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Causes: Arts & Culture, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: 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.

Community Stories

170 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tiffany R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship (SELF) is one of the most, if not the most, integral organizations I have had the privilege to know. The genuine, compassionate and heart-centered presence of His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda is truly a gift and a rarity in this world. His Holiness's grace and the teachings of his lineage (which he so generously shares) serve as a healing anchor for my life that brings peace and harmony to my being (an honorable path and tools to receive amidst the current state of today's environment). These authentic, traditional spiritual ways are very rare. I feel incredibly fortunate to have crossed paths with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda and all those within his amazing staff and board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honour of meeting and learning directly from His Holiness Swami Vidyadishananda in one of his fellowships in London.

Since His first teachings I’ve experienced the benefits of a traditional authentic Yoga practise, a better understanding of Ayurveda and the deepest spiritual philosophy.

Gurudev is without a doubt the most profound source of wisdom,
available to those who are looking for a deeper understanding of Yoga, philosophy, human potential, cycles of nature and our true self.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the blessing to meet His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri at multiple retreats and venues starting in 2012.

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is a rare, genuine spiritual community, led by an authentic, spiritually realized Himalayan monk, adept Nath Rishi and world renowned ancient Sanskrit scholar, all of the highest order. In a myriad of spiritual teachers with varying depths of indigenous knowledge, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri is a true spiritual master of enduring and recognized authority.

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is the most integrous organization that one could encounter. Despite a rapidly oscillating world, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is always transparent and always true to their mission, disseminating Indigenous wisdom in the most dharmic manner possible.

His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri directs the most stalwart force of volunteers that I have seen in any nonprofit organization. Overall, the organization, their programs and educational platform, and production are superb, transmuting even the most binding world obstacles, that often cause other nonprofits to compromise their mission.

I am filled with gratitude to have received sacred wisdom teachings, guided meditations, pranayama instructions, miraculous, healing Ayurvedic food, personal spiritual guidance and boundless spiritual grace that words do not adequately describe. This is best experienced by participating in their programs and community fellowships whenever possible.

"You bless us and keep us; You make The Lord's Face shine upon us; And be gracious to us; You lift up The Lord's countenance upon us, And give us peace."

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't speak highly enough of the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship. It is a blessing to have authentic meditative knowledge and techniques diseminated with such love and compassion in the United States. Swami V and the staff of the Self Enquiry Fellowship are a joy to interact with and I've never encountered such a well organized non-profit organization. On a personal note, the sage meditation advice, vast knowledge and compassion of Swami Vidyadhishananda has positively changed every aspect of my life.

Donor

Rating: 5

Namaste,

For the genuine spiritual seeker, the Hansavedas Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is an immense blessing. Ever since I first discovered this beautiful nonprofit in 2018, it has brought nothing but grace into my life. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda is a truly enlightened being. His knowledge, teachings, and discourses regarding the Vedic Sanskrit wisdom tradition are unrivaled compared to any other teacher I've found. I am lucky to have met him.

If you are yearning to expand your spiritual experience and to imbibe authentic Himalayan yoga from a realized being, I certainly advise you to get in touch with this organization.

Jai Guru.

MeghaJain

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the great blessing to meet His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda at multiple fellowships and retreats since 2018. To my simple heart, His Holiness appears like Krishna, an embodiment of bliss and perfection, with the livingness of His loving presence guiding us to our karma and dharma. I rejoiced to have met my Krishna on the day of Lakshmi. His Holiness nurtures the sincere seeker and devotee like the nature of a divine mother, as a natural example and reflection of the sacred principles of divine essence, while teaching us the spiritual discipline much needed to become a better disciple in its true essence.

As a Master of ancient sciences, His Holiness offers His healing service to humanity as a World Teacher, teaching us the diversity of the divine sciences and the unity in diversity. The profound clarity and the in-depth teachings, offered with such humility, enables me to mentally grasp the teachings, with no question left unanswered. I am ever grateful to His Holiness for providing us this platform, teaching us authentic spiritual literature in the highest knowledge and wisdom. His Holiness freely shares His resources on all subjects of science and spirituality, assisting the evolution of humanity.

I was barely living | breathing with no knowledge on how to breathe. As I now learn to breathe with the authentic Pranayama techniques offered, I am filled with gratitude for His Holiness to bring livingness into my life as He graces upon us on how to live into thy livingness. The practice of Yoga Vinyasa with Sister Girija eased my body, bringing a unique lightness, increased sensitivity and a growing freedom. I am grateful to Hansavedas for providing this learning space for seekers to grow with complete integration of body, mind and soul. I am filled with gratitude to receive the sacred wisdom teachings, guided meditations, personal breathing corrections, healing ayurvedic food, and so much more that words could not describe.

