KCMG's 20th Year Celebration
Anwar, Yusef, and Mary - Sunday School Participants
Kansas City has been very blessed
with great devotees of Paramahansa Yogananda and his teaching through Self
Realization Fellowship. One of the earliest of these devotees was
insurance magnate, Mr. James J. Lynn. He met Master when Guruji came
to Kansas City in 1932 on a lecture tour. Rajarsi Janakananda, Master's
name for Mr. Lynn, not only took instructions and became a life long devotee,
he also served as the SRF president after Guruji's passing.
Another life long follower of Yogananda's
teaching that was at that same lecture series was Francis Larkin.
She faithfully followed this path, alone, until in the latter years of
her life, there was a meditation group to join.
In 1966 the first SRF meditation
group was formed. when Mr. and Mrs. Vic Shelter graciously opened their
home for group meditations. Mrs. Shelton continued to serve as the
group coordinator for many years. The beginnings of that small group,
some 33 years ago, evolved into our current Kansas City Meditation Group,
which began in 1978. Some of the members of that original group are
present or represented here today.
To all the early members, on behalf
of our group and Self Realization Fellowship, we express our deepest appreciation
for your love and loyalty to God and Guru and for the dedication and perseverance
that laid the foundation for this group and members yet to come.
We acknowledge the efforts, even
in the face of misunderstanding, that each of you have contributed so willingly
to Masterís work. Please accept this rose, as a symbol of our deepest
appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices that each of you have made
that ultimately benefit all of us.
+ To Mrs. Iris Shelton, who so
willing served as group coordinator for all those years and
who continues to support Master's
work in all areas of her life
+ To Mrs. Ollie Green, represented
by her son, Wally, for her quiet, steadfast loyalty to the path
+ To Mrs. Alberta Fiorella, who
continues to be a mainstay for young and old alike
+ To Mr. Vic Shelton, who for opening
his heart and home to the group.
When our will is one with the will
of the Father, each and everyone of us contributes in some way to the greater
good of all. Let us all join in Master's prayer,
I will will, I will reason, I will
Oh Father, guide thou my will, my
reason, and my activity to that which I should do in all things.
October 25, 1998
20th Year Celebration Event Coordinator
is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran
meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization
of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange
of group magnetism."--Paramahansa Yogananda, in "Seeking God Together"
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