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Self Enquiry Life Fellowship

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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

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.