Schedule of Services
|First Sunday of the Month||8.00am to 11.00am||Long Meditation Service*|
|Other Sundays||8.00am to 9.50am||Meditation Service*|
|10.00am to 11.00am||Reading Service|
|Tuesdays||7.00pm to 8.10pm||Inspirational and Prayer Service|
|Fridays||6.00pm to 11.00pm||Long Meditation Service*|
* These services have long periods of meditation - up to one hour.
Inspirational and Prayer Service
The Inspirational and Prayer Service offers members an opportunity to share in a fellowship of meditation and inspiration. This service provides newcomers with inspiration from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda and also helps them to become accustomed to shorter periods of silent meditation. Individuals participating in the Prayer Service assist the Prayer Council at the international headquarters and the Worldwide Prayer Circle in their task of praying for world peace, and for people in every nation who request healing of physical illness, mental inharmony or spiritual ignorance. Individuals may pray for their loved ones, as well as for divine aid in overcoming their personal difficulties.
Long Meditation Service/Meditation Service/Friday Long Meditation*
These services provide members and students with an opportunity to practice the methods of concentration and meditation taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. The flame of one match is small and weak; the fire from many matches is large and strong. The united devotion and concentration of many individuals can powerfully increase the depth of meditation for each individual. Long sessions of meditation are broken, usually on the hour, with periods of chanting from Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants, where meditators can stand and stretch.
As well as teaching meditation techniques (including Kriya Yoga), Paramahansa Yogananda's mission also included pointing out the fundamental unity between Christ's teachings in the Bible and the Yoga teachings of Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Passages from Paramahansa Yogananda's scripture interpretations and other writings are included in the Reading Service. The inspirational readings, together with 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. This service is well suited to the general public.
Special Commemoration Services are held for devotees to honour the Gurus of Self-Realization Fellowship. Everyone who is acquainted with the SRF teachings and holds an appreciation of the significance of the Guru-disciple relationship is invited to participate in these services with sincerity and reverence.