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Self Enquiry Life Fellowship

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PO Box 30627 Santa Barbara CA 93130 USA

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The ancient Vedic order is a vast spiritual heritage rich with the esoteric sciences of prayer, meditation and monasticism. It is our goal to preserve the nonsectarian teachings of the authentic Vedic tradition, including that of the mystical Himalayan yoga lineages and to research the sacred Sanskrit scriptures, texts and manuscripts. We wish to create awareness through cultural exchange, introducing ayurvedic principles, Vedic arts, rituals, ceremonies and music to the Western culture while being a model of sustainability, living in harmony with nature.

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I came in contact with Self Enquiry Life Fellowship(SELF) in July of 2015. I was a student of Swami Vidyadhishanada many years ago, before he established this extraordinary Non-Profit Organization. For various life reasons I lost contact with him. Swami V, as I was used to calling him, has aways been an extraordinary teacher, spiritual guide and loving mentor. When I found out that he based himself in Santa Barbara and set up a Non profit organization I was thrilled and anxious to see what it was all about. I decided to go there and reconnect with him and learn more about teh work he was doing through his organization.
I can't even begin to describe all that I learned about what SELF is doing, I was blown away and immediately inspired to be connected in some way with their truly outstanding efforts to educate, contribute,provide,serve, and preserve not just for individuals but on a global level at large.
When I arrived I was greeted with great warmth by the many volunteers that were working arduously late into a Saturday evening preparing for one of the retreats that was to occur in a few days.Not only was a private meeting with my beloved teacher specially arranged,at a busy time, but I was given help to find affordable lodging, and was fed a delicious home cooked aryuvedic meal just for being with them. I felt as though I was invited into a very special family, and after spending a few days in the presence of His Holiness and the wonderful group of dedicated people working together with Swamiji, I discovered that SELF was much more than just a place to learn a little about meditation and yoga.
Everything they do ,they do with the true spirit of service to help all.
What this organization has to offer goes well beyond what anyone could imagine to learn in one lifetime , in one place, to enhance their all around development.
One of SELF's primary goals is to disseminate Ancient Vedic Wisdom in a non judgmental way for anyone who comes sincerely to learn and grow. I witnessed Swami Vidyadishananda patiently initiating person after person selflessly and lovingly to all that knelt before him.
The knowledge he is passing down,is as it was in ancient times, directly from this magnificent adept and true master of this unbroken Vedic heritage. There is no place that I have found nationally or internationally that quite teaches in the way that Swami Vidyadhishanada is teaching. And he makes the knowledge accessible through live stream, reaching out into the community, cd's and dvd's, public lectures and more.....
It is a rare opportunity to be in His presence and to experience learning in this authentic way from this Ancient tradition.
SELF is not only offering to teach through their many retreats, lectures,workshops,and seminars this ancient wisdom but they are showing both seekers and the community how to apply it to practical life.
There are various aspects of the teachings which address spiritual growth through unique and esoteric meditation practices. there are other aspects of the teachings that deal with addressing physical, mental and emotional well being through Aruvedic wellness practices. They also uniquely spread the message of mindfulness and conscious living through promotion of their volunteer based projects in their community with local farmers and other non profits, promoting stewardship to all sentient beings, our environment, our own bodies, our planet and ultimately the Universe we are all a part of.
The path revealed for those who come in contact with this organization and His Holiness, is truly a unique one that is invaluable.With continued support and the ability to grow to it's fullest potential, I can only foresee that this Organization will undoubtedly impact profoundly, not only the lives of the individuals who participate directly but also for the lives that will be touched indirectly by the effects of SELF's efforts and vision.
On a personal note, I could not have gone through the most difficult year of my life, 2015, without the teachings and support of Swami Vidyadishananda and SELF. I hope that their noble cause will be sustained, so that their efforts can continue to enrich all that they touch.

