" She and everyone burst out into laughter. She has a marvelous sense of humor. Instead of beginning a prepared talk, she asked if anyone had any questions, and one gentleman responded by asking, "How can we develop more devotion and love for God in meditation and in our activity?” She didn't quite hear him, and with an upward gesture asked him to stand up to repeat his question, which he did. She said that she wouldn't speak long, because she had done so previously the night before, and consequently her voice had become a little hoarse.

Then, she took a more somber tone. She spoke of several things, but these are what stand out in my memory: She said out of every 24 hours a day, we must make time for at least one hour for meditation on God. She said we must remember God. "He runs the whole universe. What would happen if He would forget us? Can we not give even one hour a day to Him, the sustainer of (our) lives?"  She said we can do less TV watching and "Internet" surfing. In other words, be aware of "time wasters" so we can make more time to meditate. She spoke of the importance of practicing the Hong Sau technique of meditation, and of practicing the presence of God in daily life, like Brother Lawrence. She spoke about cultivating love of God through nature. She said we should get out in nature more. Learn to feel the trees. Learn to feel the "spirit" in the trees. This was so touching to me…. She spoke again on the same four points she mentioned at the Convocation:

     1.  First, LOVE God.        
     2.  SERVE others joyously. She said, "I am happy wherever I am just serving others."        
     3.  She said we should have COURAGE
     4. She said we must have more FAITH, and here I was deeply moved as she spoke of Jesus Christ and his ordeal on the Cross - where he had His doubts, too. "Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?" She spoke about how he was able to forgive sincerely, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." So deeply inspiring were these thoughts.

I remember greeting Sri Uma Mata at the closing of Convocation and she said how she, too, was thinking about these things, and was so glad that her thoughts had been in sync with Sri Daya Mata's.

Other points from the Satsanga I wanted to especially remember because I wanted to try to put them into practice. She said to keep your mind at the Kutastha Chaitanya center and she lifted her forefinger to the point between the eyebrows in the center of the forehead. She said to be deeply pure - I can't remember the adjective exactly, but it was more than pure, it was deeply pure - this impressed me greatly! She said we should always be honest and truthful. She repeated this several times during her talk. She mentioned that this (Mother Center) was our spiritual home and we should come back again. She repeated this several times. (I remember at the Convocation she said the same thing, and then added, "As others go to Jerusalem, and Mecca, you come to Los Angeles for spiritual pilgrimage.")

An Indian lady stood up and said that in India they have the custom to touch the Saint's feet. And Ma just said, "I am too shy for that." Then, Ma asked for all the devotees from India to stand. Then, she asked the ones from Italy, then France, England, Brazil, and those from the United States to stand. I stood up with the very few U.S. devotees who were there. Then the husband of the Indian lady stood and said, "Ma, an Indian will never be satisfied until taking the dust of your feet." She couldn't hear him, so he repeated, "Ma, an Indian will not be fulfilled until taking the dust of your feet." Then, Ma spoke to the Bramacharini, and said "It would be nice if I greeted them, don’t you think?" So graciously she began to greet each and every devotee there. One by one, row by row, each devotee started to walk respectfully and reverently toward her from the first row of the left side of the Chapel. Each one walked up to where Ma was sitting to be blessed by her.

Although she said several times that she didn't want people to kneel before her, the devotees still did so, so she asked the Brahmacharini to help her to rise from her chair, and then standing up, she greeted each subsequent devotee. After the left side and center chairs were emptied the devotees went up to Ma then left the Chapel, walking into the reception hall. Then, one of Ma’s Secretaries, a Brahmacharini, caught my eye, and came over to me to give me her arm. As I stood up waiting in line as the devotees rose from their chairs in the rows in front of me, they walked quietly in front of Ma. It was very unusual for Ma to greet each devotee, I understand, and another devotee told me that she had not done so for many years, so I was very pleased and while I waited for my turn inwardly I was grateful to Divine Mother and Master for this great blessing.

Then, came my turn…. The Brahmacharini and I were standing in front of Sri Daya Mataji, the embodiment of Divine Mother, our Gurudeva’s devoted successor. The Brahmacharini introduced me, "This is Sharifah, Ma." Ma replied, "Sharifah, from down the hill?" in a forthright voice. The Brahmacharini answered, "She has been on the list for years, Ma." Then, Ma’s tone changed to such a sweet, “dulce cantabile” tone. She took both of my hands so sweetly, yet firmly, in hers, and I raised them to my lips and gently kissed them. As I did so my heart welled up with pure love, and I could feel Ma's divine love pouring back into me, flooding my heart and soul with a real tangible loving presence of the Divine. I thought my heart would burst.

Then, she took her right hand and so very delicately embraced my left cheek. While stroking it gently, she said, "I will never forget how you took such good care of Nettie" and I was filled with emotion. Tears came to my eyes, and I said, "Oh, Ma, I hope I never forget Nettie". (She and Dr. Kamat were two of the best friends I had ever had in this world up until their passings, and I pray I never forget the wonderful friendship they have given me. I have been truly blessed by Divine Mother for throughout my life she has continued to send such wonderful divine souls to be my friends.) Then, Ma so sweetly and quietly thanked me for some items that I had given her… (She remembers so much – every detail. How can she keep track? I thought inwardly, "Oh Mother, it is I who should be thanking you for all that you have given to me.)

Once again, she took both of my hands in hers. Her eyes, then her whole expression, turned to such deep concern. She said with the full force of her compassionate nature, "Are you alright?", and she looked deeply into my soul questioningly. I got quiet, and was internally going through my body trying to feel my spine, and the different body parts in my back to see if they were OK, to check to see if my spine was in alignment. (Internally, I was trying to feel if I my neck was out of alignment, as I get regular treatments for injuries to my head, neck, spine and back, and I wanted to reply to her question accurately.) But then, all of a sudden, in an instant I realized that I was holding on tightly to both hands of DIVINE MOTHER INCARNATE! I then looked up right into Ma's beautiful face, directly into her loving eyes, and with an enormous smile, I said, "Well, I am fine NOW, Ma" (meaning because I was with her, because I was actually holding the hands of Divine Mother, how could I be anything but fine!) And everyone laughed heartily, as did Ma. Then, she pronamed and blessed me again.

The Brahmacharini escorted me up the aisle to a chair they had so considerately placed right in the back of the Chapel, so I could sit down whiling watching Ma bless the remaining devotees. I noticed that each devotee Ma greeted was done so with that same Divine Motherly love and affection. Then, Ma came up the aisle toward me (being in the center of all the devotees standing behind me). One of the Sisters reached down to help Ma put on her delicate footwear, and I remember she had a little difficulty in getting the foot into the slipper. As I watched her, I thought, "She is so sweet, so dear, so loving." Then, I could only feel the Divine Mother's presence - it was beyond thought, actually.

As she waived good-bye to all of us, she said a few more encouraging words. I was so overwhelmed by my meeting with her, the love that flowed from her to all of us, a love that filled my heart to overflowing, that I was lifted into another higher state of consciousness entirely. I am glad that I can share this special moment with you, Auntyji, because it makes me re-live it, and I am going to keep this in remembrance of this cherished most extraordinary day of my life, when I was blessed by the Reverend Mother Sri Sri Daya Mataji.

God bless you.


Sharifah.


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Sri Sri Daya Mata Bhajan by Surabhi Ranjan from the CD "On Wings of Love"

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Enlightened Insights from
Sri Daya Mata's Divine Perspective

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Sri Daya Mataji's Divine Perspective
"Enlightened Insights"

Excerpts from Personal Correspondence Providing Loving Guidance and
Inspiration into Life's Most Challenging Circumstances and Transitions


March 10, 2010

"Dear One,

______ is keeping me informed about the difficulties you are going through with your
health, and I have been deeply praying for you ever since I learned of your situation. You have gone through so many struggles with the body in this life, and my heart goes out to you, dear. I know it has not been easy to cope with the discomfort of your condition through the years, and now with this problem, which you had not expected. But you have faced these circumstances with courage and with full faith in God and Master, and They certainly bless you for that spirit, gained through your years of practice of Master’s teachings and devotion to Them. Surely these experiences have come because you were ready to face them, and you have grown through them and have won many victories. As you keep working with the doctors, hold on to Divine Mother and Master. Let your mind rest in the thought that They love you and are tenderly watching over you at every moment. Just by turning your thoughts to Them you are making yourself receptive to Their blessings.

remember that when any of us was facing some physical difficulty, Master would so often say, “Do your best to take care of the body, and then give it to God.” He wanted us to look after this body temple, and at the same time to put our complete trust in the Divine. I have always found that through that sweet surrender, such peace comes into the mind and heart. The lives of all of us are in God’s hands, and nothing can come to us unless it is part of His plan for our soul’s liberation. Master has promised to help us at every step along the way, and I pray that you may feel him very near, guiding your doctors, and giving you the strength that you need each day.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for your loving greetings and gifts over the holidays. It is very thoughtful of you to remember me, and I always appreciate the deep love for Divine Mother and Master reflected in your notes.

