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March 21 2020

Spring Comes to 2317 Buena Vista Avenue

A small collection of photos to show everyone how our soon-to-be Temple home is transforming with Spring.

The arch is in full bloom with Wisteria, the Wiegela bushes have been lighting up the parking areas, and one small, deep red rose – soon to be many, at the entrance greeting all who enter. 

All the areas will welcome the talented hands of Master’s devotees who will enhance, transform, and bring sustainability to the gardens, lawns, and future gathering places of our new home.

Click here for Spring Comes to 2317 Buena Vista Avenue.

SRF Online Inspirational Services

March 20, 2020

During the current difficult times—in which SRF temples, centers, and groups have had to temporarily cancel Sunday services—we will be offering inspirational services online. Through the services presented here, you can join Paramahansa Yogananda’s worldwide spiritual family in weekly divine fellowship.  

Each inspirational service will be posted for an entire week and then replaced the following weekend with a new talk. If you subscribe to our Newsletter you will receive an email notification when the new video has been posted. 

 

 

A Meditation Led by Brother Chidananda

March 13, 2020

 

COVID-19 Outbreak and Temple Services

At this time all temple meditations and inspirational services

have been cancelled until further notice.

Please read the SRF Mother Center statement regarding the decision to suspend services.

San Damiano Retreat

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic precautions the San Damiano Retreat is cancelled for 2020.

 

 

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

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.

__________________________

Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday:   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm

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

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays:   8:40 am – 12:00 pm  |   5:40 – 9:00 pm

TWO-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Sundays:  4:40 – 7:00 pm

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Please check the Online Calendar for dates and times

__________________________

Study Groups

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

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

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

 

 

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

2020 World Convocation

July 26 – August 1 

Annual gathering of SRF members and friends from around the world for meditation and immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

For more information and registration: World Convocation 2020 

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

 

 

March 21 20202020-03-26T19:35:44-07:00

March 14, 2020

 

COVID-19 Outbreak and Temple Services

At this time all temple meditations and inspirational services

have been cancelled until further notice.

Please read the SRF Mother Center statement regarding the decision to suspend services.

 

March 12, 2020

Dear Friend,                                                                                                

We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and are aware of the uncertainty felt by so many worldwide.

After much prayerful consideration about what the right course of action should be, we have made the decision to cancel all SRF meditation and inspirational services at our temples, centers, and groups in the US and in other countries where the government has suggested we do so. 

We will be contacting our meditation groups separately with guidance. We have also cancelled all retreat programs, until further notice.

Online Meditations
Those of you who regularly participate in group meditations and spiritual fellowship know the value and positive influence of seeking God together. We encourage you to continue participation in group meditations via our online meditation services by visiting:
 SRF Online Meditation

We are also looking into offering online inspirational events soon and encourage you to check our website for updates on this.

The decision to cancel our services and retreats has been made in compliance with the request of the governor of California and the California Department of Public Health that non-essential gatherings across the state of California should be limited to no more than 250 people, and that smaller events than this should implement social distancing of six feet per person. These cautionary measures are also being requested and implemented in many other states and countries.

We recommend that you continue to follow universal health guidelines with regards to coronavirus, which can be found on the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control  and    World Health Organization

Paramahansa Yogananda expected us to use practical outer means and commonsense methods to prevent illness, but he also urged us have a positive attitude and faith in God’s love and protection. That inner attunement felt in meditation and prayer will allow us to reach into the infinite reservoir of God’s healing power to help ourselves and all those who are in need.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­In closing, let us keep in mind these words of our Gurudeva:

“Whatever it is that you fear, take your mind away from it and leave it to God. Have faith in Him…Every night, before you sleep, affirm: ‘The Heavenly Father is with me; I am protected.’ Mentally surround yourself with Spirit and His cosmic energy.”

May God and the Great Ones deeply bless and watch over you and your loved ones.

In divine friendship,

Self-Realization Fellowship

A Meditation Led by Brother Chidananda

March 13, 2020

 

San Damiano Retreat

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

We hope to have the retreat held as scheduled, but due to changing circumstances of the Covid 19 pandemic the retreat may be cancelled. Registrants will be informed of any changes.

Registration Forms & Fliers
Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms and fliers are available at the back of the chapel and can be downloaded online at berkeleytemple.org.

