Kamala Silva was a life-long disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. In her book, The Flawless Mirror, she writes lovingly of her 27 years with her guru. Shortly before his passing, she recounts a conversation with Yogananda about World Brotherhood Colonies.

On one of the drives along the coast, Master spoke to me about the value of SRF Colonies. He referred to the forming of groups within a city or a rural area in the manner of hermitage life, among members who do not desire to become renunciates, or cannot do so because of certain obligations. Such a life would enable each one to be in daily association with those who share the same spiritual goal.

He described such Colonies as made up of married couples and their families, as well as single people, who have the will to serve, and to live in harmony with one another. Master envisioned the idea as one in which all may work together in a self-supporting group wherein each one is dedicated to God.