I am remembering you in my meditations, dear Sharifah, and also pray for your sister Susie and brother Daniel. You mentioned that he is going through a difficult time right now, and I ask God’s blessings that a way may be found to ease his discomfort. I understand how much Susie is affected by your situation, and pray for her well-being and peace of mind. May Divine Mother and Master strengthen all of you and hold you close in Their love.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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June 8, 2009
"Dear One,

I received your notes and want to assure you of my continued prayers for you and your dear family. Thank you also for the gifts you sent on several occasions. Your thoughtfulness reminds me of Divine Mother's love, which shines through the friendship you have expressed and uplifts our hearts in countless ways.

In the midst of our busy daily lives, how much we need to remind ourselves that the perfect love we have sought through countless different avenues can be ours if we learn to still the mind, and pour out our soul's yearning to Divine Mother. She can never fail to answer that call if we are determined and persevere. Once Her love fills your consciousness, it will be more real to you than anything in this world and will overflow into your thoughts and actions and permeate your whole being.

You honor Divine Mother by every effort you make to keep Her in your thoughts, to serve Her selflessly in your activities, and to reflect Her kindness to all. May you feel that She receives those gifts of your heart and soul, and deeply blesses you. I remember you and your dear ones in my prayers and inwardly place each one of you in Her care.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 12, 2009
"Dear Ones,

....The welfare of all who follow Guruji['s teachings is close to my heart, and I care deeply for your well-being and spiritual progress. In my meditations I ask God to guide your sincere efforts to apply those truths that you may find through them increasing inner strength and understanding, and a deeper relationship with Him who is ever watching over you. He is our haven of security amidst all the world's dualities - the eternal Friend to whom we can always pour out our deepest needs and feelings, knowing that we will be understood. The secret of a truly happy and fulfilling life lies in loving Him and striving to express His goodness and love in all that we do.

Anchored in God's presence, may you play the part He has given you with joy and unshakable faith in Him. My divine love and blessings to each one of you and your dear ones.
God love you,

  Sri Daya Mata"

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February 25, 2009
"Dear One,

I was sorry to learn that your dear sister Susie had an accident and have been deeply praying for her, you, and all those you requested prayers for. I hope that her health condition has improved.... ....Behind every kind thought and outreaching action is the One supreme Friend of all, and I pray that you may feel His guiding presence and encouragement in your spiritual efforts and in every worthwhile undertaking.

Such strength and inspiration flow to us from the lives of the Great Ones like Christ and our blessed Guru. As you strive with renewed enthusiasm to follow in their footsteps, may you gain increasing courage to meet life's challenges, and faith that God is sustaining you. He is our greatest need, and by your continued efforts to deepen your inner connection with Him, you will feel his unfailing support. I remember you and your dear ones in my prayers that you may know He loves you and is watching over you always.

Unceasing blessings,

Sri Daya Mata"

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June 17, 2005
"Dear One,

I received  your telephone message as well as your most recent letter and the other letters and notes you sent and want to assure you that I am deeply  praying for you, for your former sister-in-law Anita and her s0n, your Sister Susanna Wolf, and all 0f  your loved ones. Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for the gifts you have sent on special occasions throughout these past months. You have reached out in so many thoughtful ways, and I deeply appreciate the love and friendship that inspires you to give. Thank you, too, for your gift offering in memory of our beloved Ananda Mata. She is deeply missed as a dear sister and divine friend. But I am also happy for her that she is free and is reaping now the blessings of the life she lived so purely for God alone.

Be assured that I especially pray for you in connection with your upcoming court case, that all may work out for the best. Try to remain calm and hold on to the hand of God and Guru, knowing that They love you and that Their power to help you is limitless. The more you are inwardly secure in your faith in Them, the more you will be able to think clearly and do your best. Pray, "Heavenly Father, I will reason, I will will, I will act; but guide Thou my reason, will, and activity to the right thing I should do." This will help you be in tune with God's blessings. He is in charge of your life, and no difficulty can overwhelm you if you remain firm in your trust in Him.

My heart aches for dear Anita and I am writing to assure her of my prayers. May God help her to find peace and the assurance that He is taking care of her. I also pray that her son may find help and healing in his life.

My love and good wishes to you always, dear Sharifah, and to your loved ones. You have gone through many difficulties, but never be discouraged. No matter what we are going through, each day can be lived for God and an opportunity to pray for others, to say an uplifting word, or to do some kindness for someone. May you feel His encouraging, uplifting presence ever sustaining you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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October 25, 2004
"Dear One,

Thank you for the special mangoes from you and your Indian music teacher, Mala Ganguly. They were delicious, and I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness. Please thank Ms. Ganguly for me, too, and convey my blessings to her.

I also appreciated your note and the roses and samosas you brought on the 25th anniversary of your Kriya Initiation. Bless your heart. It was very dear of you, and I pray that God and Guru may continue to bless you in your faithful practice of Kriya. Never hold any regrets that you have not done enough. Just take the present moment and use it to the fullest for God. That is what matters most to Him. He knows the challenges we face in the world, and He is touched by every effort we make. Those efforts are reinforced a thousandfold by His blessings, and will take us to the Goal if we persevere and never give up. I know you hold that resolve deep in your heart and God and Guru will help you fulfill it. 

I am pleased to learn that your dear cousin and her baby are all right, and send my blessings to them. Be assured that I continue to pray for you and all your dear ones. May God ever watch over you, dear Sharifah, and help you to feel His loving response to your heart's devotion.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 5, 2004
"Dear One,

You always so thoughtfully remember me at special times of the year, and I deeply appreciate all of your gifts and the loving thoughts you have expressed in your notes. Thank you for the sincere divine friendship you have given from your heart, and know that I send the same to you.

Please be assured of my prayers that there may be healing in the relationship between you and your music teacher and friend. In a real friendship one is ready to give without receiving. We all make mistakes sometimes. You did not intend to hurt her, and you have apologized. Let your mind be at peace that you have made proper, sincere gestures and leave the rest in God's hands. In the ultimate sense, the only real, understanding friend that we have is our beloved God, who reads our hearts and intentions, even though much of the time our words are contradictory. Relax in the thought of His pure, unconditional love and understanding, and know that He can help to bring some greater good even out of those experiences that are difficult. The more your heart is at peace and anchored in Him, the more you will be able to express His understanding toward others. I pray for you and your friend that there will be harmony between you again.

May God bless you, dear Sharifah, and help you to feel that each day is a new beginning and a new opportunity to attune your thoughts and actions to Him. My soul's love and friendship ever reach out to you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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September 11, 2003
"Dear One,

I received your letter and I also want to thank you for the delicious watermelon and corn you sent to Uma Mata and myself. They were much enjoyed, and we were touched by your thoughtful gesture. I continue to pray for your well-being and progress on this blessed path.
You mentioned that the questions you had about the other path you had been interested in were now fully resolved, and I am glad that you feel a growing desire to steadily deepen your attunement with the SRF Gurus by your faithful practice of these teachings.

Regarding the techniques, just do the best you can as your health allows, knowing that God and Guru receive always the sincere devotion of your heart. The feelings of joy and love that you experience are Their response to the efforts you are making. Regarding the Energization Exercises, please do not strain in any way, and continue to follow the guidance of your doctors regarding what kinds of movements are permissible for you. It is important to do your best to look after the body, and you can benefit from doing the Exercises mentally if it is inadvisable for you to do them physically.

It is good that you have found ways to keep your mind on God, and I pray that awareness of His loving presence may always uplift your heart and give you strength. My blessings and soul's friendship ever reach out to you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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August 15, 2003
"Dear One,

Thank you for .... the beautiful roses you sent. I was also touched to receive the delicious hand-picked cherries, and the sweetmeats you gave in honor of Guru Purnima. Bless your heart for your thoughtfulness. I always appreciate the kindness you express toward Master's work, and your steady devotion to God and Guru. May you ever feel Their presence in your life, sustaining and strengthening you, helping you to feel a sense of peace and well-being that remains untouched by outer conditions.

I am sorry that the matter of your pension did not work out as you had hoped. But I pray that, nevertheless, you will be able to meet your needs. Keep doing your best to take whatever practical steps you can to help your situation, and continue to hold firmly to your trust in God. When the body gives you trouble or other concerns weigh on you, inwardly affirm, "I am safe in the castle of Your presence." May that thought help you to cope with all challenges and to realize that you can be inwardly victorious.

I am pleased to know that your sister Susie is feeling stronger and send my blessings to her, as well as to Ms. Ganguly. May God watch over them both and help them to feel His loving presence and guidance in their lives.

 My love and blessings to you, dear Sharifah, and my continued prayers for your well-being and progress on this divine path.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 26, 2003
"Dear One,

Thank you for all of the gifts and remembrances you have sent during the holiday season and on the anniversary of my birth. It is so thoughtful and generous of you, and I appreciate your sincere divine friendship. The Directors also join me in thanking you for the gifts you sent in memory of Nettie. We lovingly remember her, and I pray God may bless her soul.

You have been through much in the past months, dear Sharifah, with your health and the legal difficulties you have faced, and my heart goes out to you. Please be assured that I am continuing to remember you in my prayers. 

Your letters reflect your firm faith in God and Master, and I know They deeply bless you for your devotion to Them, which has not wavered despite all of these difficulties. Do the best you can each day, and in your prayers and meditations, lay all difficulties and concerns at Divine Mother's feet in a spirit of trust and surrender, knowing that She is watching over you. Through all these experiences She will help you to grow and to draw closer to Her. May you feel that She is with you, and that Her love is always sustaining you.

