A century after the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, he has come to be recognised as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time; and the influence of his life and work continues to grow. Many of the religious and philosophical concepts and methods he introduced decades ago are now finding expression in education, psychology, business, medicine, and other spheres of endeavour—contributing in far-reaching ways to a more integrated, humane, and spiritual vision of human life.
The fact that Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s teachings are being interpreted and creatively applied in many different fields, as well as by exponents of diverse philosophical and metaphysical movements, points not only to the great practical utility of what he taught. It also makes clear the need for some means of ensuring that the spiritual legacy he left not be diluted, fragmented, or distorted with the passing of time.
With the increasing variety of sources of information about Paramahansa Yogananda, readers sometimes inquire how they can be certain that a publication accurately presents his life and teachings. In response to these inquiries, we would like to explain that Paramahansaji founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate his teachings and to preserve their purity and integrity for future generations. He personally chose and trained those
close disciples who head the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship Publications Council, and gave them specific guidelines for the preparation and publishing of his lectures, writings, and Yogoda Satsanga Lessons. The members of the YSS/SRF Publications Council honour these guidelines as a sacred trust, in order that the universal message of this beloved world teacher may live on in its original power and authenticity.
The Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship name and the YSS/SRF emblem (shown below) were originated by Paramahansaji to identify the organisation he founded to carry on his worldwide spiritual and humanitarian work. These appear on all YSS/SRF books, audio and video recordings, films, and other publications, assuring the reader that a work originates with the organisation founded by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and faithfully conveys his teachings as he himself intended they be given.
All major Yogoda Satsanga Society of India publications have a hologram, (shown right), on their cover. This assures the reader that the publication originates with the organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda and faithfully conveys his teachings as he himself intended they be given.