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Yoga — Uniting Our World Family

June 10, 2021

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda

To commemorate the seventh United Nations International Day of Yoga, Self-Realization Fellowship will present “Yoga — Uniting Our World Family.” This special online program of prayer, meditation, and affirmation will begin on Friday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT), and will remain up so that it can be viewed at other times.

The program will be complemented by monastic-led guided meditations in German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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 35 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.

All events will be available on this page and on the SRF YouTube Channel.

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.

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