Please be assured that I continue to pray for your dear sister as well, and for your cousin Chris, who has just recently passed away. It seems that he spent much of his life trying to help others, and that spirit of selflessness will surely continue to draw God's love and blessings to his soul. I also pray for the welfare of the dear friends you have mentioned, that God guide their lives.

You had written earlier to me about some of your experiences before coming to this path, and your desire over the years to serve God and Master more deeply. I understand the thoughts you have expressed, but please try not to dwell on any feelings of having let God and Master down. They understand your situation fully and receive your heartfelt love. They know, too, that you have grown through your experiences. We have all made mistakes at times. The important thing is not to hold on to them. You are serving God and Master best by trying to attune your thoughts with Them in the present moment. Take from the past experiences the lessons that were useful and leave the rest in Divine Mother's loving hands. She will always help you to take the next step in your soul's progress, and in your efforts you always have my soul's love and blessings.*

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

* In my early years, I had the privilege of receiving darshan from various holy personages. One of these was the Kalu Rinpoche. During that weekend, one of his Lamas had asked to communicate further with me, and later came to visit me at UCLA, where I was working at the time. He had told me that I had been his wife in a previous incarnation and he gave me a beautiful gold ring with emeralds and rubies, which I later mailed back to him (with a note that I could never be responsible for a monk breaking his vows to God). He told me about his future, his life's work, how he was to write 5 books and establish a monastery in California. At the time of writing Sri Daya Mataji, I had found out that he was a member of a Tibetan Monastic Order of Lamas that permitted marriage (so his motives were actually very pure in regard to my earlier meeting with him). Now, he had developed in his spiritual practice and was so much respected that he had been given the title, "Enlightened Rinpoche", so I was feeling very badly that I had misjudged him and also that a former spouse of mine had reached such high states of consciousness, when I was still struggling with the Master's meditation techniques. I knew both Master and these very sacred techniques of Kriya Yoga could take me to God-realization, and so I was feeling very low at possibly letting down my Gurus with my lack of spiritual progress - "....If I find Thee not, I will blame my diving...." ~ from the Cosmic Chants by Paramahansa Yogananda

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June 26, 2002
"Dear One,

Thank you from my heart for the gifts you sent on Mother's Day and other special occasions. Your gifts are a reminder of Divine Mother's generosity and kindness, and I deeply appreciate your loving gesture. Please also thank _____ and the other devotees for the message you conveyed on their behalf. I do remember dear Nettie as well, and pray for her soul.

Whenever something beautiful touches your soul, or some unexpected kindness or blessing comes to you, make it a habit to inwardly thank Divine Mother. And when you feel a need for comfort and understanding, reach out to Her with the simple trust of a child. Such a sense of security comes when you develop that kind of relationship with Her wherein there is no distance, fear, or formality. She accepts you as you are, and will help you to bring out your most beautiful soul qualities as you turn to Her each day for strength, understanding, and unconditional love.

My blessings to you, and my deepest prayers that as you keep Divine Mother in your thoughts, She may become more and more real to you. I also continue to pray for all those who are dear to you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 11, 2002
"Dear One,

Although I have been delayed in replying, please know that I so much appreciate the loving notes and gifts you sent during the holiday season - the lovely sari on my 70th anniversary, your remembrance at Christmas ... and your many kindnesses on the anniversary of my birth. You are always so thoughtful, and I thank you for the sincere divine friendship of your heart. Thank you, too, for you gift of the lovely Chinese maple tree given in memory of my dear brother. I deeply appreciate the sympathy you expressed.

 Please be assured that I continue to pray for you and all of your dear ones. I am so sorry that your cousin Daniel passed away after a long struggle with his illness. You have written that he was a very courageous person with a sense of duty and loyalty, and those qualities will surely continue to bring many blessings to him. I know that you must miss him very much, but take comfort in the thought that he is free now from all suffering, and is continuing his onward journey in the loving care of God. He has left behind the pain and discomfort of his illness, but the blessings and inner victories he has gained through his experience will remain with him always, and he takes with him the love of his family. There is no greater power than love, and it reaches beyond the boundaries of this world to draw souls together again and again. As you send him your loving thoughts, may you feel that he receives them, and that they bring him a deep sense of peace and well-being. I pray that God may watch over his sons during this time of adjustment in their lives.

I am glad that you feel free to come to meditate in the chapel at Mother Center and to attend the meditation for peace that we have been holding at noontime. You are welcome to come to the chapel to quietly commune with God and Guru, as is any faithful devotee of this path. Naturally it is always good to have a balanced life, including meditation and activity of some kind to the extent that your health allows. Please know that we care for you as we do for each one who loves God and Guru, and you always have my prayers and soul's love and blessings in your efforts to apply Guruji's teachings in your life. May your sincere dedication to him help you to feel his loving response.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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November 9, 2001
"Dear One,

Thank you for all your loving notes and gifts, including the beautiful sari that have sent for my upcoming anniversary. You are always so thoughtful, and I appreciate the sincere love and friendship you have expressed in your letters, and your heartfelt devotion to God and reverence for Guruji.

Be assured that I am praying for you and for all your friends you have mentioned, including Mr. Guha, who has just had his surgery. May God bless each of these dear souls, giving them strength and peace that comes from faith in Him. 

I am so pleased that your dear sister is doing well. Surely, God has blessed her life, and the prayers of all those who know and love her have helped her to be receptive to God's healing power.

I ask Divine Mother to bless your spiritual resolves and aspirations. We all have something to overcome. But do not let that discourage you. It is good that you recognize some of the tendencies you need to change and are praying that God's healing light may cauterize those patterns in your brain. At the same time, in your daily life try to be watchful of your thoughts and actions. If you find that you are having critical thoughts about someone, pray for that soul instead, and put your mind on that person's good qualities. Greater humility becomes possible the more we are inwardly secure in God. Affirm, "Thou art the Doer, not I," and keep busy changing yourself in positive ways. Then, you will be less likely to be hurt or irritated by the actions of others. Whatever others  may do, let your own thoughts and speech be kind and attuned with God. Then, you will feel a sense of peace inside whatever your outward circumstances be.

Thank you for sharing with me the poems you have written. Guruji encouraged us to express in our own words our love for God, and you can be certain that He receives those offerings of your devotions.

My divine love and blessings to you, dear Sharifah, and my continued prayers for you and your loved ones.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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February 23, 2001
"Dear One,

Thank you for all your generous gifts during the holiday season - for the Dutch treats you sent to the Directors and myself.... I am touched by your thoughtfulness and appreciate the love and good wishes that came with your gifts. Bless you for your kind and generous heart.

I was glad to have an opportunity to greet you when I saw devotees at Convocation, and I continue to pray for you, as well as for your music teacher, Ms. Ganguly, and her friends. By now she is no doubt feeling more settled, and I pray that everything may work out for the best for all three of them.

I am sorry that you have not been well and hope you are feeling better now. Yes, in my prayers I have given your love to Divine Mother, Christ, and Guruji. Even if physical difficulties are not allowing you to meditate as long or as deeply as you would like, never doubt that God and Gurus are aware of your sincerity and devotion. God knows the situation of each one of us, and all He asks is that we do the best we can. The troubles of the body are not easy to bear, but they cannot in any way cut you off from Him because He is within you all the time, as close as your own thoughts.

May you feel Divine Mother's blessings and Her love sustaining you throughout the coming year.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 29, 2001
"Dear One,

Thank you for your letter and the flower that came with it, as well as for your loving thoughts and good wishes. I was glad to pray for Miss Ganguly's dear mother as she made her transition from this world, and pray for Miss Ganguly also that God may comfort her in her loss. No matter how prepared one may be, it is never easy, for the relationship with one's mother is very deep and special, but I pray she may know that the love they shared is not lost because love reaches beyond the boundaries of this world and keeps souls always near. May that thought bring her assurance and peace.

I was also interested to learn that Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and _________ are interested in Gurudeva's teachings. I have written to __________ to answer her questions, and information about the Lessons has been enclosed for her. I have explained to her that they would first need to study the Lessons before receiving Kriya, and that the main purpose of the techniques is to achieve a more interiorized state of consciousness so that one can experience a deep inner communion with God..... ___________ are certainly welcome to be in touch with us if they would like to study the teachings, and are most welcome to visit the Mother Center and our other ashram centers. It seems that they and ___________ are deeply interested in the spiritual path, and I pray that God may guide and bless them. India's music is so closely associated with the search for God and the soul's expression of love for Him, and spiritual interests often come naturally to those who are deeply steeped in it.

I hope that all is going well for you and continue to remember you in my prayers that you may feel God and Guru's blessings in your own life guiding you and encouraging you to persevere on the spiritual path.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"


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September 25, 2000
"Dear One,

I am so sorry that Ms. Mala Ganguly and her friends are going through such a difficult time. My heart feels for Mr. Guha and Mrs. Mallick in the struggles they are undergoing with the body. May God strengthen and uplift them. Ms. Ganguly must be a very kind and caring soul, and I can well understand the pressure that she is under because of the illnesses of these two dear friends whose lives are so closely connected with her own. But I pray she will not be disheartened. No matter what circumstances come into our lives, God will give us strength to meet them when we put forth our best efforts and trust in Him. He never forsakes those who live lives of kindness and sharing.

