Week of July 06 - July 12, 2015

“Proof of the existence of God is not to be found in books, nor in the words of others. It is in yourself. When you sit quietly and pray and nothing happens, you have not gone deep enough to touch God. Blind prayers will not work.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, July 12 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Steps that Lead to 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:

 “Beloved God, since no earthly engagement is possible without using powers borrowed from Thee, I will renounce everything that interferes with my daily engagement to meditate on Thee in living silence.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

 

• Our next Day of Service and Fellowship is this Saturday, July 11. Due to the rising temperatures and the summer heat, we will plan on starting earlier around 7:30 am and ending the outside work sooner. If you are planning to attend, please let Sudha know by emailing him at vasudhaven@yahoo.com. This will help us to organize head count for the Day of Service.

 

• Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be held next Saturday, July 18. This month we will have an open, 12 hour non-conducted meditation from 8:00 am to 8:00 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.

 

• Our next meeting of the Bhagavad Gita Study Group will be held in the chapel next Sunday, July 19 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.