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SRF Monastic Visits — Spring 2023

August 30, 2023

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Sisters Dhira and Vinita with SRF members and friends at a retreat in Seabeck, Washington, hosted by the SRF Seattle Center

Welcome to this photo essay of visits to SRF members and friends around the world made by Self-Realization Fellowship monastics in spring 2023.

The monks and nuns conduct a wide variety of inspirational events, including Kriya initiation ceremonies, lectures and classes on the “how-to-live” teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, weekend retreat programs, group meditations, kirtan devotional chanting, answering spiritual questions in satsanga, and providing individual spiritual counseling.

Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic

In February, Brahmachari Francesco and Brahmachari Daniel traveled to the Caribbean.

Las Vegas

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In February, Brother Bhimananda and Brahmachari Daniel visited the Las Vegas meditation group to honor the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans

In March, Brothers Bhimananda and Padmananda traveled to cities in Texas and Louisiana.

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Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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New Orleans, Louisiana

Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Cordoba

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Cordoba, Argentina

Atlanta Center

Brother Ishtananda and Brahmachari Sarat visited members at the SRF Atlanta Center in April.

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Front Royal, Virginia

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In April, Brother Jayananda and Brahmachari Wolfgang conducted a weekend retreat for members in Front Royal, Virginia.

Los Gatos

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Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Leonardo traveled to Los Gatos to meet with devotees in April.

Assisi, Padova, Venice, Rome

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They met with members in Assisi...
...and conducted a public lecture.
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Brother Keshavananda gives a public lecture to an enthusiastic audience.
The Italian edition of Autobiography of a Yogi is a popular item at the book table.
Brother Keshavananda also gave a lecture to the public in nearby Venice.
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Brother Keshavananda and Brother Vajrananda then met with SRF members in Rome.
Brother Vajrananda speaks to the Rome meditation group.
Brother Keshavananda with appreciative devotees.
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In May, Brother Bhumananda and Brother Vidurananda traveled to the Sacramento Center to help commemorate its 25th anniversary.
Brother Bhumananda and Brother Vidurananda with members at the Sacramento Center.
Brother Bhumananda offers roses petals at the altar to commemorate the anniversary.
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Brother Bhumananda and Brother Vidurananda also conducted a weekend retreat for members in the Sacramento area.
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Brother Bhumananda giving a lecture at the Sacramento retreat.

New York Retreat and Princeton, New Jersey

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In May, members in the New York area gathered for a weekend retreat conducted by Brother Anantananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda.
Brother Anantananda gives a class during the retreat.
Brahmachari Bhaskarananda with members.

Portland and Eugene

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The monks then traveled to meet with members in Eugene, Oregon.

Brasilia — Launch of Portuguese Lessons

Curitiba and Londrina

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After Brasilia, Brother Balananda and Brahmachari Roberto then visited devotees in Curitiba, Brazil.
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The monks completed their Brazil tour by visiting members in Londrina.


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In June, Brother Sevananda, Brother Nikhilananda, and Brahmachari Klaus participated at a public lecture sponsored by the London Center members.
The monks also visited with members at the London Center.
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Brother Sevananda with London members.

Aschaffenburg and Hamburg

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In June, Brother Sevananda, Brother Nikhilananda, and Brahmachari Klaus also conducted a weekend event in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
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The event was attended by members from throughout Germany.
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The event included a review of the SRF meditation techniques. Here Brahmachari Klaus reviews the Energization Exercises with participants.
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Nuns from the Nuremberg ashram also assisted at the event.
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Brother Nikhilananda and Brahmachari Klaus then traveled to Hamburg to visit members there.


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In June, Sisters Dhira and Vinita led a retreat in Seabeck, Washington, sponsored by the Seattle Center.
Sister Dhira leads a meditation with kirtan chanting.
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George Ochs

Wonderful to see that SRF is thriving in so many locations across the globe. Congratulations to all for your excellent work extending Master's teachings and words across the globe !

Cora de Lang

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful moments ! Inspiring
🙏🏻 Jai Gurú

David Brunk

After all these years, It is so gratifying to see the growth of fervent devotees who have sprung up from Mothercenters tireless efforts to engage.
From the connections left by our Guru, fed by the tours of Brother Anandamot, then taken up by so many new Ministers, Monks and Nuns, we are reaqping a wondrous harvest of Souls, each and all so precious to God and Guru.
The full flowering of the Divine revalation is just starting to be revealed, glorious to behold.
Jai Gur, Jai SRF!


It warms my heart to see the unity of Guru's influence throughout the world. We are one.

Catherine Stone

It is so inspiring to see all of Master's joyful devotees all over the world, all practicing the holy teachings and spreading peace and goodwill, understanding and joy to their communities and out around this earth. Thank you for showing us their radiant smiles and delight in the visits of our beloved monastics.


Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful and meaningful photos. It gives me so much hope seeing so many devotees from all over the globe.


How wonderful to see so many devotees in so many places around our globe. Thank you for sharing these! Peace.

Martin Madsen

A radiant bouquet of souls! Thank you for sharing this beautiful collection of photos. Jai Guru!

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