Week of December 28 - January 03, 2016

“The body of an average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power roused by an excessive practice of Kriya. Through gradual and regular increase of the simple and foolproof methods of Kriya, man’s body becomes astrally transformed day by day, and is finally fitted to express the infinite potentials of cosmic energy which constitute the first materially active expression of Spirit.” 

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

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This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, January 03 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Kriya Yoga – The Royal Science of Realization”. 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 am an immortal spark of Thy cosmic fire.” 

(Whispers from Eternity)

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Announcements:

 

• The New Year's Eve Meditation will be held in the chapel today Thursday, December 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please note that this year we will not be chanting the 'O God Beautiful' chant before our meditation.

 

• As the year 2015 draws to a close, the Houston Center Managing team would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year 2016. Guruji said "Let us forget the sorrows of the past and make up our minds not to dwell on them in the New Year. With determination and unflinching will, let us renew our lives, our good habits, and our successes. If the last year has been hopelessly bad, the New Year must be hopefully good."

 

• Please join us in the chapel after service this Sunday, January 3 for a special healing service. The service is expected to last for 15 minutes.

 

• On Tuesday, January 05 we will have the birthday Commemorative Service for Paramahansa Yogananda from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The service will be preceded by a meditation beginning at 7:00 pm. All devotees who are acquainted with the Guru-disciple relationship are welcome to attend. Please bring a flower or flowers, anda monetary offering in an envelope. The donations are sent to Self-Realization Fellowship.

 

• The traditional all-day meditation commemorating the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda will be held in the chapel next Saturday, January 09 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a 30 minute break at 1 pm. A fruit offering is required but please note that monetary donations are not requested for this service.

 

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