LONG MEDITATION

The long meditation services provide an opportunity for SRF members to practice together the meditation techniques as taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. In group meditation devotees come together in silent fellowship to reinforce each other's efforts toward Self-realization. Read more about group meditation tips.

 

All-Day Meditation to Honor the Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda

Saturday, 10:00 am—4:00 pm.

We have in SRF a tradition of celebrating the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda with all-day meditation. Paramahansa Yogananda is ever present in Spirit and on that special day, in your meditation you can definitely feel his presence. He is just behind your closed eyes, just behind your thoughts, just behind the love of your heart. For those who think him near, he is ever near.

Please do join us for that special meditation. We would like you to meditate with us until 4 pm but if you can't please come at least for the first half.

Schedule

  • The meditation will be from 10 am—4 pm with the intermission about halfway through the meditation.

  • Please be sure to come early, and be prepared to stay at least until the intermission.

  • No one will be permitted to enter the chapel once the meditation has begun.

How to prepare

  • Eat lightly (or not at all, if you prefer) before coming to the meditation. Do not bring food of any kind to the meditation (except the fruit offering—see "What to bring" below).

  • Keep silence before the meditation.

  • Practice the Energization Exercises before the meditation.

  • It is good to arrive a little early if you can, so that you will have time to become comfortably settled and calm before the meditation begins.

  • Come in a devotional mood. Make a special effort to put aside all thoughts of the outside world for this one day, and strive to keep your whole heart and mind occupied with God alone.

  • If you have a cough or a cold, you should meditate at home, rather than attend the all-day service. In fairness to others, you would not want to disturb them by coughing, sneezing, etc.

What to bring

  • Please bring a piece of fruit as a devotional offering.

  • Dress comfortably, so you will be able to forget about the body. You may wish to bring a shawl, or a small cushion to sit on.

  • You may bring a meditation armrest, if you wish to practice the Aum Meditation Technique during the meditation.

Departure

  • Please depart in complete silence, holding on to the experience of God’s presence you have attained during meditation.

  • Traditionally a fruit you brought as devotional offering should be the first food taken to break the fast you kept during the day of meditation. You can eat your fruit in the chapel or take it home.

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Beginners sometimes feel that a meditation of several hours would be impossible for them. But often new members attending a Self-Realization Fellowship all-day meditation later testify that the hours passed like minutes. The power of the group's sincerity and devotional effort, and the blessings of God, create an inner calm that helps each one to overcome restlessness and to feel the presence of God and Paramahansa Yogananda. In fact, many devotees who have participated in one of these meditations later realize that a great spiritual change has taken place in their lives as a result of that one day of continuous divine communion. So we hope you will plan to attend our all-day meditation to honor the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda.

There is an intermission after about three hours, at which time anyone who wishes to leave may do so. However, as a general rule no one should come in for the second half who has not already attended the first period of meditation, in order not to disturb the peace of those who have already passed several hours in deep meditation. If you cannot be present for the whole day, please plan to attend the first period of meditation only.

Devotees who are only free during the second half of the day should try to meditate at home and tune in mentally with the group. Your earnest efforts will not fail to attract the blessings and divine aid of God, Paramahansa Yogananda and Gurus.

“Meditate with good companions. They will help you to churn the butter of Self-realization from the milk of your mind. Milk mixes with the waters of worldly delusion and cannot float above them. Butter readily floats on those treacherous water".
— Swami Sri Yukteswar

 

Sunday Long Meditation 8—10:45 am

We start at 8 am with the Energization Exercises. After a very short inspiration reading and the opening chant we start the meditation at about 8:25 am. You are very welcome to join us quietly during the period of chanting at 9 am and from 10 am onwards. All are welcome. More about Sunday Service...

 

All-Day Christmas Meditation

This service is held on Saturday approximately one week before Christmas from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Many years ago Paramahansa Yogananda established the custom of setting aside one day of the Christmas season for an all-day meditation, so that devotees might spend an entire day united in spiritual effort and in deepening communion with God and Christ.

Many Self-Realization Fellowship devotees have come to regard the All-Day Christmas Meditation as the most important event of the year. They find that the blessings from even one day fully dedicated to God are permanent in their effect, especially when that day has been preceded by faithful daily meditation throughout the Christmas season.

"I am giving this special blessing to you all, that if you will meditate deeply during the Christmas period, you will feel the presence of Christ."
— Paramahansa Yogananda

meditationBeginners sometimes feel that a meditation of several hours would be impossible for them. But often new members attending a Self-Realization Fellowship all-day meditation later testify that the hours passed like minutes. The power of the group's sincerity and devotional effort, and the blessings of God, create an inner calm that helps each one to overcome restlessness and to feel the presence of God and Christ. In fact, many devotees who have participated in one of these meditations later realize that a great spiritual change has taken place in their lives as a result of that one day of continuous divine communion. So we hope you will plan to attend the Christmas meditation held by your Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, Center, or Meditation Group if you possibly can. Join us in the custom of setting aside this one day each year solely to commune with God.

Most all-day meditations last approximately six to eight hours. There is an intermission after the first four hours, at which time anyone who wishes to leave may do so. However, as a general rule no one should come in for the second half who has not already attended the first period of meditation, in order not to disturb the peace of those who have already passed several hours in deep meditation. If you cannot be present for the whole day, please plan to attend the first period of meditation only.

Devotees who are only free during the second half of the day should try to meditate at home and tune in mentally with the group. Your earnest efforts will not fail to attract the blessings and divine aid of God, Christ, and Gurus.

SRF meditation

Schedule

  • The meditation will be from 10 am – 5 pm with the intermission about halfway through the meditation.

  • Please be sure to come early, and be prepared to stay at least until the intermission.

  • No one will be permitted to enter the chapel once the meditation has begun.

How to prepare

  • Eat lightly (or not at all, if you prefer) before coming to the meditation. Do not bring food of any kind to the meditation (except the fruit offering—see "What to bring" below).

  • Keep silence before the meditation.

  • Practice the Energization Exercises before the meditation.

  • It is good to arrive a little early if you can, so that you will have time to become comfortably settled and calm before the meditation begins.

  • Come in a devotional mood. Make a special effort to put aside all thoughts of the outside world for this one day, and strive to keep your whole heart and mind occupied with God alone.

  • If you have a cough or a cold, you should meditate at home, rather than attend the all-day service. Paramahansa Yogananda insisted on scrupulous observance of this practice when he conducted the Christmas meditation. In fairness to others, you would not want to disturb them by coughing, sneezing, etc.

What to bring

  • Bring fruit and pranami (donation) as a devotional offering.

  • Dress comfortably, so you will be able to forget about the body. You may wish to bring a shawl, or a small cushion to sit on.

  • You may bring a meditation armrest, if you wish to practice the Aum Meditation Technique during the meditation.

May this day be a very special one for you, bringing you a new awareness of the presence of Christ.

"First practice the presence of God in daily life by making your meditation very deep. It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.

Next, practice long meditation with depth. That is what takes you to His kingdom. Until you learn to practice meditation both long and deep, God will not reveal Himself to you".

— Paramahansa Yogananda, Realizing God in Your Daily Life

 

Friday Long Meditation 7—11 pm

We also have a 4-hour meditation on Friday evenings.

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