What is Yogananda Seva (YSO)?

Yogananda Seva (YSO) is a new opportunity, never before offered in this way in the 100-year history of Self-Realization Fellowship, for lay disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda to offer their unique skills and experience to further their Guru’s work no matter their location or circumstance. This international community of SRF and YSS members, dedicated to the …

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Divine Friendship Expressed During COVID-19 Pandemic

“Friendship is the purest human expression of God’s love, because it springs not from any dictates of biological or social instincts but from the free-will choice of the heart.” Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You “Devotees Helping Devotees––and Others Too” continues its series with this story about …

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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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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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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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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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