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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sri Daya Mata: Former Mormon

It seems that even when people leave Mormondom the affiliation and label never leave them. See obituaries and articles for Sri Daya Mata in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Salt Lake Tribune. The following is from the New York Times:
Sri Daya Mata, who was born Faye Wright in Salt Lake City on Jan. 31, 1914, was a daughter of Clarence and Rachel Wright, who were Mormons. Her grandfather Abraham Reister Wright was an architect of the Mormon Tabernacle.
Faye was 15 when she picked up a copy of the Bhagavad-Gita, a sacred Hindu scripture. Two years later, in 1931, she attended a lecture by Sri Yogananda in Salt Lake City.
Soon after, with her mother’s blessing, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the society. She took her vows in 1932, becoming one of the first nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship order. Her mother, sister and two brothers later became members of the society as well.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Wright held on to some of her Mormon beliefs, especially the notion that humans are gods in embryo, even while following Yogananda’s teachings and practices.
She didn't seem to bad mouth the Church even though she left it. She was able to leave it alone. We Mormons like to hear conversion stories of people that join Mormondom but I admit to a morbid fascination in why people leave it. Faye Wright's story is a bit unusual. Here's the link for Wright's new religion.

I'd still like to hear why President Marion G. Romney's sister became a Catholic nun. . .

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post about a cousin that I never knew about. We shared Abraham Reister Wright as an ancestor. Kirk Fechter

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