Leadership of the Society

Paramahansa Yogananda

From its founding in 1917 until shortly before Paramahansa Yogananda's mahasamadhi in 1952, all of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship’s activities and organisational matters were personally directed by Paramahansa Yogananda himself. Thereafter, the leadership of his work passed to Sri Sri Rajarsi Janakananda, a close disciple of Paramahansaji's chosen by him to serve as president of YSS/SRF, a position he held from 1952 until his passing three years later.

Sri Sri Daya Mata was the third president and spiritual head of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship. She was personally trained by Yoganandaji for more than twenty years, and became president and spiritual head of YSS/SRF after Rajarsi Janakananda’s passing in 1955 — a position she held until her passing in 2010.

Sri Sri Mrinalini Mata is the current President and spiritual head of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship. She too was personally chosen and trained by Paramahansa Yogananda to help guide the work after his passing.

Paramahansa Yogananda

She is assisted by a Board of Directors, which includes other direct disciples of Paramahansaji trained by him. In recent years additional monastics who have been trained by the direct disciples have been added to the Board. Thus YSS/SRF is and will continue to be guided by an unbroken succession of spiritual leadership based on firsthand contact with Paramahansa Yogananda himself.

All of the members of the Board of Directors are members of our monastic order, who have taken final, lifelong vows of renunciation. They and the other monks and nuns in YSS/SRF ashrams have devoted their lives fully to the mission begun by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Under the direction of the President and Board of Directors, monks and nuns of the YSS/SRF Order serve in many capacities in the society's ashram centres; travel to conduct lectures and classes and to lead retreats; and provide spiritual counsel and guidance — by phone, letter, and in person — to students of the Yogoda Satsanga teachings.