In experiences of the glimpses of grace
In expressions of the oneness of consciousness
My heart is filled with joy in thy presence of divinity in thy oneness of infinity
To walk the path in the wisdom of thy guiding light, with the grace of thy holding hands, learning to be in service filled in thy love of divinity.

I am deeply touched by this non-profit organisation, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, that has been most generously serving humanity through their endless offerings, selflessly and with the utmost, unconditional love. Their transparency and authenticity, kindness and fairness, compassion, and integrity, are rare. His Holiness’ most earnest efforts in safeguarding the Sanskrit wisdom for human evolution, needs International support to spread the world teachings. It is my sincere and innermost prayer for these precious teachings to become a part of world education curriculums so we can all co-exist peacefully, experiencing the real knowledge of a soul’s journey. SELF is helping us reach our higher Self not just in the words of teachings but also in practice of sacred wisdom. A non-profit that is truly charitable and is truly giving back in every moment with every action. Although we can never fully repay such gracious blessings given to us, any giving we can give back to this organisation becomes a sacred, holy and blessed gift for us as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is an organisation that conveys authentic Vedic teachings by the highly realised master Swami Vidyadhishananda. It is a platform pervaded with with deep care and generosity. They kindly offer a complex curriculum of teachings professionally presented from an uninterrupted Himalayan lineage of Vedic wisdom. Having access to this teachings is like been offered a diamond.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pranamami,

I was introduced to Gurudev through a Yoga teacher who is a spiritual seeker, Robert Boustany. I approached Robert though I had not known him very well, seeking his guidance in the right direction. Robert introduced me to Gurudev the very next month as he was visiting Houston. I attended one of his Satsang and a workshop on Pranayama and I knew that I found a Guru that I have been looking for. Within a couple of months, I was fortunate to be initiated on the path of Kriya Yoga!
I am extremely blessed that I have an opportunity to learn and be guided on the spiritual path by a master of his caliber. The quality of the online learning platform is incredible and I always look forward to every possible learning session!
The staff and volunteers are incredible!

Hetal Nayak

Debleena B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When in the year 2009 we heard that a Himalayan monk was visiting Houston we were intrigued and excited to meet and hear him as Himalayas are close to our hearts. Meeting a wandering monk from the Himalayas in a Southern state of United States has a chance of 1 in 100, so without any hesitation we registered for the talk that Swami Vidyadhishananda was going to deliver at a nearby hall in Houston. The ambience, the presentation and the energy in the room was impeccable. A monk who could easily bridge the modern with the ancient to our surprise delivered an exciting powerpoint presentation on the Himalayas and ancient wisdom. As we went to meet him at the blessing line at the end of the talk, we basked in his love and compassion. Since then we have attended his lectures and home fellowships and workshops whenever he is in Houston and have followed the various programs offered via the website “Hansavedas.org”. His lectures have always left us wanting more of the nectar with his humor and wit being additional toppings. His organization “Hansavedas” is a torchbearer of ancient wisdom and knowledge and has developed a curriculum for anyone seeking deeper understanding of the meaning of life and the universe. His love, compassion and energy surrounds and uplifts all his work and the people around him. His attention to details and perfection in all acts leaves you spellbound. We feel it is a blessing to be able to walk a few miles in our lives with him by our sides. Our deepest regards and love for Swami Vidyadhishananda and Hansavedas.

JonathanSparks

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Self Enquiry Life Fellowship and His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda in 2018 at a livestream fellowship in Santa Barbara, CA. I immediately knew there was something special about my experience. In the presence of His Holiness, I felt that I was in the presence of Truth. I had never heard a discourse full of such profound knowledge. It was beyond knowledge. It was wisdom of the highest degree, spoken by a realized master. The quality of the attendees matched the rareness of Swamiji's words. Everyone I met was genuine, kind, thoughtful, and incredibly deep. I continued to participate in nonprofit events without second thought. The indigenous Sanskrit wisdom, offered in its purest form by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, began shifting my understanding of life in profound ways, giving me a renewed sense of purpose. Satguru became a constant inspiration, serving as a model of how to be, and I was elevated by the noble company of the fellowship. In December of 2018 I attended the six-day silent meditation retreat as a non-initiate. The total immersion, and the opportunity for self-reflection was a major milestone in my spiritual journey. The following year, at the same retreat, I took initiation. It has been the most meaningful decision I have ever made. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda and the Hansavedas platform have guided me on a path of God-centered awareness that has enriched every aspect of my life with greater love and meaning. Words fall short of my gratitude. Jai Guru.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My association with this non profit organization is about 7 months or so but I feel that there is a connection that I have with his holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda that has come through many of my souls births. I came in contact with a train passenger who talked about his experience on Kriya mantra 4 years back but did not pursue much but it was interesting that I met Swami when my son performed Mirudangam during his visit to Chicago in 2019 and felt that me and my entire family need to get his blessings. From the way he conducts his discourses, any spiritual gatherings, sanskrit slokas recitation showed me how detail oriented person swamiji was. I felt that he genuinely cares that his messages reaches human beings like us who are caught in this everyday routine chores and duties. One of my friend introduced me to Swamiji and from that time felt very much blessed to be around such a self realized person. With God's and Guru's Grace, I attended the retreat in November 2019 and took Kriya mantra initiation. After that, lot of grace and blessings from my other vaishanav achariyars, gurus are pouring on me and leading me to a more spiritual path. The effort and dedication that I see in all volunteers and the board members in this organization is unbelievable. There is lot for me to learn from each one of the members in this organization. In this Covid era when things are so uncertain, it is good and important to be associating ourself and our children to an organization like this. My prayers to God and Swamiji to guide my soul in this journey of finding myself and the reason for my birth. In years to come, like to associate myself more to this organization and through spiritual and selfless way be able to give back to our society.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As if the world was already not a stressful enough place to live in, today we are living in the most uncertain of times with stretched finances, political tensions and a pandemic at large. The Self-Enquiry Life Fellowship is providing me with an anchor in these times when one does not know whether jobs will last, whether finances will cover college education or whether elderly family members will survive the pandemic.

