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SRF Monastic Visits — Fall 2023 Updated!

December 01, 2023

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Brother Bhimananda and Brother Sarvananda with SRF members and friends at Sydney Center's newly dedicated chapel.

Welcome to this photo essay of visits to SRF members and friends around the world made by Self-Realization Fellowship monastics in fall 2023, now updated to include the most recent events.

SRF monks and nuns conduct a wide variety of inspirational events, including public lectures 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 at SRF meditation centers and groups; and Kriya Yoga initiations, where eligible SRF Lessons students have the opportunity to participate in the sacred ceremonies and enter the guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda.

Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois

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In September, Brother Devananda and Brahmachari Daniel traveled to three cities, first leading a weekend event with devotees in Washington, D.C.
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Brother Devananda and Brahmachari Daniel then met with SRF members in Detroit.
Brahmachari Daniel leads a prayer during the Detroit event.
Brother Devananda speaks about Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings.
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In Chicago, Brother Devananda and Brahmachari Daniel finished their tour with a weekend program at the SRF Chicago Center.

Vancouver, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; Front Royal, Virginia

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Near Vancouver, Canada, Brother Anantananda and Brother Dhruvananda conducted a weekend retreat in a beautiful rural setting.
Brother Dhruvananda leads a practice of the SRF Energization Exercises prior to a group meditation.
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In Cleveland, Brother Anantananda and Brother Dhruvananda met with the Cleveland Meditation Circle (shown here in an outdoor meditation).
Brother Dhruvananda leads a meditation.
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Brother Anantananda speaks about Paramahansaji's “how-to-live” teachings.
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In Front Royal, Virginia, Brother Anantananda and Brother Dhruvananda conclude their tour with a weekend retreat hosted by the SRF Greenfield Retreat.
Group practice of the SRF Energization Exercises.
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Atlanta, Georgia

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SRF Atlanta Center members with Brother Govindananda and Brother Nakulananda in September.
The weekend program at the Atlanta Center included a public lecture.
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Public lecture at the SRF Atlanta Center.
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Brother Govindananda speaking to a receptive audience.
Brother Nakulananda greeting a member after the event.

Seattle, Washington

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In Seattle, Brother Naradananda and Brother Kalyanananda conducted a weekend program in September, which included a public lecture.
Brother Kalyanananda speaks in Seattle.
Brother Naradananda greets a member after the lecture.

Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay

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In September, Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Leonardo traveled to visit many SRF members in Ecuador. Here, Brother Ritananda gives a public lecture to a large audience in Cuenca.
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Much interest is shown in Paramahansaji's teachings after the lecture.
Brother Ritananda greets a member in Cuenca.
Brahmachari Leonardo speaking during the Cuenca events.
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Members of the Cuenca meditation group with the visiting monastics.
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Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Leonardo also visited members in Quito, Ecuador, where they dedicated the Quito Meditation Circle's chapel.
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Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Leonardo then traveled across the continent to conduct a weekend program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brother Ritananda speaks on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
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Young adults meet with the visiting monastics.
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Brahmachari Leonardo leads chanting during a meditation.
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Brother Ritananda greets SRF devotees.
Brother Ritananda addresses the Buenos Aires audience.
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Members in Montevideo, Uruguay, were pleased to host a program conducted by Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Leonardo, which included the dedication of the chapel of the Montevideo Meditation Circle.
Brother Ritananda showers rose petals during the chapel dedication.
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Brother Ritananda addresses Montevideo participants.
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Barcelona, Spain; Palermo and Trapani, Italy

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Brother Prafullananda, Brother Tyagananda, and Brahmachari Francesco traveled to three cities in Spain and Italy in September and October (here shown while conducting a weekend program in Barcelona).
Brother Prafullananda gives a public lecture at the start of the weekend program in Barcelona.
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Brother Tyagananda, Brother Prafullananda, and Brahmachari Francesco address an appreciative audience.
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In Palermo, Sicily, Brother Prafullananda, Brother Tyagananda, and Brahmachari Francesco were joined by Brother Vajrananda to conduct a weekend event.
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Participants traveled to Palermo from throughout Europe to attend the weekend program.
Brother Prafullananda addresses a class.
Brother Tyagananda speaks with a member.
Brahmachari Francesco with participants.
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Many young adults participated in the weekend events.
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Brother Prafullananda and Brahmachari Francesco also visited members of the Trapani Meditation Group.
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The Trapani Meditation Group has met at the same location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea since 1973.

New York City, Buffalo

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In October, Brothers Keshavananda and Balananda conducted a weekend program at the SRF New York City Center.
Brother Balananda speaks at a public lecture in New York City.
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Brother Keshavananda addresses participants in New York.
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Brother Balananda and Brother Keshavananda with the Buffalo devotees.