 

 

 

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

2020 World Convocation

July 26 – August 1 

Annual gathering of SRF members and friends from around the world for meditation and immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

For more information and registration: World Convocation 2020 

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.

__________________________

Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday:   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm

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

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays:   8:40 am – 12:00 pm

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Please check the online calendar for dates and times

__________________________

Study Groups

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

March 14, 20202020-03-21T15:31:56-07:00

March 8, 2020

Upcoming Minister Visits

March 19 – 22

Thursday:  Meditation  (7:00 pm)
                  Satsanga Service  (8:00 pm)   

Saturday:  Young Adults Retreat  (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
 

 Sunday:   Meditation  (10:00 am)
                 Lecture Service  (11:00 am)

Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Troy are here this weekend: March 7-9

ReCovid19 Outbreak and Temple Services

At this time all temple inspirational, meditation, or commemorative services will be held as scheduled.

If the current coronavirus situation changes and local ordinances recommend the cancellation of religious gatherings, we will follow that guidance and promptly communicate the information to you.

SRF Mother Center statement regarding the ReCovid19 outbreak:

Sunday Teas – Cancelled

In keeping with current precautions regarding the Coronavirus, the Sunday Teas for March 8 and beyond are cancelled until further notice.

Mahasamdhi Commemoration Service

Monday, March 9   |   8:00 pm   |   Meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar

The Commemoration Service and Meditation will be led by Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Troy.

Traditional symbolic offerings of a flower and monetary donation are given during these services.

Temple Day of Service – Cancelled

Saturday, March 14

Young Adult Retreat

Saturday, March 21  |  10:00 am – 2:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

Please join us for inspiration, meditation, and introspection. All those in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s are cordially invited to attend.

Please RSVP by March 14th at, yag@berkeleytemple.org.  Flyers are available in the back of the chapel.

Six-Hour Meditation

Saturday, March 29 |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

The Temple Six Hour Meditations consist of periods of silent mediation lasting approximately 40 – 45 minutes. 

Chanting, accompanied by the temple kirtan group, occurs between meditation periods.


To provide the optimum meditation experience, silence from all vocal sounds and stillness of physical movements is requested.
________________ 

If anyone is new to attending SRF meditation, please review the SRF meditation Guidelines to become familiar with the experience of meditating in groups of SRF members.

If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting.

The meditation begins with the SRF Energization Exercises which were developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. Participation in the exercises is optional.

San Damiano Retreat

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

Registration is now open for the San Damiano Retreat. Mary Moffitt is available after Sunday Services to take registrations and answer questions. 

Brother Jayananda will be with us to lead the retreat.

Registration Forms & Fliers
Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms and fliers are available at the back of the chapel and can be downloaded online at berkeleytemple.org.

Sacramento Center Regional Retreat

May 15 – 17, 2020  |  Jesuit Retreat Center, Applegate, CA

For more information:
Sacramento Center Retreat 
Registration:
Sacramento Retreat Registration

 

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

2020 World Convocation

July 26 – August 1 

Annual gathering of SRF members and friends from around the world for meditation and immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

For more information and registration: World Convocation 2020 

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.

__________________________

Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday  |   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm 

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays  |  8:40 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesdays  11:00 am – in German   |  4:00 pm – in Spanish

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Tuesday, March 10         |   11:40 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25   |   11:40 am – 1:00 pm

__________________________

Study Groups

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

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

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

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

March 8, 20202020-03-12T17:37:16-07:00

March 1, 2020

Upcoming Minister Visits

March 7 – 9

Saturday: 
  Meditation (3:00 am – 4:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (5:00 pm)

Sunday:  
 Meditation  (10:00 am)
 Lecture Service ( 11:00 am)

Monday: 
  Meditation (7:00- 7:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (8:00 pm)
    

ReCovid19 Outbreak and Temple Services

At this time all temple inspirational, meditation, or commemorative services will be held as scheduled.

If the current coronavirus situation changes and local ordinances recommend the cancellation of religious gatherings, we will follow that guidance and promptly communicate the information to you.

SRF Mother Center statement regarding the ReCovid19 outbreak:

Sunday Teas – Cancelled

In keeping with current precautions regarding the Coronavirus, the Sunday Teas for March 8 and beyond are cancelled until further notice.

