logo For the best experience please turn your device to portrait view.
Srf – Convo 2020 – Mobile

August 9 – August 15, 2020

2020 SRF Online World Convocation

We cordially invite you to a weeklong online immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, offered free of charge.

arrow

Overview

2020 SRF Online World Convocation

Ep C Livestream Centennial 2020 470X605 003

August 9 – 15, 2020

Join us for a week of spiritual renewal and recharging!


To celebrate Self-Realization Fellowship’s 100th anniversary, we are offering a weeklong program of classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s “how-to-live” teachings and meditation techniques, online guided group meditations and kirtans (devotional chanting), virtual pilgrimage tours to the ashrams where the great guru lived and communed with God, and more.


Thanks to the generous support of SRF members and friends we are offering this week of inspiration and fellowship free of charge, and hope it will provide solace and upliftment during these challenging times. We welcome and are deeply grateful for donations, which can be made at registration and during the event.


We look forward to having you join us for this special week, and to sharing more details about the program soon!


PLEASE NOTE: Though the online Convocation is offered free of charge, registration is required. Please check back on this page after mid-July to register.


Benefits of Convocation

convo

Sense of Community

Connect with others — from over 175 countries — as we come together to dive deep into Paramahansa Yogananda’s life-transforming teachings and the tangible feeling of Divine Presence and blessings that are the hallmark of Convocation.

convo

Online Meditations

Strengthen your ability to meditate more deeply by practicing online with thousands of people worldwide as SRF/YSS monastics lead us in this universal science of the soul.

convo

Inspiration From SRF Monastics

Our monastic teachers will offer talks on Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga teachings, helpful counsel on how to navigate life’s challenges, and heartwarming anecdotes about the spiritual path.

C 1818 Bf 0864 Exp Retouch2

Schedule

2020 Online SRF World Convocation

Below is a complete schedule of classes that is intended to be a guide for planning your Convocation experience. (In addition to the programs listed here, there will also be virtual pilgrimage tours to SRF ashram centers, as well as other special video programs. Details about these will be added later.) Some events are live and some prerecorded. If you are unable to participate in an event at the time it takes place, you are welcome to view it later. All events presented during Convocation week will continue to be available for viewing afterwards for several months.

Online events / August 9, 2020

Convocation Opening

live pin
Brother Chidananda Satsanga

Self-Realization Fellowship warmly welcomes you to a weeklong immersion in the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. This year we are honoring and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Yogananda’s arrival in the West and the beginning of his worldwide work. SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda will open the first fully online World Convocation with a message to truth seekers everywhere.

See more arrow

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a two-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Online events / August 10, 2020

Meditation With Kirtan

live pin
Kirtan Introduction

Join the nuns' kirtan group in a three-hour meditation with kirtan.

See more arrow

Guided Meditation in Spanish With Technique Review

live pin
Ep C Ekananda

Join us in this special online meditation, led in Spanish. The multi-language meditations conducted during the week will help to unite us as a worldwide spiritual family and to increase the harmonizing power of God’s uplifting presence in our individual lives and the world at large. This guided meditation will include a review of the key points of the Hong-Sau and Aum Techniques as taught in the SRF Lessons. Open to current students and graduates of the SRF Lessons.

Leader: Brother Ekananada

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

Recharging the Body With Cosmic Energy

Ep C Brother Nakulananda

Learn to revitalize the body and mind with cosmic energy at will, to eliminate tension, and to purify and strengthen the body in order to more easily direct the energy inward during meditation to reach higher states of consciousness.

Speaker: Brother Nakulananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part I (Hong-Sau Technique)

Ep C Bhumananda

The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the  specific technique of Kriya Yoga (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

Speaker: Brother Bhumananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

The Science of Religion: The Eternal Message of Paramahansa Yogananda’s First Talk in America

live pin
Ep C Jayananda

Paramahansa Yogananda’s first talk in America was given 100 years ago, at a specific time and place — but its message is eternal. The talk summarized the message of his book The Science of Religion — a profoundly simple and concise exposition of the common goal of all true religions. As stated in that book: “It is a universal message, based not on dogmatic beliefs, but on direct insight into Reality, gained through the practice of ancient scientific techniques of meditation.” This opening class will explore the ongoing legacy of this message — and how we can implement it in our daily lives, doing our part to usher in a new, more spiritual age.