Los Gatos and San Francisco, California

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In October, Brother Samatananda and Brahmachari Ian conducted a retreat sponsored by members of the Los Gatos Center.
Practice of the SRF Energization Exercises prior to a group meditation.
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Brother Samatananda and Brahmachari Ian also met with the San Francisco Meditation Group.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico

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In October, members in the Ft. Lauderdale area welcomed Brother Padmananda and Brahmachari Neil, who conducted a weekend retreat in North Palm Beach.
Brother Padmananda addresses the Ft. Lauderdale group.
Brahmachari Neil gives a class.
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Brother Padmananda and Brahmachari Neil then traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet with members there.
The monks speaking at the San Juan group.
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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Itamonte, and Armação

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The SRF Rio de Janeiro Center hosted a weekend program in October, conducted by Brother Satyananda and Brother Jitananda. Here, Brother Satyananda conducts a public lecture.
Brother Satyananda speaks with attendees.
Brother Jitananda greets members.
Brother Jitananda leads a class on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda at the Rio de Janeiro Center.
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Members of the Rio de Janeiro Center with the visiting monastics.
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The two monks conducted a mid-week program with Brazilian devotees at a retreat in Itamonte.
Brother Satyananda is greeted by devotees at the Itamonte Retreat.
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Brother Jitananda speaks with devotees.
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Brother Satyananda and Brother Jitananda concluded their Brazil tour with a weekend program at the SRF Armação Retreat in Penha, SC.
Brother Satyananda gives an inspirational talk.
Brazilian devotees lead devotional kirtan chanting.
Brother Jitananda leads a meditation.

Ottawa and Toronto, Canada; London, England

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In October, members in Ottawa welcomed Brother Bhumananda and Brahmachari Roberto, who gave a public lecture there.
Brother Bhumananda speaking to the Ottawa devotees on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
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Brother Bhumananda addresses Ottawa members.
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Brother Bhumananda and Brahmachari Roberto then traveled to Toronto to meet with members there.
Brother Bhumananda greets Toronto participants.
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London members were happy to have Brother Bhumananda and Brahmachari Roberto conduct a program at the SRF London Center. While in England, the monks also visited members of the Leicestershire Meditation Circle.
Brother Bhumananda speaking to London devotees.
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Australia: Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Greater Geelong

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Brother Sarvananda and Brother Bhimananda traveled to Australia in October, shown here meeting with members in Brisbane for a weekend program.
Brother Bhimananda conducts a class.
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Group practice of the Energization Exercises before a meditation.
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Members in Perth, Australia greet Brother Bhimananda and Brother Sarvananda, who visited them in November.
Brothers Bhimananda and Sarvananda conduct a satsanga for the Perth Meditation Group.
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Sydney members welcomed Brother Sarvananda and Brother Bhimananda, who conducted a weekend program in Sydney and dedicated the new chapel of the Sydney Center.
The two Brothers speaking on the how-to-live teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
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Brothers Sarvananda and Bhimananda then traveled to Melbourne to conduct a program for members there.
The monks give a class.
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Brother Bhimananda also met with devotees in Greater Geelong.

Tokyo, Japan

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In November, Brother Saralananda and Brother Sattvananda conducted a weekend program in Tokyo.
Brother Sattvananda gives a public lecture in Tokyo.
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Brother Saralananda greets devotees.
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Andrea Starks

What joy and beauty and the light of God and Guru in all these lovely faces around the world! The world so much needs the light of God, Master, and all the gurus, and all these groups are demonstrations that it is happening. Thanks so much to the monastics for their tireless work, and love, blessings, and thanks to all the fellow members across the globe. Jai Guru!

Thomas Lorio

Thank you so much Dear Brothers!
Love and blessings to you!
Jai Guru
Thomas in Driftwood, Texas USA

Vinai Vohora

It is wonderful to see Guruji's world wide family. It is the fulfillment of bringing " a crowd of souls" beaming with radiance of Kriya.

Silvia D'Amico

Qué hermoso poder disfrutar de la gran familia de SRF! Fue una bendición recibir a los monásticos en nuestra casa. Su presencia y enseñanzas son inspiradoras!! ¡Gracias Guruji por tus enseñanzas y por hacernos hermanos en esta hermosa familia!!!

Alicia Coulter

Beautiful photos ! They reflect the joy and joy of communion experienced during the monastic visit. We're already wondering when they're coming back? Thanks for sharing . Jai Jai Guru!

Hemant Sharma

Jai Guru:
As God connected with each & every individual on this earth & Universe, Same Our Gurudev connected with every his disciple. And Now How big is Gurudev family I am overwhelmed to seen all these great souls.Gurudev work expending day by day, May thy love shine forever on Sanctuary of Every SRF / YSS individual & We all may be awaken they love in all hearts, Om Peace Amen....🙏

Anthea Summers

These photos seem to to vibrate with enthusiasm! How very inspiring! How lovely!

Mary Buckley

I feel so happy looking at all the smiling faces of my fellow devotees. It brings me great joy to connect with you all.

Hari Camino

Pronams and greetings to so many similing souls and a few I have a personal bond with in Europe and the US.

Magdalena Pongracz

Gracias por compartir estas imagenes que resperesentan a la familia mundial de Guruji, inolvidables momentos de gozo, paz, y armonia

H. Zimmerman

Beautiful and Uplifting to see fellow devotees United in Master’s worldwide family. Thank you to the Monastics for their support. Now a devotee May travel to many cities and join with Master’s worldwide family..

Truly a blessing.

Jai Guru

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