Terms and Conditions
Thank you for visiting the online Terms and Conditions of Use (“Terms and Conditions”) page of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (“YSS”) websites and services. Your access and use of the YSS websites and services at *.yssofindia.org,*.ysskendra.org, *.yssashrams.org (“Website/Site”) is subject to the following terms and all applicable laws. By accessing and/or using the Website, you accept these Terms and Conditions without limitation or qualification, as well as such additional or amended terms and conditions as YSS may from time to time publish. Certain services or other offerings made available on the Website may have additional terms and conditions that apply, which can be viewed either on the pages containing such services or offerings, or via a link on those pages or other directions to the additional terms and conditions.
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you enjoy your visit, and look forward to serving you.
You must be at least 13 years old to use the Site or the Services. If you are under the age of majority in your state of residence, a minor, your parent or legal guardian must agree to these Terms on your behalf and you may only access and use the Site and Services with permission from your parent or legal guardian.
The Website is owned and operated by Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).
All rights reserved.
The content presented by YSS on this website – including but not limited to text, photographs, graphics, designs, logos, video, audio, and multimedia combinations – is the property of YSS or is used consistent with the owner’s permission or as permitted by applicable law.
Except as stated herein, no portion of these contents may be displayed, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise – without the prior permission of the copyright holder.
Permission is granted, solely for your personal or internal use for non-commercial purposes, to display the contents with a computer using browser software and to download, use, and print copies of the material – provided that no modification is made to the material and that all copyright and other proprietary notices are preserved. Permission is granted to include links to the Website on other websites, provided that all trademarks are duly noted in such links, and further provided that no such use shall have a detrimental impact on the reputation of YSS or any of its trademarks or other intellectual property. Permission granted here does not include the right to modify or repost the contents at any other Web sites without the express written permission of YSS (except brief excerpts as permitted by applicable law). YSS reserves the right to revoke any permissions granted herein at any time and for any reason. Use of the materials for any other purpose other than those expressly permitted, is a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights. YSS’s logos, and a number of the names and images displayed on the Website, are registered trademarks of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, including: “Yogoda Satsanga Society of India,” “The Spiritual Legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda,” the “standard pose” photo of Paramahansa Yogananda (shown on the home page), the YSS lotus emblem, and the YSS trade dress as well as its separately registered elements. These may not be used without the prior written permission of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
The Site and some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send, or receive content and data (“User Content”). You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that User Content.
When you upload, submit, store, send, or receive User Content to or through the Site or Services, you give us permission to reproduce and use your User Content as follows: you grant to us and those we work with a license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as translations, adaptations, or other changes we make so that User Content works better with the Site and Services), publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute your User Content. This license is for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving the Site and Services, and to develop new Services. Our license to your User Content is non-exclusive, meaning you may use the User Content for your own purposes or let others use your User Content for their purposes. This license is fully-paid and royalty free, meaning we do not owe you anything else in connection with our use of your User Content. We may exercise our rights under this license anywhere in the world in any media. Lastly, this license is perpetual, meaning that our rights under this license continue even after you stop using the Site and Services. In general, however, we will only need to use your User Content for as long as you choose to store it with us using the Site or Services.
You promise that
you own all rights to your User Content or, alternatively, that you have the right to give us the rights described above; and
your User Content does not infringe the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party.We may refuse to accept or transmit User Content for any reason. We may remove User Content from the Site or Services for any reason.
Links to Other Websites
You agree not to: (i) interfere with, disrupt, or harm in any way the Website or servers or networks connected to it; (ii) attempt to penetrate or circumvent security measures of YSS or another entity, or obtain or bypass others’ passwords; (iii) engage in denial of service attacks, i.e., actions designed to impair network access by flooding a site or the Internet with useless traffic; or (iv) engage in any other activity which hinders or disrupts the operation of the Website or interferes with other users’ ability to use the Website.
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
WE TRY TO KEEP THE SITE AND SERVICES UP, BUG-FREE, AND SAFE, BUT YOU USE THE WEBSITE AND SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. YSS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. YSS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS. NO VERBAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YSS SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL YSS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RELIANCE BY YOU ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE WEBSITE THAT RESULTS IN MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF FILES, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTUOUS ACTION, EVEN IF AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF YSS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT, MERCHANDISE AND SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE.
YSS DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR ANY LINKED WEBSITE. YSS WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER YSS NOR ITS OFFICERS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONASTICS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, AGENTS, OR LICENSORS WILL BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SUCH PARTIES WERE ADVISED OF, KNEW OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO USE OF THE YSS SITE OR SERVICES.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent YSS may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of YSS’s liability will be the minimum permitted under such law.
Accuracy of Information About Merchandise
We try to ensure that the information in the Bookstore section of the Website is accurate, complete and current. Despite our efforts, there will be instances when information about an item contains inaccurate or incomplete data, including data about the item’s price or availability. We make no warranty or guarantee that the product information in our online Bookstore is error-free, complete, or current.
Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
Returns & Refunds
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you find it doesn’t meet your expectations, you may return the item as follows:
- Books and calendars: may be returned within 30 days for a full refund.
- CDs/DVDs: may be returned, unopened, for a full refund.
Refunds are processed once we receive the item(s) within 10 working days and it may take an additional 5-7 working days for the credit to reflect in your card/bank account.
We suggest you ship the product(s) by Register Book Post/a good courier, or by some other trackable means. Kindly include the invoice or packing slip with the return.
We will refund your shipping costs to return the item to us if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item).
Important: Due to the non-returnable nature of services and digital products, the following are non-refundable:
- MP3 downloads
- Event Registration fee (unless the Event is canceled by YSS)
- Other digital products
Please contact us via this form for any concerns.
Changes to the Site or Services
We enhance and update the Site and Services often. We may change or discontinue the Site or Services at any time, with or without notice to you.
We reserve the right to not provide the Site or Services to any person. We also reserve the right to terminate any user’s right to access the Site or Services at any time, for any reason in our sole discretion. If you violate any of these Terms, your permission to use the Site and Services automatically terminates.
If any part of these Terms and Conditions is found to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. YSS may revise these Terms at any time by updating this posting.
The failure of YSS to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless our organization from and against any and all claims, costs, proceedings, demands, losses, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees and legal costs) of any kind or nature, arising from or relating to, any actual or alleged breach of these Terms by you or anyone using your account. If we assume the defense of such a matter, you will reasonably cooperate with us in such defense.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
Limitation of Legal Actions
You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Terms and Conditions, or the provision or use of the Website, must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.