Please convey my blessings to Ms. Ganguly and assure her of my prayers for her and both her friends. She must surely appreciate your friendship and support during this difficult time. May God bless you, dear Sharifah, and guide all of your efforts to practice Master's teachings in your life.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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July 21, 2000
"Dear One,

Thank you for the gifts and remembrance you have so thoughtfully sent, including your most recent gift of the start orchid plant and the cassette of bhajans. I know that you give out of your heart's sincere divine friendship and I appreciate your loving thoughts and your dedication to God and Master. I was touched by your recent letter in which you said that you would never give up all your efforts to seek God, to love Him, and to follow Guruji's teachings. Hold on to that determination, for it touches the heart of God  and will always bring to you the help you need. There is no greater gift you can give to me than to love Him and to strive to be in tune with Him in your thoughts and actions. You have been through some difficult times, but I am pleased that you have kept on, striving not to dwell on pain or sorrow but on the One who always brings to us what we need for our soul's growth. If we face everything with a spirit of trust in Him, difficulties can transform our lives more than we might have ever thought possible. 

I am glad that you were able to attend the Satsanga and that you especially felt Guruji's loe during the Convocation. Always remember that he loves you -- that his support is ever with you when you need strength, and he rejoices with you in your successes, goth in your spiritual efforts and your daily pursuits. I am happy to know that you  have done so well in your college courses, and I pray that this will encourage you, reminding you of the capabilities that are within you and your potential to succeed. God bless you in all that you undertake....

You always have my soul's love and blessings, dear Sharifah, and we think of you as a faithful member of our spiritual family.

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God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 1, 2000
"Dear One,

The Directors join me in thanking you for your remembrances at Christmastime and for the Dutch cookies you sent in memory of dear Nettie. She would surely be touched that you remember in so many thoughtful ways your friendship for her. Thank you, too, dear Sharifah, for the birthday cake and candles .....I appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity that you express on so many occasions during the year and know it is inspired by your deep love for God and Master. May They bless and watch over you and your dear ones. I am glad that your nephew us doing better and also pray for your sister's health, as well as for your Indian music teacher. I hope that she has recovered well now from the surgery that she had earlier.

My blessings to you also, dear Sharifah. It seems that you are doing well in the various courses you are taking, and I pray you will be successful in reaching your goals. Continue to study diligently, with full faith in God's help and in your own abilities. That is what will give you the calmness and clarity of mind to meet every challenge you face. Always remember to tell yourself, "I can!" That positive thought, reinforced by positive actions, opens the door to God's unlimited help and blessings.

My divine love and soul's friendship reach out to you always.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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August 10, 1999
"Dear One,

Your most recent letter and the generous donation you have sent for Guruji's work deeply touched me. I appreciate your loyalty and your willingness to stand by Master[s organization. Every great spiritual teaching and movement throughout history has gone through difficulties and criticism. During the time of Christ, many were willing to sit with him at the banquet table and to join in when others praised him, but how many stood by him when he was crucified? It touches my heart when I see devotees express a spirit of steadfast faith in Guruji's teachings and in his work, and a willingness to offer their help and their loving support. We do not claim to be perfect. Every organization is composed of human beings, and human beings have their frailties. There is also much misunderstanding in this world. But the important thing is that we not let ourselves be pulled down by it or filled with anger and resentment. This is God's world, and when we are striving to live by our own clear conscience and to be in tune with Him, all will work out according to His plan.

God and Guru bless you, dear Sharifah, for your support. I know that it comes from your sincere dedication to God and Master and pray that you may continue to feel Their love in your life as you faithfully practice Guruji's teachings. He receives and blesses every effort we make with sincerity and devotion. Try to carry into your daily life the peace that you gain in meditation and to think of all those around you as children of Divine Mother. In this way you will keep her in your consciousness and attune your heart and mind with Her divine love and joy, whatever the outer circumstances in this drama of life.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for the loving notes, gifts and remembrances you have sent during the past months. I also hope that your dear nephew is doing better now and continue to pray for him and his family, as well as for you. My divine love and blessings to you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 11, 1999
"Dear Sharifah,

My heartfelt thanks to you for the loving gifts and remembrance at Christmas and on the Anniversary of my birth. I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and the sincere love and friendship you have always expressed. The Directors also join me in thanking you for the Dutch almond bread and cheese you sent in memory of Nettie, and the cassette tape. I will continue to enjoy the Birds and Blooms magazine throughout the year.

As you keep on striving to apply Master's teachings in your daily life with full faith in God and Guru's love for you, may you find an ever-growing sense of inner peace and happiness. The journey of life takes us through many challenges and many ups and downs. But one thing that never changes is the sweet inner relationship we have with the Divine Beloved of our souls. He knows our needs; He knows the lessons we must learn; and through it all His love is silently guiding and sustaining us. Hold firmly to Him, and do your best to express in your own daily environment those principles of goodness and truth in Guruji's teachings that have inspired and uplifted you. Then you will see in how many ways God silently showers His blessings on you.

You have always my soul's love and friendship, and I continue to pray for you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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December 11, 1998

"Dear One,

I deeply appreciate the beautiful flowers that you have given me on my spiritual anniversary and send my love and blessings to you. You faithfully remember me on so many occasions during the year, and I am touched by your thoughtfulness. When I think back upon the years I have spent in Guruji's ashrams, my heart is filled with gratitude for God's countless blessings and for the many ways He has transformed my life. He will do the same for each of us whether we are in the ashram or in the world if we strive to be receptive to the principles Guruji taught and the lessons in each day's circumstances May God guide you always in your own efforts to love Him and to put Guruji['s teachings into practice. The Lord always keeps his promises, and I pray that you may find in Him the fulfillment our soul is seeking.

You had written a note to me some time ago requesting prayers for your sister Susie Wolf, and I very much hope that she has recovered well from the problem that she was having. Please be assured of my prayers for her health and well-being.

You had also written to me on the 19th anniversary of your Kriya initiation. Such occasions are always a good time to reset our spiritual goals and make a new determination to use to the fullest the blessed techniques Guruji has given. The Christmas season is also a special opportunity to practice them deeply and to cultivate that sweet relationship with God which fulfills every need of he heart and soul. May you feel Him ever with you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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July 10, 1998

"Dear One,

Thank you so much for the delicious ice cream you gave to us on dear Nettie's birthday. It was shared with the Directors and the nuns and was enjoyed with the loving thought of Nettie. It was generous of you to think of her and to share with us in this way. I was also touched to receive the beautiful flowers, and we appreciated seeing your sweet photo album of Nettie. She was a dear soul, and it brought many memories of her. Thank you for sending it to us to see. I know it must be a treasured reminder for you of the days you spent with her, and we are happy to return it to you.

My divine love and blessings reach out to you, and I hope that all is going well in your life. Hold firmly to the hand of God and Master with trust and love. As you keep God in your heart and resolve each day to put into practice some thought from Guruji's teachings, may you find that you feel His presence and divine love in an ever deeper way.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"


P.S. I just received your most recent note and want to assure you that I am deeply praying for your chiropractor, Dr. Muncy, and his wife, as well as for your Indian music teacher's father who passed away recently.

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June 5, 1998

"Dear One,

Thank you for the Easter basket you sent to me and to the Board of Directors in memory of dear Nettie. It was much enjoyed, and we were touched by the sincere spirit of divine friendship that inspired your gift. I also appreciated the flower and gift you gave on Mother's Day, which I know expresses your devotion to Divine Mother. Keep on holding firmly to Her hand, asking Her to bless your life and to help you feel Her unconditional love. That love sustains us through all of life's changes and gives a sense of security that nothing can take away. As you continue strengthening your relationship with Her in meditation and in daily life, may you feel Her sweet, uplifting presence bringing you inner contentment and confidence, and the awareness that She is watching over you.

In recent months I have not had the opportunity to meet with devotees often, but you might continue to keep in touch with Sister ______ about your wish for a meeting. In the meantime, I send my love and blessings to you and pray that Divine Mother may guide you in all of your efforts to practice Guruji's teachings and to attune your thoughts and actions with Her. In Her love you always have my own.


God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 3, 1998

"Dear One,

Thank you for your gift of the pendant and the sweets on the anniversary of my birth. I appreciate the loving thought that inspired you to give and am touched by your expression of  divine friendship. Be assured that I continue to remember you in my prayers, asking God to guide and watch over you.

I know that the time of Nettie's passing was not easy for you, but hope that your are doing well now. Keep on turning to Master's teachings for strength. It is helpful to take some thought each day from his writings to apply in one's life. As you do this and continue to meditate faithfully and keep your life balanced, may you feel God's blessings and love and know that He is with you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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December 20, 1996
"Dear One,

I am sorry to learn that several of your family members and friends have been going through such difficulties recently and am praying for each of them. My sympathy goes out to you over the loss of the dear friend who was like a father to you. May God guide his soul and strengthen his wife. It is a blessing that he had such a peaceful passing and is free now from all suffering. Though I know you will miss him, I pray you may feel a sense of comfort in the thought that he is in God's care and one day you will meet again. Be assured that I also pray for ______, his companion and her child. It is sad when people's lives are destroyed by drugs. But the soul remains untouched, and even the most powerful habits will be one day be overcome. I pray they may be receptive to the need for rehabilitation that can help them change their lives. I know this must be difficult for his mother and pray for her as well. I feel for your brother's friend ______ and ask God to help her in her difficult struggle with her illness.

