Love in Action

The “Devotees Helping Devotees — and Others Too!” series continues with the story of Brenna Charlebois, a devotee from the Lake Shrine Temple who discovered Master when she read Autobiography of a Yogi at age 14. Five years ago, when Brenna was visiting her sister in Portland, Oregon, she received a call from a Corvallis, …

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Devotees Helping Devotees

East and West United in Service and Sadhana During SRF’s 24-Hour Meditation

The dates of June 20-21, 2020 marked a historic event for SRF/YSS: it was the first time the society had conducted an online event of such length and magnitude. The remarkable 24-hour online meditation, led entirely by monastics, united SRF and YSS as never before. It also symbolized one of the ways in which Yogananda …

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Online Meditation

Putting Yogananda Seva’s Guiding Principles Into Action

When Sri Yukteswar asked Master why he was averse to organizational work, Master’s conviction at the time was that organizations are hornets’ nests—“a thankless task,” he wrote in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Many years later, however, when asked whether it was all worth it—meaning the tests and heartaches that came with establishing an organization …

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Service

Make My Heart Thine Altar

“Wherever [Divine Mother] places me, may I remember one thing: that this body, this mind and soul, are here only to do Her will. May I know no other happiness but the joy of serving Her and my beloved Guru.” – Sri Daya Mata, “Fulfilling a Promise for the Guru’s YSS Work,” Self-Realization Magazine, 2017 …

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“The Kingdom of God is Within You”: First-Ever Online Retreat a Global Success

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.” Two different events were offered so participants could experience the divine blessings in their …

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Meditating at home

Together in Spiritual Fellowship – YSO Young Adult Sangha

Our guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, tells us that interacting with others of similar spiritual values is extremely helpful on the spiritual path. “Seek out good company, company that reminds you of God and of the noble things in life,” he advised.* Even the name of his organization—Self-Realization Fellowship—emphasizes the value of finding spiritual fellowship and connection …

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Guru Seva and Sadhana

Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligencethat God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When inservice you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit. – Paramahansa Yogananda Again and again the Master has told us that the purpose of life is to find …

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