 
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I came to know about the organisation through a friend. I immediatly felt the call in my heart so I contacted the manager. I was kindly requested to come to Guru Purnima in july 2015 and I was very heartly welcomed by the volunteers and the staff.
The most extra ordinary was the blessing from Swami Vidyadhishananda. I have had such a hard time the last years of my life, surviving and growing through childhood trauma and as I came in front of Him and as He put the holy yellowish on my forehead it was as if all pain was wiped away and I just could not stay on my feet. I trembled all over my body and I fell down on my knees, blessed with recognizing the Divine. I went to my chair and tears just continuously poored out. It was or is the start of a new journey. Leaving pain and sorrow behind and growing into light, into living the divine inside of myself.
In meanwhile I have been more often in contact with the organisation, taking up initiation, practising daily and I feel very supported and loved, something I didn't knew before.

So with these few phrases I hope to express a little more gratitude because for something so amazing as this organisation there just can not be enough gratitude.

Namaste
Justine Bens

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I am really blessed to come to know about Self Enquiry Life Fellowship organization and be part of it. I had the opportunity to participate in the free Hansayogin workshop provided by Swamiji himself and every individual was taken care with so much of love and care that the joy is there for ever. In spite of a huge crowd, everyone felt like a one on one teaching with so much of attention given to individuals to follow the methods correctly. This organization is truly one of the kind with emphasis on way of life, preserving the nature and leading a meaningful, joyful healthy life.

 
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I have had a very good experience with SELF. I attended about five to seven of their events in the Chicago area in the fall of 2015 and I had a very positive experience from attending them. I am very satisfied with the content of the lectures and the Yoga and Pranayama exercises. I look forward to seeing more such events organized in the Chicago area and benefiting from the attendance. I wish Self Enquiry Life Fellowship much success going forward.

 
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Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is very noble in teachings, and professional in service. For those who are genuinely seeking purity in body and mind, and better understanding of the purpose of their life, it is highly recommended to listen to the discourses of His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri (a rare Guru) . I am fortunate to have found Self Enquiry Life Fellowship about a couple of years ago, and now I am a volunteer. I sincerely thank SELF for helping change my life for the better.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Self Enquiry Life Fellowship works very hard to serve the community in exactly the way they state. I have seen first hand how dedicated everyone involved is to the mission of the organization, which is to disseminate spiritual wisdom and knowledge in an authentic manner that preserves the essence of its heritage. Anyone who is interested in their events is welcomed to participate, regardless of their financial circumstances, something I know firsthand as a student with limited income. I felt so welcomed by them, and am amazed at how much love is put into every detail of what they do!

 
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The Self Enquiry Fellowship held some of the very best events I have been to in a very long time. And, even better, they were absolutely free to the public. Every person that I encountered in the organization was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and caring. What a great experience.

 
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I feel thankful to have found such a resource as this organization. They have much to offer in the way of life tools, and their dedication to sharing is tangible.

 
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This Non-Profit is devoted towards dissemination of traditional knowledge that predates the modern era. It focuses on quality and understanding of the knowledge by contextualizing techniques with the thought process behind the techniques. In the world where small snippets of experiences/knowledge/facts/news are growing in digital media at a rapid pace, CONTEXT, INTEGRATION,AUTHENTICITY are at a premium and this Non-Profit singularly focuses on that. Wellness, Spiritual realization and Self-examination had been the focus of the Orient and the Himalayan region has been both the source and a pristine repository of the same. By making that knowledge available with purity , this non-profit provides us tools to deal with modernity in a sustainable way....

 
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SELF teachings are a sublime combination of authentic Vedic insights and mindful living. As a young parent and family it gives us the right foundation and environment in which to raise children. Their teachings have inspired us to look at every aspect of our modern day life and make the necessary changes so we are more deeply connected with nature and our environment. The teachings have helped us in setting up a framework for nutrition and how to motivate children towards greater learning and focus. I sincerely believe we are a more sensitive and vibrant family because of our association with SELF.

 
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