“Those who come to Self-Realization Fellowship services regularly, not attracted merely by the talks but seeking inward spiritual help, shall receive what they seek from God. I want them to know that whether they come now, while I am in the body, or afterward, the power of God shall flow into them just the same, and shall be the cause of their salvation. “So come regularly. I know that those who do so have changed; I can see it in their eyes and faces. In that regularity and steadiness you shall find God realization.” - Paramahansa Yogananda
Meditation services consist of periods of chanting and meditation. Meditation periods last from twenty to forty minutes and are separated by periods of devotional chanting. It is best to arrive at the start of the service if possible. Paramahansa Yogananda asked that those entering or leaving during a meditation service do so when there is chanting, as this preserves the silence in the room during the meditation periods.
Regularly scheduled meditation services, lasting two or more hours, are preceded by the Energization Exercises. If you arrive a little late, monastics suggest that you do the first exercise, Double Breathing with Tension, and then join in with everybody else on whatever exercise the group is on. For more information about meditation services, click here.
Reading and Inspirational Service
Our reading / inspirational service consists of readings from the lectures and writings of Paramahansa Yogananda combined with brief periods of chanting and meditation. We recommend Sunday Readings Service as an excellent introduction to Self-Realization Fellowship and the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Self-Realization Fellowship Teachings
If you are interested in learning the techniques of meditation which were taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, including Kriya Yoga, these are available in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, a series of home-study lessons. The Energization Exercises, mentioned above, are described in detail to students of the Lessons. A brief, general reference to them can be found in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi , Chapter 27.
Worldwide Prayer Circle
Services conclude with the Self-Realization Fellowship World Wide Prayer Circle, an offering of prayer for those in need and for world peace. Additional information: Prayer Service