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Discover the Joy of Your Soul at the 2024 SRF World Convocation

July 07, 2024

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The nature of Spirit is joy; and the nature of your soul is joy.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Would you like to experience greater, more lasting joy in your everyday life?

Paramahansa Yogananda said that the true happiness and fulfillment every one of us craves can be found within — in the boundless joy of the soul. “Divine Joy outlasts everything,” Paramahansaji said. “It is enduring. When all else melts away, that Joy remains.”

The Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation was established in 1950 by Paramahansaji to provide seekers of higher consciousness with an immersive experience in his yoga meditation teachings — so that they might more deeply feel and live in that Divine Joy.

Through inspirational talks by SRF monks and nuns on balanced spiritual living and the Kriya Yoga path, classes on the SRF techniques, guided group meditations and kirtan (devotional chanting), and opportunities for spiritual fellowship, this extraordinary weeklong program offered free of charge gives you all the tools you need to begin discovering that joy within yourself.

We hope you can join us July 14 – 20 for the 2024 Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation — either in person in Los Angeles or online!

Why do so many people around the world make time each year to attend the SRF World Convocation?

Here is a glimpse of what you can look forward to experiencing:

  • Gain new insights into Paramahansa Yogananda’s “how-to-live” teachings and meditation techniques through inspiring classes and satsangas (questions and answers) from SRF monks and nuns; topics range from allowing joy to be a part of our everyday lives to forging a personal connection with the Divine.
  • Feel the power of combined spiritual effort in daily morning and evening group meditations led by SRF monastics and in a special 3-hour meditation led by SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda (see more below).
  • Understand more deeply how yoga is a spiritual science that unifies and makes practical in daily life the truths underlying all the world’s great religions and spiritual paths.
  • Lift your voice with thousands of others in singing chants spiritualized by Paramahansaji, as the radio of your heart is tuned to the vibrations of divine peace, love, and bliss native to the soul.
  • Meet other spiritual seekers from around the world and build divine friendships, both in Los Angeles and in online fellowship events.
  • Feel your heart’s joy as you take in-person or virtual pilgrimage tours to SRF ashrams where Paramahansa Yogananda lived and communed with the Divine.
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What past Convocation participants have said:

This Convocation it became clearer than ever that these teachings are the comforting cornerstone of my life. Every day if I am not connected my worries and fears invade, and every day I stay in tune is more peaceful and joyful. These classes help me to be in tune and happier! Convocation is very special.

J. H., Idaho

What a wonderful Convocation experience I had! Living in the U.K., 80 miles from London and being very busy with building work at home, plus caring for family members, it was marvelous to be able to attend as many events as I could. And how uplifting it was!

O. H., United Kingdom

The talks, meditations, kirtans, etc. were AWESOME! The monastics once again brought Guruji’s teachings alive and showed us how, with his wisdom, each one of us can deepen our sadhana and live our lives in a God centered way.

L. P., Australia

It’s amazing every year to see how the topics are related to my life

Anonymous

Just wanted to thank you...for the most beautiful Convocation once again....Once a year we get to step into this heavenly astral world for a week in loving fellowship.

G. K.

I needed this the most now. I’m going through a difficult phase of mental, physical, and spiritual challenges. This was a great source of peace and healing.

G. H.

Thank you for all the talks, guided meditations, kirtans, and especially the online fellowship — this in particular helps people like me to see and interact with other devotees.

M. O., Puerto Rico

Special Meditation and Satsanga With SRF/YSS President

We are very happy that Convocation attendees will have two special opportunities to be with Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of SRF/YSS, during the week. Brother Chidananda will be conducting a three-hour meditation on Wednesday, July 17, guiding thousands of SRF members and friends worldwide in the peace and joy of inner communion with the Divine. And he will and hold an inspirational satsanga on Friday, July 19, sharing the wisdom and joy and encouragement found in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga teachings.

One past Convocation participant said of these types of special events: “I thank Brother Chidananda in particular for the closing class and for Wednesday’s meditation. The many blessings which poured out from [Paramahansa Yogananda] and the Gurus through him to all of us will stay long in the memory, but most of all in our hearts.”

Whether in person or online, we hope you can join us for this uplifting week of inspiration, spiritual fellowship, and experiencing the joy of the soul!

What are you looking forward to experiencing at the 2024 SRF World Convocation? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Sharon Partridge

I have been a member and Kriyaban since 1970. I cannot get signed in for this year’s Convocation and it’s making me very sad. I live off the grid and am not a prolific user of technology. Is there a human that I can get to help me somewhere?

BlytheSharon Partridge

Hello Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear you're having problems signing in to Convocation. Please don't be sad. If you are on the Convocation page: https://convocation.yogananda.org/ you can either use the blue Help Desk button (bottom right of your screen), or call +1 (760) 417-6080 (please note: long distance charges apply). Jai Guru!

Delisha Maharaj

As a new student , only on lesson 12, I’m looking forward to joining the convocation online. By next year I think I’ll make it my goal to attend in person in 2025

Marilena Scott

I'm looking forward to receiving all the love and effort you all are putting into this events, so that we can uplift the world, and raise up to the Guru's vision for our spiritual family.
I'm looking forward to giving back the sweetness I receive, and feeling the rewards of service to the Guru.
Let us all please our Guru during this Convocation, and feel his closeness, ever near, ever dear.

Carmen Silvia de Godoy Santos

Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend in person, but I’m quite sure that I’ll take this great opportunity to join Master’s spiritual family and to immerse in His teachings.

Danielle Studer

Dear all,
I’m thrilled and so happy to be able to participate in 2024 for the very first time to the online Convocation. I very much appreciate that with the mail we received we can prepare ourselves to be ready for Convocation; to take time to open our mind and heart for the messages and blessings from the lineage of SRF/YSS lineage of masters which will be bestowed to each participant during Convocation.

Margaret K

Although not in person I look forward to spending quality time with my Spiritual family.

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