Services and Meditations

SUNDAY 7.00 am

Early Morning Meditation: The early meditation service is a three-hour service, which allows Self-Realization Fellowship students to practice together the methods of concentration and meditation as taught by Paramahansaji in the SRF Lessons. The service consists of three extended periods of silent meditation, which are interspersed with periods of devotional chanting. You may enter or leave during periods of chanting on the hour, as not to disturb meditating devotees.

SUNDAY 10.00 am

Prayer Service: Uniting with Prayer Circles which meet regularly in all SRF temples, the prayer service allows devotees to pray for world peace and to pray for all those who request healing of physical illness, mental in-harmony, and spiritual ignorance. Devotees may also pray for their loved ones, as well as for divine aid in overcoming their personal difficulties. The group then practices the healing technique taught by Paramahansaji, which is explained in the free booklet, „Worldwide Prayer Circle‟.

SUNDAY 11.00 am

Reading Service: The hour-long ‘Reading’ Service each Sunday includes passages from the scripture interpretations and other writings of Paramahansaji. These readings, together with devotional chanting and meditation, make up a balanced service that meets the needs of both long-time SRF members and those who are new to the path.

Commemoration Services:

A Special Commemoration Service is held to honour each birthday and Mahasamadhi of the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus. “Mahasamadhi” means “great ecstasy”, the union of the soul with the Infinite during a God-realized yogi‟s final exit from the physical body. Paramahansaji said that such celebrations are a great spiritual occasion on which the vibrations of blessing from an illumined Master are stronger than on other days of the year.

‘Birthday’ & ‘Mahasamadhi’ Services, please bring along a flower to be offered as a symbol of devotion to God and the SRF Gurus. In addition to the flower, please bring along a donation in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness to the cause of SRF. This offering is sent to the SRF Mother Center to be used for sharing the sacred teachings of Yogananda with other truth-seeking souls.