Terms and Conditions of Website Usage
Thank you for visiting the online Terms and Conditions of Use (“Terms and Conditions”) page of the Self-Realization Fellowship (“SRF”) website. Your access and use of the SRF website at www.yogananda.org (the “Website”) is subject to these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws. By accessing and/or using the Website, you accept these Terms and Conditions without limitation or qualification, as well as such additional or amended terms and conditions as SRF may from time to time publish. Certain services or other offerings made available on the Website may have additional terms and conditions that apply, which can be viewed either on the pages containing such services or offerings, or via a link on those pages or other directions to the additional terms and conditions.
Thank you for visiting our Website. We hope you enjoy your visit, and look forward to serving you.
The Website is owned and operated by Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF).
Copyright © 2019 Self-Realization Fellowship. All rights reserved.
The content presented by SRF on this Website — including but not limited to text, photographs, graphics, designs, logos, video, audio, and multimedia combinations — is the property of SRF or is used consistent with the owner’s permission or as permitted by applicable law. The content is protected under United States and international laws and treaties, and may not be used for any purpose whatsoever other than for private, non-commercial viewing purposes.
Except as stated herein, no portion of these contents may be displayed, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise — without the prior permission of the copyright holder.
Permission is granted, solely for your personal or internal use for non-commercial purposes, to display the contents with a computer using browser software and to download, use, and print copies of the material — provided that no modification is made to the material and that all copyright and other proprietary notices are preserved. Permission is granted to include links to the Website on other websites, provided that all trademarks are duly noted in such links, and further provided that no such use shall have a detrimental impact on the reputation of SRF or any of its trademarks or other intellectual property. Permission granted here does not include the right to modify or repost the contents at any other websites without the express written permission of SRF (except brief excerpts as permitted by applicable law). SRF reserves the right to revoke any permissions granted herein at any time and for any reason. Use of the materials for any other purpose other than those expressly permitted, is a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights and the Terms and Conditions.
SRF’s logos, and a number of the names and images displayed on the Website, are protected by trademark laws. Many are registered trademarks of Self-Realization Fellowship, including: “Self-Realization Fellowship,” “The Spiritual Legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda,” the “standard pose” photo of Paramahansa Yogananda (shown on the home page), and the SRF lotus emblem. These may not be used without the prior written permission of Self-Realization Fellowship.
Links to Other Websites
You agree not to: (i) interfere with, disrupt, or harm in any way the Website or servers or networks connected to it; (ii) attempt to penetrate or circumvent security measures of SRF or another entity, or obtain or bypass others’ passwords; (iii) engage in denial of service attacks, i.e., actions designed to impair network access by flooding a site or the Internet with useless traffic; or (iv) engage in any other activity which hinders or disrupts the operation of the Website or interferes with other users' ability to use the Website.
Books, calendars, and physical audio and video products may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Physical audio and video products must be returned unopened to be eligible for a refund. Digital downloads are final sale and cannot be returned for a refund.
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
WE TRY TO KEEP THE SITE AND SERVICES UP, BUG-FREE, AND SAFE, BUT YOU USE THE WEBSITE AND SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. SRF DOES NOT WARRANT THAT USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SRF SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR THOSE ARISING OUT OF A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS. NO VERBAL OR OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED BY SRF SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL SRF BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RELIANCE BY YOU ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE WEBSITE THAT RESULTS IN MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF FILES, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER IN A CONTRACT CLAIM, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS CLAIM, EVEN IF AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF SRF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT, MERCHANDISE AND SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE.
SRF DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR ANY LINKED WEBSITE. SRF WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER SRF NOR ITS OFFICERS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONASTICS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, AGENTS, OR LICENCEES (COLLECTIVELY, “AFFILIATES”) WILL BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SUCH PARTIES WERE ADVISED OF, KNEW OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO USE OF THE SRF WEBSITE OR SERVICES, HOWEVER CAUSED, AND UNDER WHATEVER CAUSE OF ACTION OR THEORY OF LIABILITY BROUGHT (INCLUDING UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR OTHER TORT THEORY OF LIABILITY).
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent SRF may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of SRF's liability will be the minimum permitted under such law.
Intended for Users 13 or Older
The Website is intended for use by individuals of at least 13 years of age or older. If you are under the age of majority in your state of residence, a minor, your parent or legal guardian must agree to these Terms and Conditions on your behalf and you may only access and use the Website with permission from your parent or legal guardian.
