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SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda Visits Ranchi and Hyderabad

Nov 13, 2019

Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India President Brother Chidananda is currently abroad to meet with devotees of Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual family in Europe and India. Accompanying Brother Chidananda on this trip are Brother Vishwananda (a senior monk and member of the SRF/YSS Board of Directors) and Brother Kamalananda.

Following are some highlights of his trip. Updates will be posted in upcoming weeks (with the most recent events posted at the top of the page). 

Visit to Hyderabad, India

Brother Chidananda conducted a weekend program in Hyderabad, Novermber 1–3, that included two public satsangas and a three-hour meditation with YSS devotees. Attendance numbered some 1,800 YSS devotees and friends.

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Swami Ishwarananda, General Secretary of YSS, introduces Brother Chidananda at the opening satsanga of the weekend program.
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Greeting YSS devotees and friends
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Brother Chidananda shares the new commemorative coin honoring Paramahansa Yogananda. The Government of India released the coin three days earlier in a ceremony in New Delhi.
Read blog post about release of Paramahansa Yogananda commemorative coin
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Opening satsanga, November 1, 2019, on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation
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Opening satsanga, November 1, 2019
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Brother Chidananda leads a three-hour meditation with YSS devotees, November 2, 2019, diving deeply together into the practice of the meditation techniques of the Kriya Yoga science, and enjoying the resultant stillness, peace, and joy.
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A pranam to YSS devotees and friends at the closing satsanga, November 2, 2019. At right is Swami Smaranananda, YSS vice president. In his talk, Brother Chidananda discussed how to use meditation and the teachings of Kriya Yoga to maintain a divine connection while dealing with the material world.

Visit to Ranchi, India

Brother Chidananda had an extended stay at the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Ranchi, in late October. There he participated in administrative meetings, met informally with the monks and numerous devotees, and gave an inspiring satsanga on the deeper significance of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

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Arrival at the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Ranchi
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YSS monastics offer flower petals in greeting.
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Before the image of Paramahansa Yogananda under the Litchi Vedi. The Litchi Vedi is a sacred spot associated with Paramahansaji’s life: Here, beneath this large litchi tree, he frequently conducted outdoor classes with students of his boys’ school.
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A tour of the new YSS printing equipment, which was recently acquired for printing the new edition of the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons.
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Greeting the devotees and staff who serve in YSS’s printing plant
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A tour of the area where the YSS Lessons are prepared for mailing to students throughout the Indian subcontinent
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Brother Chidananda meets informally with a group consisting of sevaks (volunteers) who serve at the YSS Ranchi ashram and also staff of YSS schools. The setting is the Matri Mandir, a spacious hall hallowed by the memory of Sri Daya Mata, who often conducted satsangas here during her visits to India to develop Paramahansa Yogananda’s work in his motherland.
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Lighting a candle in the Paramahansa Yogananda Smriti Mandir (memorial temple) to inaugurate Diwali celebrations
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Brother Chidananda pranams to the assemblage before his public talk on Diwali.
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More than 800 devotees, friends, and special guests attend the event, which took place on the grounds of the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Ranchi.
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Brother Chidananda delivers his address on the deeper spiritual significance of Diwali.
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With YSS monks on the spacious and lush grounds of the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math. In the background is the Paramahansa Yogananda Smriti Mandir.

Visit to Noida, India, October 15–20

From Frankfurt, Brother Chidananda travels to India, arriving in New Delhi on October 15. He spends the next few days at the nearby YSS Noida Ashram, holding two public events and also being interviewed by prominent Indian media networks.

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Greeting devotees upon arrival at YSS Noida Ashram, early on the morning of October 15
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On the evening of October 18, Brother Chidananda conducts a satsanga at the YSS Noida Ashram that is attended by some 1,400 YSS devotees.
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Addressing the assemblage in Noida, October 18
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On October 18 Brother Chidananda formally releases the Sinhala translation of Autobiography of a Yogi then presents copies to devotees from Sri Lanka (where this language is spoken).
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While in Noida Brother Chidananda meets with national Indian media, including an interview by Doordarshan, a popular broadcasting television network.
Watch and listen to interviews with Brother Chidananda in India
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On October 20 Brother Chidananda conducts a morning satsanga at the YSS Noida Ashram, which is attended by some 1,800 devotees. A similarly sized gathering was present the previous evening when Brother Chidananda led a 3-hour meditation at this same location.

Satsanga in Frankfurt, Germany, October 13

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Brother Chidananda meets with an enthusiastic audience of around 800 SRF members and friends for a satsanga (informal talk).
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Brother Kamalananda leads group chanting during the Frankfurt event.
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Brother Chidananda speaking in Frankfurt

Satsanga in Milan, Italy, October 12

Brother Chidananda greets nearly 800 SRF members and friends gathered in Milan for satsanga. One of the main themes of his talk is how to “learn to live in the world without losing your divine connection.”

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Brother Chidananda delivers his talk.
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An appreciative audience assembled in Milan
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Brother Kamalananda and the kirtan group of the SRF Milan Center lead the audience in devotional chanting prior to Brother Chidananda’s talk.
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Brother Chidananda pranams to attendees in Milan, Italy, on October 12.

Departure From SRF International Headquarters

Brother Chidananda departs on his journey on October 9 from the SRF International Headquarters in Los Angeles. As he prepares to leave the Mother Center, nuns and monks shower him with rose petals and chant “Jai Guru!” (“Victory to the Guru”) during a joyful farewell.

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Watch a short video of Brother Chidananda’s departure from SRF International Headquarters.

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