Sri Mrinalini Mata

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Sri Mrinalini Mata Mean?

Sri Mrinalini Mata (1931-2017) was the third president of the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), a worldwide spiritual organization founded in 1920 by Indian guru and yogi Paramahansa Yogananda. Mata was a direct disciple of Yogananda, trained personally by him to carry on his teachings and programs.

The SRF, based in Los Angeles, employs both Hindu and Christian concepts and disseminates the teachings of Yogananda, who promoted the universality of all faiths. SRF members utilize yogic meditation techniques to come closer to God.


Yogapedia Explains Sri Mrinalini Mata

Sri Mrinalini Mata was born Merna Brown in Kansas. At 14, her family moved to Southern California, where she met Yogananda. Shortly thereafter, she joined the monastic order associated with SRF and began her training.

She was vice president of SRF and a related spiritual organization founded by Yogananda, the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), from 1966 to 2010. She became president in 2011 following the death of Daya Mata. Sri Mrinalini Mata's biggest contributions to SRF/YSS may have been as editor-in-chief of publications. It was through that role that she was instrumental in disseminating the teachings of Yogananda.

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