Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation -- Thousands Convening for Yoga Meditation Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

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Yogis from all corners of the world are gathered in Los Angeles for a week of spiritual fellowship, meditation, and the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, the father of Yoga in the West.

SRF World Convocation

I feel a definite shift in my consciousness for the better: an uplifted feeling that I plan to attempt to sustain...until [the] next Convocation.

This week, some 4,000 people from over 40 countries are convening for the 2010 World Convocation of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF). The annual event, first held 60 years ago, is taking place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles through August 7. Participants from Argentina to Zimbabwe are coming together for spiritual fellowship and immersion in the yoga meditation teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the best-selling spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, and widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West.

Throughout the week, SRF monastics are conducting classes, satsangas (informal talks), guided meditations, kirtan chanting, and, for eligible students, review of the Kriya Yoga techniques of meditation.

In addition, special video presentations on the life of Paramahansa Yogananda will be shown, including the 1950 Dedication Ceremony of the SRF Lake Shrine, where a portion of the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi are enshrined.

This spiritually rejuvenating week not only offers immersion into the yoga meditation teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda but also provides a chance for people internationally to convene in divine purpose, renewing positive perspectives that they can then carry with them all the way home.

Many attendees make the pilgrimage an annual one. Following a recent year's event, one Self-Realization Fellowship member said, "I feel a definite shift in my consciousness for the better: an uplifted feeling that I plan to attempt to sustain…until [the] next Convocation."

"How-to-Live" Classes Open to the Public

During the SRF World Convocation, the public is invited to attend "How-to-Live" classes (beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 6, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7; tickets $20) that focus on practical ways to apply spiritual principles in everyday life. These classes offer encouraging guidance for managing life's often difficult challenges. Topics include: how to be givers of peace; skills for healing and spiritual well-being; the art of introspection; and the power of Kriya Yoga for establishing a direct personal relationship with the Divine.

Pilgrimages throughout Southern California

Many SRF Convocation attendees are also making pilgrimages this week to the temples and spiritual sanctuaries established by Paramahansa Yogananda in the region, including: the Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades--a shrine and meditation gardens dedicated to all religions, which includes the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial; the international headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship, located on Mt. Washington near downtown Los Angeles; the SRF Hollywood Temple; Yogananda's crypt at Forest Lawn in Glendale; and the SRF Retreat and Hermitage in Encinitas (25 miles north of San Diego), where Yogananda wrote most of his inspiring life story, Autobiography of a Yogi.

About Self-Realization Fellowship

In 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship, his worldwide spiritual and humanitarian organization, to disseminate his teachings. Headquartered in Los Angeles since 1925, SRF also publishes the complete works of Yogananda and his monastic disciples. Today, SRF has more than 600 temples, retreats, and meditation centers in over 60 countries.

Self-Realization Fellowship, 3880 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065-3298,
tel. (323) 225-2471, fax (323) 225-5088, http://www.yogananda-srf.org

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