The divine company of God and Gurus leads us to inner transformation. As we open our hearts and minds to Their Light by practising the purifying sadhana bestowed upon us by our Guru, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, we begin to reflect that Light in our own lives. Guruji said, “You must find the right teacher, and the right teaching. The right teaching is here. Follow it. I am telling you of the way that I found. What assurance, when you see heaven open within yourself!”
We crossed a significant milestone in the history of YSS/SRF when the long-awaited new edition of the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons was released. In a joyous inauguration event held on January 31, 2019, and broadcast worldwide through live-streamed video, YSS/SRF President Swami Chidananda Giri unveiled the new Lessons. The new edition of the Lessons is the culmination of decades of ceaseless labour by Sri Mrinalini Mataji, who was given this task by Guruji himself. Not only does the new edition faithfully reflect the wishes of the Guru as to how his teachings should be presented, but it also includes unpublished material authored by him. With the help of a newly acquired printing machine, we are able to print these Lessons in-house at the Ranchi Ashram. Digitization of these Lessons is a further advancement, as it allows us to make them available online to all Lessons students along with plenty of auxiliary material which includes audio-visuals and animations.
To commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Guruji throughout India, the National Implementation Committee (NIC), formed by the Ministry of Culture and chaired by the Hon’ble Home Minister of India with representation from YSS, sponsored numerous public events such as public talks, publication and distribution of Guruji’s literature etc.
NIC also funded the construction of a new YSS School building and a Multi-purpose Hall for the YSS College in Ranchi.
YSS played an active role in helping the victims of cyclone Fani in Odisha, by providing essential supplies to such villages where governmental aid had not yet reached. An amount of `15 lakh was also donated to the Chief Minister’s fund. The ideal of serving God in others was also evident in many other charitable activities and spiritual programmes organized across the country. Monastic tours, conducted retreats, how-to-live camps for children, public talks, commemorations, participation in the International Yoga Day celebrations, various educational outreach programmes, scholarships and educational aid, medical seva, and relief to afflicted were also carried out throughout
the country as is done every year.
We feel Guruji’s boundless love in the help and guidance we receive from him; it also reminds us of our duty to support his work. We are grateful to all of you who have responded to his love and offered your prayers, services, and monetary help. We are particularly grateful for your financial contributions that help us organize numerous spiritual events throughout the country and thus be instrumental in helping spread the divine message of our Gurudeva.
Guruji said, “Be serious about finding God. Through these teachings you will be able to find God if you want to pay the price in perseverance and sacrifice. If you do this, you shall find that I have been truthful with you. For I have made the effort for a long, long time, and I have travelled this path.”
May we realize His joy as we put forth our best efforts in getting closer to Him by practising in our daily lives these eternal teachings!
In divine friendship
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India