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SRF Monastic Visits — Fall 2022

November 30, 2022

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Brothers Jitananda and Saralananda with SRF members and friends in Sydney, Australia

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

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.

The most recent events are shown first.

Check back here for updates, as images from more fall monastic visits are added.

São Paulo, Brazil

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Brother Prafullananda and Brahmachari Roberto with members of the SRF São Paulo Center and other SRF meditation groups in the area of São Paulo, Brazil, on November 12
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Brother Prafullananda gives a talk explaining the significance of the soon-to-be-released Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons in Portuguese.
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Brahmachari Roberto leads a meditation with kirtan chanting.
Volunteers at the book table make available the many SRF publications in Portuguese.
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Sydney, Australia

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Brothers Saralananda and Jitananda joined SRF members in Sydney, Australia November 11 – 13, where they conducted a weekend program that included a Kriya Yoga initiation ceremony.
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Brother Saralananda leads participants in one of Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants.
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Brother Jitananda demonstrates the practice of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises.
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The final event concludes with the showing of a video that contains original film footage of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Campinas, Brazil

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Brother Prafullananda and Brahmachari Roberto dedicate the chapel of the SRF Campinas Meditation Circle in Campinas, Brazil, on November 10.
The monks are presented with a plaque commemorating the dedication, which will be presented to SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda.
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Piracicaba, Brazil

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Brother Prafullananda and Brahmachari Roberto dedicate a chapel for the SRF Piracicaba Meditation Circle in Piracicaba, Brazil, on November 9.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Brother Ritananda gives a public lecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 4.
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Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Klaus visited members in the Kuala Lumpur area November 3 – 6, where Brother Ritananda also conducted a Kriya Yoga initiation ceremony.
Meditation during the public lecture
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After the public lecture, much interest is shown in the SRF publications at the book table.

Armação Retreat, Brazil

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Brother Prafullananda and Brahmachari Roberto conduct a retreat for Kriyabans at the SRF Armação Retreat in Santa Catarina, Brazil, November 4 – 6. The retreat included a Kriya Yoga initiation ceremony.
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The monks, standing, with retreat participants in the Armação Retreat chapel
Brother Prafullananda speaks on the many benefits of practicing the Kriya Yoga meditation technique.
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Brahmachari Roberto gives inspiring words from Paramahansaji’s Autobiography of a Yogi at the conclusion of the weekend events.
Contemplation and spiritual study on the peaceful retreat grounds
A participant absorbed in meditation

Tampa Bay

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Brother Nikhilananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda visit members in Tampa Bay, Florida, November 25 – 26.
Brahmachari Bhaskarananda leads kirtan chanting during a meditation.
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Brother Nikhilananda conducts a group practice of Paramahansa Yogananda's Energization Exercises.

Maui, Hawaii

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Brother Tyagananda and Brahmachari Leonardo conduct a retreat in Maui, October 21 – 23.
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Practice of the Energization Exercises before a group meditation
Brother Tyagananda speaks with a retreat participant.
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Brahmachari Leonardo conducts a class on Paramahansa Yogananda's meditation techniques.

Kansas City

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Brother Nikhilananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda with SRF members during a visit to the Kansas City Center, October 21-23.
A class being conducted in the Kansas City Center.
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Brother Nikhilananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda share insights from Paramahansa Yogananda's "how-to-live" teachings about the spiritual path in a satsanga.
Practice of the Energization Exercises
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The monastics accompany SRF members on a pilgrimage to the Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, the final resting place of Rajarsi Janakananda — beloved disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who served as second president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India from 1952 until his passing in 1955.

Boston and Philadelphia

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Brother Nikhilananda and Brahmachari Bhaskarananda also visited members in Boston in October.
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The monks then traveled to Philadelphia....
...and are shown giving a class to members there.
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Los Gatos and Grass Valley

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Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Jason lead a retreat for members in the Los Gatos area.
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They also visited members in Grass Valley, California.

Denver

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In October Brother Sattvananda and Brahmachari Jeff conduct a retreat for members in the Denver area.
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Brother Sattvananda talks about Paramahansaji's teachings.
Brahmachari Jeff demonstrates proper practice of the Energization Exercises.
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Milwaukee

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Brother Sattvananda and Brahmachari Jeff visit SRF members in Milwaukee on October 4.
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The setting for the inspired meetings overlooks Lake Michigan.

Minneapolis

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Brother Sattvananda and Brahmachari Jeff visit SRF members in Minneapolis, September 29 – October 2.

Detroit

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In September, Sister Ranjana (speaking) and Sister Preeti visited members in Detroit.
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A devotee and Sister Preeti share time together.
Sister Ranjana speaking with a participant.
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Sister Ranjana leads the practice of Paramahansa Yogananda's Energization Exercises before a group meditation.

Austin

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Brother Devananda and Brahmachari Daniel (center) with members of the SRF Austin Center. The monks also visited members in Houston and Portland.

Seattle, Nashville, Victoria, Albuquerque

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Brother Padmananda and Brahmachari Jason with members of the SRF Seattle Center.
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Brother Padmananda and Brahmachari Jason with members in Nashville.
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The same monks traveled to Victoria, Canada....
....and are shown here conducting a class for the Victoria Meditation Group.
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In September, Brother Padmananda and Brahmachari Jason also visited members in Albuquerque.

Toronto

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Brother Balananda and Brahmachari Martin led a retreat for SRF members and friends in the Toronto area in September.
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Brother Balananda conducts a class for Toronto retreatants.

Front Royal, Virginia

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In September, Brothers Keshavananda and Govindananda conducted a weekend retreat in Front Royal, Virginia.
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A class given by Brother Govindananda.
Brother Keshavananda leads retreatants in practice of the Energization Exercises.
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The monks conduct a satsanga for the closing class.

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