“Kriya Yoga Sharanam” — Take Refuge in Kriya Yoga, says YSS/SRF President Swami Chidanandaji at YSS Sangam 2023 in Hyderabad
_Yogoda Satsanga Society of India Hosts Five-Day Sangam with Swami Chidanandaji, president and spiritual head of YSS/SRF, at Hyderabad_
_(February 12–16, 2023)_
Hyderabad, Feb. 12, 2023:* “In India, we see that God is the life of the nation; now this thought must flow out as the life of this emerging global civilization. We have to create that consciousness in order for humanity to even have a chance to have a secure, prosperous, fulfilling future on this planet. I want to see each of you become a living link between India’s golden age of spiritual civilization and the coming global spiritual civilization,” shared Sri Sri Swami Chidananda Giri, president and spiritual head of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/ Self-Realization Fellowship (YSS/SRF), during his inaugural satsanga at YSS Sangam 2023 in Hyderabad’s Kanha Shanti Vanam on February 12.
“Our Guru (Paramahansa Yoganandaji) has given us this sadhana – meditation, sangam – the support of divine fellowship of devotees, and third, kripa, which is the eternal grace of his blessings; a combination of these three is the theme of this Sangam — ‘Kriya Yoga Sharnam,’ which will open the portals from where divine joy and light will pour into our hearts,” Swamiji added, addressing over 3,200 devotees of YSS and SRF from across India and around the world who have converged for spiritual fellowship and meditating together from February 12-16.
Quoting the words of jagadguru Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Chidanandaji encouraged devotees to discover their soul’s infinite potential, “Take shelter in the eternal with all the eagerness in your heart by daily practice of scientific Kriya Yoga meditation. As our Guru says, ‘to stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds,’ is to choose to be a conqueror rather than a victim by being anchored in the sanctuary of the soul — by slashing with the sword of wisdom the ignorance-born doubt.”
“If you focus your attention between the eyebrows, tremendous spiritual help flows from within. This transcendental consciousness is the greatest shelter of life,” Swamiji guided.
During this inaugural session, Swami Chidanandaji led the assemblage through a brief meditation session followed by the satsanga. Swamiji shared inspiring and practical thoughts on how to follow the sadhana (spiritual discipline) given by Paramahansaji to gain the deepest awareness of the Divine’s love and protection. He also released four new YSS publications authored by Paramahansa Yogananda during this programme: Autobiography of a Yogi (deluxe edition) in English, Metaphysical Meditations (hardcover), Journey to Self-realization (paperback) in Telugu, and The Science of Religion (paperback) in Kannada.
The residential programme includes morning and evening group meditations, kirtans, review classes on YSS meditation techniques, and inspirational talks – all conducted by monastics. All group meditations and talks in English will also be live-streamed to a global audience via the YSS website (yssi.org/Sangam2023) and YouTube channel. Additionally, YSS sannyasis will give satsangas in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi for the benefit of devotees.
The spiritual organizations — Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS, headquartered in Kolkata) and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF, headquartered in Los Angeles, USA) were founded more than 100 years ago by the world-renowned spiritual master, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
Through the Sangam, spiritual seekers get a unique opportunity to delve more deeply into Paramahansa Yogananda’s wisdom on ways to identify more with our soul-nature in order to bring harmony and peace into their lives.
A first-time attendee shared his expectations from the Sangam: “This is the first sangam for me in YSS! I look forward to attending all the spiritual activities and meditating with fellow devotees in such a large number.”
“Sangam is a great opportunity to take a break from our busy routines and rejuvenate our sadhana practice. The additional blessing of satsanga with our beloved president Swami Chidananadaji makes this sangam experience even more special.”
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