SSRF’s 15th Anniversary – looking back at the past year
14 January 2021 marks the 15th Anniversary of the website of the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF). At the start of the past year, no one had any idea how the following year would go. With the world still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the world in 2021 is quite a different one from the one we knew last year. Given these challenging circumstances, we are grateful to share that the seekers of SSRF have risen to the occasion by adapting to ensure that the Divine Knowledge on the SSRF website continues to be spread throughout the world and help humanity in this hour of need.
An overview of the SSRF website
The SSRF website is the backbone of the organisation. It has brought numerous seekers to Spirituality and continues to serve as a spiritual beacon for those interested in Spirituality. The website had humble beginnings in the year 2006 with few visitors for several years after its launch. However, due to the resolve of Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale that the website would spread spiritual Knowledge worldwide, it began to grow rapidly and has grown into a world leader on Spirituality. Today, the website has had over 58 million visitors. It has over 700 articles on Spirituality that have been translated into 23 languages, including Spanish, German, French and Russian. The articles cover a wide range of spiritual topics, with some of the most popular articles being on “Life After Death”, “What is Spirituality ?” and “The purpose of life”. It is due to the grace of God that the website is bringing people to Spirituality. But, SSRF has made some other notable developments this past year.
1. Holding livestreams and online spiritual workshops
Perhaps the biggest success this past year has been through the online livestream sessions and courses that SSRF has held. With a spiritual tour being impossible due to the pandemic, SSRF completely changed its approach to spread Spirituality to an online one. Since 25 March 2020, 518 livestream sessions and courses have been held in English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Serbo-Croatian. They have covered a wide variety of relatable topics including “Past Lives and Reincarnation”, “How to remove black magic, evil eye and a curse” and “Kundalini awakening & chakra activation”.
SSRF even recently held its first fundraising event “A Look at the Expansive Mission of SSRF”, which motivated many loyal followers from all over the world to donate to SSRF for the first time.
From September – November 2020 alone, these sessions had a total of over 85,000 viewers on YouTube and Facebook.
2. SSRF’s Caravan Tour where people interested in Spirituality got the opportunity to meet our Saint (Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee) and seekers
A further development this year occurred due to a generous donation by one SSRF seeker of a caravan to SSRF. Since May 2020, Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee has been touring through Europe in the caravan along with SSRF seekers to meet those curious about Spirituality. Though travel was restricted, he was still able to visit 39 major cities in 6 countries. Even in these difficult times, he has met and nurtured 125 people interested in Spirituality during the tour with many having met him multiple times. They all had positive experiences after meeting Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee and shared positive feedback such as feeling lots of love, understanding, high positivity, experiencing a boost in spiritual practice, receiving answers to their questions and problems getting solved. Among them, 30 started spiritual practice and around 15 people began joining our online satsangs (spiritual meetings). 3 even restarted spiritual practice and the spiritual practice of 37 seekers increased greatly.
3. SSRF content and video production to help humanity during these times of crisis
This past year, SSRF has published ground-breaking content on a variety of topics. We published over 30 articles (which includes new articles and updates to previous articles). Among them, the article on the coronavirus stands out as having particular importance to humanity in the current times. The article presented SSRF’s spiritual research on the coronavirus, its real root cause and how to protect oneself. Under the guidance of Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale, a higher level Saint – Sadguru Mukul Gadgil was able to obtain Divine Knowledge about a special chant that could be used to spiritually protect oneself from the coronavirus.
This chant has even been recorded in the higher-level Saint’s voice and published free of charge along with the article on the SSRF website. In addition, a video was made and uploaded to SSRF’s YouTube channel about the coronavirus to spread awareness.
Given these uncertain times and the possibility of a third World War, SSRF has started publishing a series of articles on how average people can protect themselves in the face of disaster. An article about preparing for power outages and water shortages related to World War 3 was well received.
SSRF has spearheaded the international awareness around Pitrupaksha (the fortnight for departed ancestral spirits) and the rituals that need to be done for the benefit of departed ancestors and the descendants as per the spiritual science. This spiritual research was conducted using various aura and subtle energy scanners. This is because the vast majority of people suffer at some point in time in their lives from ancestral problems.
