To help us prepare for the All-Day Christmas Meditation, tonight we will have a four-hour Kirtan Meditation at the main Temple, beginning at 5:40 p.m. on the Temple patio with the Energization Exercises. This replaces the 6:40-9:00 p.m. Energization Exercises and Meditation Service. Please note that the 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bhagavad Gita Reading and Meditation Service is canceled.
If you are a young adult between the ages of 18 and 40, you are warmly welcome to join other young adults on Tuesday, December 11, for their monthly meeting with the minister. Energization Exercises begin on the patio at 6:40 p.m. Meditation begins in the main Temple at 7:00 p.m., or you may enter during chanting at 7:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. the minister will share Christmas stories of our Guru. This will be followed by a Christmas fellowship with light refreshments.
Brother Chidananda, President of Self-Realization Fellowship, will soon share a special Christmas greeting and exciting news about the launch of the new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. He will also discuss details about many unique features that will supplement the Lessons. Please join us for this livestreamed presentation followed by a meditation this Wednesday, December 12, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the J Street Chapel. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served.
This event will replace the 7 – 9 p.m. Wednesday Evening Meditation.
Brother Ramananda will lead the Thursday evening service this Thursday, December 13, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The service will include story-telling and a general Satsanga from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by silent meditation from 8:05 – 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Our special All-Day Christmas Meditation takes place this coming Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at both the main Temple and the J Street Chapel. Please pick up a flyer with guidelines for this sacred meditation. As the Temple and J Street Chapel are kept cooler than normal, you may find it helpful to dress in layers. Also, if you cannot attend the entire day, please come at the beginning of the meditation; you may leave at the Intermission. Devotees are asked not to come only for the second half. Many regard this day of celebrating the spiritual Christmas as the highlight of the year.
You are welcome to take one of the Christmas Meditation song booklets in the foyer to become familiar with the words to the songs in advance of the All-Day Meditation.
In order to prepare the Temple and the J Street Chapel for the All-Day Meditation, the Cleaning Committee needs volunteers this Friday, December 14. If you can help, please come to the main Temple at 9 a.m. or to the J Street Chapel at 4 p.m. Your service is greatly needed and appreciated.
We are pleased to announce that the Encinitas Hermitage will be open every Sunday in December from 2 – 4 p.m. except on Sunday, December 23. It will also be open on Sunday, January 6, the day after the birthday of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.
In order to allow our Encinitas Ashram Center personnel to participate in Christmas observances, the Encinitas Retreat and Meditation Gardens will be closed Saturday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 25.
Our SRF Books and Gifts store, located at the corner of Coast Highway 101 and K Street, has lovely gift items from India for your Christmas shopping list, with new arrivals weekly. Please stop by Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Finally, all are welcome to stop by a table outside after the service to sign a Christmas card for SRF President, Brother Chidananda and the Board of Directors.
Sunday, December 9: The Bhagavad Gita Scriptural Reading is canceled.
Monday, December 10: The SRF Lessons Scriptural Reading is from Volume 6, Lesson 138, entitled “Sources of Rejuvenation.”
Friday, December 14: The Second Coming of Christ Scriptural Reading is from Volume 1.