Self-Realization Fellowship

Worldwide Prayer Circle


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 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 successor, Sri Daya Mata, 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.


Requests for prayers — whether for oneself or others—are always welcome, and are given immediate loving attention by the members of the Prayer Council. They may submitted to Self-Realization Fellowship’s international headquarters in Los Angeles. Those whose names have been submitted are included in special morning and evening healing services for three months. They need not be present at a prayer service to benefit from its healing power.

Prayer requests are kept strictly confidential. Requests need not include a description of the problem, unless one wishes to describe it. All that is needed for the work of the Prayer Council and the Worldwide Prayer Circle is the name of the person for whom healing is desired. If details of a problem are known to individuals in a prayer circle, such details should not be discussed. Otherwise, negative mental associations may weaken the force of prayer. Instead, group members should concentrate solely on God’s healing power and on a state of perfection to replace any inharmonious condition.

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