Who founded SIF?

Science of Identity Foundation was established in 1977 by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa.

Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the disciplic succession (parampara) known as Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya. Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda is the founder of Science of Identity Foundation and the inspiration behind numerous local and worldwide organizations founded by his disciples and students. He has been teaching the science of yoga for over 45 years.

What does SIF teach?

SIF teaches many practices and branches of yoga including yoga exercise, breathing, relaxation, yoga philosophy, yoga lifestyle, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and more. SIF makes these ancient teachings available to modern audiences through television, internet, books and audio and video recordings, as well as in our centers and community settings.

What programs does SIF offer?

Science of Identity Foundation teaches many practices and branches of yoga including yoga exercise, breathing, relaxation, yoga philosophy, yoga lifestyle, karma yoga, and bhakti yoga, with a focus on meditation, kirtan, and yoga wisdom. By adding these practices and principles to your life you can attain greater physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

Applying these processes can help you gain insights, understand your true identity and purpose for existence, and awaken and cultivate the inherent wisdom and spiritual love lying dormant within your heart.

Where do SIF’s teachings originate from?

This transcendental knowledge is being passed down through an unbroken line of self-realized yoga spiritual masters known as the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya whose teachings are known as Vaisnava Hinduism, or more specifically, Gaudiya Vaisnavism. The primary yoga scriptures of this disciplic succession are the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, and Sri Ishopanishad.

How are the teachings of SIF connected to Vaishnava Hinduism?

The goal of Vaishnava Hinduism is to achieve self-realization and to live life based on that self-realization. It is not something that one joins, but rather it is a path with particular practices that one follows.

Vaishnava Hinduism should not be equated to a “religion” like Christianity, Islam, etc that one can join, convert to, or quit. The very essence of Vaishnava Hinduism is the principle of self-realization; and self-realization means understanding that ultimately one is not the physical body, the mind, nor any designation that one may apply to oneself.