Mahasamdhi Commemoration Services

Saturday, March 7   |   5:00 pm   |   Meditation 3:00 – 4:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda
________________________

Monday, March 9   |   8:00 pm   |   Meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar

 

Both Commemoration Services and Meditations will be led by Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Troy.

Traditional symbolic offerings of a flower and monetary donation are given during these services.

Temple Day of Service – Cancelled

Saturday, March 14

Young Adult Retreat

Saturday, March 21  |  10:00 am – 2:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

Please join us for inspiration, meditation, and introspection. All those in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s are cordially invited to attend.

Please RSVP by March 14th at, yag@berkeleytemple.org.  Flyers are available in the back of the chapel.

Six-Hour Meditation

Saturday, March 29 |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

The Temple Six Hour Meditations consist of periods of silent mediation lasting approximately 40 – 45 minutes. 

Chanting, accompanied by the temple kirtan group, occurs between meditation periods.


To provide the optimum meditation experience, silence from all vocal sounds and stillness of physical movements is requested.
________________ 

If anyone is new to attending SRF meditation, please review the SRF meditation Guidelines to become familiar with the experience of meditating in groups of SRF members.

If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting.

The meditation begins with the SRF Energization Exercises which were developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. Participation in the exercises is optional.

San Damiano Retreat

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

Registration is now open for the San Damiano Retreat. Mary Moffitt is available after Sunday Services to take registrations and answer questions. 

Brother Jayananda will be with us to lead the retreat.

Registration Forms & Fliers
Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms and fliers are available at the back of the chapel and can be downloaded online at berkeleytemple.org.

Sacramento Center Regional Retreat

May 15 – 17, 2020  |  Jesuit Retreat Center, Applegate, CA

For more information:
Sacramento Center Retreat 
Registration:
Sacramento Retreat Registration

 

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

2020 World Convocation

July 26 – August 1 

Annual gathering of SRF members and friends from around the world for meditation and immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

For more information and registration: World Convocation 2020 

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.

__________________________

Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday  |   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm 

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays  |  8:40 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesdays  11:00 am – in German   |  4:00 pm – in Spanish

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Tuesday, March 10         |   11:40 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25   |   11:40 am – 1:00 pm

__________________________

Study Groups

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

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

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

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

March 1, 20202020-03-07T18:52:04-08:00

February 23 2020

Upcoming Minister Visits

March 7 – 9

Saturday: 
  Meditation (3:00 am – 4:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (5:00 pm)

Sunday:  
 Meditation  (10:00 am)
 Lecture Service ( 11:00 am)

Monday: 
  Meditation (7:00- 7:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (8:00 pm)
    

Easter Choral Group

Sundays  |    12:15 – 1:30 pm    |   Main Chapel

The choral group for Celebrating Easter through music, is rehearsing again. Come join the weekly Sunday PRACTICE  sessions. 
 
New Members with passion for singing, are still welcome!
 
Meet the group at the organ in the back of the chapel.
 

Six-Hour Meditation

Saturday, February 29 |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

The Temple Six Hour Meditations consist of periods of silent mediation lasting approximately 40 – 45 minutes. 

Chanting, accompanied by the temple kirtan group, occurs between meditation periods.


To provide the optimum meditation experience, silence from all vocal sounds and stillness of physical movements is requested.
________________ 

If anyone is new to attending SRF meditation, please review the SRF meditation Guidelines to become familiar with the experience of meditating in groups of SRF members.

If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting.

The meditation begins with the SRF Energization Exercises which were developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. Participation in the exercises is optional.

Mahasamdhi Commemoration Services

Saturday, March 7   |   5:00 pm   |   Meditation 3:00 – 4:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda
________________________

Monday, March 9   |   8:00 pm   |   Meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar

 

Both Commemoration Services and Meditations will be led by Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Troy.

Traditional symbolic offerings of a flower and monetary donation are given during these services.

San Damiano Retreat

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

Registration is now open for the San Damiano Retreat. Mary Moffitt is available after Sunday Services to take registrations and answer questions. 

Brother Jayananda will be with us to lead the retreat.

Registration Forms & Fliers
Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms and fliers are available at the back of the chapel and can be downloaded online at berkeleytemple.org.

