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It was May, 1976, and I had just finished reading Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. In a reflective state, I closed the cover and set the book beside me, and was filled with the feeling of dedication for the spiritual path.
I said in my mind, "I don't care what it takes, I want self-realization in this lifetime." Immediately in my vision I was transported to an astral scene of a verdant country garden that was full of brilliant light. The sky and leaves and fruits stood out in splendor, and I felt uplifted. My first thought was that this was my reward for making the choice to go for self-realization.
I knew there would be tests coming ahead, but I felt fortified internally to face whatever came. And that is how it was. Over the ensuing 10 years I experienced the needed lessons and became strong in devotion, until I knew without a doubt the presence of my soul and Higher Self within.
In July, 1976, two months after being inspired to dedicate my life to experiencing Spirit, I was initiated in a dream by Paramahansa Yogananda. The master touched my forehead and gave me the mantra, Om Reveal. Sri Yogananda's book and the mantra initiation gave me the energy and incentive to seek out a teacher in the flesh, which I did six months later in the person of Swami Satchidananda.
~ Article and photos of SRF front entrance and back garden next to Pacific Ocean in Encinitas by Susan Helene Kramer
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