Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism

Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism
(est. 1928)
   The Self-Realization Church of Absolute Monism was founded by Swami Premananda (1903–95), who was called in 1925 by Paramahansa YOGA-NANDA to move to the United States. While inde-pendent of Yogananda’s primary organization in the United States, the Self-Realization Fellowship, the Church of Absolute Monism has much the same teaching focus. Both stress ADVAITA (non-dualist) VEDANTA, the life and philosophy of Mohandas Karamchand GANDHI, the unity of all religions, the practice of kriya yoga, and cultural appreciation. The name absolute monism refers to the ancient philosophy of advaita Vedanta, which affirms that ultimate reality is non-dual.
   The church has linkages to the Mahatma Gan-dhi Memorial Foundation and has an accent on education and culture. The current leader of the church and of the Gandhi memorial center is Sri Mata Kamalananda. She was ordained a minister in the Swami Order in 1973, and a full swami in 1978. The group publishes the Mystic Cross and the Gandhi Message periodicals.
   Further reading: Swami Premananda, Light on Kriya Yoga (Washington, D.C.: Swami Premananda Foun-dation, 1969); ———, The Path of the Eternal Law (Washington, D.C.: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1942); ———, Prayers of Realization (Washington, D.C.: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1943).

Encyclopedia of Hinduism. . 2007.

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