As you turn to Him in your own prayers, may you feel the conviction that He is looking after your dear ones. Thank you for the Indian sweets you sent at Thanksgiving, as well as for sharing the chant that you and your teacher composed. I appreciate your expressions of divine friendship given out of your gratitude to God and Guru.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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August 17, 1992
"Dear Sharifah,

Sri Daya Mata is presently away from the Mother Center, but your loving notes reached her and she asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One, I have received your notes and appreciate the bouquet of flowers you sent.  Please know that I pray for your dear mother's soul and ask God to help you feel the assurance that she can still receive your loving thoughts. It is the Divine Mother who cares for us through our earthly mothers, and as you turn to Her, may you feel Her blessings.

Thank you for the information you sent about Dr. Shanti Kamat. We were aware of her condition, and I continue to deeply pray for her, as do all of us here is Guruji's ashrams. May God and Gurudeva, to whom she was ever so faithful, sustain and hold her always near. Surely it has been a comfort to her to have the support of caring friends and fellow devotees. May God watch over her, and my He also bless and keep ou in his care. God love you.' ~ Sri Daya Mata

May God guide and be with you always, 

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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September 29, 1992

"Dear Sharifah,

Your note reached Sri Daya Mata, and she was very sorry to hear about he condition of your sister's brother-in-law. She asked me to let you know that she is deeply praying for this young man, and for all his family members. Daya Mataji has sent a message separately to your sister and brother-in-law to convey her concern and assure them of her prayers.  Please know that all of us here in Gurudeva's ashrams will be remembering this young man in healing services each day, asking God to especially bless him. You and all those who love him have the support of our prayers. 


In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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April 30, 1992
"Dear One,

I appreciated your loving message and gifts at Easter. It was very thoughtful of you, and I am touched by this expression of your divine friendship. May the example of Christ's life give you strength in your efforts to ut into practice the spiritual principles he taught. His love for God was so beautifully expressed in all he did and in his daily interactions with those who crossed his path. As we also strive on level of our everyday lives to emulate the perfect balance, calmness, and understanding that he expressed, we will feel his presence and find increasing attunement with God. 

In your efforts toward that goal, you have always my divine love and soul's friendship,

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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February 28, 1992
"Dear Miss Rosso,

Sri Daya Mata is presently away from the Mother Center, but your letter reached her and she asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I was touched to receive the lovely flowers you sent on the anniversary of my birth. God and Master bless you for your thoughtfulness. As you strive to go deeper in your meditations and keep Them always close in your thoughts, may you feel Their loving presence.

My heart goes out to dear Ann, as I understand how difficult it can be to keep up one's courage under such circumstances, and want to assure you that I continue to pray for her. We care very much for her welfare and do keep in touch with her. It is good to hear that her condition has stabilized somewhat, and we are relieved that she did not have further complications from her recent illness. I am glad that she has joined a therapy group which is helpful for her, and that she has good friends to support her. Master would be pleased to see devotees caring for one another in a spirit of divine friendship. I am writing to Ann separately  to assure her of our continued prayers.

May God and Guru hold her near in Their love. My spiritual support and divine blessings go out to you both. God love you.' ~ Sri Daya Mata

May God guide, bless and be with you always,

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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July 19, 1991
"Dear One,

I was touched by your note and am glad to know that your health has improved much. May your thankfulness for God's blessings open your heart in an ever deeper way to His constant guidance and love. The ultimate value of all our experiences is that they have a part to play in drawing us closer to Him. Sometimes through the greatest difficulties we also grow most spiritually if we try to remain inwardly strong and surrender to God. Through your devotion and efforts to be receptive, may you ever feel His guiding hand in your life.

My divine love and spiritual support are ever with you as you strive to keep your heart and mind fixed on the polestar of His love. Remember that every little effort draws His silent blessing and brings you closer to the goal you are seeking.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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April 16, 1991
"Dear One,

I deeply appreciate the devotion for God, Christ, and Guru you have expressed through your loving note and generous Easter gift for Gurudeva's work. It always touches me deeply when devotees reach out to offer their support in such a dedicated spirit. You can be certain that God and Guru receive the love behind your gift and bless you for your desire to see others also experience, through Guruji's teachings, a deeper closeness to God.

The peace and beauty of the Lake Shrine has awakened in many a greater yearning to know Him, and I pray that your own warm early memories of the time spent there may remain an inspiration to you and a reminder of His ever present love. Go on seeking Him with all the fervor of your soul, persevering in your meditations and laying every thought and action at his feet. As you do so, you will feel more and more the sweet uplifting sense of His nearness filling your heart, mind, and soul. Through all of those who devotedly strive as you do to make these teachings their own, Guruji's spirit lives on and will continue to touch other lives. You are remembered in my prayers that God may watch over your life, and that through your faithful efforts you may more and more awaken His divine consciousness within you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 8, 1991
"Dear One,

There is nothing more beautiful we can give to one another than sincere friendship. I know this is what has inspired your gift and loving message on Valentine's Day, and I deeply thank you. It was kind of you, too, to share the delicious curry you made for the Pasadena Temple devotees. Receive in return the divine love and blessings of my soul and my prayers  that God and Guru may help you to feel Their joyous, all-encompassing presence in your life. They are the Divine Friends who love you always and will guide you to express ever more fully the goodness that is within you.

May your daily efforts to commune with Them bring a growing awareness of how very near and dear They are.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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September 25, 1991
"Dear One,

I received your recent letter and want to assure you that I am deeply praying for you. Try not to dwell on the thought that others are thinking negatively about you. What matters most is that one try to keep one's own consciousness uplifted and in tune with God. In the ultimate sense, all that matters is what He thinks of us. Continue striving to love Him and to please Him in everything you do. Thus you will be able to feel in all circumstances that you are sincerely anchored in Him.

....My divine love and blessings reach out to you always that you may feel God and Guru's all-protecting presence surrounding you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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October 31, 1991
"Dear Sharifah,

Sri Daya Mata is presently away from the Mother Center, but she received your gift and note and has asked that I send to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending the little bananas. My God and Master bless you for the many ways you reach out to express your love and devotion to Them. I am touched by the divine friendship that prompts you to give, and pray that all you do in the thought of God and Guru may bring a deeper awareness of Their presence into your life. There is nothing more all-fulfilling than Their love. It surrounds you at every moment, and through your ongoing faithful efforts to practice what Gurudeva taught, you will open your heart more and more to receive it.

My divine love and blessings ever reach out to you. God love you.' ~ Sri Daya Mata

May God bless, guide and be with you always,

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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January 22, 1991
"Dear Miss Rosso,

Sri Daya Mata is presently away from the Mother Center, but your letter reached her and she asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I appreciated your loving message and gift at Christmas time and know that your gesture represents your heart's devotion to God and Guru. Be assured that They receive your thoughts and aspirations and will ever help you as you strive to go deeper in your inner relationship with Them and to follow Their will in your life. Strive always to be receptive and to express through each thought and action your love for them. Then you will feel in an ever greater way Their sweet presence in your life.
My divine love and spiritual support are ever with you. God love you.' 
~ Sri Daya Mata

May God guide, bless and be with you always,

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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December 21, 1991
"Dear One,

I now have an opportunity to thank you for the gifts you so thoughtfully sent at Thanksgiving. I feel the spirit of devotion in which they were given and deeply appreciate the divine friendship you have expressed. It is a grateful and loving heart that draws God's response and makes us open to His blessings in whatever way they may come into our lives. I pray that throughout this Christmas season you deepen your efforts in meditation and strive every day to follow the sublime example of Christ and our beloved Guru and feel Their divine joy filling your heart, mind, and soul.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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November 7, 1990
"Dear One,

Thank you for the lovely flowers you sent. They were very much enjoyed. I am always touched when devotees reach out to express their divine friendship, and I know that this gift comes from your heartfelt devotion to God and Guru. May They bless you as you strive daily to commune with Them in your meditations and to express in every area of your life the divine principles that Guruji taught. To those who are ever faithful, God responds, and as we forget self in thinking of Him, our lives are transformed by His love. May you feel His supporting presence always with you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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May 21, 1990
"Dear One,

My heartfelt gratitude to you for your greetings on Mother's day and for the lovely rose plant. The sincere divine friendship you express is the gift I value most, and my soul deeply responds. I know your kindness is rooted n Divine Mother's love, and I p;ray She may ever bless your life with the awareness that She is with you. No matter what our flaws or imperfections, She accepts us. So turn to Her with complete trust. As Gurudeva used to say, 'When you appeal to the Mother aspect of God, there is no retort - - you simply melt the Divine Heart.' Cultivate that simple, close relationship with Her in your daily meditations and in your thoughts and everyday actions. Then you will experience within your soul the proof of Her unconditional love. 

My deepest blessings to you and your dear ones.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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April 26, 1990
"Dear One,

Your Easter wishes and the remembrance you enclosed were very much appreciated. I know you have given out of your devotion to God, Christ, and Guru, and the divine friendship and kindness you have expressed touches my soul. It is a reminder of the One who is he Giver of all love and kindness, and I pray you may increasingly feel His presence and blessings in your life. Keep the example of Christ ever before your inner gaze that it may strengthen and inspire you, and awaken a deeper determination to realize his omnipresent consciousness within your soul. The supreme victory that he won can be yours also, as you do your best to make each day's meditation deeper and to carry into your daily activities his spirit of compassion and inner surrender to God. 

