“Lord,” I thought gratefully, “Thou hast given this monk a large family!”
And so Paramahansa Yogananda closed his Autobiography of a Yogi. One inspiring way we are seeing these words come to fruition is the Self-Realization Fellowship Online Meditation Center.
The SRF Online Meditation Center was launched a few months ago. In that short time, more than 3,000 devotees are attending one of the 28 services offered each week. Some 120 volunteers help run the effort.
The majority of devotees join the online meditations from the United States, India, and Canada, but there are some who have joined from far-flung locales like Estonia, Myanmar, and Botswana.
Our Guru wrote: “Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”
The Self-Realization Fellowship Online Meditation Center has become a ‘spiritual castle’ for devotees – especially for those unable to meditate with others. Here are just a few of their words:
“The online meditation groups are a dream come true. I live on an island and have difficulty driving off island in traffic. To be able to meditate and learn with other SRF members is an answered prayer and a true blessing.” -K.K., Washington
“Thank you so very much for creating this wonderful opportunity for us to meditate and study together. I have been isolated and without a group for thirty plus years. This online time with others means a lot to me. Blessings to you all and may God’s grace be with you!” – C.B., New York
“I do want to thank all of you who are volunteering. I live, as many do, far from a meditation center. This online method fills me with joy by seeing and joining with other SRF devotees. I feel everyone’s devotion. That inspires and uplifts me.” – A.D., Illinois
“Thank you so much for this online meditation. It makes me feel more I am not alone….I am in the Philippines, southern part and looking after my aged blind earthly mother and it’s just me and her and this online meditation helps me so much. Thank you. Jai Guru. ” – J.S., Philippines
The online meditations have also been a blessing for devotees struggling with illness. One shared the following: “Thank you so much for this precious effort! I have been unable for a couple of years now to serve or even attend the services at the chapel because of musculoskeletal issues. This is wonderful! God and Gurus bless you!”
The Online Meditation Center is still in its infancy, but is quickly growing. New services offered include monastic-led meditations and three-hour meditations every Saturday from 9am-12pm Pacific Time. More meditation times, meditation services in different languages, kirtan services, and longer meditation services will be launched in the months ahead.
Have you attended an online meditation? What did you think of it? Want to help this effort?
We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.