Week of Dec 9th - Dec 15th, 2013

"The real development of a man consists in the development of his inner nature. The true yogis of India are distinctly different from Indian magicians, sword-swallowers, and street entertainers. Genuine yogis are great men, very difficult to recognize because of their childlike simplicity, yet possessing miraculous powers like those of Christ.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, December 15 for a special lecture by Self-realization Fellowship minister Brother Saralananda, entitled “How to Bring God into Daily 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 and will be assisted by Bramachari Klaus. 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. Please note that the exercises will begin at 9:15 am.


  • Our all-day Christmas Meditation will be held in the chapel this Saturday, December 14 from 9 am to 4 pm and will be conducted by Brother Saralananda and Bramachari Klaus. Detailed instructions in English and Spanish are attached to this e-mail. Please bring a fruit and a donation in an envelope as a devotional offering. Please plan accordingly and try to arrive early in order to settle in your seat before the service begins. We will not be able to admit anyone into the chapel once the meditation has started. If you arrive late, please proceed to the Sunday School building where we you may follow the service via audio and video. If you have a cough or a cold, it is best if you meditate at home.
  • We will be taking a group photograph with Brother Saralananda and Bramachari. Klaus in the chapel after the service this Sunday, December 15.
  • Please join us after the group photograph for our Christmas Banquet and Sunday School Christmas Party in the Sunday School building.
  • Please note that Sunday School will not be held on Sunday, December 29.
  • If you are able to donate extra in order to help us cover the expenses for the Monastic Visit, we would like to remind you to make your checks payable to the ‘Houston Meditation Group’ as we are currently unable to change our bank account to reflect our new name – “Houston Center”. We will be sending out a general announcement when the official name has been changed on our bank account.