I noticed that my blog had been visited by someone at the Self Realization Fellowship, I feel honored. I remember briefly, (two or three visits during meditation), attending the temple on Chapman and Harbor in 1970. Just back in California, I was living at a boarding house just down the street across from the FJC library.
I'd just read the Autobiography of a Yogi. It was one of the things that greatly influenced me, starting me in the direction I've gone. Paramahansa Yogananda was a great man. I still have the book, thirty som years later... Unfortunately at that time, I was young, 22 or 23, new to this, and expecting more than I found, and not finding it. Kind of like going to a church service and expecting it to be like when Jesus preached.
So I stopped going. Sometimes over the years I regretted it, thinking I'd lost an opportunity. Very similar to the feeling I have about leaving the Rosicrutians some years later. Back then I had the feeling that I could learn on my own faster and better, and didn't need the restrictions that seemed to be a big part of these organizations, do this, don't do that. I didn't realize then, finding out the hard way in some cases, that those restrictions are usually there for a reason. Yes, I've made some progress, yes, I've learned, but have I learned all I might have, probably not. Hopefully I'll do better next time.