May He bless your efforts and fill your heart with a deep assurance of His unconditional love.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 28, 1990
"Dear One,

Thank you for the beautiful flowers you sent and the loving note that accompanied them. Your devotion I lay at the feet of God and Guru, who are the source of all goodness and beauty in our lives. Know that They feel your devotion, and as you continue seeking Them in the depths of meditation and keeping Them close in your thoughts, no matter what you may be doing, you will feel the undercurrent of Their love and joy flowing through your consciousness. 

May you feel Their presence sustaining you in all of life's circumstances.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

We are deeply touched by your recent gift to Master's work."

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February 16, 1990
"Dear One,

Thank you for your loving message on the anniversary of my birth and for the gifts you have so thoughtfully given. I know they are an expression of your soul's love and friendship and the deep dedication you feel in your heart to God and Guru. Never doubt that They are with you and receive every effort you are making to express the divine qualities that are within your soul. Do not be discouraged, for we need not be able to offer God the gift of perfection. Rather, it is our love and effort to live each moment more completely for Him that touches His heart. When we do this, obstacles gradually melt away until our soul shines forth in all its purity and beauty.

I am glad to know that your are feeling better now. Do continue to do all that your doctors advise for your health, knowing also that in trying to face this trial with patience, you have grown and will continue to grow in the inner strength that will take you to your goal. My prayers and spiritual support are ever with you that God may bless your every good resolve and help you to fulfill the deepest aspirations of your soul. May He sustain and uplift you in His love.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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August 24, 1989
"Dear Ones,

I was touched by your sweet and loving notes, along with the lovely garland you made as an expression of your divine friendship. The devotion which prompted you to make this garland is what pleases God, Guru, and Dayama most of all, and I ever encourage you to go on cultivating that love and longing for Them, for it is so necessary in the search for God. 

It is that love which gives us the strength to face our trials and I know, Sharifah, that you have had your share of difficulties these past few weeks and months. But how nice that you are doing well now and are able to get around some. It is out of these sometimes painful experiences that we learn valuable lessons and learn to cultivate within the soul qualities of fortitude, courage, positive attitude, and faith in God. So they are actually blessings in disguise. I continue to pray for you both, that the blessings of God and Guru may flow into your lives, bringing you increasing peace and happiness within.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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May 25, 1989
"Dear One,

Thank you for the gift you sent on Mother's Day. In the kindness and friendship you have expressed, I feel Divine Mother's love, and in my heart I ask Her to bless you for your thoughtfulness.

It is her compassion that flows through all that is good and beautiful in our lives - - through the love we receive from our dear ones, through true friendships, and through the beauty of nature. In countless ways She is calling us back to drink from the fountain of Her inexhaustible love. As you seek Her in the silence of meditation and try to express caring and understanding toward all who cross your path, may you see Her reflection everywhere and in everyone you meet.

May Her supreme love and blessings ever fill your life.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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March 2, 1989
"Dear One,

I have your letter of February 25 before me, and was so sorry to learn of the recurring health difficulty you are experiencing. Be assured of my deepest prayers that you may feel the support of God and Guru's presence during this period and all the days of your life, no matter what you must face. I know it is not easy, yet great inner strength is developed through such trials if we face them with right attitude. Inwardly surrender to God your body, mind and soul and know that you can never stray from His ever-watchful gaze. In the act of surrender, when the devotee places all her needs, hopes and dreams at His feet, she is filled with a sweet inner peace and security. There is no greater refuge than Him. He is our safe harbor on on this storm-tossed sea of life.

It will help you to mentally repeat some affirmation throughout the day, whenever your mind is free to do so. Choose one that is meaningful to you, such as: 'Beloved God, my life is in your hands. Strengthen and sustain me according to Thy will.' If it is His will to free you from this health difficulty, it will come to pass without fail. If it is not, know that there are lessons you will learn through it that you could learn in no other way. He would never give you any test beyond your strength, and He will help you to learn those lessons if you hold trustingly to His hand.

As regards an operation, whenever there is any kind of surgery, it is always good to have another opinion. Have you done this? If I were you, I would not consent to this operation without another opinion from a different doctor. Again, I am deeply praying for you in this regard. Do let me know the outcome.  

Know that all your friends here in Gurudeva's ashrams are supporting you with their prayers, divine friendship, and love. You do not face this trial alone. God and Guru are ever by your side, and Daya Ma is also. May Master's blessings and strength be with you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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January 21, 1989
"Dear One,

Thank you for your Christmas remembrance. It was most kind of you to remember me in this way. In this season of peace and joy, one especially recognizes the truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I feel the love behind your gift, and know that God, Christ and Guru bless you for your giving spirit.

May Christ's example of love and humility inspire you and may you carry the true spirit of Christmas with you throughout the year.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

Thank you, dear Sharifah ----

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May 18, 1988
"Dear One,

I so much appreciate the love and kindness you have expressed through your Mother's day card and gift. Inwardly my mind turns to Divine Mother, offering the devotion of your heart to Her, and I pray She may grace your life with an ever-deepening perception of Her presence.

Each of her children is deeply loved by Her. As you call on Her in meditation and activity, Her all-solacing love can lift you above all cares to the fulfillment of oneness with Her. Receive always my soul's friendship and blessings.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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February 9, 1988
"Dear One,

You were most thoughtful to remember me on my birthday, and I deeply appreciate your loving gesture. Your kindness I inwardly place at the feet of God and Guru, asking Them to bless your life in every way.

My prayers are with you that you may be ever receptive to Their love and guidance as you joyously walk the spiritual path, coming ever closer to your Divine Goal.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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October 9, 1987
"Dear One,

My heart was saddened by the news conveyed in your letter regarding your father and brother*, and I want to assure you of my deepest prayers for them. And I also learned of your own surgery. My heart feels for you at this time of special need. God and Master's blessings are with you. Never doubt this. Let your faith be steady, for faith imparts the strength to meet every test. I am praying for you.

I know it is difficult to see loved ones suffer, and certainly your brother is in special need of God's help. But you must have faith that, as He was watched over him for countless incarnations, so He is watching over him now and will be forever more. Also, the tests of life are in reality the purifying fires of God's love. They come not to punish the soul but to strengthen it and draw it Godward. Though your brother must face this physical difficulty, his remains ever untouched. No doubt there is some spiritual lesson inherent in this trial that his soul is ready to learn, otherwise this difficulty would not have come. If faced with the right attitude, with as much faith and understanding as he is capable of expressing, he can make rapid progress while much karma is worked out. Above all, know that God will never forsake him, but stands by his side, pouring out love, strength, and blessings to him at every moment.

I have asked one of the devotees to place his name, and your father's, in Master's shrine for his special blessing. As you also pray for your loved ones, visualize them in the light of God, whole and perfect in every way. Give them love, understanding and support, which will benefit them both. I pray for you also, that God and Guru may bless and strengthen you at this time.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

I do deeply pray for you, each one ----

My brother had been recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and through God's grace is still with us, living happily in Arizona.
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April 30, 1987
"Dear One,

I was deeply touched by the loving thoughts conveyed in your Easter greetings, and by the gift you enclosed. Whenever devotees give, as you have done, I ask God's special blessings upon their lives. I know it is your love for Him that is manifest through such kindness and generosity. At Easter and always, may His responding love fill your heart and soul. As you meditate with ever-increasing devotion, may the blessings of God, Christ and Guru be with you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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February 4, 1987
"Dear One,

....Thank you for your support. I know your offering represents your love and loyalty to God and Master, and nothing is dearer to Them than your heart's devotion. It is this love that will bind your soul ever more closely to Them, making you receptive to Their boundless love and blessings.

You are near in my prayers, and above all I pray that you may intuit the presence of Divine Mother and Master surrounding you and sustaining you at every moment. They are watching over you and love you more than you know.

In divine love and friendship,

Sri Daya Mata

________________________________

January 6, 1987
"Dear One,

I appreciated your Christmas gift of the ornaments.... You are kind to remember me in this way. 

Thank you also for your card and the meaningful words you expressed therein. By remaining in the attitude of ever-deepening devotion for and surrender to God and Guru, as conveyed in your words, you have the security of Their constant grace and blessing in your life.

May the unfolding of each day of this new year find your heart and mind soaring in the bliss of constant divine communion with the One Beloved of all.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

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September 30, 1986
"Dear One,

Our deep and heartfelt gratitude to you for giving so generously to help the work of God and our beloved Guru. I know Their blessings are with you for the beautiful spirit of devotion you express. Through your help we are able to spread Guruji's liberating teachings, that others may receive divine upliftment. Gurudeva holds for each devotee a deep and abiding love. As you earnestly strive to follow in his footsteps, know that he is near. Keep you heart aflame with the desire for spiritual progress by applying his teachings with faith and making ever deeper efforts in meditation. Through Gurudeva's blessings and through your own steadfast efforts, you will one day reach the goad of union with God. Receive my soul's love and my prayers for your highest fulfillment in Him.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

________________________________

May 17, 1986
"Dear One,

I have your letter of May 11, 1986, before me, and encourage you to go on striving to surrender your life at the feet of God and Guru. They know the deepest longings of your heart and soul. Never doubt this for a moment. We may not always understand the reasons for certain experiences, but we can ever know that in hidden and open ways They are leading us in the way we need to find fulfillment in Them.

