On August 19, 1989, following the annual Convocation gathering of Self-Realization Fellowship members from around the world, Sri Daya Mataji met with some of the attendees in the main chapel at the SRF International Headquarters in Los Angeles. This video features her informal talk with the devotees, in which she shares many beautiful personal insights about the guru-disciple relationship and discusses a variety of other subjects. Her words reflect the wise guidance and loving encouragement that Paramahansa Yoganandaji gave to all who sought his help on the path to spiritual freedom and ultimate reunion with God.
Sri Daya Mata (1914-2010) was one of the foremost disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda. A true "Mother of Compassion," as her name signifies, she inspired those of all faiths and from all walks of life with the wisdom and great love of God conveyed through her talks, writings, and recordings. She met Paramahansaji in 1931 when he lectured in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah; and entered his ashram as a renunciant shortly thereafter. During the more than twenty years that she was privileged to receive Paramahansaji’s spiritual guidance and instruction, he personally prepared her to carry on his worldwide work after his passing. As president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India for more than fifty-five years (from 1955 until her passing in 2010), she was a guiding force of inspiration, wisdom, and compassion for SRF/YSS monastics and members worldwide.