“The aim of Self-Realization Fellowship centers is communion with God. You do not know how much it pleases the Father when devotees gather in His Name.” — Paramahansa Yogananda
Self-Realization Fellowship is a worldwide non-profit organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 to disseminate definite scientific techniques of meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda said the advanced meditation techniques, Kriya Yoga, Hong-Sau and Aum, taught by SRF, will enable one to awaken the mind's unlimited power and to experience peace, love and ever deepening awareness of the Divine.
The universal teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda offer a science of spiritual exploration, one that enables us to create for ourselves spiritually harmonious lives, and to contribute to a more compassionate and peaceful world.
THE SPIRITUAL GOALS OF SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP
To disseminate among the nations a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God.
To teach that the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort, of man’s limited mortal consciousness into God Consciousness; and to this end to establish Self-Realization Fellowship temples for God-communion throughout the world, and to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the homes and in the hearts of men.
To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.
To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific devotional meditation on God.
To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance.
To encourage ‘plain living and high thinking’; and to spread a spirit of brotherhood among all peoples by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God.
To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind.
To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom.
To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles.
To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features.
To serve mankind as one’s larger Self.