As part of its Centenary Celebrations, Yogoda Satsanga Dhyana Kendra—Rajahmundry has launched a mobile bookstore of Yogoda Satsanga publications and named it Yogoda Ratham (Yogoda Chariot). This unique bookstore, housed in a spacious van lent by a devotee, has been beautifully painted on the outside with pictures and themes of YSS Ashrams, and some selections from Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s writings.
On August 24, 2017, Brahmacharis Kedarananda and Raghavananda formally flagged off this book-chariot that will purvey the spiritual arsenal of YSS publications to various nearby schools, colleges, and university campuses. The Yogoda Ratham will remain operational until March 2018. We thank all those volunteers whose commitment and enthusiasm made this noble endeavour possible.
Continuing Educational Outreach and Scholarship During the Centenary Year
As part of its Centenary Educational Outreach activity, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India organized an essay competition on the booklet, The Law of Success, at the Chandra Shekhar Behera Zilla School, Sambalpur, Odisha, on July 23, 2017. Students of Classes IX to XII from eleven schools and a junior college participated. Copies of the booklet had been distributed beforehand among the students for preparation. Prizes consisted of Autobiography of a Yogi and cash awards of `2,000, `1,000, and `500 to students in first, second, and third position respectively. In addition, two consolation prizes of Autobiography of a Yogi and cash award of `250 were also awarded to two students.
Yogoda Satsanga Math—Dakshineswar awarded a special one-time scholarship “Yogoda Satsanga Society of India Centenary Educational Scholar-ship” on August 15, 2017, to 35 students. Selection for the scholarship was based on a written test on The Law of Success and Increasing the Power of Initiative. Around 350 students from Dihika, Dakshineswar, Serampore, Telary, Payradanga, Sitibinda, and Kamarhati participated in the test.
On September 7, 2017, Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram—Dwarahat awarded a scholarship to Kum. Alisha, a third year engineering student of the BT Kumaon Institute of Technology. Kum. Alisha comes from an economically weaker family with barely any financial support for her education. The scholarship amount of 30,000 will cover her tuition fee.