SRF/YSS Monastic Led One-Day Silent Retreat Online

SRF:  Saturday, May 30  |   7:30 am – 3:30 pm   Pacific Daylight Time

YSS:  Saturday, May 30  |  10:30 am – 6:30 pm  Indian Standard Time

Join us at the SRF Online Meditation Center for a one-day silent retreat guided by a SRF/YSS monastic. The theme of the retreat will be “The Kingdom of God is Within,.

The retreat will include group practice of the SRF/YSS Energization Exercises, periods of silent meditation, chanting, an inspirational lecture by a SRF/YSS monastic, scriptural study, and a special DVD program.

→  Register for the One-Day Monastic Led Retreat Online

Webinar:  Swami Smaranananda Giri Ji (Vice President- YSS)


Swami Smaranananda recently gave an Introduction to Meditation Class via Zoom hosted by the esteemed Shoolini University in Northern India.

The class was intended for the university students new to meditation. Swamiji’s joyful presence, his wisdom and ability to convey the science and principles of meditation as taught by our guru to the university audience made up of scientists, biotechnologists, engineers, those in service management and liberal arts is uplifting and timeless.

SRF Online Inspirational Services

Each inspirational service will be posted for an entire week and then replaced the following weekend with a new talk.

This Week:

“The Liberating Power of Affirmation” by Brother Prafullananda

In this service, SRF minister Brother Prafullananda explores how seekers after highest consciousness can use the power of affirmation, as an adjunct to Kriya Yoga meditation, to achieve their greatest material and spiritual goals.

This talk delves into the idea that if we incorporate Paramahansa Yogananda’s instructions on the science of affirmation into our daily spiritual practice—as explained in Paramahansaji’s “how-to-live” teachings—we can bring about transformations of body and mind that utilize not only the potency of the subconscious but also the superconsciousness that exists within each one of us.

This talk was recorded at the Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Our New Temple Has A Name!

Bay Area Temple of Self-Realization Fellowship

Brother Chidananda expressed the need for the name to be inclusive for members through-out the Bay Area and the location to be identifiable by those living elsewhere.

This marks another step forward in our eventual move to our long-awaited and long-sought-for permanent home.

Currently the Lutherans are busy clearing the accumulations of 50 years of worshiping and care-taking the beautiful property. We wish them well as they move forward.

→ Slide Presentation

Article in the SRF Mother Center website: → Good News in Challenging Times


Self-Realization Magazine Spring – Free Digital Format

From SRF:
We are happy to announce that the Spring 2020 issue of Self-Realization magazine can now be read for free in digital format.

We hope you enjoy this special issue that celebrates the first 100 years of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship by exploring the theme “Universal Spirituality for the Coming Global Civilization,” which Paramahansaji’s life and teachings exemplify.

 Read the Spring 2020 issue of Self-Realization magazine

Joining Worldwide to Pray Throughout the Day

SRF has announced a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.

Following are the times that the monks and nuns at the SRF International Headquarters and other locations in California will be offering these healing prayers: (All times in PDT)

  7:50 – 8:00 am     12:50 – 1:00 pm        6:50 – 7:00 6 pm 

To read the full article: → Read more

To Help You Cope with the Current World Situation

From SRF Mother Center:
We in the ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda are deeply concerned for the welfare of the SRF/YSS global spiritual family and for all humanity during the current difficult world situation. Above all, we want to encourage you to turn within to the unfailing Inner Source of protection and reassurance.

Here are some online resources to aid you in your efforts to do just that at this or any other time of need. We will be updating this list with more content in the weeks to come:

 . . . Connecting With the Inner Source of Protection


Members have been inquiring how to donate to Berkeley Temple during this time of stay-at-home. We have initiated a donation button on the Temple website and now in the Newsletter.

Every gift is deeply appreciated and will help to make a difference at our Temple. We thank you for your continuing support.

Donations we receive in response to this appeal will be deposited into the Berkeley/Walnut Creek Temple Building Fund and will be used for any large maintenance expenses associated with the Berkeley Temple or Walnut Creek Temple’s buildings and future meeting facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, vehicles, fundraising expenses, and any potential future property purchases
—which are not typically funded through our operating budget.




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2020 World Convocation

From SRF Mother Center:
Convocation 2020: Important Announcement

The city of Los Angeles is currently under strict “stay at home” orders because of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Due to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recent announcement that large public gatherings will not be permitted anytime soon and perhaps not before 2021, and after discussion with the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, we have had to cancel the in-person events for this year’s Convocation.  

Though we must cancel our coming together in-person this year, we are going to present a wide range of the 2020 SRF World Convocation events online, transforming this international spiritual gathering into an event capable of reaching thousands more worldwide. Details will be announced soon.

At this time all SRF Temple Meditations and Inspirational Services have been cancelled until further notice.


SRF Online Meditation Center

“Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators.
Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by
the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”

                                                                           – Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogananda Seva Sign-Up

To participate in the online group meditations, sign-up with the international community of SRF members, Yogananda Seva  or on the SRF website.

Calendar of Online Meditation Services


Meditations and Study Groups  |   Monday – Saturday

Join devotees around the globe for daily online group Meditations and Scripture Studies via the newly established online SRF Meditation Center.

Daily group meditations, SRF Lessons and Scripture Study groups are now available for SRF members and friends around the world.

All sessions are scheduled in Pacific Time.

Check the Online Calendar for updates.



Monday – Friday:   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm
Tuesday – Saturday:  12:00 am

Wednesdays:   11:00 am – German   |   1:00 pm – Italian   |   4:00 pm – Spanish

Saturdays:   8:40 am – 12:00 pm  – SRF lay-led
Saturdays:   5:40 pm – 9:00 pm  –  YSS Monastic led

Sundays:  4:40 – 7:00 pm

Please check the Online Calendar for dates and times



Study Groups

5:00 – 7:00  pm   |  open to SRF Lesson Students
(1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study )



 The Second Coming of Christ The Bhagavad Gita
9:00 – 11:00 am  /  5:00 –  7:00  pm
9:00 – 11:00 am   /  5:00 –  7:00  pm
(1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study ) (1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study )

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Prayer Requests, Suggestions, & Volunteer Sign-up
Boxes for Prayer Request, Suggestions, and Volunteer Sign-up sheets
are located in the back of the chapel.

Satsanga Questions
Monthly Satsanga Services are held on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm
which address pre-submitted questions concerning the spiritual path which are answered by our ministers.
Questions can be placed in the Main Chapel box at the back of the chapel
or submitted online at: Satsanga Questions

If you would like to look ahead to more temple events,
our Temple Calendar is available here.