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In Memoriam: Swami Shantananda Giri — Livestream of Memorial Service

January 05, 2023

Swami Shantananda Giri

Our revered Swami Shantananda Giri, a monastic disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at the Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters in Los Angeles.

Born in the United States in 1932, he will be especially remembered by countless members of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India — as Paramahansa Yogananda’s work is known there — where he lived and served from 1963 to 2011, including as a member of the Board of Directors and General Secretary of the society for many years.

Please join us in prayers for our dear Swami Shantananda at this time of his transition into the blessed realms of divine light and bliss. Our love and gratitude go out to him for his exemplary life of divine service and attainment, and for the wisdom, devotion to God and Guru, and joyous spirit with which he inspired all who crossed his path.

Memorial Service to Be Livestreamed

A memorial service for Swami Shantananda will take place in India on Thursday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. IST (Wednesday, January 25 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PST) to honor this loving disciple who inspired countless members and friends, and gave so unselfishly to our Guru’s work. The service will be livestreamed worldwide from the Ranchi Ashram of Yogoda Satsanga Society so that all may be able to join.

The video of the service will remain available for some time for those unable to view during the livestream.

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