Prajnana Mission was founded by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda under the divine guidance and advice of Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
In the words of our beloved Gurudev: "My whole life has been dedicated to serving people. As Hariharananda, I give medicines and services to the sick, food to the hungry, education to children, courage to the depressed and spiritual guidance to those who ask. Each human being is the living presence of God. Service to mankind is service to God. To dedicate one’s life for the benefit of others is real service. Please serve people with love and devotion. This is real service to God and Gurus." To fulfil these words of our beloved Gurudev is the real objective of the Mission.
The Mission is engaged in four major activities for the welfare of mankind in general.
An important activity of the Mission is dissemination of the ancient yogic science of Kriya Yoga and the teachings of an illustrious lineage of Masters of Kriya Yoga.
The practice of Kriya Yoga is aimed at all-round development of individuals helping them to unlock their infinite potential hidden within.
The Mission funds and manages Hariharananda Balashram, a free residential school for the destitute children of the state of Odisha.
Today, Hariharananda Balashram houses 476 children of Odisha who receive quality care and education free of charge. Forty children are admitted each year, ages 4 to 5. School is from Nursery to X Standard.
The school prepares students for higher studies and offers vocational and life skills training so that students are well-equipped to assume a meaningful role in society.
The third major activity is running of the Hariharananda Charitable Health Centers which provide free general health and dental services.
The Mission also carries out free mobile general health camps, specialized camps and dental camps in urban slums and rural areas and Village Health Projects in various areas that has little or no access to medical facilities.
The Mission provides relief to victims of natural calamities such as flood and fire accidents. In some cases it also rebuilds their homes thus helping them in their struggle to come back to their usual way of life.