Yogananda Seva Celebrates One Year - Thanks to You!
We are excited to share with you an overview of all the wonderful activities and growth Yogananda Seva has experienced during this first year of its service to Self-Realization Fellowship – thanks to the dedication, effort, and support of SRF/YSS devotees like you!
Do you remember when SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda made the announcement at the 2019 SRF Convocation about the exciting new Online Meditation Center? Well, that was the first project we took on for SRF, and wow – we had no idea at the time how many of you would be inspired to help this endeavor, nor how important that first project would be!
It is through the love, dedication, and joyous service of many SRF/YSS volunteers throughout the world that has made the historic launch of this lay-disciple virtual community possible.
About the SRF Online Meditation Center in Its First Year
About You! Yogananda Seva Volunteers and Supporters in Our First Year
A First Time for Everything
Yogananda Seva has been able to help SRF/YSS achieve a number of “firsts” for our Guru’s worldwide spiritual family in the last year.
Our First Year of Service Together
“Nothing could be created or accomplished by anybody unless it was first born in the mind of God. ”
Brother Chidananda asks lay disciples to brainstorm how to mobilize devotees to support Master's work
In July 2018, Brother Chidananda reached out to several long-time SRF lay disciples and asked them to brainstorm how to mobilize Master’s vast pool of lay members so that devotees around the world could take a greater role in serving the Self-Realization Fellowship work and extending Master’s message.
Lay disciple work group submits a proposal at Brother Chidananda's request
Brother Chidananda asks a small group of devotees to form a work group and create a proposal on how to move forward with implementing and structuring the ideas that were presented. A proposal was submitted that same month.
The approved proposal is presented to the SRF Board of Directors
The group presented the refined proposal to the SRF Board of Directors at Brother Chidananda’s request. One of the lay disciples in the group reported: “We presented to 25 monastics in the library at Mother Center. They applauded when we finished. We were concerned because we thought we had proposed too much, but Brother Chidananda said it was going to be more far-reaching than we had envisioned.”
"All doors are open!" Approval is given to form a nonprofit and launch initial programs
In May 2019, Brother Chidananda gave the group the approval to launch a few initial programs and found a nonprofit to support those programs.
An additional group of lay disciple volunteers are brought onboard to develop the beginnings of the SRF Online Meditation Center. Read more on the blog!
Yogananda Seva is incorporated as a religious nonprofit in the state of California
Yogananda Seva’s Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state of California on July 8, 2019.
SRF Online Meditation Center announced at 2019 SRF World Convocation
At the 2019 SRF World Convocation, Brother Chidananda announced the formation of this new lay disciple endeavor and the creation of the SRF Online Meditation Center with the promise that the OMC would launch its first public online meditation soon.
Brother Chidananda conducts inaugural launch of the SRF Online Meditation Center
The first SRF online meditation was inaugurated by SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Watch the inaugural meditation here.
Yogananda Seva is given tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit
Yogananda Seva was officially determined as tax-exempt as a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit by the United States federal government on November 1, 2019.
SRF Monastics begin leading services at the SRF Online Meditation Center
January 2020 marks the beginning of monastic-led meditations and 3-hour long Saturday meditations at the SRF Online Meditation Center.
The Yogananda Seva Coordinating Council meets with Brother Chidananda at SRF Mother Center
The YSO Coordinating Council members met with Brother Chidananda at the SRF Mother Center to formalize the functions of this governing body.
Online meditation attendance balloons to over 19,000 attendees per week in wake of global health crisis
Due to the COVID-19 global health crisis and the temporary closure of SRF and YSS locations around the world, the SRF Online Meditation Center saw an attendance increase from about 4,000 attendees per week to over 19,000 per week.
New Yogananda Seva project teams form with the approval of Brother Chidananda
Brother Chidananda gave YSO approval to move forward with forming project teams for a Vanaprastha (Elder) forum, an Online Harmonium and Kirtan training program, a Lay Disciple Intentional Community Support forum, and a Lay Led Retreat program.
YSO Volunteer Portal Development Complete
After months of development, facilitated by a volunteer YSO tech team and a paid development company, the YSO Volunteer Portal launched into a beta test for YSO volunteers.
YSO Young Adult Sangha holds first online gathering
The YSO Young Adult Sangha’s inaugural global event took place on May 24 using Zoom videoconferencing, with approximately 250 participants from 29 different countries coming together in fellowship for a group meditation and a spiritual discussion.
SRF Online Meditation Center hosts first one-day online retreat led by Monastics
Thousands of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India devotees joined together May 30 for a historic online daylong retreat filled with meditation, study, prayers, video and audio presentations all focused on the noble truth “The Kingdom of God is Within You.”
SRF holds historic 24-hour meditation led by SRF and YSS Monastics
This continuous 24-hour meditation was a historic event led by SRF and YSS Monastics and facilitated by Yogananda Seva volunteers around the world. The remarkable online 24-hour meditation service united SRF and YSS as never before.
YSO celebrates its one-year anniversary
The growth YSO experienced in this first year can only have manifested through the blessings and grace of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, and through the enthusiasm, support, and guidance of Brother Chidananda and the SRF and YSS monastics, and through the loving service and dedicated spirit of all of you – our YSO family of volunteers, supporters and friends around the world.