MR. DENNIS WEAVER–world-renowned motion-picture and television actor, ardent humanitarian, and faithful disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda for forty-eight years…conducted monthly Sunday services for seventeen years at the SRF Lake Shrine…
It was in 1958, while starring in the classic television series Gunsmoke, that Mr. Weaver was introduced to Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings through a visit to the Guru’s Hollywood Temple. There he met Dr. M. W. Lewis, one of Paramahansaji’s earliest disciples in America and vice-president of SRF. During that meeting, Dr. Lewis asked him, “Can you give fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes at night to know God?” “That was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Mr. Weaver later recounted, “and from that day, I never failed to do so”—finding through deep Kriya Yoga meditation an abiding source of peace and balance for his outwardly busy life.
In addition to his leading roles in forty motion pictures and an award-winning television career spanning decades, Mr. Weaver devoted much time and energy to humanitarian and ecological causes.* He was personally honored by President Reagan in 1986 with the Presidential End Hunger Award for his work with LIFE (“Love Is Feeding Everyone”), a charitable organization that fed 180,000 poor and homeless persons each week, which he and his wife co-founded with actress Valerie Harper. In the early 1990s, after relocating from Los Angeles to Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver also founded the Institute of Ecolonomics—a term coined by Mr. Weaver to denote the quest for economically sound solutions to the world’s ecological problems.
In his autobiography, All the World’s a Stage, he wrote, “The most effective tool I know for changing our inner environment is deep meditation, for it is in the immaculate stillness within, in the sphere of Spirit, that we experience in a tangible and personal way the unconditional love of God. Remember, there is only one heart that we can change, and that is our own. But when we change our own, we begin to affect others. So the shift in world consciousness that is so desperately needed, is an individual responsibility. We need to light our own candle so that others can light theirs off of ours.” ….
Read more of Dennis Weaver’s memorial article below~~
Dennis Weaver in ‘Gunsmoke’ as Chester, sidekick of Marshal Matt Dillon, James Arness, also a devotee
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