Week of April 27 - May 03, 2015

To reach God, to commune with Him, it is necessary to meditate. So form the habit of meditation. It is the only way to find everlasting happiness of the soul, and when you have that, nothing else matters. The joy God has implanted in the soul is more charming than all the lures of worldly temptation. That is why you should pray: "Father, make me realize Thou art enchanting beyond any earthly temptation.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, May 03 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Anchor Yourself in God”. 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:

 “Divine Mother, I will pull away the starry veil of the blue, I will tear away the cover of space, I will melt away the magic carpet of thoughts. I will shut off the diverting motion pictures of life, that I may behold Thee.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

  

• Our next Day of Service and Fellowship will be held in the Chapel this Saturday, May 02. If you are planning to attend, please let Sudha know by emailing him at vasudhaven@yahoo.com as this will help us to organize the head count for the lunch served on the Day of Service.

 

•  The commemorative service of the Birthday of Swami Sri Yukteswar will be held in the chapel next Sunday, 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.

 

• Our Spring Silent Retreat at Villa de Matel is scheduled for Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, with an optional day on Thursday May 14. Rooms are limited so advanced reservations and a $30 non-refundable deposit are required no later than this Sunday, May 3. A sign up form is available in the Chapel foyer, and please sign up only if you are sure that you will be attending. Please contact Jose Guzman or Michaele O'Dwyer if you have any questions.

 

• Guruji said that “Group Meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”  Our Center hosts group meditations every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and from 7:00 to 10:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Meditations last about 45 minutes, along with a reading and chants. Devotees may enter or leave the service quietly at any time. We hope that you are able to attend.

 

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