Older than the TM movement by a generation, Yogananda’s SRF shifts now to a ‘second generation’ leadership, to organizational members whom have never met the founder.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Board of Directors is happy to share with you the news that Brother Chidananda has been elected president and spiritual leader of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, succeeding Sri Mrinalini Mata, who served in this position from January 2011 until her passing last month. His appointment was made by a unanimous vote by the SRF Board of Directors on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Technically in Maharishi's founding and with Hagelin and others having worked directly alongside Maharishi they would be first generation of ™ and their working now (post-founder) to consolidate things towards a (demographic) turnover at some point to second generation meditators, who have never directly seen or met Maharishi. Thus far the microphone has not been shared or handed to a second generation to hold nor is a second generation much present in upper level policy circles. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Of “second-generation” wisdom.. as Noyes frames it below, Will John Hagelin now of his own ‘first-generation’ wisdom turn out to be the consolidator to something that may last some decades more? .. “At the time when Noyes was alive (19th Century) any marked deviation from the established churches of Christianity was likely to provoke a vigorous reaction. Consequently initiators and leaders of sects had to be men of exceptionally strong character, especially if they were evangelically minded, for then they had to be capable of keeping the allegiance of their original members and of winning converts even in the midst of antagonism or actual physical persecution. A fanatic might get this far, might indeed get further, as Ann Lee got to America from Lancashire and Joseph Smith got to Nauvoo; but other qualities were required in order to maintain the initial impetus. As well as the absolute conviction that they and they alone had chosen the right path, and the ability to persuade others that this was so, leaders of this kind needed exceptional organizing ability and foresight, balanced judgment, and a quality that can best be described as “intuitive astuteness”. Joseph Meacham, who organized the Shakers into communities, and Brigham Young, who commanded the Mormon hegira, must have been endowed with these qualities; and no doubt other examples of “second-generation” wisdom of this kind could be cited. It was a characteristic that was less common among initiators, 'second-generation' wisdom, ..simple vision, the strength of character and the evangelical fire of the fanatical initiator were blended with the balanced judgment and practical managerial capacity of the successful consolidator. This was an unusual combination of characteristics; and in view of (his) background , his absolute rejection of orthodoxy was also unusual. ..He was extreme, but logical and realistic; revolutionary, but not violent. When religious fire, moral courage, and good judgment ..have all been given due credit, something remains unexplained--some ingredient of the personality--. I think that this unnamed quality can without sentimentality be called “love of life.” ..I believe Noyes, unlike many sectarians, was a great yea-sayer, an enhancer of life,” Excerpts from the 1966 Introduction by Mark Holloway to the Dover edition, History Of American Socialisms, Noyes 1869