Our Saturday in person Meditation services are resuming. They will resume beginning 4/17/2021 from 8am-1pm and will continue each Saturday.
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 have also cancelled all retreat programs, until further notice.
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 https://srfonlinemeditation.
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 comes on the heels of California Public Health officials’ determination 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. We believe that this cautionary measure is a highly practical step to take to help curb the spread of the illness.
We also recommend that you continue to follow universal health guidelines with regards to coronavirus, which can be found on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/
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.
“Meditation groups should be organized not for the glorification of a cause or leader but with the express and sole purpose of knowing God by the power of united concentration and meditation.” –Paramahansa Yogananda
- Meditation instructions on Yogananda.org
- Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, thorough lessons on meditation, life and spirituality
- Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, a fantastic introduction to Self-Realization Fellowship and our founder, is available in our bookstore in the foyer at 1820 Garden Street
- Yogananda.org, the official website of Self-Realization Fellowship
“When I am gone, the teachings will be the guru….Through the teachings you will be in tune with me and the great Gurus who sent me.” –Paramahansa Yogananda