The seven day long programme -Sharad Sangam-kick started at Yogoda Math in Ranchi on November 18,concluded on November 24.
The programme was attended by nearly 1500 devotees from across the country and abroad including US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Jordan, Spain, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Nepal.
During Sharad Sangam,the participants immersed in the sacred excersie of self introspection and experienced soul-liberating Kriya Yoga teachings of Guru Paramahansa Yogananda.”This brought profound peace, bliss, and blessings of the Great Ones to all those who were part of the sacred gathering”,said a communiqué.
Also,the Sangam Schedule included review of Gurudeva’s techniques of Meditation,Energization Exercises, Discourses, Group Meditations, Bhajan Sessions, Video Shows, Spiritual Counselling by Sannyasis, and Kriya Yoga Diksha. [nggallery id=40]
The communiqué issued by the Ranchi based Yogoda Math’s Media Incharge Nishthanand provided details of the Sharad Sangam and said as follows:
“As it is the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda offer a direct means of stilling the natural turbulence of thoughts that prevents us from knowing what we really are. By practicing these step-by-step methods, we come to know our oneness with the Infinite Intelligence that gives life to all and is the essence of our own Self.
These techniques reverse the outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic centre of direct perception — dependent no longer on the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth. The highest of these methods of meditation is the science of Kriya Yoga that reinforces and revitalizes subtle currents of life energy in the body.
Consciousness is drawn to higher levels of awareness, gradually bringing about an inner awakening. Referring to the sure and methodical efficacy of Kriya Yoga practice, Paramahansaji declared: “It works like mathematics; it cannot fail.”
Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s method of disseminating these teachings is ingenious. One does not have to go to any classes or meet any instructors. One learns and practices these teachings at one’s home, at one’s own time. Under Paramahansaji’s direction, classes and lectures he gave on the art of balanced spiritual living were compiled to form the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons. These Lessons are available to sincere seekers for study and practice at home.
Another major aspect of Paramahansaji’s teachings is his advocacy for balanced spiritual living. Apart from the very few who might choose to devote their entire lives to loving and serving God, devotees are taught how to maintain a balance between their worldly duties and spiritual upliftment — how God-consciousness can make them better human beings.
Paramahansaji strongly advised his disciples to meditate together in groups. He said, “Group meetings strengthen the individual Self-realization that one has acquired in private at home,” adding that, “meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.” It is a measure of the success of the efforts of Yogoda Satsang Society(YSS)that there are over 200 such meditation centres all over India today.
In addition, there are four Ashrams-one each at Ranchi, Kolkata, Noida, and Dwarahat (near Ranikhet)- where Yogoda devotees can spend a few days in spiritual solitude to deepen their sadhana and receive personal guidance from YSS sannyasis. Such guidance is also made available when the Swamis tour different parts of India. YSS publishes at affordable prices the writings and lectures of Paramahansaji and his seniormost disciples.
YSS also undertakes various activities of service to mankind. The Society oversees some 20 educational institutions. The school founded by Paramahansaji at Ranchi with a handful of students has developed into a complex of schools and colleges with thousands of students.
YSS serves tens of thousands of patients every year through allopathic and homeopathic dispensaries. Specialized clinics, free eye camps, and helping orphanages and leprosy colonies are some of its other regular charitable activities. And these are apart from providing emergency relief throughout India, to people ravaged by natural disasters such as earthquake in Kashmir to Tsunami in Tamil Nadu.
As it completes 95 years of its existence, YSS can legitimately have the satisfaction of not only safeguarding the legacy of its founder but also carrying his message to an ever increasing number of thirsty souls yearning for spiritual solace.”