SISTER GYANAMATA [1869-1951] was the most spiritually advanced woman disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. She met him in Seattle, Washington, in 1924; eight years later she took the vows of a Sister of the SRF Order.)
A Letter From Sister Gyanamata:
My Blessed Master:
I cannot wish to live for a great number of years, like the woman you mentioned who has celebrated her 100th birthday. I can’t help wondering what else she has to celebrate? Jesus was just thirty-three. His Holiness your Master Sri Yukteswarji was 81 when he decided to go. Swami Vivekananda died before he was 40. These names come to me.
But I do not wish to be “a deserter in the face of the enemy.” Since you regard this poor life as useful to you, I will do my best to hold to it as long as it helps you. I would like to believe that I will go quickly when the time comes, as I wish never to be a burden to you and the others. I would also like to be able to say, of my little life, “it is finished”; as Jesus said of his great one. Nothing left undone that I could have done.
I have, then, these ambitions: To be near you, which is the desire that brought me from Seattle. To serve you; to be loyal to you to the last drop of blood in my body; never to fail you through carelessness. To make as perfect a manifestation of your teaching as possible. To go quickly at just the right moment. To leave nothing unfinished.
With deep devotion,
Self-Realization March 1956