More Than 25,000 Yogis From 138 Countries Join 2022 Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation
India-West Staff Reporter
LOS ANGELES, CA — More than 25,000 spiritual seekers representing 138 countries attended the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) World Convocation held from August 14–20, for a week-long immersion in the Kriya Yoga teachings of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
For the third year in a row, the SRF Convocation was offered entirely online and free of charge, and for the first time it was offered through a Convocation app.
“In past years we needed a huge 30-story hotel to accommodate the World Convocation… and now we can conduct it in a space as small as my hand,” said Brother Chidananda, president of Self-Realization Fellowship.
A celebration of divine friendship, the global gathering was a chance for participants to expand their study and practice of yogic principles, connect with fellow participants, engage in group meditations, and watch livestreamed How-to-Live classes on the teachings of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
While a few of the meditation technique classes were open only to students of the SRF Lessons, most events were open to the public, including the evening classes taught by SRF monastics. Topics aimed to fortify spiritual life in practical ways.
“What’s needed is a new scientific science of spirituality for our modern times,” said Brother Chidananda.
He pointed to the liberating power of Kriya Yoga, an advanced Raja Yoga technique that deals directly with energy and consciousness, and enables one to perceive, from the very beginning of one’s efforts, glimpses of the ultimate goal — conscious union with the inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.
In his talk on ‘How Everyday Thoughts Can Change Our Lives,’ Brother Prafullananda talked about the impact that scientific techniques of meditation and affirmation can have on one’s ability to transform life’s obstacles through positive thinking. “Our thought patterns make a difference,” he said. “What we’re thinking changes the outer situation…. Just as negative thoughts bring about negative conditions, so positive thinking brings about what we do want. Learn how to go deep into these meditation techniques. That’s the way we can create the positive blueprint.”
The convocation coincided with Janmashtami, honoring, and celebrating the birth of the great avatar Bhagavan Krishna, whose teachings are part yogic path of Self-Realization. “Krishna played many roles during his lifetime,” said Brother Kamalananda. “In his childhood he was a simple cowherd, eventually becoming the king of Dwaraka. He was also a warrior, a diplomat trying to broker peace, a charioteer for Arjuna during the Mahabharata war, a spiritual guru for his many disciples. His life is an inspiration to all because he showed that no matter what one’s outer role, one can attain and maintain divine consciousness.”
The classes encouraged attendees to keep up their sincere efforts of regular meditation, study, and right living. “The blessing of Divine inspiration is always available to us, but feeling inspired requires our receptivity,” said Brother Satyananda in his talk on ‘Renewing Our Spiritual Enthusiasm.’