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Nonprofit Overview

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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.