NEBT Newsletter December 2015

“Always in the background of your mind hum a silent devotional song of love to your
beloved Heavenly Father, remembering that all your abilities are gifts from Him.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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The Campaign for a New East Bay Temple so far…. 

With the approach of the holiday season and the end of the year, we are happy to report that your generous donations have brought the campaign much closer to our goal of 3.525 million dollars.

To date more than 3,280,00 dollars have been raised.  

Launch Weekend 

Bro Achalananda 3The Fundraising Campaign launch weekend in September inaugurated the public phase of the campaign with a three-day series of events. More than 400 people attended the weekend which began with a showingon Friday night of the award-winning documentary AWAKE: The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda. 

Bee Hive cake & Annie_+On Saturday the 150 devotees and friends attending the afternoon picnic in Tilden Park enjoyed hearing stories and first-hand accounts of monastic life as told by the SRF senior monks who traveled to Berkeley to be with us for the launch weekend. 

Sunday marked the official launch of the campaign with SRF vice-president Brother Achalananda inaugurating the campaign at an inspirational service and ribbon cutting ceremony attended by over 300 people.
Bro A-Elizabeth2The harmony and joy felt throughout the weekend was described by devotees as “like being at a mini convocation.”   

The tremendous enthusiasm from devotees to keep Master’s work moving forward in the Bay Area and their generosity and good will toward the NEBT campaign is truly inspiring.


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The Search for a New Temple in the East Bay

pink lotus_The Fundraising Committee, including Brother Jayananda, has been working closely with a broker who specializes in East Bay church properties. 

Although the market for available church properties is limited, the committee is confident that a suitable location will be found which will ideally serve Master’s devotees in the Greater Bay Area.

Matching Donation

pink lotus_ A generous devotee has offered a matching donation of $15,000 to our campaign, so that every dollar raised between now and December 30thwill be matched by the donor, up to $15,000. Your support can now go twice as far towards reaching our goal.

Year-End Donations

pink lotus_How to make a tax-deductible donation to the New East Bay Temple Fund:

1. By check – Make your check payable to Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and write: “New East Bay Temple Fund” on the memo line of the check. Either donate at the Berkeley Temple or send your check to:  

Self-Realization Fellowship, 3201 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

2. By credit card (phone) – call Mother Center at 818-549-5151 and indicate that your  donation is for the “New East Bay Temple Fund.”
3. By credit card (online) – go to our website at
4. BT Bookroom – You can also donate directly to this project at the Berkeley Temple in the Bookroom, which is open after services.

For further information about the fundraising campaign please visit our website at
For contributions and inquiries please contact us at:

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Thank You 

 pink lotus_Thank you for helping the New East Bay Temple become a reality for the spiritual benefit of current and future generations.

Many blessings to each of you, and thank you for keeping this campaign in your hearts and prayers.