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Self Enquiry Life Fellowship

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PO Box 30627 Santa Barbara CA 93130 USA


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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Words fail to describe the magnificence of Swami Vidyadhishananda. I was seeking a teacher and found my Sat Guru.
As I come to grow more into this community I wish I lived more close by.
Yet the livestream discourses and the new multi media website and app make up for that loss.
All the people I've met so far are so open hearted, loving and willing to share. It moves me so much to be a part of that.
Thanks to Swamiji, Sister Girija and the amazing organization ( this small team puts in such tremendous effort and results are prodigious) I found a bit of coming home.
I feel blessed and hope I can contribute to inspire people to get acquainted with the profound authentic spiritual teachings of His Holiness

Julia, The Netherlands

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His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishanda Giri brings to the world the rare teachings of Himalayan yoga techniques. I attended the Pranayama workshop in April 2016 and then the Kriya Yoga retreat in May 2016. It is indeed such an honor and privilege to be in his presence and enjoy the dissemination of the highest Vedic wisdom, known only to a few. All the work of the organization is done by just a handful of staff and volunteers and it is remarkable to see their dedication and execution to perfection of every detail. The experience of the retreat has been immeasurably uplifting. Now within weeks of practice I am beginning to experience monumental shifts in my life. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Holiness and all the staff and volunteers.

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This is an organization that taught me how to lead the highest quality of life in peace and harmony. It taught me the subtlety and importance of life. I relearned how to eat, sleep and live.

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As a child I was very interested in being a part of this organization. Both of my parents are initiates since 2000, so I have seen this organization as a child. Self Inquiry Life Fellowship has a very great aim and perspective. Swami Vidyadhishananda giri ji, is one of the most knowledgeable beings, having received the "mahamahopadhyaya", a prestigious award given to scholars. His holiness and the organization helps society by spreading knowledge and wisdom through live streams, books, videos, sat sang and etc. Being a volunteer at this organization really helped me learn to be mindful in what I do.

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I took the Kriya Yoga 6 day session with Self Enquiry Life Fellowship in May'16. Swami Vidyadhisananda Giri is very knowledgable about the Kriya Yoga and Himalayan Pranayama techniques. The sessions were very well organized. It was a combination of Meditation, Yoga, and healthy eating. It was quite above my expectations. It has also helped me in my daily routine to improve my meditation and yoga. I would recommend Self Enquiry Life Fellowship program for others to experience based on their needs and available options of Kirya Yoga, Kriya Laya, and Kriya Mantra. Thank You.

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I`ve been introduced to His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri slightly over 8 months ago. If words can do any justice, the impact, this encounter left on this being is life transforming.
It feels as the purest ancient wisdom hidden in Himalayan planes came down and I feel very grateful to have such an opportunity in this human journey, to be in such a close proximity and involved in this nonprofit organization with such a noble cause.
I`ve been volunteering in various nonprofits throughout my life. SELF is a true gem.One feels truly inspired by the level of integrity, transparency, authenticity, fairness this organization operates and not to forget loving compassion of the Master.
Surely not to be missed.
In deep gratitude and beyond

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This organization is a gem. I attended a Pranayama workshop in October 2015 guided by His Holiness, Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri. I was immediately taken in by His Holiness’s presence and knowledge, and exemplary teaching of the Pranayama breathing techniques. Within weeks of practice, I saw improvements physically in breath control during exercise, mentally in calming chatter, and spiritually in awakening the dormant self. Nowhere have I seen this type of authentic Yoga from ancient practice, layered with science, and propelled by blessing from age old lineage to be disseminated in a concise clear way. I since have attended two Kriya Yoga retreats, and the experience has been priceless. The non-profit organization runs with the utmost integrity and standard of quality, every detail is addressed with grace and ease. I highly endorse anyone interested in true self enquiry to participate!

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The benefit to society from the efforts of this non-profit cannot be underestimated. It is rare indeed in this world to find the exposition of deep timeless truths, untainted by any trace of commercialism.
By maintaining the platform for the dissemination of ancient Vedic wisdom as expounded by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri, a true living Master representing an age-old lineage of Seers, and through the publication of materials designed to safeguard this priceless legacy, the benefit held before society really knows no limit.
My own life has been uplifted immeasurably as a direct result of my contact with this holy person. This would never have been possible without the dedication of a whole corps of volunteers, and some staff, as such exalted personages do not typically interact with the society at large.
The volunteers working to serve the cause of Self Enquiry Life Fellowship shine as examples sincerity and selfless service to humanity. Were it not for this non-profit, I can't see how this wisdom would not remain hidden outside of the range of experience of most in the world today.
Furthermore, through the efforts to publish and disseminate the teachings of the master, the foundation is being laid for the preservation of this priceless treasure. It is truly a boon for the world.

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I have been involved with the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship for slightly over a year now. I have been regularly attending their free discourses held at the Unity Church in Santa Barbara and have participated in many of the Full Moon Meditations/Peace Walks. I consider it to be an extreme honor and unbelievable privilege to be in the presence of Swami Vidyadishananda, let alone be catered to with such warmth and hospitality by the volunteer team. My experience has been such that whenever I am available, I undoubtedly drive to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in order to attend the events hosted by SELF.

From May 20th - 26th, I attended the Kriya-Yoga initiation retreat hosted by SELF. Upon arrival at the Aldersgate retreat center I was greeted by delicious sattvik food served by a jovial and uplifting volunteer team. The retreat itself was nothing short of a mystical experience, as it marked the beginning of my journey on the path of Kriya-Yoga. The instructions of the techniques were delivered with the up-most clarity and precision, making it very easy to assimilate the practice. Yoga-Vinyasa made for a refreshing stretch in-between rigorous training. Wholesome vegetarian food, carefully prepared by Sattvik Girija, was served for lunch and dinner every day of the retreat. By the time I left Aldersgate and returned to my daily routine, I was completely blown away and totally refreshed. The organization and efficiency with which the small number of volunteers who orchestrated the retreat performed was admirable.

My experience has shown me that SELF is one of the most important causes currently being promoted on a non-profit platform. For that, and the monumental shifts that have occurred in my life due to them, I extend my heartfelt gratitude.

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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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