Speaker: Brother Jayananda

See more arrow

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Online events / August 11, 2020

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

The Importance of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga Path in Today’s World

live pin
Ep C Satyananda

While this world seems to be increasingly mired in chaos, confusion and division, our Guru gave us tools to rise above any environment we may find ourselves in. What are the principles and techniques that will help us? How are we supposed to “live in the world but not of it”? And why do these skills bring an inner peace and harmony, unaffected by life’s difficulties? In this class, we will explore Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and discuss how his guidance can successfully show us ways to navigate the tests and trials of life, and at the same time to bring a growing peace and harmony to ourselves and others. 

Speaker: Brother Satyananda

See more arrow

Guided Meditation in German With Technique Review

live pin
Ep C Nikhilananda

Join us in this special online meditation, led in German. The multi-language meditations conducted during the week will help to unite us as a worldwide spiritual family and to increase the harmonizing power of God’s uplifting presence in our individual lives and the world at large. This guided meditation will include a review of the key points of the Hong-Sau and Aum Techniques as taught in the SRF Lessons. Open to current students and graduates of the SRF Lessons.

Leader: Brother Nikhilananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part II (Aum Technique)

Ep C Pranavananda

The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the specific technique of Kriya Yoga (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

Speaker: Brother Pranavananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

Janmashtami Commemorative Meditation

live pin
Ep C Preeti

On the sacred day of Janmashtami, we will be honoring and celebrating the birth of the great avatar Bhagavan Krishna, whose teachings are one of the pillars of the SRF/YSS path, with a special meditation, devotional chanting, and stories from his divine life. 

Speaker: Sister Preeti

See more arrow

YSS Smriti Mandir Meditation With Kirtan

live pin
Ep C Smriti Mandir Ranchi 400X271

Join Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) monks for a special Centennial Meditation and Kirtan live from the Smriti Mandir at the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Ranchi. The mandir stands on the spot where Paramahansa Yogananda, in 1920, had a vision of his American disciples that inspired his worldwide mission to spread the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga to people of all religions, creeds, and nationalities.

See more arrow

Online events / August 12, 2020

Meditation With Kirtan

live pin
Kirtan Introduction

Join the monks' kirtan group in a three-hour meditation with kirtan.

See more arrow

Guided Meditation in Italian With Technique Review

live pin
Brother Tyagananda

Join us in this special online meditation, led in Italian. The multi-language meditations conducted during the week will help to unite us as a worldwide spiritual family and to increase the harmonizing power of God’s uplifting presence in our individual lives and the world at large. This guided meditation will include a review of the key points of the Hong-Sau and Aum Techniques as taught in the SRF Lessons. Open to current students and graduates of the SRF Lessons.

Leader: Brother Tyagananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

“At the Feet of the Guru” — Studying the New SRF Lessons

Ep C Saralananda

In the Preface to the new SRF Lessons, Sri Daya Mata and Sri Mrinalini Mata write: “The scriptures of India teach the value of shravana — listening with reverence and attention to the instruc­tion received at the feet of one’s guru. Let your reading of these Lessons be that kind of ‘listening,’ which fully imparts the meaning of the words to your mind and heart.” And Paramahansa Yogananda said: “When this body shall be gone, still my voice shall always speak through these Lessons.” This class will discuss how we can make the Guru’s living presence a tangible reality through our study of his Lessons — and allow them to utterly transform us.

Speaker: Brother Saralananda

See more arrow

How Teens Can Live With Courage and Inner Assurance in Today’s World

Ep C Balananda

This class will explore how teens can develop a strong spiritual foundation — so that when tests, trials, and challenges come they will be able to intuitively receive the soul’s wisdom-guidance and support. The sturdier this foundation, the smoother life becomes, and the happier one will be. By embracing inner growth that builds both self-esteem and self-confidence, teens can learn to realize themselves as souls, made in the image of God, capable of accomplishing anything.

Speaker: Brother Balananda

See more arrow

Who Are We Really? Living in the World as a Soul

live pin
Ep C Govindananda

“Who am I?” “Where am I headed?” “Is God hiding from me, or am I hiding from Him?” Such questions have a way of showing up repeatedly in our spiritual journey. In the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, we find not just theories and speculative answers to these questions but living truths that enable us to get answers from within. The journey starts by changing how you think of yourself: Do not start it from where maya wants you to think you are — a limited human being. Start from the truth: You are a child of God. This class will explore how to cultivate the understanding and attunement that reveals that you are a spark of the Infinite — a soul — moving rapidly toward the realization of your oneness with God.

Speaker: Brother Govindananda

See more arrow

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Online events / August 13, 2020

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

The Guru: Speaking Voice of Silent God

live pin
Ep C Sister Draupadi

The Guru’s purpose on earth is not to draw anyone to himself, but to guide us back to God. As we respond to his loving, internal guidance and strive to embody his teachings, we gradually and automatically become aware of God’s presence within us. And we realize that the Guru has given us the greatest possible gift — eternal freedom in God.