Swami Vidyadhishananda's discourses are helping me and my family to connect with ancient wisdom from India, and to be calm and compassionate. The workshops on yoga and breathing are teaching us how to strengthen immunity and to face the future with equanimity. By sharing the knowledge coded in Sanskrit Shastras, Swami ji is helping us to separate the ephemeral from the eternal. The staff and volunteers working for the non-profit are also exemplary in communication and helpfulness. The intellectual content being created in the non-profit's website is also of high quality. This non-profit sets a very high bar for excellence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We first met his holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda at Chicago fellowship on May 18th 2019. He is highly compassionate, intelligent, sincere and an ocean of knowledge. I have not seen any other monk who gives personal attention like him and also patiently listens to and answers your questions. We not only received personal blessings from him but also got to spend time with him. I feel really blessed to have found him and the hansaveda organization. The organization is extremely transparent and totally devoted to human well being. The volunteers work tirelessly and selflessly towards the cause. The organization is a beacon of light and compassion in an increasingly crazy world. If you ever get a chance to meet his holiness, accept is as a gift from divine. He is truly a blessing to this world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best and deepest relationships only grow with time. I have enjoyed the fellowship with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda and the Hansavedas community for a year now. And with each meditation gathering, full-moon walk, discourse, or chanting experience, I find myself enveloped in more love and spiritual wisdom.

Indeed, His Holiness radiates Divine love and wisdom for all. Although profoundly learned, He is infinitely patient with the spiritual devotees and seekers while maintaining the highest standards of His heritage. As our spiritual community gathered for the Holy Celebration of Sri Krishna Janmāshtami last night, we were all riveted by the Swami's eloquent walk through the many disciplines, such as linguistics, science, religion, medicine, history--interspersed with His beautiful chanting and personal anecdotes. A few hours flew by without anyone's noticing....No one wished to leave this sacred space....

But it's not only the intellectual brilliance that sets the Swami Vidyadhishananda apart: it's His generosity, humility, and sincerity that inspire us to be our angelic selves. In his presence, I feel blessed, a true Divine child.

Also, as a local educator, I believe that our schools would be more joyful and less violent if the spiritual wisdom were an indispensable part of the curriculum. Self Enquiry Life principles of cruelty-free lifestyle, moderation, and compassion--to name just a few--are woefully neglected in our culture. This is why a participation in this beautiful community has been so nourishing for us all.

Lastly, I continue to be impressed with the Hansavedas.org online programs which are meticulously maintained and continuously expanded. I keep listening to the taped meditations and keep learning on a regular basis--such wealth of knowledge to be had, for such a reasonable amount--even for free!

Overall, I have been welcomed with kindness and respect by all who work at and volunteer for this highly professional non-profit organization. With gratitude, Bojana Hill.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Swami Vidyadhishananda and the Hansavedas Non-Profit are a gift to humanity. Swamiji's compassion, wisdom, knowledge and grace are unparalleled. Swamiji and the volunteers work selflessly for betterment of humanity. It has been a blessing to have come in touch with such a positive, truthful and charitable organization that works for betterment of all. Swamiji has boundless knowledge and is willing to share openly. I have been in touch with monks before but never met someone like Swamiji who answers whatever questions are asked at the deepest levels. In all my interactions with Swamiji and the Hansavedas organization, I have been impressed by their professionalism, simplicity and honest approach.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to his Holiness only a few months ago. My daughter and I were so impressed we immediately signed up for the Guru Purnima retreat. It was a sublime life transforming experience. The entire retreat felt like someone was lifting the veil from my eyes and showing me a spiritual world I always knew was there but until now always felt out of reach.

