FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT UPF California

1 What is UPF (Universal Peace Foundation) California?

Universal Peace Foundation California is a registered non-profit organization serving mankind by teaching yoga and meditation in the SF Bay Area since 2010.

2 What is the mission of UPF California?

UPF California‟s mission is to spread Universal peace through individual (inner) peace by the practice of Kundalini Meditation and Yoga. The organization believes that when an individual is peaceful within, their family is happy. When families are happier, the society, nation and gradually the whole world becomes peaceful and blissful.

3Who is the mentor of UPF California?

JagathGuru MahaMaharishi Paranjothiar fondly called Gurumahan is the spiritual leader and founder of UPF California. He is a self-realized spiritual master and founder of Universal Peace Foundation hailing from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

At the age of 19 Gurumahan was blessed to meet his spiritual guru Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan. Paranjothi Mahan, and through perseverance, intensive meditation along with practice of several yogic techniques became an enlightened and self-realized soul at the age of 21. As a profound spiritual master, Gurumahan has been elevating millions of people with his grace by awakening the divine inner core energy for their inner peace leading to universal peace.

For more info about Guruji visit http://upfna.org/guru-mahaan

4What are the teachings of UPF California?

The Foundation teaches Kundalini Meditation & Yoga. This Kundalini meditation is taught to the aspirants through a very simple process (Deeksha) during the span of 21 days by trained and qualified instructors (Gnana Asiriyar/Wisdom teachers).

The foundation offers regular classes such as Kundalini Yoga for beginners, Kids & Family Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and special programs such as Mahashakthi Yogam, Therapy Yoga and Holistic healing. All techniques employ these three basic building blocks:

  1. Train your Body by using a series of simple Hatha Yoga postures
  2. Focus your Mind by using a series of breathing techniques
  3. Connect with your Soul by using a series of meditation techniques

ABOUT UNIVERSAL PEACE FOUNDATION

1What is UPF?

Universal Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by JagathGuru MahaMaharishi Paranjothiar. The organisation aims at spreading “Universal peace through Individual peace” by teaching Kundalini Meditation & Yoga. The Ashram or spiritual center is named Gnanapeedam literally meaning place of wisdom and is situated in Thirumurthi Hills, called as South Kailash, Tamil Nadu, India.

2What is the mission and vision of this Organization?
  • Establish Universal peace through Individual peace
  • Attain Unity in Divinity
  • Global Peace and Bliss – Santhosam
  • Make at least 1% of the world‟s population as spiritually awakened and self realized
  • through the simplified simple process for awakening the „Kundalini Shakthi‟ (Divine
inner core energy) in the true spiritual order beyond religion.
3Who is Gurumahan?

JagathGuru MahaMaharishi Paranjothiar fondly called as Gurumahan is the spiritual Guru and founder of UPF California. He is a self realized spiritual master and founder of Universal Peace Foundation hailing from the state of Tamil Nadu, India

At the age of 19 Gurumahan was blessed to meet his spiritual guru Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan. Paranjothi Mahan, the founder of Universal Peace Sanctuary, quenched Gurumahan‟s thirst for knowledge in spiritual life by awakening the „Kundalini Shakthi‟ (Divine inner core energy).

This in turn made Gurumahan to persevere intensive meditation along with practice of several yogic techniques to become an enlightened and self realized soul at the age of 21. As a profound spiritual master, Gurumahan has been elevating confidently millions of people with his grace by awakening the divine inner core energy for their inner peace leading to universal peace.

For more info about Guruji visit http://upfna.org/guru-mahaan

4 What are the teachings of Universal Peace Foundation?

The Foundation teaches Kundalini Meditation & Yoga. This Kundalini meditation is taught to the aspirants by a very simple and simplified process (Deeksha) during a span of 21 days by eligible spiritual instructors (Gnana Asiriyar/Wisdom teacher) or Guru Mahan himself.

The foundation also offers programs such as Mahashakthi Yogam, Intensive Kundalini Meditation, Kids and Teen yoga and personality development camp, Garbaraksha, Divine Healing, advanced sessions and many more.

The Foundation regularly organises Satsangs with Gurumahan at the ashram and across the globe where he gives discourses, conducts meditation sessions and clarifies the audience's questions.

5What are the core activities of the foundation?

Mahashakthi Yogam is the introductory flagship course of Universal Peace Foundation California. It is a refined, simple and easy system of yogic practice to bring harmony between physical, mental and spiritual state of mankind resulting in holistic health. The Mahashakthi Yogam has been reinforced with collection of several yogic practices. The main target of this New Yogic System - Mahashakthi Yogam - is to create a rich spiritual experience in the body and minds of the whole mankind.

Prabanjaananda Yogalayam was founded in 1982 to re-establish the ancient yogic culture of Divine India and to create spiritual advancement for people across all ages through yogic awareness.

Uyar Gnana Deepam started in 1985 is a spiritual monthly magazine, with the aim of carrying the spiritual waves extensively across all boundaries of the world.

Divine School was started in 1986 to provide a balanced system of education imparting both inner and external education from the early childhood. For more info visit http://thedivineschool.org/

International White Triangle Society founded in 1993 is a spiritual based service organization started to motivate the younger generation to serve the people with understanding, mutual love to help meet the societal needs.

Sri Paranjothi Institute for Yoga, Naturopathy and Holistic Health was established in 2003. It offers Certificate and Diploma courses in Yoga, Herbal medicine, Naturopathy, Varma, Acupuncture affiliated to University and also offers to train teachers in Yoga education.

Sri Paranjothi Naturopathy Hospital was established in 2004 to bring in force and create great awareness in Naturopathy highlighting treatment through Naturopathy to cure all ailments.

Thenkailai Tamil Sangam was established in 2012 to bring out a clear and actual knowhow and the glory of the Tamil Culture,( apart from exposing the Tamil Literature) its unsurpassed contribution to the humanity the thread of happy life providing basic and extensive spiritual knowledge got out of outstanding pure individual experience by those highly evolved Tamil civilization.

6What are the social and environmental initiatives of the Foundation?

PLHIV

is a program that offers free Yoga and meditation camps for people living with HIV/AIDS.

UPF organizes free yoga and meditation for Prison inmates at almost all the jails in Tamil Nadu since 2004.

UPF provides free value education (yoga and meditation programs along with lectures by Guruji) for girls in middle school and young women in colleges across Tamil Nadu.

Vidya Dhanam is an initiative to restore education to all the kids who dropped out of schools from rural villages around Erode district in Tamil Nadu, India. For more info visit http://thedivineschool.org/

Global Peace Minute (11:11) is an initiative that encourages each person to observe one minute of silence at 11:11 AM every day to focus on, and attain peace for themselves, their family, surroundings, nation and in the world. This project aims to achieve Peace for All by 2020. For more info, visit www.gpday.org.

In Thirumurthi Hills an associated separate health center is being run that provides medical services to the Tribal and local Village people through Naturopathy, Siddha, Allopathy, Yoga, Biohealing and the Acupuncture system of medicine.

7What is Holy Penance (Velvi)? What is it’s Significance?

Since December 1991, Guruji, as he is fondly called, undertakes a yearly 21-day penance for the uplifting of the spiritual values of the people. During this 21-day period he spends the entire day in meditation and silence, not eating, not speaking, and not seeing anyone. Guru Mahan uses his 21-day meditation to draw people together and share the burden and joy of looking after world welfare. Guru Mahan performs this yearly ritual with the intent to bring wellness to earth and all its inhabitants, to attract blessings, peace and joy to every being.