Yogananda Seva

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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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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