Foreign Transfer of Data
This site is designed for use by U.S. residents. If you are not a U.S. resident, you can use this Website, but you are responsible for making sure that your actions comply with the laws applicable to you. If you are located outside of the U.S., please be advised that we process and store all information in the United States. The laws in the United States may not be as protective of your privacy as those in your location. By using the Website, you are agreeing to the collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of your personal information and communications will be governed by the applicable laws in the United States.
Accuracy of Information About Merchandise
We try to ensure that the information in the Bookstore section of the Website is accurate, complete and current. Despite our efforts, there will be instances when information about an item contains inaccurate or incomplete data, including data about the item's price or availability. We make no warranty or guarantee that the product information in our online Bookstore is error-free, complete, or current.
Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Self-Realization Fellowship and our Affiliates from and against any and all claims, costs, proceedings, demands, losses, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees and legal costs) of any kind or nature, arising from or relating to, any actual or alleged breach of these Terms and Conditions by you or anyone using your account. If we assume the defense of such a matter, you will reasonably cooperate with us in such defense.
Enforcement of Provisions; Arbitration Agreement and Waiver of Certain Rights
These Terms are governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without reference to its provisions concerning conflicts of law. You hereby expressly waive trial by jury in any action, proceeding or counterclaim on any matters whatsoever arising out of or related to these Terms and Conditions, the provision or use of the Website or the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate (“Claim”). You hereby agree to submit any Claim to binding arbitration, to be held in Los Angeles, California as detailed below. In the event any Claim is deemed by a court not to be subject to arbitration, it will be submitted a court of competent jurisdiction located in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, which shall constitute the exclusive venue for any such dispute(s).
By accessing or using the Website, you agree: (i) that any and all disputes you may have with, or Claims you may have against us or our Affiliates will be resolved exclusively by final and binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA Rules”). The arbitration will be heard and determined by a single arbitrator. The arbitrator’s decision in any such arbitration will be final and binding upon the parties and may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties agree that the arbitration will be kept confidential and that the existence of the proceeding and any element of it will not be disclosed beyond the arbitration proceedings, except as may be required by applicable law.
If you demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, we will pay as much of the administrative costs and arbitrator’s fees required for the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the cost of the arbitration from being prohibitive. In the final award, the arbitrator may apportion the costs of arbitration and the compensation of the arbitrator among the parties in such amounts as the arbitrator deems appropriate.
This arbitration agreement does not preclude you from seeking action by federal, state, or local government agencies. You and we also have the right to bring qualifying claims in small claims court. In addition, you and we retain the right to apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for provisional relief, including pre-arbitral attachments or preliminary injunctions, and any such request shall not be deemed incompatible with these Terms and Conditions, nor a waiver of the right to have disputes submitted to arbitration as provided in these Terms and Conditions.
Neither you nor we may act as a class representative or private attorney general, nor participate as a member of a class of claimants, with respect to any Claim. Claims may not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis. The arbitrator can decide only your and/or our individual Claims. The arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration we each waive any right to a jury trial.
THIS SECTION LIMITS CERTAIN RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO MAINTAIN A COURT ACTION, THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL, THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FORM OF CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE CLAIM, THE RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN DISCOVERY EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN AAA RULES, AND THE RIGHT TO CERTAIN REMEDIES AND FORMS OF RELIEF. OTHER RIGHTS THAT YOU OR WE WOULD HAVE IN COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION. If any provision of this Section is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then that specific provision shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed, but the remainder of this Section will continue in full force and effect. This Section of these Terms and Conditions will survive the termination of your relationship with us.
If any part of these Terms and Conditions is found to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. SRF may revise these Terms at any time by updating this posting.
The failure of SRF to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
The failure by us to enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions will not prevent us from enforcing such right or provision in the future.
We may assign our rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions, including in connection with a merger, acquisition, sale of assets or equity, or by operation of law.
Limitation of Legal Actions
You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Terms and Conditions, or the provision or use of the Website, must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose in any jurisdiction within the United States and any other jurisdiction outside of the United States which recognizes the right of the parties to shorten the statute of limitation by agreement to one (1) year as stated herein, or the minimum statutory limit permitted by law in any jurisdiction outside of the United States that does not recognize the parties’ right to shorten the statute of limitation for that jurisdiction by private agreement, or be forever barred.
If you have any questions concerning these terms, you may contact our Legal Department:
Attn: Legal Department
3880 San Rafael Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Phone: (323) 225-2471
Fax: (323) 276-5612
Last Revised: June 22, 2017