Hidden Blessings

“When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit.” — Paramahansa Yogananda Many devotees of Paramahansa Yogananda have at some time or other had the thought, “I wish I had been with the Guru when he was here in physical form, to experience what it was like to …

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Behind the Scenes at Yogananda Seva: Creating the Infrastructure for Worldwide Guru-Seva

“If you cling to a certain thought with dynamic will power, it finally assumes a tangible outward form.” — Paramahansa Yogananda, Where There is Light I asked David Stember, one of the dedicated devotees involved in the inception of YSO, what mechanism has made it possible for volunteers to be organized so rapidly and efficiently …

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Science and Service

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once surmised that the essence of life is “to serve others and do good.” If recent research is any indication, serving others might also be the essence of good health.  Our Guru emphasized service to others as integral to spiritual life. Each day, he told us he never missed his energization …

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What SRF Teens Are Doing On Their Own To Stay Connected With Master’s Teachings

One of the joys for us at Yogananda Seva is hearing so many different stories about how devotees are connecting with Master’s teachings around the world.  Recently we learned about a group of teen-aged devotees who took it upon themselves — to their parents’ delight! — to use the miracle of digital technology to share …

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Global Help Desk — A Lifeline to 2020 Online Convocation

Six hours of computer issues, perplexing problems, complications, and other challenges did not diminish the enthusiasm and dedication of the SRF/YSS volunteers organized and coordinated by Yogananda Seva who were determined to help an SRF devotee gain access to the 2020 SRF Online Convocation. One complication was that the devotee was almost blind and was …

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Humility in Service

The rains of God’s mercy cannot gather on mountaintopsof pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness. —Paramahansa Yogananda Humility by its nature does not invite attention, but seeks the lowliest place. When Master speaks of returning to earth to visit, he says, “I will sit in the back. I will know them, but they …

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Devotees Worldwide Serve Master Through Prayers for Others

Shirley Finch knows firsthand the power of healing through the dedicated service of both monastics and lay disciples participating in the Self-Realization Fellowship Worldwide Prayer Circle. One day in June, the Coordinator of the Encinitas Temple’s Prayer Circle Committee of 65 devotees woke up with unsettling symptoms. “I was dizzy. I was uncoordinated. My cognition …

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