Hindus have expressed condolences on the passing away of Sri Daya Mata, president and sanghamata of worldwide Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) headquartered in Los Angeles (USA).
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was with a great sense of loss that we bid good-bye to Daya Mata, who was an inspiration and full of divine love who touched many lives on the spiritual journey. She nobly fulfilled her spiritual responsibilities with phenomenal spiritual strength and was spiritual mother to many.
Harmony of religions was very dear to her and her selfless service was exemplary, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.
An ex-Mormon, Daya Mata (Mother of Compassion), born Faye Wright (1914 in Salt Lake City, USA), held this position of spiritual and administrative head of SRF for 55 years. Popular American singer Elvis Presley met her in the 1960s and was said to be her student. Public Memorial Service for her will be held on December 12 in Pasadena (California, USA).
SRF is a worldwide religious organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who is known for acclaimed spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi” (1946) which has been translated into over two dozen languages. With Mrinalini Mata as the Vice President, it reportedly has about 600 temples, retreats, ashrams, and meditation centers worldwide and has presence in about 175 countries and lays stress on Kriya Yoga. Its sister organization Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, founded in 1917 at Dakshineswar near Kolkata, reportedly runs over 100 centers, retreats, and ashrams in India and neighboring countries besides 21 educational institutions and some charitable facilities.
Aims/ideals of SRF include: to disseminate among the nations a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God, to reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna, to point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead, to unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles, etc.