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August 18, 2001 | CHRISTINE ABREGO
The Self-Realization Fellowship will host its 2001 World Convocation beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing through 1 p.m. Aug. 25. The weeklong event will focus on the teachings of the organization's founder, Paramahansa Yogananda. Monks and nuns from the fellowship's monastic community will host discussions and lectures on yoga techniques, divine friendships, the relationship between science and religion, and the cultivation of a deeper faith.
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January 12, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The Self-Realization Fellowship , a Los Angeles-based organization that follows a spiritual path rooted in both Hinduism and Christianity, has elected a new leader, the fourth since it was established in 1920. The fellowship announced Tuesday that Sri Mrinalini Mata, who became a Self-Realization nun at the age of 15, was elected president last week by its eight-member board of directors. She succeeds Sri Daya Mata, the group's longtime leader, who died in November. The selection of Mrinalini Mata, 79, means that the fellowship will continue to be led by a woman, and by a direct disciple of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian yogi who is credited with helping to popularize yoga and meditation in the West.
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August 10, 2009 | Duke Helfand
As the lights dimmed over a hotel ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, 2,000 people closed their eyes and commenced their morning kirtan, or devotional chanting. "Oh, God beautiful, at thy feet, oh I do bow," they sang as monks played tiny cymbals and other instruments. "To the yogi, thou art bliss." The visitors were attempting to establish a spiritual tone for the weeklong world convocation of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a religious and spiritual organization whose devotees practice yoga and meditation while honoring underlying principles of truth in the world's great religions.
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December 3, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sri Daya Mata, a Mormon from Utah who became enchanted by a Hindu mystic as a teenager and went on to lead the Los Angeles-based Self-Realization Fellowship for 55 years, has died. She was 96. The religious leader died Tuesday of natural causes at one of the fellowship's nuns' retreats in Los Angeles, where she had been living in seclusion, said spokeswoman Lauren Landress. Daya Mata, whose name in Sanskrit means Mother of Compassion, was the third president of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide organization founded in 1920 by Indian yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda.
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April 3, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major reduction in a church's controversial $40-million proposal to expand its headquarters in Mt. Washington has done little to dampen passions over the plan for the hilly enclave northeast of downtown Los Angeles. A debate over the proposal has raged for several years, since the nondenominational Self-Realization Fellowship said it would seek a conditional use permit to expand its headquarters at the old Mt. Washington Hotel, which it acquired in 1925.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The Self-Realization Fellowship , a Los Angeles-based organization that follows a spiritual path rooted in both Hinduism and Christianity, has elected a new leader, the fourth since it was established in 1920. The fellowship announced Tuesday that Sri Mrinalini Mata, who became a Self-Realization nun at the age of 15, was elected president last week by its eight-member board of directors. She succeeds Sri Daya Mata, the group's longtime leader, who died in November. The selection of Mrinalini Mata, 79, means that the fellowship will continue to be led by a woman, and by a direct disciple of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian yogi who is credited with helping to popularize yoga and meditation in the West.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sri Daya Mata, a Mormon from Utah who became enchanted by a Hindu mystic as a teenager and went on to lead the Los Angeles-based Self-Realization Fellowship for 55 years, has died. She was 96. The religious leader died Tuesday of natural causes at one of the fellowship's nuns' retreats in Los Angeles, where she had been living in seclusion, said spokeswoman Lauren Landress. Daya Mata, whose name in Sanskrit means Mother of Compassion, was the third president of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide organization founded in 1920 by Indian yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda.
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April 28, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A voluminous draft environmental impact report was released Thursday on a controversial expansion project proposed by the Self-Realization Fellowship for its church headquarters in Mt. Washington, a hilly enclave several miles northeast of downtown. The $40-million proposal has evoked strong passions among proponents, who contend that the church's plan would not negatively affect the almost rural nature of Mt. Washington, and opponents, who contend that the plan's magnitude would destroy it.
NEWS
June 21, 1990
Acting on complaints from members of the Self-Realization Fellowship Church on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo proposed Tuesday that an alley behind the church be closed to the public to deter crime and eliminate trash dumping. In a motion referred to the council's Public Works Committee, Woo proposed that the alley between Edgemont and Catalina streets just south of Sunset Boulevard be "withdrawn from public use" and that gates be erected at both ends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Duke Helfand
As the lights dimmed over a hotel ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, 2,000 people closed their eyes and commenced their morning kirtan, or devotional chanting. "Oh, God beautiful, at thy feet, oh I do bow," they sang as monks played tiny cymbals and other instruments. "To the yogi, thou art bliss." The visitors were attempting to establish a spiritual tone for the weeklong world convocation of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a religious and spiritual organization whose devotees practice yoga and meditation while honoring underlying principles of truth in the world's great religions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2001 | CHRISTINE ABREGO
The Self-Realization Fellowship will host its 2001 World Convocation beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing through 1 p.m. Aug. 25. The weeklong event will focus on the teachings of the organization's founder, Paramahansa Yogananda. Monks and nuns from the fellowship's monastic community will host discussions and lectures on yoga techniques, divine friendships, the relationship between science and religion, and the cultivation of a deeper faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major reduction in a church's controversial $40-million proposal to expand its headquarters in Mt. Washington has done little to dampen passions over the plan for the hilly enclave northeast of downtown Los Angeles. A debate over the proposal has raged for several years, since the nondenominational Self-Realization Fellowship said it would seek a conditional use permit to expand its headquarters at the old Mt. Washington Hotel, which it acquired in 1925.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A voluminous draft environmental impact report was released Thursday on a controversial expansion project proposed by the Self-Realization Fellowship for its church headquarters in Mt. Washington, a hilly enclave several miles northeast of downtown. The $40-million proposal has evoked strong passions among proponents, who contend that the church's plan would not negatively affect the almost rural nature of Mt. Washington, and opponents, who contend that the plan's magnitude would destroy it.
NEWS
August 23, 1990 | ANNE Z. COOKE, Cooke is a Los Angeles - area free-lance writer
When monks living at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine announced plans to build an eight-sided temple topped by an enormous gold lotus blossom, there was scarcely a flutter from their Pacific Palisades neighbors. A big surprise, indeed, from a community that traditionally has preferred neighbors who keep a low profile. But the Lake Shrine, with its 10 acres of sycamore-shaded hillside and flower-carpeted hollow half a mile from the beach, is no conventional neighbor.
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September 13, 1999
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