Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), one of India’s oldest spiritual and charitable organization, with prominent history, founded by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917, announced the commencement of their centenary celebrations. The event was graced by Swami Nigamananda Giri, Senior Monk, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Brahmachari Achyutananda . With the major aim to reveal the complete harmony, basic oneness, and common foundations of all true religions and to serve mankind as one’s larger Self, the organization endeavors to carry forward the teachings of its founder to one and many in India and abroad. The dignitaries commemorated the onset of 100 year celebrations by sharing the schedule of events for 2017 and also discussed the roadmap towards further glory in the next few years.
Elaborating on the celebrations planned, Swami Nigamananda Giri, Senior Monk, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, stated,“This occasion provides us a rare opportunity to not only celebrate the 100 years journey of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India but also commemorate the work and contribution of our beloved Gurudev Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda to India and to the world. Following Gurudev’s teachings the society today encompasses large ashrams, a vibrant and growing monastic order, and more than two hundred meditation centers throughout India – as well as numerous educational institutions and charitable services. For the past 100 years, Yogoda Satsanga Society has served our communities and touched the lives of millions of people. To celebrate the occasion we have planned a series of events in sync with the heritage of the organization. We have planned different events for the year that is open to people of all races, cultures, and creeds”
Since its foundation in the year 1917 as Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), the institution has also set its footprints abroad. In 1920 Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda founded the Self – Realization Fellowship (SRF) in the United States of America, with its headquarters in Los Angeles which continues to carry on his spiritual legacy worldwide. He spent over 30 years in America, spreading the science of Kriya Yoga and its tradition of meditation. In India, Mahatma Gandhi requested him to initiate him and some of his followers into Kriya Yoga. Today, addressed as “the Father of Yoga in the West,” he has counted several prominent personalities as his followers, like botanist Luther Burbank, Kodak camera inventor George Eastman, actor Dick Haymes, lead guitarist of the Beatles George Harrison, late Ravi Shankar and holistic health pioneer Deepak Chopra. His teachings and his work, both have withstood the test of time. The story of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda is now the subject of a Hollywood film, Awake: The Life of Yogananda. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers, Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, the docu-feature was released in India, ahead of International Yoga Day in 2016. Through his spiritual institutions Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), Yogananda’s work continues to grow. The society has more than 500 centres around the world and disciples spread over six continents.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s whole mission was to introduce to the modern world, especially those in the West, India’s ancient philosophy of Yoga and its scientific methods of meditation. In addition to personally teaching thousands of Westerners how to meditate, he made accessible a knowledge of Yoga through his spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi (the only book that Apple founder Steve Jobs had on his iPad), which has been translated into more than 45 languages, including 13 Indian languages. In ancient India Rishi’s chalked out scientific methods for gradual spiritual unfoldment. Therefore Yoga is definite and scientific. Yoga means union of soul and God, through step-by-step methods with specific and known results. It raises the practice of religion above the differences of dogma. Like any other science, yoga is applicable to people of every clime and time.