A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) 1917–2017 :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 27, 2017
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 442000
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- This year marks the Centennial Anniversary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India – one of the nation’s most distinguished spiritual institutions – personally founded by the great guru Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), who was a world-renowned pioneer in spearheading India’s ancient science and philosophy of yoga meditation all over the earth.
- Dissemination of scientific techniques for attaining direct personal enlightenment, serving mankind and promotion of cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West are among the objectives of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
- It was in 1917 that Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, acknowledged as one of modern India’s greatest saints, and author of the internationally renowned spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, began his worldwide work with the establishment of a yoga-themed boy’s school in Dihika, West Bengal, marking the birth of Yogoda Satsanga Society. Yogoda, a word coined by Paramahansa Yogananda, is derived from Yoga, union; and da, “that which imparts”; the mission of this “How–to–Live” School was to combine the spiritual ideas of the ancient rishis with modern educational methods. One year later, Sri Yogananda transferred his fast-growing group of students to Ranchi. Thus, the Ranchi Ashram became the nucleus of Yogoda Satsanga Society. The dissemination of the yoga meditation science (in particular, the ancient techniques of Kriya Yoga) begun by Yoganandaji was expanded internationally when he founded Self–Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1920 upon his arrival in the United States as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals held in Boston, USA. He became renowned as an ideal “spiritual ambassador” of India, and established the international headquarters of YSS/SRF in Los Angeles. From there, he spread his teachings on India’s time-honored science of meditation and spirituality to all continents.
- From its humble beginnings, YSS has grown to include four ashrams at Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dakshineswar (West Bengal), Dwarahat (Uttarakhand) and Noida (National Capital Region). The Society has spiritual retreats in Chennai, Coimbatore, Dihika, Igatpuri, Pune, Puri, Serampore, Shimla and Telary, which are open to all those interested in yoga meditation. YSS has more than 200 meditation centres throughout India. (More than 500 temples, ashrams, retreats and meditation centres have been established by its sister organization, Self-Realization Fellowship, in all other parts of the world.)
- Dedicated to carry on the spiritual and humanitarian work of Paramahansa Yogananda, YSS/SRF has focused on teaching an uncomplicated system of specific yoga techniques intended to mark the highest achievements of divine realisation available to all individuals. Thus YSS has distinguished itself as a leading force in the renaissance of the ancient universal spirituality that has been India’s special pride and glory for millennia.
- The charitable activities of YSS include the operation of twenty-three educational institutions, from primary schools to post-graduate colleges. In addition, YSS provides scholarships to deserving students all over the country. In the medical field, YSS operates charitable hospitals, clinics and medical camps. Help is provided to orphanages and leprosy colonies, and relief to those afflicted by natural disasters.
- By faithfully carrying on the legacy that was created 100 years ago by Paramahansa Yoganandaji – and nationwide service to all sectors of the population – YSS/SRF continues to bring much-needed peace and light into the lives of millions struggling with the challenges of the modern-day world.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.