Week of July 20 - July 26, 2015

“An avatar lives in the omnipresent Spirit; for him there is no distance inverse to the square. Only one reason, therefore, motivates Babaji in maintaining his physical form from century to century: the desire to furnish humanity with a concrete example of its own possibilities. Were man never vouchsafed a glimpse of Divinity in the flesh, he would remain oppressed by the heavy mayic delusion that he cannot transcend his mortality.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, July 26 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “A Deathless Avatar”. 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 mingle my inner devotional whispers with the prayers of all saints, and continuously offer them in the temples of silence and activity until I can hear His whispers, loudly, everywhere.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

 

  

• The commemoration service of Mahavatar Babaji will be held in the chapel this Saturday, 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 next Day of Service and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, August 1. 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. We dedicate only one day a month to the care and upkeep of Master’s sanctuary in Houston so that it remains a magnet for those seeking to meditate together or to learn of Self-Realization Fellowship for the first time. 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.

 

•  A screening of the movie Awake: The Life of Yogananda has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 19 in Houston at the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24. For more information or to reserve a seat, please click on the link http://gathr.us/screening/12607. Note that in order to have the screening on August 19, a reservation quota has to be met approximately a week before the screening date.

 

• All activities and events organized by the Houston Center are carried out by dedicated members and friends and we always welcome new volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare each month and would like to volunteer, please let us know by contacting a member of the Managing Team after services.

 

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