Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in Boston in 1920, shortly after he arrived in America. In 1925, Yogananda established SRF’s international administrative headquarters atop Mt. Washington in Los Angeles, California, to disseminate his teachings and carry on his spiritual and humanitarian work. Today, SRF has more than 600 temples, retreats, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world.
When Yogananda returned to India in 1935, he established the headquarters for Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India which he had founded in 1917. YSS has grown to include more than 180, ashrams, meditation centers, schools, and medical dispensaries throughout the country.
The spiritual and humanitarian work Yogananda began nearly 100 years ago has been guided since his passing by disciples who directly received his spiritual training: Rajarsi Janakananda (1952 – 1955), Sri Daya Mata (1955 – 2010), and currently Sri Mrinalini Mata. As President of SRF/YSS, Sri Mrinalini Mata and the SRF/YSS Board of Directors preserve Yogananda’s spiritual legacy for future generations and oversee the delivery of his teachings around the globe.
Aims and Ideals of Self-Realization Fellowship
As set forth by Paramahansa Yogananda, Founder
- 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 inharmonies, 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.
To learn more about the work of Self-Realization Fellowship, please visit the SRF website.