4. Conference on – Water, the new gold of the future – at Davos, Switzerland
On 9th August 2020, we presented a paper on “The spiritual state of the world’s waters in 2020 – Which vibration does your water emit ?” at the World Congress held in Davos, Switzerland. The paper was authored by Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale & co-authored by Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee and Mr Sean Clarke. It was presented by Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee and received an overwhelmingly positive response.
A total of about 50 people attended the conference. Many people accepted the knowledge and could understand it even though the concepts were new and at a spiritual level as compared to the content of other speeches which were delivered.
One of the delegates – Professor Ralf Otterpohl (the director of the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection at the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany who also presented a lecture) shared that when he saw the presentation, he felt that something in him got awakened. He found our approach of spiritual research very interesting. He also wanted to meet us in Hamburg the next month to learn about how to do spiritual practice. Professor Ralf Otterphol and a few others expressed their desire to attend a 5-Day MAV workshop in Goa, India.
Ms Ladina Priya Kindschi, who was the organizer of the symposium (conference), was very glad we could present the lecture and also invited us to speak at the next symposium on Divine children, which will be held next year. She received a lot of positive feedback about our presentation. She also offered that when SSRF and MAV participate in their symposium next year, we can organise a spiritual workshop on the Personality Defect Removal (PDR) process and spiritual practice.
5. Spiritual Leadership lecture and Prominent Business Leaders show interest in Spirituality
Mr Hans Martin Heierling from Switzerland (who is now our seeker) is an entrepreneur, a board member of multiple companies including a panel of 70 companies working towards a sustainable economy and is in contact with various universities regarding sustainability and social responsibility. As a part of his spiritual quest, he visited the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram in Goa, India twice. Mr Hans Martin Heierling has helped to organise new opportunities to spread SSRF’s Divine Knowledge among prominent business leaders. It all began when Hans hosted an event held alongside the World Economic Forum called Peace on Snow. The event was well-received, and it opened up an opportunity to host a livestream on spiritual leadership, which is now on SSRF’s YouTube channel.
Due to the sincere efforts of our seeker Mr Hans Martin Heierling, SSRF was invited to speak to delegates who had attended the World Economic Forum on the topic of spiritual leadership. The event was conducted by Mr Sean Clarke and was well received as it showed how the world should be thinking about leadership as per Righteousness based on spiritual principles. The content of the lecture was based on guidance by Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale. Sean presented real-life examples of how Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale’s spiritual leadership has not only transformed people but also positively changed the spiritual vibrations of inanimate objects and the environment, which is the need of the hour today.
This event was a catalyst to generate interest in a number of people in the spiritual research of SSRF who went on to begin spiritual practice. These prominent business leaders listed below started practising Spirituality and attending regular satsangs. Some of the attendees are prominent personalities in their communities.
Four new opportunities for SSRF have emerged from these satsangs.
- SSRF seekers and Sadguru Cyriaque Vallee are speaking regularly at a German radio show called OkiTalk that gets thousands of listeners
- A friend of Hans is helping to organise a special international satsang for teenagers to prepare the youth to be the leaders of tomorrow
- A special presentation at a prestigious NGO that is registered with the United Nations
- A presentation at the Altru Institute, a society that has international membership consisting of various prominent members of society
Some of the business leaders who have been attending the satsangs include
- Mr Royston Flude, PhD in Physics and MA in counselling
- Ms Mariam Azarm, Board member of the World Information Transfer and founder of Klosters Innovation Partners, a think-tank. She was the Events and Conferences Manager for the UN for 25 years and comes from a Persian aristocratic background.
- Mr Christian Häuselmann, entrepreneur and innovator, creator of the E-bike
- Dr Ashokakumar M. Patel, M.D., Pulmonologist, Mayo Clinic
- Mr Marcelo Garcia is a long time Brazilian resident of Switzerland who has a distinguished career of more than twenty years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry. He is the owner and founder of the Wisdom Acceleration non-profit organisation for the youth.
- Mrs Susanne Humbel-Heierling (Hans’ sister). She is an international marketing and business development professional.
6. New Events Website
All of these events are currently being displayed on a new events website that has been developed this year. With the expansion of SSRF’s events, it was necessary to develop a suitable platform to host them. The new events website that has been developed provides a smoother experience for the user and makes it easier to find and register for the SSRF events that one is interested in.