The depth of Gurudev’s spiritual knowledge never ceases to amaze me every time I hear him speak. You have no doubt that you are sitting in the presence of a great master of yoga. I have met many spiritual teachers over the years and Gurudev is the only one I felt possessed the knowledge, power and love to take me all the way. I was also impressed by his humbleness and approachability and his ability to answer any question with profound clarity, insight and wisdom. If you ever get the opportunity to meet Gurudev please do. To spend time with someone like Swami Vidyadhishananda is a blessing you don’t want to miss.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been involved with Hansavedas for a few months, but I feel very welcomed and appreciated already. I like that there are clear guidelines and procedures for how things are done, but there is also room for suggestions and variation. There is also very clear and frequent communication about scheduling, roles, and expectations. The people who are involved with this organization are very generous and express how thankful they are to their volunteers and donors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blessed to be a part of this compassionate non profit organization. Impressed endlessly by the deeply sincere teachings/offerings and the dedication of the volunteers. Self Enquiry Life Fellowship has touched and enriched my life in so many ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

True spirituality as taught by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri is anchored, weaved and rooted in each and every aspect of Self Inquiry Life Fellowship.

I continue to be inspired by my volunteering experiences as I witness such values upheld throughout the organization. There is a divine depth of thoughtfulness, precision and professionalism consistently applied that one can simply feel when engaging with Self Inquiry Life Fellowship programs both in person and online.

Blessed are the ones who find their way to His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri and blissful are the ones who stay to call this divine organization their Home, basked in the light of Holy Knowledge the Vedas illuminate the true seeker’s heart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship has added enormous depth and breadth to my spiritual life. Its leader, Swami Vidyadhishananda, is a highly compassionate, intelligent, knowledgeable, hardworking and dedicated individual. When I wish to invite my guests to a Fellowship event, I know that he will be fully present for them. Additionally, all of the staff and volunteers are completely ethical & kind.

CameronP

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve spoken and performed on many stages, consulted and taught in the IT industry, owned a fitness company and a gym, spent some time around jails and other institutions, read some yoga and meditation books, attended workshops around the globe, and I’ve traveled the world teaching teachers of all kinds. No one compares to the source of light, knowledge and wisdom that is Swami Vidyadhishananda. I’ve never met anyone like him.

The first couple of opportunities I had to meet His Holiness were in 2018 when he was speaking at fellowships in Houston, Texas...They were life-changing experiences. As it is said to be common in the presence of a realized meditation master (even though I was in rooms of more than one hundred people), it was as if he was speaking directly to me, answering questions I had on my mind or that I had intimately thought about in the past. The delivery and content of his message resonated with me so deeply. Being around the Hansavedas community had an immediate positive impact on my life. Those first talks set in motion a series of events that I don’t fully understand yet. So, I just keep showing up with an open heart and mind, and I listen with the confidence that the next steps will continue to reveal themselves as long as I’m consistent in implementing as much of his teachings as possible. I’ve also been learning a tremendous amount by listening to discourses and guided meditations through my subscription to their online multimedia platform.

Since meeting His Holiness I’ve traveled to Santa Barbara, California multiple times to not only attend the Guru Purnima event and farmer’s market gatherings, but I’ve also repeatedly visited the Hansavedas Meditation Center to attend pranayama workshops, beach walks, full moon fellowships and guided meditations. The level of spirituality and professionalism displayed by every single member of their team has inspired me to officially register as a volunteer. Now, I attend volunteer meetings and contribute as much as possible as I continue to familiarize myself with the group. I look forward to being more involved as my self and the organization continue to grow. I highly recommend the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, Hansavedas organization to all my friends and family.

Emiliana A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Swami when I was 18 years old, lost, looking for guidance and some kind of stability. Over the past 4 years that I've been learning under his tutelage and have been blessed to spend time around him, my spiritual journey and overall sense of life meaning have completely shifted and gained a new and much healthier perspective. His teachings and open discourses are gems of wisdom that seep beneath the skin and resonate with the truest of the self. I am forever indebted to His Holiness and the SELF community which has welcomed me with so much love and support in this journey.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is by far at the most integrous organization I've ever encountered. I find them to be incredibly transparent and always true to their mission to disseminate Indigenous wisdom through as many means as possible. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri directs the most dedicated group of volunteers I've seen. Over all, the organization, their programs and educational platform, and production are nothing short of impeccable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living in the U.S. as has given me very many blessings. However, I have always felt that the philosophies, understandings and realizations that come from great old cultures is void in the U.S. Discovering Gurudev, his intent, his selflessness, and his learnings is truly a blessing to have access to in this country. I am thankful to have met him and have a connection to this great organization.

I have only learned about SELF within the last year and have been able to meet Gurudev at an annual event. Gurudev has an innate peace and depth of soul that makes me wish I lived in California to attend more of his events in person . The organization is full of selfless volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to give back to the world around them. They are a very endearing, kind group of people who selflessly host visitors with an open heart.

