Week of October 19 - October 25, 2015

“Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration, or the Word.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, October 25 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “The Art of Devotional Singing”. 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 Father, let the embers of my devotion glow with Thy presence evermore.” 

(Metaphysical Meditations)

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Announcements:

  

• Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be held this Saturday, October 24. 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 Fall silent retreat at Villa de Matel is scheduled from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15, with an optional extra day on Thursday, November 12. Accommodations are limited so please register using the forms available in the foyer, and only if you are sure that you will be attending. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of $30, payable to Villa de Matel. Please give your registration form and check to Jose Guzman or Michaele O'Dwyer.

 

• We are happy to announce that Brother Kalyanananda and Br. Troy from SRF Mother Center will be visiting our Houston Center from Thursday, December 17 to Sunday, December 20 to conduct the all-day Christmas Meditation. A detailed program will be finalized shortly.

 

• 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.