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Joyfully Anticipating the 2023 Convocation

July 19, 2023


Tens of thousands of yogis and spiritual seekers from around the world will gather from July 30 to August 5 for the annual Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation, and whether you are joining online or in-person we are looking forward to seeing you there!

This weeklong diving into the “how-to-live” wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda is being offered for free and will feature inspirational talks on balanced spiritual living, meditations, kirtan (devotional chanting), and sustaining spiritual fellowship, streamed from several SRF temples in Southern California.

Why do so many people around the world joyfully anticipate Convocation each year?
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 monastics; topics range from unravelling the mystery of life and death to cultivating happiness through service to others.
  • Feel the power of combined spiritual effort in daily morning and evening group meditations led by SRF monastics, in the online meditation room open between scheduled events, during the 3-hour meditations with kirtan — and a special 3-hour meditation led by SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda (see more below)
  • Understand 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.
  • Join with thousands of others in in uplifting kirtans — to sing chants spiritualized by Paramahansaji, where the radio of the heart can be 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 in online fellowship events.
  • Immerse yourself in virtual pilgrimage tours to SRF ashrams where Paramahansa Yogananda lived and communed with the Divine.
  • Attend all online events —including fellowship sessions with other participants and monastics — through the Convocation app.

And many are anticipating how this year’s Convocation will be expanded even further! SRF monastics will visit several cities in North America, Europe, and South America; and many SRF centers and groups around the world will also host in-person viewing events for local members and friends!

SRF Zurich Convocation Joyful
Convocation participants gathered at the SRF Zurich Center during the 2022 program

Convocation has been a newfound joy this year. Specifically I found the meditation room to be such an uplifting and immersive experience. Knowing that others around the world are simultaneously joining me in meditation has made the act of meditation that much more special and meaningful.

C. G., Arizona

I have been so blessed to attend this year’s online Convocation. The Convocation app is wonderful! I personally needed every single class. The meditations, classes, videos, pilgrimages, and fellowship sessions have renewed my enthusiasm and strengthened my commitment to work harder to find God and to stop making excuses.

M. V., Canada

Special Meditation and Satsanga With SRF/YSS President

Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of SRF/YSS, will conduct a three-hour meditation on Wednesday, August 2; as well as give a closing satsanga on Saturday, August 5.

One past Convocation participant from the United Kingdom said of these 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.”

“They Shall Come From All Parts of the World”

Paramahansa Yogananda presided over the first SRF Convocation, held on August 13, 1950, at the SRF Mother Center atop Mt. Washington in Los Angeles. On that occasion he said, “They shall come from all parts of the world, thousands and thousands of them, just as you have, for Self-Realization is bringing the original Christianity of Christ and the original Yoga of India's Krishna so that all people of all religions can follow one highway to the Infinite.”

And in the years since that first Convocation, “thousands and thousands” around the world have indeed eagerly anticipated and attended this uplifting week of spiritual rejuvenation!

Hear More From Past Participants!

From the very first day we were swept away in a wave of divine love, joy, wisdom and yes, fellowship! We felt connected with devotees from so many different countries and languages that nevertheless had a common soul language: love for God and Guru.

SRF Meditation Group in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Instead of worshipping God in one location, we are spreading His holy vibrations all around the world, which needs it so much at this time.

Anonymous, France

The quality of talks, kirtans, meditations, and satsangas have blown me away. After seven early morning meditations, the immense joy and upliftment I have experienced in this past week has been profound.

M. K., New Zealand

Indeed, I am a changed person by the end of the Convocation – I feel deeply rested, recalibrated, refocused, rejuvenated, more balanced and renewed. The online Convocation made it possible for a person like me (so distant from Mother Center) to participate with ease and in the comfort of my home.

R. S., India

Getting the App

After you have registered for Convocation you will be able to sign in to the app using the same credentials — and experience Convocation no matter where you are.

What are you joyfully anticipating about the 2023 SRF World Convocation? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Indranil Basak

Meditating with Brother Chiddanandaji was like being in a Kriya Yoga ceremony. It was so sacred

Varakehdi Raghavendran

I was fortunate to attend 2006 convocation in person.
Now after 17 years,I am excited to participate in the online,
Participate in the 2023 convacation & receive the Blessings,
Of the Master & paramagurus..g

Narasimha Prasad R

I along with my wife ( both YSS /Kriyabans) residing in Bangalore look forward to participate the convocation on line at IST from our home.
Thanking the volunteers for making it happen and spreading the joy and blessings across Guruji's global family.

Arturo Flores

Truly a joy to experience now that this is online for all of us to partake now!…huge thank you to all SRF/YSS monks and nuns and all the volunteers who make this possible!…how Master takes care of us is definitely felt that week!…Jai Guru!…🙏

Soumen Samanta

Essentially Depth and Profundity of this convocation is so enormous as to transform so many lives around the world year after year. This is truly unparalleled in spiritual realm anywhere in the world. Jai Guru !!

Ann Sockol

Ever since convocation has been offered online, and indeed all the online services, I have felt the connection to SRF more strongly. I’ve been going to the local chapel for years, but this brings Mother Center, the monks and nuns, therefore SRF itself, right into our experience. No longer is SRF so far away.
The meditation energy feels just as strong. Thank you.

Pamala Henson

I live so far away from any SRF groups where I live. When you all began this online during Covid, it was such an Immense Blessing in my life. My mate had a stroke the year before Covid and my dream was to come to the mother center, but that’s not possible now. We are both SRF members and we both are grateful for this technology and how you all have made it possible for us to feel our connection to Guruji even stronger with this worldwide fellowship. Thank you! 🙏🏽💕

Anita Neilson

I'm so looking forward to the upliftment and joy of the week of Convocation that's building in me already. To convene and commune together with SRF YSS devotees in my local meditation circle as well as online globally is an amazing experience. Thank you for Convocation which continues to expand each year. The kirtan groups I especially love, the traditional instruments played so well. I could go on and on. Jai Guru.


Deep Gratitude to all the monks and nuns and all the people behind the scene for making the Convocation possible, looking g joyfully forward to it

Poonam Bishnoi

Looking forward eagerly for a week full of love, joy, and inspiration.

Cretia Shire

With gratitude for all who are working to make this year's World Convocation possible. The words written here are not adequate to convey the deep thank you filling this heart to overflowing, as I look forward to satsanga with my family across the earth.
Jai Gurudeva,
Jai Creator of worlds and Universes,
Jai, Jai, Jai
In joy we serve our Guru,
cretia shire

Pauline van Buren

I am joyfully anticipating renewed enthusiasm, international fellowship with like minded souls, uplifting subjects and the Guru’s example in all the Monks and Nuns of SRF.

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