I am thankful to have been introduced to SELF and as the chapters of my life unfold , I plan to continue to make many more visits to Gurudev and the amazing organization he has founded .

Ripneet S B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've found refuge with Swami Vidyadhishananda and the Hansavedas wisdom teachings. They have enriched my life in all aspects, especially my inner self development. Their high quality audio and video recordings as well as their carefully curated masterpiece artworks shows the attention to detail and mindfullness Swamiji and the orginization bring to everything. I'm grateful to have found this sanctuary and would highly recommend it. Namaste

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SELF is an amazing source of authentic Vedic wisdom. The wealth of wisdom teachings made available to the public, free or very low cost, in accessible form even for the beginner student, is unparalleled anywhere. I am beyond grateful. The guidance and knowledge I receive is helping me find my correct path and become improved in body, mind and spirit.

His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda possesses so much knowledge and experience, yet He explains in the most complex concepts and relationships in such way they can connect and be understood.

Many teachings and lectures are accessible free from the web site, with additional teachings live-streamed by video every month and for auspicious occasions. One can participate in the teaching from anywhere in the world or subscribe for a very nominal fee to access the comprehensive library on demand.

The staff and volunteers are so very kind, welcoming and helpful people, filled with great love and respect. When I have been privileged to visit California to attend an event or volunteer, every detail from travel to shuttles to lodging is meticulously attended to with utmost care and kindness. Events and retreats are offered to the public at very low cost. Staff and volunteers often reach out with information, kind thoughts and prayers in times of concern.

His Holiness is approachable and has personally taken an interest to guide me through difficult times and choices. It is comforting and impressive to receive a personal message from the office offering personalized information and prayers.

Expressing my gratitude. it is a great privilege to serve as a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, by a dear friend at a public fellowship over a year ago. At the time, I did not truly realize or comprehend what Self Enquiry Life Fellowship truly embodied, nor did I anticipate how my participation as a seeker and later volunteer would set in motion such significant change in my life. I am immensely grateful to have been guided to a community that continues to help me recognize my true nature and develop practices which enable me to be my true self.

SELF’s multimedia platform is impressive. From discourses on spiritual philosophy to yogic breathing and pranayama, there is content that is accessible to meditation adepts and those whom are seeking an opportunity for initial exposure to Himalayan meditation techniques. While there are many opportunities to participate in or attend public discourses, livestream fellowships, and workshops, it is extremely beneficial to have unlimited access to digital curricula.

The opportunity to volunteer for the organization has provided me with a multitude of different learning experiences, opportunities for professional growth, and an ability to be of service to others and the community. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to also be able to contribute to the fulfillment of the Hansavedas mission and vision.

I am profoundly grateful for His Holiness, his teachings, wisdom, blessings, and continued guidance.

Nelli T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have met Swami Vidyadhisananda once before I went to the Guru Purnima this year. Being part of this organization for three days gave me a feeling of home, so much love and support in this community, everything was so well organized that I didn’t have any worries and I have had the opportunity to concentrate on the teachings. Being around his holiness opens my heart, I drop into Being instead of constant Doing. All possible questions are answered in such a detail, he makes it understandable for everyone.
It is fascinating how Swami Vidyadhisananda remembers each person and gives individual lessons to everyone.
There are no words to express my gratitude. I would definitely recommend to explore the multimedia platform where you can find endless University level knowledge that will change your life !
Namaste

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a true blessing to have found the Hansavedas Self Enquiry Life Fellowship!
Words cannot truly express the authentic compassion and detailed commitment to integrity that this organization brings to every facet of its operation. It truly is a shining gem!
I was introduced to the Fellowship through a dear friend, and over the years, I continue to deepen in my gratitude for this opportunity to learn from and be inspired by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. The message of peace and selfless service shines through the smiling eyes of everyone I meet within the organization. I feel warmly welcomed and inspired with every fellowship I attend. I have found immense personal growth and learning though the multitude of offerings the organization provides. The website and online multimedia platform offers a wealth of immensely valuable teachings and resources.
I can with a full and happy heart recommend this nonprofit as a shining example of heartfelt service, commitment to excellence with full transparency and openness to all.

Rob B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They take care of every detail of projects and events. Costs are always minimal and offerings generous. Amazing !

Donor

Rating: 5

8 years ago i met Gurudev giving us a talk in the SV temple in Pittsburgh. I never imagined that I would one day join the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship and gain so much spiritual insight. Gurudev provides the tools and knowledge to continue practicing difficult yet life changing spirituality on your own in your daily life. I hope that everyone can gain the kinds of amazing things I have been introduced to through the Self Enquiry Life Fellowship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know about Swamiji and SELF around 8 years ago through dear and respected friends. My journey in kriya yoga began 4 years ago and it really is Devine. Gurudev' s compassion towards disciples and uncompromising discipline towards the sadhana are exactly what I needed. My meeting with gurudev is the fructification of all my past good karma. There is nothing more or better or sweeter than gurudev. Gurudev is God for me.

