Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram

Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram

Facilities in the Ashram Spiritual Practice
Year of Establishment

Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram

Address Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201307

Phone No. 0120 246 0071



Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram - Noida was inaugurated in January 2010 after the completion of its first phase of construction. Built on a 5-acre plot barely 4 k.m. from the Delhi-U.P border, this phase consists of an Administration Block and two Retreat Blocks.

The Administration Block is a 3-storey building with a full basement. It includes a Dhyana Mandir, Reception, Books/Library, Counselling Rooms, Kitchen/Dining, Offices, rooms for sannyasis, and for devotees transiting through the National Capital Region, for up to 3 days requiring advance booking.

The two Retreat Blocks, separate for men and women, and with 30 single rooms each, are a speciality of this ashram built with a focus on individual and conducted spiritual retreats. Devotees are invited to stay for 3-6 days of Individual Retreats with silence, study and sadhana, as also counselling by resident monastics. In addition, there are regular Conducted Retreats, lead by monastics, mostly over weekends. These consist of 3-5 days and are structured around specific themes from our Divine Guru's teachings, how-to-live principles, and techniques of concentration and meditation. Advance booking is required in both cases.

Sangams, both big and small, are also being held in the Ashram.



“Your life will reflect spiritual consciousness if you meditate. Since the publication of my book [Autobiography of a Yogi], everyone is asking about Kriya Yoga. That is my purpose. I didn’t come to give theological abstractions, but a technique whereby those who are sincere can truly know God, not just theorise about Him....The practice of Kriya gives the true experience of religion, which cannot be had by just talking about God. Jesus said: ‘Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?’

“When by Kriya Yoga  I open my spiritual eye, the whole world drops away from my consciousness, and God is with me. And why not? I am His child. St. Ignatius said, ‘God seeks willing hearts that He may give His bounties to them....’ That is most beautiful, and that is what I believe. God seeks willing hearts for the bestowal of His gifts. He is willing to give us everything, but we are not willing to make the effort to be receptive.”

 

The Kriya Yoga Path of Meditation

"By the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the calibre of his consciousness to omniscience to receive within himself the Universal Intelligence of God."

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Wisdom, creativity, security, happiness, unconditional love — is it really possible to find that which will bring us real and lasting joy? 

Experiencing the divinity within our own souls, claiming divine joy as our own joy — this is what the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda offer to each of us. 

The sacred science of Kriya Yoga consists of advanced techniques of meditation whose devoted practice leads to realization of God and liberation of the soul from all forms of bondage. It is the royal or supreme technique of yoga, divine union.

Kriya Yoga’s History

The illumined sages of India discovered the spiritual science of Kriya Yoga in the long forgotten past. Lord Krishna extols it in the Bhagavad Gita. The sage Patanjali speaks of it in his Yoga Sutras. Paramahansa Yogananda has stated that this ancient meditation method was also known to Jesus Christ, as well as to disciples such as St. John, St. Paul, and others. 

Kriya Yoga was lost for centuries in the dark ages, and reintroduced in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji, whose disciple Lahiri Mahasaya (1828–1895) was the first to teach it openly in our era. Later, Babaji asked Lahiri Mahasaya’s disciple, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855–1936), to train Paramahansa Yogananda and send him to the West to give this soul-revealing technique to the world. 

Paramahansa Yogananda was chosen by his venerable line of gurus to make the ancient science of Kriya Yoga available to seekers around the world, and it was for this purpose that he established Yogoda Satsanga Society of India in 1917 and Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920. 

Formerly available only to a faithful few who renounced the world and lived solitary lives as ascetics, the great ones of India have now made the ancient Kriya science available to all sincere seekers worldwide through the instrumentality of Paramahansa Yogananda and the spiritual organization he established.

Meditation Techniques of the Kriya Yoga Path

‘God seeks willing hearts that He may give His bounties to them....’ That is most beautiful, and that is what I believe. God seeks willing hearts for the bestowal of His gifts. He is willing to give us everything, but we are not willing to make the effort to be receptive.”

Paramahansa Yogananda provides a description of Kriya Yoga in hisAutobiography of a Yogi. The actual technique is given to students of the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons after a preliminary period of study and practise of the three preparatory techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Taken together as a comprehensive system, these meditation techniques enable the practitioner to achieve the highest benefits and divine goal of the ancient yoga science.

How to Learn Kriya Yoga

The first step is to apply for the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons. In the first year of Lesson study at home, students learn three basic techniques of meditation (described above) and Paramahansaji’s principles of balanced spiritual living.

This gradual introduction has a purpose. A mountain climber seeking to scale the Himalayas must first acclimatise and condition himself before ascending the peaks. So the seeker needs this initial period to acclimatise his or her habits and thoughts, condition the mind with concentration and devotion, and practise directing the body’s life energy. Then the yogi is prepared to ascend the spinal highway of realization. After one year of preparation and practise, students are eligible to apply for initiation in the technique of Kriya Yoga, and formally establish the time-honoured guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda and his lineage of enlightened masters.

If you have not yet enrolled for the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons, you will find on these pages some initial instructions on how to meditate, which you can use right away to begin experiencing the benefits that meditation brings.

 

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