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Yogada Satsang Society

"Self-realization is the knowing- in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God..."

                                     -Paramahansa Yogananda

 

About Us:

Founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917, YSS is headquartered in Dakshineswar, near Kolkata. The society is dedicated to carry on the spiritual and humanitarian work and to make available the universal teachings of sacred Kriya Yoga and meditation in its original/unaltered form as the founder had preached. YSS has more than 180 Kendras, Mandalis, Retreats, Ashrams throughout India and Nepal. In 1920 he founded Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and in 1925 launched it in Los Angeles, and California.YSS fosters a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse people and nations of our global family, and helps those of all cultures and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.


Founder:

Paramahansa Yogananda (Mukunda Lal Ghosh, 5th January 1893 – 7th  March 1952), wasborn in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. His renowned book, ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, has been one of the most influential spiritual book which has reformed the life of millions. Hewas an Indian yogi and a guru who introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and ancient science of Kriya Yoga. He began his life's work with the founding of a 'how-to-live' school for boys, where modern educational methods were combined with yoga training and instructions in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals convening in Boston. He still is a widely revered father of Yoga in the West.


Aims and Mission:

  • To disseminate among the nations a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God.

  • To teach that the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort, of man’s limited mortal consciousness into God Consciousness; and to this end to establish Self-Realization Fellowship temples for God-communion throughout the world, and to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the homes and in the hearts of men.

  • To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.

  • To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.

  • To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental in-harmonies, and spiritual ignorance.

  • To encourage ‘plain living and high thinking’; and to spread a spirit of brotherhood among all peoples by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God.

  • To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind.

  • To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom.

  • To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles.

  • To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features.

  • To serve mankind as one’s larger Self.



Philosophy:

Paramhansa Yogi promotes- “Commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry his love and guidance with us in all our dutiful activities, as a  way leading to permanent peace and Happiness.”

Learning Kriya meditation and practicing it is the core of philosophy.