Jai gurudev.

Kirti Vashee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In this age of spiritual materialism and previously trusted institutions who disappoint us at every turn, SELF is a beacon of hope on what transparency and integrity mean. The organization is built on time-honored principles of integrity and honor that have been forgotten but not lost. Here you will see leadership that leads through service, competence, love, and complete lack of self-aggrandizement.

The digital platform that is being built will become a resource for the future and the care and attention that is being applied in building it is exemplary and unique. This will ensure that the content will remain authentic and incorruptible, possibly even hundreds of years from now. The knowledge is shared, based on the principle established at the ancient university of Taxashila where learning could happen dynamically and with a degree of personalization that is unknown in today's university programs, that allow a learning momentum that accelerates exponentially and that can lead to "realization". This approach which is holistic, mindful and deeply respectful of the root Sanskritic Knowledge, the teacher, and the longer term social responsibility of the student, I believe will be an example of what education really means. It will produce humans who have values with a concern to contribute to the common good. It is my feeling that one is unlikely to find a truer source of this knowledge in English than is offered on this platform.

I am honored to be a volunteer at the SELF-organization and have the privilege to have as much interaction with the spiritual founder Shri Swami Vidyadhishananda, as I have had. To be a regular witness to such a clear example of integrity, clarity, single-mindedness, and selflessness is my great good fortune.

I heartily endorse the organization and its teaching platform to any who are serious seekers of the ancient wisdom teachings of Indic and Vedic lineage. Here you will find what Yoga really means.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like so many others, my introduction to SELF came amidst a lifelong search for answers to life’s biggest questions. What is the purpose of this life and my relationship with others? Who am I, where do I come from, and where am I going?
These questions are difficult to answer without the help of a wise spiritual master who has established the highest level of intellect and communion to assist with any human dilemma. The spiritual founder of Self Enquiry Life Fellowship, Swami Vidyadhishananda is a master of this stature.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have come across this nonprofit under the guiding wisdom of Gurudev. My life has been reshaped thanks to the teachings. It is much easier to follow one’s life journey when guided by the light of a Guru who knows the way. Furthermore, it is a joy to share this journey with so many others who yearn to know the truth and to discover their true nature and to express it fully.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is rare to find an organization with such integrity and transparency, one that lives it's teachings through countless acts of kindness. People from all walks of life find their spiritual home in this rich and varied traditional wisdom teaching.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to programs, events organized by various spiritual organizations in the past yet I have never experienced such authenticity in the Vedic wisdom teachings, Himalayan meditation and pranayama techniques as that offered through SELF.
SELF organization founded and led by His Holiness Swami Vidhyadhishananda is one of the very rare gems that I am fortunate and grateful to be a part of.
His Holiness is a highly ordained Vedic monk who hails from unbroken lineages of meditation adepts from Himalaya.
The ancient Vedic wisdom teachings from the Sanskrit scriptures are profound and very much applicable to our lives.
Himalayan meditation guided by His Holiness has had a calming, deeply peaceful effect on me every time I have practiced it.
The organization also imparts wellness, mindfulness in the form of Yoga vinyasa, Ayurveda teachings derived from Atharvaveda, Vedic Classical music rooted in the Samaveda, Sacred paintings of altars and deities.
Each of the above offerings under the direction of His Holiness is disseminated as per Vedic tradition with utmost quality and standards that I have not come across anywhere else.

In the past year and half of being a volunteer with the organization, I can say that my outlook towards life has been more positive, inspired me to be a better human being by inculcating the wisdom teachings into my daily life.
If you are looking for authentic meditation and ancient Vedic wisdom teachings, I would highly recommend the non-profit organization and would encourage you to
learn more on www.hansavedas.org.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known our dear teacher Swami Vidyadhishananda since 1999 and I can say that anything I know today that is of any value has come from his loving teachings and his gentle encouragement to practice meditation daily.
Cultivation of truth, wisdom, sacrifice, compassion, strength and peace.
These are all possible when in the presence of a realized monk.
His meditation teachings along with lifestyle guidance are deeply transformative.
Swami’s tireless work to build a sustainable platform for genuine seekers is his gift to the world.
If there is a way to end suffering and live in peace and joy, then surely Sanskrit based teachings point the way.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has always been necessary for human beings to find ways and means to cultivate inner peace, acquire wisdom and eradicate suffering. Some do make it.
And although many have expounded on how to achieve this, my question is why not go directly to the source, to the enlightened definitive guide, the miraculously compiled Vedic Sanskrit texts; those beautiful verses addressing every angst we have in a wise and loving way. It is not possible to find better advice to achieve peace in one's own Self and make sense of life. Its sheer wisdom and loving proses melt your heart and mind and lifts you into permanent positive action.
The combination of the magical texts and an equally magical teacher monk to spoon feed us this wisdom and to gently encourage us, has transformed myself and countless of others.
Through teachings, retreats, meditations, soothing divine melodies and personal guidance, your heart becomes lighter, more loving and compassionate and your mind more in your control where finally anxiety can give way to inspiring action.
This is it, the winning combination of love and peace versus suffering.
This has all been made possible due to one simple monk who has sacrificed much to become an exalted teacher to all of us here in the West who are yearning and ready to let in the light.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am based in Europe and have been involved as a volunteer with Self Enquiry Life Fellowship since 2005 when the organization was first founded in the US. Right from its humble beginnings, it has always had a lofty vision of spreading and preserving the wisdom of the Vedic scriptures and ancient India for the benefit of seekers everywhere. Authentic meditation techniques are taught as well as mindfulness and a healthy lifestyle conducive to meditation.

