Mrinalini Mata speaking at World Convocation
Mrinalini Mata is one of the close inner circle of disciples personally chosen and trained by Paramahansa Yogananda to help guide the work after his passing. Merna Brown, the future Mrinalini Mata, entered the ashram at the age of 14. Her mother later also entered the ashram, took the monastic name Meera Mata and herself served the Guru faithfully for thirty-five years.
Mrinalini Mata on far left with other disciples and Yoganandaji
SRF/YSS devotees are especially grateful for Mrinalini Mata’s immense contribution to the preparation and publication of Gurui’s writings throughout these many years.
To Rajarsi Janakananda in March 1950, Paramahansaji wrote of Mrinalini Mata (who was still a teenager at the time) and of the editorial work he had assigned to her “[She] was destined for this work. God showed this to me when I first saw her spirit. Many wondered at me for putting her in the job. But now they don’t, seeing her wonderful work, as I wanted.”
Bro. Achalananda said about Mrinalini Ma at the 2004 World Convocation, which introduced the publication of The Second Coming of Christ:
“It is with much joy that I am able to introduce to you Mrinalini Mata, Vice-President of Self-Realization Fellowship and Editor-in-Chief of all SRF publications for many years. Her loyal, dedicated, inspired and loving service in editing his writings have brought Guruji’s momumental works to all of us. Paramahansaji wrote concerning her saying, “She was destined for this work. God showed this to me when I first saw her spirit.”
“‘Sri Daya Mata has written, “Gurudeva made clear to all of us the role for which he was preparing her, giving her personal instruction in every aspect of his teachings and in his wishes for the preparation and presentation of his writing and talks. One day toward the end of his life he confided, “I am very worried about Laurie [Tara Mata]. Her health will not permit her to finish the work on my writings.’ Knowing the Guru’s great reliance on Tara Mata, Mrinalini Mata expressed concern, ‘But Master, who then can do that work? The Guru replied with quiet finality, ‘You will do it.’“
Bro. Achalananda: “And she has and we thank her for it again and again, our beloved Vice-President Mrinalini Mata…” ❤
Mrinalini Mata with Daya Mata in 2004 unveiling the Second Coming of Christ
WATCH VIDEO ~ Mrinalini Mata speaking of Paramahansaji’s Great Samadhi of 1948 during which Yoganandaji shared a great communion with Divine Mother with several close disciples.
Below Mrinalini Mata describes one experience she had while working with Yoganandaji during his last years in seclusion at his desert retreat where he finished the writing and final revisions of his works for future publication, at Divine Mother’s behest ~~
“…I remember he had asked us to work on editing some pages that he had done on a very deep subject of creation–-the creation of the universe, plus the creation of the human body. And they were very deep points. And when we would give the papers back to him after typing them, we always had questions because it wasn’t clear to us. And he would dictate something more and it would be typed up, and still it wasn’t clear to us, we would still have another question. And Guruji, I remember on one occasion he was trying to describe the astral and causal anatomy of the body, the spine and so forth, and we just weren’t getting it, by the physical words.
Then he would say–and this happened on many occasions there at the desert–he would say, now I will describe to you exactly what I am seeing, and he would close his eyes and go into meditation, and then he would define it. And sometimes there would still be a question and he would say, ‘But you see, it is another dimension, it is another dimension.’ He sometimes would give Sanskrit words, but he would say, “This Sanskrit word has a meaning, a very great infinite meaning, which once you have understood it, once you have gone beyond the mind to intuitive perception, then you will understand.”
And I remembered that, and the next day I was working on that particular thing on creation. And suddenly it was as clear as if somebody had turned on a light in a dark room. I was so excited. And I said to the others, “This is what Master means!” And I began expressing it, they were so happy, oh you’ve got it at last! And as I was saying it, they were looking at me with, you know, well what are you talking about? And I heard myself and I was saying the same thing, the same words that Guruji practically had said, but suddenly it meant something. And it was so clear, I don’t know that I could have expressed it much clearer. But when I saw that, then I went back and I worked and I worked and I worked at it.
And later that afternoon Guruji called us over–or actually two of them had taken the papers over to him just a little earlier…because I didn’t know this until later. They had shown Guruji what had been–the editing, and it wasn’t much. But it was clearer then to them also.
And I remember they called me and said “Master wants you to come, Master wants you to come!” And how sweetly he said, “See, see what she has done!” And he said some very sweet things. But that was perhaps one of my first intimations of working with Guruji’s writings, or in working with his thoughts. He used to say, ‘Get my THOUGHTS, understand what I MEAN.” ….
Guruji would sometimes work from dawn, early morning, until the wee hours of the night, just absorbed in his writings.
“In this very moving and in-depth talk, SRF/YSS President Sri Mrinalini Mata recounts uplifting and instructive reminiscences, many never before related in public, of her years with Paramahansa Yogananda. She shares unique experiences of the Guru’s blessings for his disciples then and now, and his far-reaching vision for the ongoing fulfillment of the divine dispensation he brought to the world. Contains brief rare motion picture footage of Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Sri Yukteswar.”