....Try to view this circumstance as an opportunity for further soul growth. What you are learning at this moment cannot be learned in any other way, and some day you will look back and inwardly thank God and Guru for this test. It is through such trials that we develop spiritual strength and unconditional surrender to God. Again, lay this matter at His feet and follow the guidance you are receiving.... Know that God and Guru are watching over you.

My prayers support you, and you have always my divine love and blessings.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

PS: Thank you for your Mother's Day card and the special gift of Ganges water. I was touched by your thoughtfulness.

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May 9, 1986
"Dear One,

I was sorry to learn of the accident your friend's cousin had, and of his subsequent passing. Be assured that I am deeply praying for him, your friend, and all those who sustained his loss. It is indeed tragic when someone so young must be taken from this world, but we must hold to our faith in God, knowing that he has gone to a realm of greater beauty and freedom. Please convey to your friend our prayers. You may also wish to share with him the enclosed booklet on prayer, since he expressed an interest in Gurudeva's teachings.

My soul's friendship to you always. May God and Guru fill you with the love and joy of Their presence. 
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata

Enc: "Unlimited Healing Power is Yours"


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March 18, 1986

"Dear Miss Rosso,

Sri Daya Mata is presently away from the Mother Center, but your letter reached her and she asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I was saddened to learn of the tragic passing of your friend's son. Be assured of my deepest prayers for his soul. In our limited understanding we are given to see the inner workings of karma or God's plan for our souls, and so we must call upon our inner strength, holding tightly to God and to our faith in Him. I am deeply praying for your friend and all of her family, and have written her a note to assure her of our support.

May you be always aware of God and Guru's loving presence. God love you." ~ Sri Daya Mata

May God guide, bless and be with you always,

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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December 11, 1985
"Dear Miss Rosso,

Our beloved Sri Daya Mata received your card and the gift you enclosed. As she is presently away from the Mother Center, she asked that I convey to you the following personal message, along with her divine love and blessings:

'Dear One,

I was touched by the loving thoughts conveyed in your card. And thank you for your generous gift, as well as your recent donation, which will be used to further Gurudeva's work. Let me also convey our appreciation for your help in our kitchen on weekends. Bless you for the spirit of dedication and devotion which prompts you to give in these ways.

I am remembering you in my prayers that you may feel the loving presence of God, Christ, and Gurudeva in a special way during this holiday season. God love and bless you." ~ Sri Daya Mata

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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April 9, 1985
"Dear One,

Thank you for your generous donation. Your heartfelt wish to offer assistance is a beautiful testimony to your devotion to God and Guru and to Their work. Those who feel deep love for God and a desire to please Him, feel it their greatest joy if they can serve Him according to their means. I know you have that spirit, dear one, and by your selfless giving you will be blessed beyond measure. The law of cause and effect operates as surely on the mental and spiritual planes as it does in the physical realms. What we give out eventually returns to us, unfailingly and in abundance.

Go on kindling greater fires of goodness in meditation, that by your deepening attunement you may receive and reflect God's love more and more in your life. God bless you, dear one, and may your heart become completely captivated by His love. 

In divine love and friendship,

Sri Daya Mata"

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January 15, 1985
"Dear One,

Thank you for your special remembrance at Christmas. The divine friendship you have expressed in this way I deeply treasure, for I know it is a reflection of your love for God and this blessed path. In return know that you have always my deepest prayers, and the divine love and blessings of my soul.

In this new year I pray you may come to know in ever greater measure, through your daily meditations, the truth in these words of our beloved Gurudeva: "Run to Him. The Most Beloved is waiting; His arms are open to receive you and spiritualize you and immortalize you."
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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May 24, 1984
"Dear One,

Bless you for your thoughtful remembrance on Mother's Day. The recording is just lovely, and we look forward to enjoying this. Thank you, dear one, for your kindness, which I know is prompted by your devotion to Divine Mother and to our blessed Gurudeva. I pray that They may ever respond to the love of your heart, blessing you many times over for your sweet spirit of dedication.

During your meditations, talk to Divine Mother in the language of your heart. Lay before Her all your cares, and ask for the ultimate blessing of Her love. When our awareness of Her love grows, such satisfaction fills the heart. No words can express that divine state. May it be yours through your ceaseless, devoted effort.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 20, 1984
"Dear One,

Your generous gift to Gurudeva's work has come to my attention, and I want to again express how much we appreciate your selfless support. It is through such service to God and Guru and to Their sacred cause that the devotee draws Their special blessings. May your life become an open channel for those blessings as you continue to give to Them of your material means, and above all, of your steadfast spiritual efforts.

Meditate deeply, follow Gurudeva's teachings and strive to do good to all whom you meet. This is the way to bring God into your daily life, that He may become a tangible reality. My prayers support you.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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January, 1984
"Dear One,

Thank you for your special remembrance at Christmas. I was deeply touched by your kindness. Above all I treasure the divine friendship we share in God and Guru which has prompted that sweet spirit of giving. Bless you for your thoughtfulness.

In the new year, strive for ever greater effort in meditation, "deep, soulful, undiscourageable meditation," as Gurudeva said. This is what will draw you steadily into that consciousness of God's loving presence. Keep alight the lamp of faith, knowing that as you call to Him with persistent devotion, He will respond. 

Be assured of my deepest prayers for you and your loved ones.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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November 22, 1983

"Dear Miss Rosso,

Our beloved Sri Daya Mata has been away from the ashram on spiritual retreat but received a very sweet message from devotees at the Lake Shrine who participated in the memorial service of your dear grandmother. They lovingly enclosed the donation from the service to be given as a contribution to Master's memorial fund. Mataji wanted to respond by sending you the following message:

'Dear One,

My heart goes out to you over the passing of your dear grandmother, whom I know you deeply loved, as did so many devotees. How sweetly devoted she was to Gurudeva. There is no doubt that she was taken in his arms to a new and more beautiful life in God. I pray that you may be comforted in feeling her joy and in know of her great happiness. As we send your grandmother our love and prayers for Godspeed, she will receive. 

Your friends were so kind to send their donations as a contribution toward Gurudeva's memorial shrine, and how happy this would make your grandmother. What a fitting gesture of love, at this time when she has been taken to the arms of God and Guru. My soul's love and blessings reach out to her, to you, and to all of the devotees. God bless you."   ~ Sri Daya Mata

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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June 1, 1983
"Dear One,

Bless you for your sweet remembrance on Mother's Day. What a beautiful gift you sent. I so much appreciate your kindness and inwardly offer that love to Divine Mother.

May She ever uplift you in the consciousness of Her pure love. It is so easy to reach Her, for it is the sincere cry of Her child that moves Her heart. Think always of that sensitive, responsive nature of the Divine, remembering that God in the aspect of unconditional love cannot resist your soul call.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 21, 1983
"Dear One,

We are grateful for your generosity in contributing toward the work of God and our beloved Guru. I know Gurudeva would be, and is, deeply touched that you have given so selflessly of your material means, in addition to your loving service to him here in the kitchen. How sweetly you devote your Saturdays to preparing the meals for the devotees. Master receives the devotion of your heart and his blessings are showered upon you. It is this selfless spirit of service which draws his special love and grace.

You have always my spiritual support and prayers that God and Guru may increasingly possess your life with Their love. Meditate faithfully, with ever-increasing devotion, and carry that feeling of God's presence into all your activities. Then you will come to know Them as a tangible reality, more real than all other things.

Divine love and blessings,

Sri Daya Mata"

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January 25, 1983
"Dear One,

I have your letter written some time ago and want to also thank you for your loving greetings and gift at Christmas. Your kindness and the beautiful thoughts you expressed touched me deeply, and you can know that those devotees like yourself who feel commitment and dedication to God and Guru are dear to his heart. We may not see one another often, but you have my daily spiritual support, and in Gurudeva's unceasing love, my love is there also. Although it wasn't possible to be at the Christmas satsanga this year, I do hope to greet the devotees who are coming for the Convocation. 

....the only thing that matters to God and Gurudeva is that dedication of your heart. God comes when we truly want Him. Just persevere in cultivating ever-increasing love for Him, through regular deep meditation and by practicing His presence as often as you are able. Make Him your constant Companion, remembering that He will be as close as your thought allows Him to be. Surely, Divine Mother and Master are pleased that you serve so enthusiastically, and we appreciate the help you have been rendering in volunteering. Bless you, dear one.

Receive always my soul's love and blessings. In this new year, my heartfelt prayer is that your desire for God may burn as a steady flame within, drawing His sweet presence and the awareness of His responding love divine.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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October 12, 1982

"Dear Miss Rosso,

Sri Daya Mataji received your card shortly before her departure from Los Angeles. She is presently away for an extended period, but she asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I was so sorry to read about dear little ________ and want to assure you of my deepest prayers for him and his family. His name has been placed in Gurudeva's shrine room, and the monks and nuns are also especially remembering him and his family in their healing services each day. As you join your prayers with ours, our united faith and positive thoughts will silently support this child and help to increase his receptivity to God's comforting presence. The Divine is watching over him, and while the body is undergoing such difficulty, his soul is yet bathed in God's love, and will truly be evolving through this experience. But let us visualize him whole and perfect, joyous and free, as our positive thoughts will help to strengthen and uplift this little one as he endures this trial. Do let me know how he is getting along sometime. God love and bless you."   