What strikes me in my volunteering for the organization is the professionalism I meet. The motto is: if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. My volunteering skills are honed by working with such a highly-motivated and professional group of people. The organization has a great team of volunteers. For example, when programmes are arranged in Europe, many volunteers give their time to arrange events and take care of guests. The staff are there to support them in their efforts. Such was the case in England in 2017.

The nonprofit is not slow to adopt the latest information technology to disseminate wisdom. I have watched how the website has come to fruition in the last two years as a prime resource for seekers of truth and knowledge. The multimedia part of the website is expanding rapidly into a wealth of discourses and guided meditations.

The regular livestreaming of discourses enables people like me who are far away to follow the teachings on a monthly basis. These livestreams are also an opportunity for like-minded people to gather and watch the broadcasts together.

The nonprofit is based in California but draws on the wisdom and knowledge of an advisory council of Vedic monks hailing from India. The head monk of the nonprofit organization is His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda who has the rare skill of explaining the deeper meaning of Sanskrit scriptures in clear, eloquent English. He has been a profound influence on me with his teachings and I can recommend his discourses and guided meditations highly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organisation when I was deeply seeking truth. It has given me more than I could have asked or imagined in terms of truth, faith and divinity. A platform that is in complete alignment from the way a file is stored in their office to the teachings of the saintly monk who founded this non profit.

Often I hear how rare it is to find teachings like these in the West. But as a person who was raised in India and moved to the West, finding these teachings are a rarity and privilege anywhere in the world.

Each discourse and interaction with Swami Vidyadhishananda peels away layers of teachings that are deeply rooted in an unbroken lineage of ancient Sanskrit Vedic wisdom.

I could write essays about the past four years with the organisation and how much it has changed me from the core to every part of my being. But no words can do justice in describing the experience of it.

Here you will find an inclusive eclectic fellowship of the most heart open, generous and sincerely devoted people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been an incredible journey since I had the privilege of meeting His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda a few years ago. I remember the day when I had the honor of being in presence of His Holiness for the first time – I was waiting outside the meditation alter in the Nonprofit’s office in Santa Barbara to attend a fellowship when a saintly monk walked up to me, asked my name and guided me to the alter room offering me a seat right in front of His seat. Such humility! The ease and clarity with which He presented the profound teachings from the ancient indigenous Sanskrit scriptures and how He delivered the teachings such that it can be relevant and meaningful to those us living in today’s world, was truly remarkable! Fully present at every moment, He was an embodiment of wisdom, humility, compassion, patience and fairness.

Looking back at my life for last few years, I am profoundly grateful for His presence, blessings, teachings and guidance in my journey. It is an incredible and enormous undertaking by the Nonprofit to preserve and disseminate such authentic spiritual teachings and Himalayan meditations not only to local communities but also to global communities through its digital learning platform, a precious resource of wisdom teachings and guidance for both present and future generations to imbibe!

For those of you who are not familiar with the Nonprofit or have never been in presence of His Holiness, if I may share one more thought, it would be that don’t be satisfied by reading about experiences of others – go ahead and directly experience it yourself – nothing can supersede that direct experience!

Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Self Enquiry Life Fellowship in July of 2013, at a local gathering in Pacific Palisades. This meeting was a catalyst for the greatest shift in my life. At that time, I was in a fairly tumultuous state of mind with nearly every category of my life accompanied by varying degrees of dissatisfaction. As a result, I was flooded with existential questions that compelled me to search for clarity and higher understanding.

Immediately after listening to Swami Vidyadhishananda speak, I was enraptured by the stories he shared, depicting his life in India where he meditated over 55 thousand hours in the frigid Himalayan climate, living amongst the greatest yogis and hailing from an ancient tradition and linage. His stories were always coupled with invaluable teachings that I was able to apply to my life and daily experiences. It was apparent that all those who were involved with the nonprofit were selflessly dedicated to sharing this profound wisdom with all yearning seekers.

