Week of May 12th - May 18th, 2014

"As God is one, necessary to all of us, so religion is one, necessary and universal. Only the roads to it may differ in some respects at the beginning. As a matter of fact, it is illogical to say there are two religions, when there is but one God. There may be two denominations or sects, but there is only one religion."

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

 Please join us this Sunday, May 18 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Oneness of Religion". 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:

"Whether I am a small or a big wave of being, the same Ocean of Life is behind me.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)

Announcements:

  • Our monthly all-day meditation retreat is scheduled for next Saturday, May 24 from 9 am to 4 pm. All are welcome to attend at any time during the day, but we ask that you enter or exit the chapel only during chants or readings. The SRF Energization Exercises will be conducted as a group at 9 am.
  • Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel next Sunday, May 25 after Service. This group is open to all members and friends who wish to read and meditate upon Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita – God Talks with Arjuna. We hope that you are able to attend.
  • 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.