~ Sri Daya Mata

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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June 10, 1982
"Dear One,

God bless you for sharing so generously. I was deeply touched to learn of your selfless and loving gesture in sending the substantial contribution to the work of God and Guru, and it is my joy to convey our heartfelt appreciation. Your gift will serve in a vital way to help others who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, and I know God and Master greatly bless you for your support and for the dedication which prompted you to give. Thank you, dear one, and receive our warmest love and friendship in return. Truly we are united in our efforts to serve God and Gurudeva, and in our devotion to Them.

I pray your heart and soul may be increasingly filled with the perception of God's boundless love, and His constant presence. He is ever near, guiding and blessing you.

In divine love and friendship,

Sri Daya Mata"

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May 7, 1982
"Dear One,

My heart was touched by the loving sentiments you expressed in your letter, and I encourage you to go on cultivating that love for Divine Mother and Master. I am but a vessel, but They are the living waters of love and divine inspiration your soul craves, and the more you cultivate that relationship with God and Guru, the more you will know the sweetness of Their presence. Meditate deeply each morning and evening and practice the Presence throughout the day, and gradually that deep, all-satisfying attunement will come.

Thank you for the lovely calligraphy work you have done with this special quote. You are certainly talented and have done a beautiful job with this. My soul's love and blessings to you.
God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 26, 1981
"Dear One,

How thoughtful of you to give so generously to help God and Master's work, at our Encinitas Ashram Center. We deeply appreciate your selfless gesture, and I know God and Gurudeva very much respond to this sweet expression of your heart's devotion to Them. It is beautiful when devotees willingly share a portion of their material means in order to lend vital aid to God and Guru in Their mission of uplifting mankind. What you have offered will indeed serve to bring these teachings to God-seeking souls, and we are most grateful to you. Bless you many times over for your selfless spirit.

May God and Master hold you near to Their heart, uplifting you in the sweet awareness of Their constant presence and unceasing love for you. Meditate deeply each morning and evening, and throughout the day, try to feel that you "live, move, and have your being in God." Receive always the divine love and blessings of my soul.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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March 20, 1980

"Dear Miss Rosso,

Our beloved Sri Daya Mata received your letter shortly before her departure from the Mother Center and asked that I convey to you the following personal message:

'Dear One,

I have read your letter, and my heart goes out to you and your dear grandmother. I am so sorry she is experiencing difficulty, and what you face is no simple decision. But from what you have written, it does seem your grandmother very much needs steady supervision. Her wish to be on her own is understandable, but it would not be wise for her to be left alone, considering her condition and age. After weighing the various factors, if I were you, I would think the best feasible option would be to follow her doctor's suggestion for geriatric care. This would not necessarily have to be a permanent arrangement but could be considered at least temporarily until there is greater stability. It is good that she is being advised by a physician on a regular basis, and it is best that she abide by his guidance while the symptoms are manifesting. Later you can see how she is progressing, but it would seem that right now she needs the professional care.


Do encourage your dear grandmother to feel that it is God and Guru who are helping her through these channels, and reassure her that whatever living conditions God and Master bring her way will be for her spiritual advancement. She should have faith that They are watching over her, arranging those circumstances that are for her highest welfare. Perhaps you can still take her to the temple now and then, as this should be uplifting for her. 


Know that I am deeply praying for you both as are members of the Prayer Council. May God and Master bless you, dear one, filling you with the awareness of Their great love. Receive always my divine love and blessings. God love you."   ~ Sri Daya Mata


Miss Rosso, if you are interested in researching the various centers for geriatric care that may be available in your area, you could write to the American Association of Retired Persons for a listing. Their address is as follows.... God bless you always."

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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July 17, 1975
"Dear One,

My heart thrills when I have the opportunity to welcome a new student to Self-Realization Fellowship. The lives of countless devotees who have preceded you on this path proclaim how much the practice of these teachings can mean in coping with the heartaches, frustration and suffering to which man is subjected in this world of relativity. As darkness flees before the dawn, so does sorrow disappear when we consciously, lovingly turn to God. 

Paramahansa Yogananda taught and proved that God can be known personally by divine communion. Realization of God is the only perfect answer to all problems. As you learn in the Self-Realization Lessons the science of meditation, and use it regularly with devotion, your life will undergo a spiritual transformation. Awareness of God will steal into your heart, filling you with joy, harmony and divine love.

Since it is not possible for me to welcome every devotee in person, I want by means of this letter to greet you warmly in the name of God and Guru. I offer on your behalf my earnest prayer for your steady progress in Self-realization.

Whenever you wish guidance in the practice of the teachings, please direct your letters to the Mother Center. They will be answered by spiritual counselors here.

May God and the Gurus of Self-Realization Fellowship bless and guide you.

In divine love and friendship,

Reverend Mother Daya Mata"

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June 23, 1975

"Dear Miss Rosso,

Sri Daya Mata read your sincere letter and asked that you be sent the following message:

'Dear One,

You have written to me asking my guidance, and be assured of my deepest prayers. Your name has also been placed with our Prayer Council and you are being remembered in services each morning and evening. Ultimately, this decision as regards your vocation and future is one that only you can make according to the inner dictates of your heart. God's will for each one of his children is for them to return home to Him. So in the highest sense, it is not that important whether or not one is a musician, a secretary, an administrator, or any other profession. What matters in God's eyes is that we learn to love Him and seek Him and to live by the highest principles no matter what role we fulfill in this drama of life. Should you be drawn to the spiritual teachings of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, we would be happy to enroll you as a student of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. I am asking that introductory information be enclosed with this letter. God love and bless you. ~ Sri Daya Mata"

Since at the present time you are living in the Los Angeles area, we invite you to attend services at one of our temples as well as to visit the Mother Center. One of the nun counselors would be happy to speak with you about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings and our path to God.

In divine friendship,

__________________
Confidential Secretary  to 
Sri Daya Mata"

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The Works of Sri Daya Mata

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Sharing Divine Love, Light, Truth, 
BeautyWisdom, and Joy
through Compassion

Videos


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 Sri Daya Mata

A Dedicated, Devoted and Humble Disciple

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Sri Daya Mata
Consecrating Lake Shrine Temple

"The peace and beauty of the Lake Shrine has awakened in many a greater yearning to know Him, and I pray that your own warm early memories of the time spent there may remain an inspiration to you and a reminder of His ever present love. Go on seeking Him with all the fervor of your soul, persevering in your meditations and laying every thought and action at his feet. As you do so, you will feel more and more the sweet uplifting sense of His nearness filling your heart, mind, and soul. Through all of those who devotedly strive as you do to make these teachings their own, Guruji's spirit lives on and will continue to touch other lives. You are remembered in my prayers that God may watch over your life, and that through your faithful efforts you may more and more awaken His divine consciousness within you."
~ Sri Daya Mata   


Paramahansa Yogananda
and
Sri Daya Mata

 

"...I remember that when any of us was facing some physical difficulty, Master would so often say, “Do your best to take care of the body, and then give it to God.” He wanted us to look after this body temple, and at the same time to put our complete trust in the Divine. I have always found that through that sweet surrender, such peace comes into the mind and heart. The lives of all of us are in God’s hands, and nothing can come to us unless it is part of His plan for our soul’s liberation. Master has promised to help us at every step along the way, and I pray that you may feel him very near...."
~ Sri Daya Mata   

Paramahansa Yogananda Singing
"Ithe Temple of Silence"


"Ithe Temple of Silence,
In the Temple of Peace;
Will Meet Thee. 
Will Touch Thee.
 Will Love Thee,
And Coax Thee to MAltar of Peace;

Ithe Temple of Samadhi, 
In the Temple of Bliss;
Will Meet Thee. 
Will Touch Thee.
 Will Love Thee,
And Coax Thee to MAltar of Bliss."

Sri Daya Mataji in Sacred Ecstasy at SRF Mother Center
"....By remaining in the attitude of ever-deepening devotion for and surrender to God and Guru... you have the security of Their constant grace and blessings in your life. 

May the unfolding of each day of this new year find your heart and mind soaring in the bliss of constant divine communion with the One Beloved of all.

God love you,

Sri Daya Mata"

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SRF/YSSI Special Links

Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda

Kriya Yoga Path of Meditation from YSSI

Learn to Meditate from YSSI

Learn How to Meditate from SRF

Self-Realization Fellowship Teachings and Lessons for Spiritual Study

Lessons on Meditation and Spiritual Living for Home Study from YSSI

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"Humility is perpetual quietness of the heart.

It is to have no trouble.

It is to never be fretted, or vexed, or irritated, or sore, or disappointed.

It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me.

It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,

And when I am blamed and despised.

It is to have a blessed home in myself, 

Where I can go in and shut the door,

And kneel to my Father in secret, and be at peace

As in a deep sea of calmness,

When all around and above is troubled."


~Canon T.T. Carter (1809-1901)

(Framed on Sri Sri Daya Mataji’s Desk)


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 Sri Daya Mata's Last Letter Written for the 2011 New Year


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Sri Sri Daya Mata
January 31, 1914 - November 30, 2010
Sri Daya Mata in Memoriam Photo 

Jai Guru, Jai Ma
Eternal Pronams, Love and Gratitude




Aum, Shanti, Peace, Bliss
Namaste

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