 

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

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

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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.

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Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday  |   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm 

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays  |  8:40 am – 12:00 pm

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Wednesday, February 26  |  4:40 – 6:00 pm

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Study Groups

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

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

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

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

February 23 20202020-02-29T12:40:58-08:00

February 16, 2020

Upcoming Minister Visits

March 7 – 9

Saturday: 
  Meditation (3:00 am – 4:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (5:00 pm)

Sunday:  
 Meditation  (10:00 am)
 Lecture Service ( 11:00 am)

Monday: 
  Meditation (7:00- 7:45 pm)
  Mahasamadhi Service (8:00 pm)
    

Easter Choral Group

Sundays  |    12:15 – 1:30 pm    |   Main Chapel

The choral group for Celebrating Easter through music, is rehearsing again. Come join the weekly Sunday PRACTICE  sessions. 
 
New Members with passion for singing, are still welcome!
 
See Marzena Jones at the organ in the rear of the chapel.
 

Lesson Study Group

Monday, February 17

The Monday evening Lessons Study Group is cancelled due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The group resumes on Monday, February 24.

 

Temple Day of Service

Saturday, February 22  

  9:30 am  –  Meditation (Main Chapel)
10:00 am  –  Maintenance Tasks
12:30 am  –  Gourmet Lunch

Everyone is invited to attend the monthly temple maintenance day. No special skills are needed. 

Attendees often remark how much they enjoy the days of service by helping the temple and sharing fellowship with fellow devotees.

The blessings of the Guru and the camaraderie among those serving on these days builds lasting bonds.

Six-Hour Meditation

Saturday, February 29 |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Main Chapel

The Temple Six Hour Meditations consist of periods of silent mediation lasting approximately 40 – 45 minutes. 

Chanting, accompanied by the temple kirtan group, occurs between meditation periods.


To provide the optimum meditation experience, silence from all vocal sounds and stillness of physical movements is requested.
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If anyone is new to attending SRF meditation, please review the SRF meditation Guidelines to become familiar with the experience of meditating in groups of SRF members.

If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting.

The meditation begins with the SRF Energization Exercises which were developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. Participation in the exercises is optional.

Mahasamdhi Commemoration Services

Saturday, March 7   |   5:00 pm   |   Meditation 3:00 – 4:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda
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Monday, March 9   |   8:00 pm   |   Meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm   |   Main Chapel

Mahasamadhi of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar

 

Both Commemoration Services and Meditations will be led by Brother Ritananda and Brahmachari Troy.

Traditional symbolic offerings of a flower and monetary donation are given during these services.

San Damiano Retreat

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020

Registration is now open for the San Damiano Retreat. Mary Moffitt is available after Sunday Services to take registrations and answer questions. 

Brother Jayananda will be with us to lead the retreat.

Registration Forms & Fliers
Early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms and fliers are available at the back of the chapel and can be downloaded online at berkeleytemple.org.

 

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2020 – Centennial Year of Self-Realization Fellowship

The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, SRF is planning a number of special events throughout 2020.

For more information and updates on scheduled events: Self-Realization Fellowship 100th Year Centennial.

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.

__________________________

Meditations

ONE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Monday – Friday  |   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm 

THREE-HOUR MEDITATIONS with ENERGIZATION EXERCISES
Saturdays  |  8:40 am – 12:00 pm

MONASTIC LED MEDITATIONS
Wednesday, February 26  |  4:40 – 6:00 pm

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Study Groups

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

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

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

Temple Newsletter
Stay up to date with what’s happening with Temple current events
and updates on our Walnut Creek Temple location.
Subscribe to the Temple Newsletter

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.

 

February 16, 20202020-02-22T13:39:56-08:00

February 9, 2020

Upcoming Minister Visits

February 15 – 16

Saturday: 
  Six Hour Meditation (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
  Ascension Service (5:00 pm)
Sunday:  
 Meditation  (10:00 am)
 Lecture Service ( 11:00 am)
    

Easter Choral Group

Sundays    12:15 – 1:30 pm

The choral group for Celebrating Easter through music, is rehearsing again. Come join the weekly Sunday PRACTICE  sessions. 
 
New Members with passion for singing, are still welcome!
 
Marzena Jones will be available today in the back of the chapel to answer your questions.