From Fundamentalism, Through Atheism, Toward Realization

A Video Autobiography by a Kriya Yoga Student of Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF)
Larry Dominus Reavis, Ph.D.

 

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1. The Encounter

We don't talk about such things. Just as Jesus instructed some of those whose bodies he cured to tell no one, SRF recommends that students avoid such ego tripping. "Oh, look how spiritual I am - God did so and so miracle through master so and so for ME"! Unwise.

So, for decades I didn't tell even my wife of the experiences that I describe in the first segments of my autobiographical videos even though she, too, was an SRF student. However, some years ago, I felt I should tell what happened.

I couldn't do it - just too embarrassing. That is, until an usher at our local SRF temple, to whom I had told nothing, called me on the phone to tell me he was getting a strong message that I should write an autobiography. I took a bit of liberty with the word "write" and bought two high-definition camcorders. But then, I got cold feet again.

SRF headquarters

Still the feeling persisted that I should get on with it. To settle the issue, I wrote to Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters (see photo) asking their advice. A few weeks later I received a phone call from a monk who encouraged me to do it. So now I'm posting the first of those stories here. I hope they'll be useful to someone.  


Videos 
Grumman Theater
The following videos tell of my dramatic Hollywood encounter with Paramahansa Yogananda in 1947.

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Click here for the short version of The Encounter

Did God create evil? Are we gods?

This next video is the ending of the long version of My Encounter. I regretted that I didn't tell my father those words, "No dad, you don't understand - I'm supposed to go with this man."

In those days, Yoganandaji sometimes did accept children into the ashram, and my parents had been wanting to get me out of the house. Could I have become an SRF monk? For years I regretted not having experienced the physical presence of my guru. Was that regret reasonable?

In this video I explore the implications of my 1947 encounter with Paramahansa Yogananda.

About 14 minutes.

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Did God create evil? Are we gods? Answers from the Etz Hayim (conservative Judaism), Jesus, and Yogananda: The ending of the long version of The Encounter
  







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