Week of Sep 23rd-Sep 29th, 2013

""Yoga signifies scientific union with God; avatar means God descended in flesh. God descends in all souls and manifests variously as potential incarnations of Himself. In prophets such as Lahiri Mahasaya, the descended God ascends while in the human form, manifesting the hidden divine potentiality.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, September 29 for our weekly Service Reading entitled Finding God in Family Life". 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.

Weekly Affirmation:

“Shaming the white lotus in purity, beyond all duality, O Guru, image of Brahma, deliver us from delusion!” 

(Cosmic Chants)

Announcements:

  • The Commemoration services for the Mahasamadhi and Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya will be held in the chapel this Thursday, September 26, and Monday, September 30 from 8 to 9 pm respectively. Both services will be preceded by a meditation beginning at 7 pm. All devotees who are acquainted with the Guru-disciple relationship are welcome to attend. Devotees are asked to bring a flower or flowers as a symbol of devotion to God and the SRF Gurus, and a donation, if possible, as sign of loyalty to the path of SRF. These donations are sent to the Mother Center to share these sacred teachings with other truth-seeking souls.
  • Our monthly all-day meditation retreat will be this this Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This month we will have our Kirtan groupplaying chants during the afternoon portion. 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 Day of Service and Fellowship will be held next Saturday, October 5. 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, we request that you please inform Sudha by emailing him at vasudhaven@yahoo.com by next Wednesday, October 2. This will help us to organize head count for the Day of Service as there is much work to do in the grounds and buildings.  
  • Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.