Week of May 11 - May 17, 2015

“The time-tested scriptures of the world are one in essence, inspiring man on his upward journey. Most bored people who think they have exhausted the joys of life do not know what a world of solace lies in the scriptures. A vacant mind is the work-shop of worry and despair. In choosing books, the first preference should be given to spiritual books, books of realization.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, May 17 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Good Books – Aids on the Spiritual Path”. 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 Father, teach me to dive again and again into meditation, deeper and deeper, until I find Thine immortal pearls of wisdom and divine joy.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

  

• This Saturday, May 16, our Chapel will remain open from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for open meditation.

 

• Our monthly meditation retreat is scheduled for next Saturday, May 23 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.

 

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel next Sunday, May 24 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.

 

• 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.