SRF Online Inspirational Services

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. 

This Week – Spiritual Strength In Times of Crisis
Brother Bhumananda speaks on “Spiritual Strength In Times of Crisis,” recorded at the SRF Mother Center on March 23, 2020.  

In this talk he draws upon the guidance and understanding of Sri Daya Mata, Brother Chidananda, and other disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda.

He explains how we can deal with the challenges of our current times with courage, faith, positive thinking, thereby bringing out our highest soul qualities: “The crisis itself is not the most important thing. What is most important is how we respond to the crisis.”


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San Damiano Retreat

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

Due to the continuing Covid-19 stay-at-home precautions, Brother Jayananda with the oversight from Mother Center, has announced the San Damiano Retreat is cancelled for 2020.

It is with regret we have to announce the cancellation of the retreat. However, we can take solace in knowing that we are doing our part, along with daily participation in Master’s World Wide Prayer Circle, in the continuing efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic as we help restore the health of our global community. 

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Refunds will be given to all who have registered. Emails will be forthcoming to all registrants regarding refunds.

In lieu of receiving a refund, those who wish to convert their payment to a full or partial donation to Berkeley Temple may do so by contacting:
→ Chris Christel

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.

Resources for Coping With the Current World Situation

From Brother Chidananda

Letter – Crisis or Spiritual Opportunity?

A new letter from SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda entitled “Crisis or Spiritual Opportunity?” is now available. We hope that you can draw strength and solace from these timely words of encouragement and deep spiritual insight.
The letter is posted on the SRF website:  → Read Letter

A Meditation Service

Brother Chidananda wanted to make this meditation service available online since many SRF temples, centers, and groups worldwide have canceled their Sunday services. 

By drawing on divine protection together, we can come to feel true security and solace within, and do our part in bringing spiritual assurance to the world in this time of need, or at any other tim

Guidance and Encouragement 

    “God is the only harbor of safety from the storms of this world. “Take shelter in Him
     with all the eagerness of thy heart. By His grace thou shalt obtain the utmost peace 
     and the Eternal Shelter”  
—Paramahansa Yogananda.

A source of inspiration and upliftment relating to this challenging time are excerpts of our guru’s writings that are on the SRF Mother Center website. Brother Bhumananda mentions this page  during his talk in this weeks Inspirational Online Service.  → Excerpts of Paramahansa Yogananda.

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Another source of guidance which Brother Chidananda encourages us to have is “Where There is Light” – Insight and Inspiration for Meeting Life’s Challenges.


The current Covid-19 precautions prevents Mother Center from shipping publications but this publication and others from SRF are available at: Amazon.com – Where There is Light.
 

 

SRF Online Meditation Center – ‘A Bridge Over Troubled Waters’

“In this time of social-distancing, OMC is soul-gathering.”

With social-distancing affecting members globally and SRF services halted, the daily online meditations give devotees the bridge on which to gather together (upwards to 1,000 and more at a time) in meditation and in joining the World Wide Prayer Circle.

Those who have been attending the meditations know the profound value they offer. For those who are yet unfamiliar to the online meditations, words are inadequate to describe the transformative power they add to one’s daily sadhana.

For more information on the OMC please see the details in SRF NEWS below ↓.

 

Yogananda Seva

The motivation behind the formation of YS is the reaching into the vast pool of SRF/YSS lay disciples to expand support of our Guru’s mission and worldwide community of followers, which has given birth to the Online Meditation Center along with upcoming ways for devotees to join together globally as a united family in serving the work of SRF.

YS is now an international community of members of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), offering SRF members ways to serve the SRF global family. 

To find out more about YS and how to volunteer: →Yogananda Seva

 

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COVID-19 Outbreak and Temple Services

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

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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

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

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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 )

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 

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