Dakshineswar ashram organized various activities to celebrate the centenary of YSS with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. The details of the program are mentioned below as it unfolded during the following days:
Foundation Day: 22nd March
A hundred years ago, in the year 1917, on this day Guruji (Paramahansa Yogananda), author of the renowned spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS). To celebrate this day Br. Shreyanandaji and devotees gathered together at Dakshineswar ashram to release 100 balloons in the sky where each balloon represented a year of YSS marked on the infinite sky.
The Foundation Day was also celebrated at the Serampore Kendra where the local devotees gathered at the Swami Sri Yukteswar Smriti Mandir and released 100 balloons in the sky.
7th to 9th April
In honour of the YSS centenary, students of various YSS schools and colleges in West Bengal participated in a three-day program on Apr 7-9, 2017. In addition, Sunday school children of Telary, Serampore and Dakshineswar Kendras also participated in this program. Throughout these days students enthusiastically participated in the regular group meditations conducted at the ashram. The program started on April 7th with a satsanga given by Sw. Nigamanandaji followed by a quiz competition on ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Devotees attending the quiz were awestruck by the deep knowledge of students about Autobiography of a Yogi.
On April 8th, the students participated in Elocution, recitation and singing (Cosmic Chants) competitions. The performance of the students was so captivating that it became difficult for the jury member to reach a decision. On April 9th, following a satsanga given by Sw. Nigamanandaji, the students headed towards Nazrul Manch, Rathtala to participate in a cultural program which was presided over by a few dignitaries. The program started with a brief talk by Swami Amaranandaji, Br. Achyutanandaji, and presiding dignitaries, followed by a guided meditation led by Br. Achyutanandaji. The participating students mesmerized the audience with their skills in music, art and yoga.