Speaker: Sister Draupadi

See more arrow

Kriya Yoga: A Way of Life

Ep C Ishtananda

This class is specifically for SRF/YSS Kriyabans. It is not a review of the technique of Kriya Yoga; rather it offers steps that will help committed devotees deepen their practice of the technique. It will explain, from a spiritual and energetic perspective, why these steps have such a profound influence on our meditative experience, and how this deep practice of Kriya Yoga affects our lives for the better in every way. In addition, the class will look at some of the fundamental obstacles faced by spiritual seekers and why Kriya Yoga is such an effective means in overcoming them, allowing Kriyabans to live more fully in their true nature of soul freedom and joy.

Speaker: Brother Ishtananda

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF/YSS Kriyabanonly. If you are interested in becoming a SRF/YSS Kriyaban, please apply

question mark SRF/YSS Kriyabans

Kirtan

live pin
Kirtan Introduction

Join the monks' kirtan group for an hour and a half of devotional chanting.

See more arrow

Guided Meditation in Portuguese With Technique Review

live pin
Ep C Bhavani

Join us in this special online meditation, led in Portuguese. The multi-language meditations conducted during the week will help to unite us as a worldwide spiritual family and to increase the harmonizing power of God’s uplifting presence in our individual lives and the world at large. This guided meditation will include a review of the key points of the Hong-Sau and Aum Techniques as taught in the SRF Lessons. Open to current students and graduates of the SRF Lessons.

Leader: Sister Bhavani

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

Satsanga (Questions and Answers)

Ep C Kamalananda

Answers to questions submitted by Self-Realization Fellowship students and members on applying Paramahansa Yogananda’s "how-to-live" teachings in daily life.
Speaker: Brother Kamalananda

See more arrow

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Online events / August 14, 2020

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Life in the Ashram (SRF Nuns)

Ep C Madhuri

What is it like to enter the ashram and spend one’s life as a monastic disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda? Is it different from the life of the devotee in the world? How does the inner spirit of renunciation apply to all? This class will open a window into the monastic path as lived by SRF nuns in the ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda. It will include a video of daily life in the ashram, showing what it means to give your life wholeheartedly to God; the caring and loving guidance each monastic disciple receives; the opportunities to serve others; and how the disciple — through years of deepened efforts in meditation accompanied by the steadfast desire to change — finds herself living a life rich with God and Guru’s love, peace, and joy. This class will be of special interest to women considering a monastic life, but all are welcome to attend.

Speaker: Sister Madhuri

See more arrow

Life in the Ashram (SRF Monks)

Ep C Sevananda

This class will provide a glimpse into the life of being an SRF monk, one who has dedicated himself to monastic discipline and meditation, prayer, and service to our Guru’s worldwide mission. It will also give eligible male devotees the chance to consider whether a life in the ashrams of Self-Realization Fellowship might be for them. And it will conclude with a short video that takes one further into the daily life and experience of those who are striving to follow, outwardly and inwardly, in the footsteps of our Guru on the path of outer as well as inner renunciation.

Speaker: Brother Sevananda

See more arrow

Guided Meditation in Japanese With Technique Review

live pin
Ep C Atsuko

Join us in this special online meditation, led in Japanese. The multi-language meditations conducted during the week will help to unite us as a worldwide spiritual family and to increase the harmonizing power of God’s uplifting presence in our individual lives and the world at large. This guided meditation will include a review of the key points of the Hong-Sau and Aum Techniques as taught in the SRF Lessons. Open to current students and graduates of the SRF Lessons.

Leader: Brahmacharini Atsuko

See more arrow

close This event is for SRF Lesson Students only. If you are interested in becoming a Lesson Student, please apply

question mark SRF Lesson Student

The Compelling Magnet of Divine Love

live pin
Ep C Vishwananda

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “God’s love is so all-embracing that no matter what wrongs we have done, He forgives us. If we love Him with all our hearts He wipes out our karma.” This class will focus on how we can open our hearts and minds more fully to receive — and to express  that all-satisfying divine love. As this happens, we are naturally transformed and gradually liberated, gaining along the way an unshakable inner assurance that we are loved and cherished by God and Guru not just in every moment of this life, but for eternity.

Speaker: Brother Vishwananda

See more arrow

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Online events / August 15, 2020

Meditation

live pin
Ep C Srf – Meditating

Join us for a one-hour meditation led by a monastic.

