Week of July 14th - July 20th, 2014

"A desire leads to pain, so it leads also to pleasure, the only difference being that in the first case, want involved in desire is not satisfied; while in the second case, want involved in desire seems to be satisfied by the presence of external objects. But this pleasurable experience, resulting from the fulfillment of the want by object, does not remain but dies away, and we retain only the memory of the objects that seemed to have removed the want."

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

 Please join us this Sunday, July 20 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Root-Cause of Suffering". 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.

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Weekly Affirmation:

"I will behold wisdom in ignorance, joy in sorrow, health in weakness; for I know that God’s perfection is the only reality.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

• This Saturday, July 19, our Chapel will remain open from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for open meditation.

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel this Sunday, July 20 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.

• The commemoration service of Mahavatar Babaji will be held in the chapel next Friday, July 25 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The service will be preceded by an open meditation from 7:00 pm to 7:50 pm and you may enter the chapel quietly at any time. 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 to be used to honor the Guru.

• Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be held next Saturday, July 26. This month we will have an open, 12 hour non-conducted meditation from 8 am to 8 pm. You are welcome to join us at any time but we ask that you sign in when you arrive and that you enter and exit the chapel quietly.

• We are continuing to accept donations for the second phase of our Audio-Visual fundraising drive in an effort to raise the remaining $3,500 by Sunday, August 31. If you would like to make a donation, please deposit your cash or check in an envelope in the chapel or you can even make a donation on-line through our website www.srfhouston.org. When making the donation, please indicate that it is for Audio-Visual equipment. If you have any questions about this fundraising drive, please contact a member of the Managing Team.

• If you are planning to attend our fall retreat at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, Texas, and haven’t yet registered, we encourage you to please visit our website www.srfhouston.org to reserve your room. The retreat will be held from Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 02, and will be led by SRF Monastics - Brother Naradananda and Brahmachari Gordon.

• Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.