7. SSRF’s Social Media Presence
SSRF has 29 social media channels :
- Facebook : English, Spanish, French, German, Indonesian, Tamil, Hindi, Italian, Russian, Serbian and Croatian (11 pages/languages)
- YouTube : English, Spanish, French, German, Indonesian, Hindi, Croatian, Russian, Chinese, Hungarian (10 channels/languages)
- Pinterest : English, Spanish, French, German and Indonesian (5 pages/languages)
- Twitter : English
- Instagram : English
- VKontakte : Russian
The total number of followers on all of SSRF’s social media channels is over 367,000. SSRF seekers respond to over 200 comments every month on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. New developments this year include launching SSRF Pinterest in non-English languages and launching the Italian and Tamil SSRF Facebook pages. The SSRF website receives 20-30,000 visits per month from its social media channels.
8. SSRF’s online spiritual meetings to provide spiritual support and guidance
SSRF also holds 64 online satsangs every week of 8 different levels in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Indonesian, French, Italian and Serbo-Croatian to support seekers in their spiritual journeys. Over 300 seekers from 35 countries attend these satsangs regularly, and over 50 SSRF seekers conduct these satsangs. Weekly bhav (spiritual emotion) satsangs are also conducted to help seekers to increase spiritual emotion. ‘Bhav satsang’ refers to spiritual meetings which help to invoke spiritual emotion and where seekers learn how to make efforts to increase spiritual emotion.
These spiritual meetings have helped seekers tremendously at every level to grow spiritually by regularly resolving their obstacles, providing spiritual guidance, clarifying their doubts and motivating them.
9. SSRF Shop sees record number of orders
The SSRF shop was closed from March through November this past year due to international postal services being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. When they resumed, the shop was reopened. We immediately witnessed a record number of orders. In November and December 2020 alone, we had over 100 orders from 19 different countries with a sale of around 275 books on Spirituality and over 2500 incense stick packs. While the shop was closed, people wrote to us frequently asking about the availability of spiritual books and SSRF incense. This shows how much people value the spiritual products that have been developed under the guidance of Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale.
One young person from Mexico ordered 62 books and shared that he would like to have the books as they would be useful to him during the adverse times (World War 3). Also, he said that he would like to preserve them and share them with others in the future. He said he had been saving money for some time to place this big order.
10. LiveChat facility introduced on website
Another new development this year has been the introduction of a LiveChat facility on the website. Since LiveChat launched on the SSRF website in March 2020, we have answered over 13,000 chats in 8 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Serbian, Croatian and Russian). We have 15 seekers who perform LiveChat satseva (service unto the Absolute Truth) sincerely every day by chatting with readers in real-time as well as responding to readers’ queries via email. We have seen that many readers who write to us on LiveChat also start attending our weekly online satsangs, attend our livestreams, and many also start taking Autosuggestions as per the PDR process mentioned on the SSRF website and perform spiritual remedies to overcome various problems.
11. Formation of a team to completely transform the SSRF website
One spiritual experience that SSRF seekers had this year occurred with the technical team. The SSRF website needed to be completely revamped and updated technically to the latest available web technologies, but there were no seekers available with the necessary skills to make this possible.
Then Anup, who is the chief technical officer of a technical company attended one of the 5-Day workshops organised by MAV in 2019. He was inspired to begin spiritual practice and to contribute to the SSRF website which is helping humanity to grow spiritually. He brought a whole different skill set that made it possible to start to migrate the SSRF website onto a brand-new powerful platform. Our seeker Krishna Gollamudi started to do satseva with Anup to lay the foundation for the technical migration of the website.
Then, seemingly on their own, other seekers started asking for satseva and when asked what skills they had, they would share the exact skill set needed for a technical satseva at that time. Currently, there are 5 active development seekers with 4 in training, and 5 seekers doing other technical satsevas. It seemed that whatever was needed was given by God at the right time. The new SSRF website will result in a better user experience and help people to benefit more from the Divine Knowledge and spiritual research available.
12. Beginning with promotion of SSRF articles through WhatsApp
SSRF started with daily motivational WhatsApp posts in Hindi and English and posts to promote events to groups primarily in India and Southeast Asia. This was met with a very good response and the SSRF website saw an excess of 15,000 extra visitors per month from these posts.
The past year has been one of the most challenging in recent history. That so many positive things have happened in spite of this is purely due to Paratpar Guru Dr Athavale’s grace. We pay gratitude at His Holy Feet for the opportunity to serve as a part of His Divine mission by reaching out to those seeking true spiritual light.