See more arrow

Convocation Closing With Brother Chidananda

live pin
Brother Chidananda Satsanga

Brother  Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, will deliver a special talk to SRF/YSS members and friends, addressing the concerns and hopes of all spiritual seekers as the world works to enter an age of greater peace and understanding — and as SRF looks ahead to its next hundred years and beyond. Brother Chidananda will share inspiring and practical thoughts on how the profound sadhana (spiritual discipline) given by Paramahansa Yogananda to the world through the SRF/YSS Lessons can become the bedrock of a truly balanced life and an infinitely rewarding personal relationship with the Divine.   

See more arrow

For Non-English Speakers

Subtitles in various languages will be added to the videos of all the classes as soon as possible after Convocation. And a guided meditation with technique review will be conducted in German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish, as shown in the schedule above.

Memories

Highlights From Past Convocations

flower flower

Satsanga With Brother Chidananda at 2019 SRF World Convocation

A special Friday evening satsanga with Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship, was livestreamed from Convocation.

clock 1:32:37
Ep C 045 Chd 1808 025

SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda gives a talk.

C 1818 Bf 0864 Exp Retouch2

Nuns welcome attendees to the Encinitas Hermitage and Meditation Gardens.

Ep C Monks Lead Devotional Chanting 048 C 1817 Bf 0690 Exp

Monks lead devotional chanting.

Ep C Make Your Meditations Come Alive 024 C 1805 Ad 0937 Exp

Attendees listen to the class, "Make Your Meditations Come Alive."

Ep C In A Spirit Of Divine Friendship 006 C 1815 Dhm 4906 Exp

In a spirit of divine friendship

Ep C Instruction On Paramahansaji’S Energization Exercises 020 C 1803 Ad 0014 Exp

Instruction on Paramahansaji’s Energization Exercises

Ep C From Across The Lake Devotees View The Golden Lotus Archway 080 C 1818 Bf 0575 Exp

From across the lake, devotees view the Golden Lotus Archway.

Ep C Pd 212 Exposure 2

Attendees meditate in the SRF gardens.

Ep C Three Hour Long Meditations Held Monday And Wednesday Mornings 049 C 1817 Bf 0747 Exp

Three-hour-long meditations held with kirtan

Ep C Crowd Listening To A Presentation On Paramahansa Yoganandas Life 087 C 1818 Bf 0983 Exp

Crowd listening to a presentation on Paramahansa Yogananda's life

Ep C Brother Tyagananda And Brahmachari Wolfgang Host Members090 C 1818 Bf 1149 Exp

Brother Tyagananda and Brahmachari Wolfgang host members.

Ep C Convocation Participants 077 C 1818 Bf 0469 Exp

Convocation participants enjoy the grounds.

Ep C Brother Keshavananda And Devotees Exchange Pranams 014 C C 1815 Ad 4173 Exp

Brother Keshavananda and devotees exchange pranams.

Ep C Brother Prafullananda Delivers The Final Satsanga On Thursday Morning 038 C 1812 Ad 1232 Exp

Brother Prafullananda delivers the final satsanga on Thursday morning.

Ep C Brother Achalananda Gives A Satsanga In The Lake Shrine Temple 081 C 1818 Bf 0529 Exp

Brother Achalananda gives a satsanga in the Lake Shrine Temple.

Ep C Brahmacharini Kazumi Leads Japanese Speaking Members On A Tour Of The Meditation Gardens 089 C 1818 Bf 1847 Exp

Brahmacharini Kazumi leads Japanese-speaking members on a tour of the Meditation Gardens.

Ep C Attendees Learn About Aspects Of The Mother Center’S History 067 C 1818 Ad 37 1034 Exp

Attendees learn about aspects of the Mother Center’s history.

Ep C Attendees Of All Ages 073 C 1818 Jb 0755 Exp

Attendees of all ages

Satsanga 035 C 1810 Ad 1191 Exp

Attendees listen to a satsanga.

Ep C A Kirtan Led By Srf Nuns 050 C 1817 Bf 0807 Exp

A kirtan led by SRF nuns

Ep C An Indian Lunch Is Served 091 C 1818 Bf 1139 Exp

An Indian lunch is served.

The Boat House Is A Favorite Meditation Place Of Many 079 C 1818 Bf 0567 Exp

“The Lake Shrine Windmill Chapel is a favorite meditation place for many.

Ep C A Bookroom Features The Full Line Of Srf’S Publications 057 C 1819 Dhm 1522 Exp

A bookroom features the full line of SRF’s publications.

Ep C “ Mastering The Techniques Of Meditation— Part 2” Is Given Tuesday Afternoon 028 C 1807 Ad 1068 Exp

“Mastering the Techniques of Meditation—Part 2” is given Tuesday afternoon.

Share this on