Week of March 16 - March 22, 2015

“The greatest enemy of divine realization is the body; it becomes easily tired and wants to give up. A true devotee never relaxes his efforts nor admits the supremacy of the body. Continuous Vigilance is required. We must believe, against all seeming odds, that He will come. Even an agnostic who thinks that there is little likelihood that God exists but who perseveres in the search for Him will ultimately find Him.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, March 22 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Secret of Spiritual Success”. Sunday School for children ages 3-12 is also held from 11 am to 12 noon. The service is 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:

 "This day shall be the best day of my life. Today I will start a new determination to dedicate my devotion forever at the feet of Omnipresence.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

 

• As previously announced, we are organizing the India Night fundraising event for Saturday, April 11 from 5:00 PM onwards with Brother Pranavananda and Br. Klaus. We encourage everyone to RSVP by Wednesday, April 1 either by visiting our website www.srfhouston.org or by filing out the sign-up sheet in the foyer. A 'suggested' donation of $25 per adult and $10 per child is requested to attend this event. Your donations will be used towards our Houston Center Building Fund, as well as to cover the costs of the India Night event. Donations can be made either online through our website or in person by cash or check. Checks can be made out to "Houston Meditation Group" with the memo indicating "India Night Event". For cash donations, please put your donation amount in an envelope and place it in the basket in the Chapel foyer.

 

• This Saturday, March 21, 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, March 22 at 12:30pm. 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.

 

• Our monthly meditation retreat is scheduled for next Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This month we will have a guided meditation in the morning, which will include group practice of the SRF techniques of meditation. 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 9:00 am.

 

• On Saturday April 11, we will first visit the Museum of Fine Arts with the Monastics from 10:00am to 11:30am and then have a picnic in Herman Park from 11:30am to 1:00pm. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the sign-up form located in the chapel foyer. If you have any questions, please contact Funso (funso_ekibolaji@yahoo.com) or Carol (carol.curro@sbcglobal.net).

 

 

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