PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI RELEASES SPECIAL POSTAL STAMP ON YSS CELEBRATING CENTENARY
India : March 7,2017 :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a Special Postal Stamp here today at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi) to mark the centenary celebrations of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the centenary of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and said that it is unfortunate that some people link ‘Adhyatma’ with religion. They are very different. The Prime Minister also released special commemorative postage stamps on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math.
Speaking at the event, PM Modi said that India’s spirituality is its strength and the path shown by Yogi ji was not about ‘Mukti’ but ‘Antaryatra’. “Once an individual develops an interest in Yoga and starts diligently practising it, it will always remain a part of his or her life,” the Prime Minister further added.
“It is unfortunate that some people link 'Adhyatma' with religion. They are very different”. PM Modi said.
On behalf of YSS , Swami Shraddhananda Ji, Suddhananda Ji, Smarnananda Ji,Vishwanand Ji, Swami Swami Ishwaranand Ji, Swami Nityananda Ji were present.
100 Years of YSS
The Centenary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India – the organisation founded in 1917 by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, world-renowned author of the best-selling spiritual classic, 'Autobiography of a Yogi' is being celebrated from January 1, 2017 to March 22, 2018. A series of programmes to mark this occasion are being conducted throughout this period. It was on 22 March in 1917, when young Swami Yoganandaji founded a small Yoga school in a remote village on the banks of Damodar river in West Bengal. The school then called Brahmcharya Vidyalaya, has now blossomed into a huge organization with it’s headquarter in Ranchi.
It will be pertinent to mention that exactly 40 years ago, on March 7, 1977 a postal stamp was issued on Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of the widely acclaimed Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of (YSS). Issuing a stamp in his honour on March 7, 1977, the Government of India said, “He takes his place among our great saints. His work continues to grow and shine ever more brightly, drawing people everywhere on the path of the pilgrimage of the Spirit.”
This statement is vindicated by the fact that Paramahansa Yogananda, is widely regarded as the ‘Father of Yoga’ in the West and his best-selling spiritual classic have since been translated translated in 45 worldwide languages. Autobiography of a Yogi has also inspired many including Apple founder, Steve Jobs; George Harrison, lead guitarist of The Beatles; celebrated Indian musician, Ravi Shankar. A recent post on Instagram by cricketer Virat Kohli further proves that the phenomenon continues to influence present generation.
Carrying forward the legacy of its founder for the last 100 years, YSS is a spiritual organization, open to people of all races, cultures, and creeds. It makes the teaching of Paramahansaji available to all sincere seekers. Its aims and ideals include: to reveal the complete harmony, basic oneness and common scientific foundations of all true religions; to disseminate meditation techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God; and to serve mankind as one’s larger Self.
YSSwill be undertaking various spiritual and charitable activities during the yearsuch as special meditation programs throughout the country, and variouscharitable activities through its four Ashrams at Kolkata, Ranchi, Noida, andDwarahat (near Ranikhet), and YSS meditation centres in over 200 cities, towns,and villages throughout India, and also through YSS schools, colleges,hospitals, dispensaries, and medical camps by providing scholarships to deserving students all over India, and helpingorphanages and leprosy colonies, etc.
Thefunction was attended by senior officers from Department of Posts, monasticorder of YSS, devotees of YSS and their relatives and friends.