Huebner's and Louise Huebner's home, on top of a little mountain
called Mount Washington, is in the heart of Los Angeles, and 20
minutes from everywhere, and is located luckily, according to
the black crows, and Mexican Buzzards, who share the hill with
them, only about 600 feet from the Self Realization Fellowship's
International Headquarters ~ a fact which made the Huebners eligible
to legally complain about the SRF's proposed 30 year plan and
$40 million dollar dramatic venture that was to culminate with
the destruction of about 150 protected California Black Walnut
Trees, and the unusual move of extricating the Fellowship's Guru,
Paramahansa Yoganada's body from its half a century resting place
in Forest lawn to a spectacular Dream Shrine planned for the SRF
rose garden, a rose garden which even if called by any other name
would still be a cemetery.
the Mount Washington Shrine for Yogananda was to be anything at
all like the Pacific Palisades 'Shrine' ~ where a tiny bit of
Ghandi's ashes draws crowds, the hill could expect teeming visitations
from World-Wide tourists coming to pay their respects to the group's
main Avatar ~ at a rate of maybe 10,000 a month ~ in huge touring
would draw almost the same crowds and commotion as if Jesus Christ
was placed in a Rose Garden Shrine 600 feet up the street ~ off
a narrow road, in a quiet residential neighborhood.
SRF are rich. Some of the hill people are rich. Some are very
rich. Some are a little poor. Though no one on the hill is as
rich as the SRF. So they, the SRF, could have easily won out.
The residents of the hill knew they had to band together. Otherwise,
diesel trucks would be coming up and down the hill's narrow curving
roads ten hours a day for 30 years.
after that came to an end, everyone could expect "The Visitors".
everyone decided they had to help to fight the nightmare of the
SRF Dream Shrine.
did what they knew how to do. Some of the hill people knew the
law. Some researched the problem. Some baked cookies.
Huebners, Mentor and Louise, did what they knew how to do. They
collaborated on political flyers and distributed many several
thousands ~ anti the project.
was in the fall of 2000. Some of the flyers were being printed
just as Mentor had entered the hospital. In fact Louise picked
the last ones up at the printers to bring to Mentor for inspection,
and the couple, despite Mentor's illness, shared many gleeful
moments admiring their own and each other's work. "Honey
I love these", said Louise. "Everyone on the hill is
delighted. Even Kinkos got a kick out of them."
did good Honey" "I like your style." Mentor added,
as he speed read the text.
SRF was forced to ignore the flyers. How could they offer any
rebuttal without drawing attention to the very flyers they wanted
to pretend were not happening?
SRF Project, was the last time Mentor and Louise worked together.
sentimental now about those SRF flyers. Every time Mentor and
I created one we would go to pieces. It struck us funny. They
were true! Truth is always funny. I don't know how we did it.
He was starting to be sick. But the project relaxed us. It so
occupied us we forgot about everything else. It triggered all
our creative juices. We loved every minute of it.
was sort of coming to the end. The last movie he did was appropriately,
"End of Days". But the very last job we both worked
on was the best. The one we had created for ourselves, and did
spent a lot of our own money on that job. And we worked at it
for hours without fatigue. Mentor and me against the SRF. We really
liked that job.
We liked it a lot! "
return to the site to see the flyers. They are soon to be uploaded.
I'm sorry I haven't given them to the webmaster yet. I'm writing
a book so I'm running a little behind. There are about 20 of them.
Keep coming back.
You are going to love them.