Paramahansa Yogananda rendered a great service to humanity through his prayers for world peace and for the healing of others’ physical, mental, and spiritual afflictions. Each morning in deep meditation he invoked God’s blessings on all who had requested help, and sent them healing energy through performance of a simple but highly effective technique. As time went on, Paramahansaji asked all of the monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic Order to join him in this endeavor to serve the world through prayer. Thus was born the Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Council.
Led by Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual successors, the work of this Prayer Council has continued uninterruptedly through the years. The Council deeply meditates and prays for others each morning and evening, and performs the healing technique practiced and taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Countless letters addressed to Self-Realization Fellowship from those who have sought and received help attest to the unlimited power of God that is being effectively directed to others by the Prayer Council for healing of body, mind, and spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda often expressed a wish that the healing work of the Prayer Council be augmented by the prayers of Self-Realization Fellowship members and friends in every land, creating a spiritual union of sympathetic hearts — a worldwide circle of prayer.
Since the establishment of the Worldwide Prayer Circle, the prayers offered by participants all over the world have helped to create a growing tide of divine power, encircling the globe with harmony, goodwill, and peace.
We hope you will help to strengthen this healing tide with the soul force of your prayers. Weekly prayer services are held at Self-Realization Fellowship temples, centers, and meditation groups. If you are unable to attend these services, or if you are a follower of another spiritual teaching, you may wish to have a private service each week in your own home. As mentioned earlier, the basic principles of prayer and healing described here are applicable by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation.
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