After my initial meeting, I made every attempt to see His Holiness whenever I could. In time, I noticed that where I once had confusion, now there was clarity. Peace began to override the anger and discontent, selfishness evolved into selfless service, and the all too familiar internal roller coaster I was previously accustomed to started to dissipate as I became more grounded.

Now here I am, 4 years later, a completely renovated individual in every capacity. In truth, no amount of writing can suffice to accurately describe the impact that this nonprofit has had on my life. Those who know me personally can attest to the positive changes I have experienced over the years. I consider SELF my home, and the volunteers my family. Swami Vidyadhishananda has been a priceless treasure in my personal and spiritual journey.

Jaya Gurudeva

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have generally been content and blessed in my life and career thus far. And yet the skeptical scientific side of my mind can not satisfy something the soul wants. Self Enquiry Life Fellowship is a group composed of old souls with young hearts and bright minds. I kid you not. It has been the answer to my yearning to dive deeper into discovering the more authentic Self. GuruDev is a guinuine realized monk that has helped facilitate this journey for so many of us through his devine wisdom and compassion. By identifying with this organization I have not become a mindless trivial number amongst many devotes. My own freedom and self impowerment over the ups and downs of life has strengthened. I am truly thrilled about all the things I have yet to learn, discover and practice to help me navigate this journey.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SELF organization led by spiritual founder HH Swami Vidhyadhishananda is a very rare institution that imparts authentic Vedic wisdom teachings and Himalayan meditations. All of the meditations are based on a Sanskrit sutra and is extremely powerful. I have not come across such meditations until here. The pranayama techniques are extremely rejuvenating.

The organization offers other branches of Vedic based teachings like ayurveda, vedic art work, musical recordings which are excellent in their respective areas. I am always amazed at the diversity and the standards of the offerings. This is possible only because the organization is led by Swami who is so highly ordained from an unbroken lineage of vedic tradition. As a volunteer I have been exposed to many opportunities which enabled me to view life from a higher perspective. The learnings learnt here definitely adds to build a character to be able to discriminate wisely.I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning authentic meditation, yoga , pranayama to this organization .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always had wonderful interactions with the great office staff and volunteers during events that I've attended.
They are typically generous, thoughtful, and meticulous in every aspect of their program offerings and their attention to smallest details.

All of this makes their programs and relationship with them exceptional!

I've felt cared for at ever point from from briefings on what I need to pack to shuttles meeting my flights and volunteers considering my every need. It's all taken into account with kindness and care.

Delightful enthusiasm and friendly greetings make you feel like you're part of their family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many of the reviews on this page outline some of the great and noble qualities that this organization support and their mission to preserve the Vedic wisdom and knowledge. I would agree that Self Enquiry life fellowship (SELF) is unique in which it provides education for children in India to learn the Vedic and Sanskrit texts, and supports the local community here in the U.S. Yet, it has another dimension which makes it even more unique and distinguished. And that would be the authentic meditation and mindfulness practices that are taught. In my opinion, this is what makes SELF so profound. The cream of this organization reveals itself in its name. It literally takes you right into your own Self. I can only share my own personal experience from the three years that I have been involved. At first, I came intrigued about the idea of a great master who had wisdom and genuine meditation instruction for candid seekers. So I attended the monthly fellowships, engaged with the volunteers and community members, attempted meditation, and within a few months I began to just be a little more aware. Aware of mental chatter, aware of hidden emotions, aware of everything I have been hiding from. I didn't manifest a new car or start winning the lottery. Rather, I wanted to find truth in my life. So when I would practice mindfulness, which meant to be without condition, I just felt whatever I was feeling without any judgment. I noticed myself going from a more mental and thinking space to being able to flow and allow an experience. I had forgotten to slow down and go into myself to observe how I felt. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda talks about mindfulness being free from the anxiety of striving. Once I started to tap into these truths I began to see my life become freer and understand that there is no way to truth, truthfulness is the way, there is no way to joy, joy is the way, and there is no way to love, love is the way. I have found that any real change has to come from personal, self, reflective work. Sometimes I almost feel as though I am starting to engage with the world in a more innocent and joyous way. I want to smile, just because! Laugh without boundaries! Express myself with freedom! It's not about what I'm doing anymore, it's about how am I being. Every day isn't perfect, but I'm definitely on my way. I am just so happy that I found an organization that helped me re - discover my inner child, and it is my hope that you will become inspired in your own way and be patient to find the depth of yourself and your true potential.

Julia.Brouwers

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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
Martina

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Self Enquiry Life Fellowship provides a loving nonjudgemental environment that facilitates spiritual growth. The meditation and talks faciltate introspection about the purpose of human existence. Hopefully you will like the transformation you see in people around you - you will likely hanker less for materialistic possessions and care deeply about the planet.
The annual retreat is a great way to charge your arteries and renew your committment to your new lifestyle. Very practical and useful for families as it covers many aspects of life from raising a family, the appropriate diet, mental and physical fittness and balancing work and spirituality.