Services and Meditations

Please arrive on time for all services. The front door opens 15 minutes prior to our services. Please enter during the periods of chanting, at the top of the hour. If you have any questions, please see the Usher in the rear of the Chapel prior to the service.

“Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Sunday Reading Service

10:00 am to 10:45 am — Meditation Service
11:00 am to 12:00 noon — Inspirational Reading Service
Entrance for 2nd hour is during chanting period from 10:45 to 11:00 am
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm — Eight-Hour Meditation; 1st Sunday of each month unless otherwise listed.

The Reading Service is based on readings from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The services include periods of devotional chanting, silent meditation or reflection, prayer, and practice of the Worldwide Prayer Circle Healing Technique as taught by Yoganandaji, in which devotees pray for others, for those who have requested physical, mental or spiritual healing, and for world peace. A 45-minute Meditation Service is held one hour prior to the Reading Service. Newcomers are encouraged to attend this service.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm — Meditation Service
Chanting Periods on the hour, at 8:00 and 9:00 pm

Our group meditations offer devotees a chance to come together in silence to reinforce each other’s efforts toward Self-Realization and practice the SRF techniques of concentration and meditation. Meditation periods are 45 minutes in length. Each service begins with a prayer, followed by a short period of devotional chanting, which is repeated at the top of each hour. Entrance and exit to the chapel are permitted only during chanting and reading periods, during which time the door will be open, to preserve the silence essential to meditation. The service concludes with the World Prayer Circle Service.

Friday Inspiration Service

7:00 pm to 7:45 pm — Meditation Service
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm — Inspirational Service (Kirtan Service 1st Friday of each month)
Entrance for 2nd hour is from 7:45 pm to 8:00 pm

The Inspirational Service includes readings from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda or one of the Self-Realization monastics, interspersed with periods of chanting and silent meditation, and concluding with the practice of the Worldwide Prayer Circle Service. A 45-minute meditation service is held one hour prior to the Inspirational Service.

The Second Coming of Christ Reading Group

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm — Group Study

Reading of The Second Coming of Christ, Paramahansa Yogananda’s translation and commentary of the four Gospels.

Our Second Coming of Christ Study Group meets every Wednesday, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. In this unprecedented masterwork of inspiration, Paramahansa Yogananda takes the reader on a profoundly enriching journey through the four Gospels. Verse by verse, he illumines the universal path to oneness with God taught by Jesus to his immediate disciples but obscured through centuries of misinterpretation: how to become like Christ, how to resurrect the Eternal Christ within ones self. If you are interested in purchasing The Second Coming of Christ, we have a limited number of copies at our chapel or you may order it online from the SRF Bookstore.

Eight Hour Sunday Meditations

Extended Meditations are held from 2:00 pm–10:00 pm on the first Sunday of each month at our Chapel. There will be a short period of devotional chanting at the top of every hour followed by silent Group Meditation. Please refer to our Calendar for upcoming dates.

Commemorative Services

These special services are held throughout the year to honor either the birth or Mahasamadhi (final conscious exit from the physical body) of one of the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus. They are open to all who understand the significance of the guru-disciple relationship and can participate with sincerity and reverence. Please bring a flower, symbolizing devotion for the Master being honored, and a monetary donation in an envelope as an expression of gratitude and loyalty to the work of Self-Realization Fellowship. Please refer to our Calendar for dates, and to our Upcoming Events for more information.