Yoga — Uniting Our World Family
SRF Commemorates 7th Annual U.N. International Day of Yoga With Guided Meditations
The purpose and goal of Yoga [is] to regain the lost paradise of soul consciousness by which man knows that he is, and ever has been, one with Spirit.
To commemorate the seventh United Nations International Day of Yoga, Self-Realization Fellowship will present “Yoga — Uniting Our World Family,” a special online program of prayer, meditation, and affirmation, on Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT). The program will be complemented by monastic-led meditations in multiple languages later the same day.
Newcomers and experienced meditators alike are invited to participate in this immersive event, which will be led by SRF nun Sister Draupadi. She will begin the program with a brief talk about the importance and benefits of meditation, which Paramahansa Yogananda said was the essential spiritual practice at the heart of yoga, the “science of the soul.”
Next, Sister Draupadi will conduct a 45 minute group meditation, which will include application of Yogananda’s methods of preparing body and mind to meditate, practice of one of his spiritual affirmations on the theme of peace, and periods of silence. The meditation will conclude with a period of prayer for healing of all those in need.
Group meditations in German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish will be also conducted by SRF monastics throughout the day. All events will be available on the SRF YouTube Channel, and will remain up after the program has concluded so that they can be viewed later on. For the full schedule, please see below.
The International Day of Yoga was established in December 2014 by a United Nations resolution and is celebrated on June 21. Its purpose, according to the United Nations website, is “to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.”
Paramahansa Yogananda was a key figure in the introduction of India’s science of yoga to Westerners. The last in a line of divinely illumined gurus, Yogananda was charged with making available worldwide the ancient and sacred science of Kriya Yoga, which includes certain techniques of meditation whose devoted practice leads to direct, personal experience of God. Yogananda wrote, “Had India no other gift for the world, Kriya Yoga alone would suffice as a kingly offering.”
Millions of people have been inspired by Yogananda’s teachings and especially by his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. For decades his Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons — a comprehensive home-study series on the science of Kriya Yoga and the art of spiritual living — have provided in-depth instruction for serious spiritual seekers the world over.
Schedule of SRF's 2021 International Day of Yoga Events
(all times are PDT)
Saturday, June 19, 2021
8:00 a.m. “Yoga: Uniting Our World Family”—a talk and meditation with Sister Draupadi (English)
9:00 a.m. Guided Meditation with Brother Nikhilananda (German)
10:00 a.m. Guided Meditation with Brother Tyagananda (Italian)
11:00 a.m. Guided Meditation with Brother Ekananda (Spanish)
3:00 p.m. Guided Meditation with Sister Bhavani (Portuguese)