Week of May 5th - May 11th, 2014

"In the mother aspect of womanhood there is purity. Men should look upon all women as mothers. They do not know what they miss when they look upon woman only as a means for the satisfaction of passion; they see, then, only the evil that is within themselves."

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

 Please join us this Sunday, May 11 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Mothers: Manifestations of God’s Love". The service is from 11 am to 12 noon. Sunday School for children ages 3-12 is also held from 11 am to 12 noon. Parents with younger children may enjoy the service from the infant room located in the Sunday School building. The Reading Service is preceded by a meditation service from 10 to 10:45 am, and by group practice of the Self-Realization Fellowship Energization Exercises at 9:40 am. The Center is open to the public for services and special activities.

Weekly Affirmation:

"O Fountain of Love, make me feel that my heart is flooded by Thine omnipresent love.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)

Announcements:

  • This Saturday, May 10, our Chapel will remain open from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for open meditation.
  • The commemorative service of the birthday of Swami Sri Yukteswar will be held in the chapel this Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The service will be preceded by a meditation from 7:00 pm to 7:50 pm. All devotees who are acquainted with the Guru-disciple relationship are welcome to attend. Please bring a flower or flowers as a sign of devotion and a monetary offering in an envelope. The donations are sent to Self-Realization Fellowship.
  • A weekend silent retreat will be held at the Ruah Center of Villa de Matel in Houston, from Friday, June 06 to Sunday, June 08. The retreat will include group practice of the SRF techniques of meditation as well as plenty of individual free time for spiritual study, rest, and to walk in the gardens. An extra day will be available for those wishing to arrive on Thursday, June 05 and who would like to have a self-guided day of silence. If you planning to attend, please fill out the registration form located in the foyer. A $30 non-refundable deposit is requested to reserve the room.
  • As previously announced, our Houston Center will be hosting a silent retreat from Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 02 at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, Texas. The retreat will be led by SRF Monastics - Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Gordon. The program will include inspirational talks, periods of meditation, devotional chanting, and the traditional worship service on Sunday. Please visit our website http://www.srfhouston.org/2014-retreat/ to register for the retreat.
  • Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.