"Let my soul smile through my
heart and my heart smile through
my eyes, that I may scatter rich
smiles in sad hearts."
WELCOME TO PYSSUM
PYSSUM (Paramahansa Yogananda Society for Special Unfolding and Moulding), is a voluntary effort of disciples of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and several other like-minded people to help individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (our Angels) in a classroom setting in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India. PYSSUM began its activities on 24th July 2005, with a two-fold approach of specialized care and holistic development of these Angels through PYSSUM Child Development Centre (PCDC).
Working extensively since its foundation, PYSSUM has now flourished as a state-of-the-art organization in the field of intellectual disability and children at risk in Lucknow. Today, with strong and dedicated team members from various areas of Inclusive Education for special need children, Therapy and Clinical Psychology who work for 119 special need children and children at risk through PYSSUM School, a centre for inclusive education, early intervention and child development, 23 adults through job training modules at PYSSUM Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre (PVTRC) and; the families of special need individuals and Special Education trainees aspiring to serve in the disability areas with PYSSUM Research and Training Centre (PRTC).
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda who is widely recognized as the “Father of Yoga in the West”, founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) in 1917 and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1920 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science that originating millennia ago in India to help people across the world to overcome physical, mental and spiritual sufferings of life and fill it with love, peace, joy and harmony.
His world-renowned classic "Autobiography of a Yogi" has been honoured as one of "100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century". The book has brought wonders in the lives of millions and is often recommended as a must-read for those in search of their own Self. Acknowledging his exemplary life and service to the humankind in 1977, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda's passing, a special commemorative stamp was issued in his honour by the Government of India.
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, paid tribute to the life and works of Paramahansa Yogananda released a postage stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India in March 2017.
The 125th anniversary of the Spiritual Master was honoured through the release of commemorative coins of Rupees 125 by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on October 29, 2019.
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A Wonderland for the Holistic Development of the “Intellectually Challenged Individuals”
PYSSUM envisions an inclusive society on the grounds of spiritual discipline. Today, when scientific research is establishing the efficacy of Yoga and meditation in improving the lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities, team PYSSUM feels humbled that since our inception we have followed the “How to Live Principles” and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda to benefit the individuals with special needs. His teachings emphasise on the deep-rooted impact of Yoga healing methods.
In our pursuit of training and rehabilitation of special needs people, we have observed amazing results through group meditation, healing techniques and affirmations recommended in his public literature. We have progressed in our activities and systems to provide a socio-spiritual environment to have a holistic rehabilitation of individuals with special needs seeking our help.
Sri R N Arora
Dr Naval Chandra Pant
Dr Punita Manik
Dr Ranu Uniyal Pant
Amabika Prasad Ojha
Critical Care Expert
Sri Mukesh Kumar
Dr Raghida Kamal
God Almighty and the merciful, must have been thinking something very special to happen in Lucknow when He inspired Dr Raghida Kamal and her family to be the founding force for PYSSUM’s journey of service to the People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Raghida Ji, a long time spiritual disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, was primarily inspired to work for Intellectually Challenged individuals due to her severely challenged brother Mr Kameel Kamal and undertook the bigger task of helping the individuals with special needs, adults in particular. She started Kamal Gardens (www.kamalgardens.org), where challenged adults are trained to develop vocational skills.
The zeal to serve God in her spiritual preceptor’s land India through the people suffering with Mental Retardation, Autism, CP, Down Syndrome and multiple disabilities, brought Raghida Ji to support the same cause in PYSSUM. Now on its firm feet PYSSUM family shall always be grateful to their exemplary efforts to guide all humanitarian ventures undertaken by PYSSUM’s functionaries.
Anand Utsav 2019
All children, challenged or otherwise, inherently appreciate festivals as festivities display a sense of joy and happiness in their environment. PYSSUM has always given utmost importance to the environment of joy, peace and happiness around its children. PYSSUM children get the exposure of all Indian festivals without conflicting their personal faiths and they enjoy them tremendously.
5th January is celebrated as the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda world over as Guru Janmotsav. The entire PYSSUM family celebrates with special Havan ceremony dedicated to the Guru followed by special chanting and meditation.
HELP US SPREAD THE JOY
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND SERVICE
PYSSUM cherishes the vision of time when people in our historical city of Lucknow truly start acknowledging every person with special needs as an individual having the right to live and enjoy her or his life like everyone else around them. We, at PYSSUM, wish to extend this vision to our beautiful state of Uttar Pradesh and take our efforts, small or big, to as far as we can in all parts of our great nation India.