“Church is the hive, God is the honey.”
- Wear clothing made of soft fabrics that do not make noise (for example, avoid nylon and certain other synthetics).
- Do not come if you have a cough, cold or a condition that creates restlessness. On such days, please meditate at home.
- Arrive early so that you can find a seat, and also practice the Energization Exercises.
- Turn off cell phones before entering.
- Refrain from bringing food and beverages (including water) into the chapel.
- If arriving late during the Energization Exercises, start with the first exercise of the series (double-breathing with tension), then join in with the next exercise that the group is practicing.
- If you know that you will have to leave early, take a seat in the back of the chapel to minimize distraction to others.
- Remain quietly seated during silent periods.
- Keep cell phones off. Absolutely no texting, please!
- During chanting periods only, you may use the restrooms, stand or do gentle stretches.
- Practice the meditation techniques quietly, so as to be inaudible to others.
- If arriving late or leaving early, please try to do so during the chanting periods. Before entering, pause to calm the mind and body. Exit at the beginning of a chant. Whenever possible, try to attend the entire meditation service.
Format for Most Meditation Services
LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE
Below are a few videos that teach the beginnings of Meditation with God. To learn more click here.
Satsanga = “Fellowship with Truth”
If you have a question about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, you may submit it here and the minister will answer it at an upcoming Satsanga. Any personal information submitted (name, location, etc.) will be held in strict confidence.
Please note: Questions can only be answered at the service, not by return e-mail.
Students are encouraged to participate in group practice of the SRF Energization Exercises, chanting, and brief periods of meditation. In addition, a “How-to-Live” lesson based on the teachings of Self-Realization Fellowship is an integral part of each class. The lesson is supported by a an activity, such as craft, play acting, story telling, guided discussion.
Classes are conducted during the 11 am Sunday service. Parents and children are asked to first “check in” at the Attendance Table before the students go to their classrooms (students may enter their class any time between 10:45 and 11 am, but no later than 11 am):
- 10:45 am to 11 am: Teachers conduct pre-service activities
- 11:00 am to noon: Teachers lead exercises, chanting, meditation, & present “How-to-Live” lesson / activity
- Parents are asked to please pick up their children by noon, or immediately after the service ends.
Classes are conducted during the 11 am Sunday service and generally rotates with either a How-to-Live Class, a Pearls of Wisdom Session, or a Kirtan Session.
REGISTRATION is open to all:
Just fill out a registration form at the the Attendance Table on the center patio (west of parking lot) on any Sunday morning between 10:40 to 11 am. For more information, please contact the Youth Committee Chair by leaving a message on our voice mail (619-295-0170).
“To study scriptures only from an intellectual standpoint keeps the truth locked up in the mind, unassimilated and undigested. One should study the scriptures with Self-realization, which produces the spiritualized brain and the intuitive heart by which you may directly absorb divine truths. The best way to study the scriptures is to feel their truth as an actual experience in the body, in the mind, and in the soul.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
2020 LESSON STUDY SCHEDULE
Sundays – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Room 11 (November – May)
Garden Stage (June – October)
New participants are welcome!
Be sure to bring your personal copy of the Lesson being studied for admittance to the study group.
ABOUT THE STUDY SESSIONS
Paramahansaji’s teachings combine meditation and right activity. Performing our activities as an offering to the Divine is a vital part of the spiritual path. Serving at an SRF temple is a blessing, because in that sacred environment it is easier for most devotees to feel that the service they are rendering is an offering to God and Guru. Devotees serving at a temple also have the support and fellowship of others striving to live a spiritual life.
Days of Service are held on Saturdays several times a year and provide a wonderful opportunity to help maintain the temple, as well as to become acquainted with other members. One may come for all or part of the day.
The day’s schedule (see our calendar for the dates) is usually as follows:
- 9:00 am to 12:30 pm: Perform gardening, cleaning, or light handyman tasks
- 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm: Meditation in the Chapel
- 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Lunch
Temple Meetings are held in the chapel semi-annually (twice each year). Anyone who is interested is invited to attend. Following introductory business and committee reports, opportunities may be presented for newcomers to volunteer on a committee, or to become involved in an event or project. Lunch is served after the meeting.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THROUGH COMMITTEES
- Bookroom Committee
- Cleaning Committee
- Flower Committee
- Food Service Committee
- Gardening Committee
- Information Center Committee
- Maintenance Committee
- Meditation Leaders Committee
- Prayers & Charity Committee
- Sound & Music Committee
- Special Events Committee
- Special Services & Classes Committee
- Usher Committee
- Youth & Young Adults Committee
- Communications Commitee
These volunteer committees are guided by Ministers and supported by a group of staff members (Treasurer, Security Representative, Database Representative, and several Secretaries). There is also a Temple Council (chairs of each committee and a staff chair) which meets monthly with the Ministers to discuss topics that require the input and perspective of each committee.
“No task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving Service.” -Paramahansa Yogananda
Please fill out a Volunteer Form (available at the Information Corner by the the temple parking lot) and give it to an attendant on any Sunday morning.
Or, click here to fill out the Volunteer Form on-line:
“You may be surprised at what seclusion with God will do for your mind, body, and soul. . . . Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.”
Many mystics, saints, and spiritual leaders have advocated periods of silence and solitude for spiritual growth.
From time to time, SRF ministers conduct one-day retreats at San Diego Temple. Programs may include reviews of SRF meditation techniques, as well as inspirational classes. Periods of chanting and meditation are interspersed throughout the day.
Pilgrimages may be scheduled during the course of the year. These are one-day retreats from San Diego Temple to another SRF location, such as the Lake Shrine.
Every summer, SRF offers a week-long series of classes and conducted meditations at the World Convocation held in Los Angeles, California.
SRF monks and nuns also travel to cities around the world to provide lectures, programs for members, and regional retreats.
Extended retreat programs are conducted at SRF Ashram Centers, in the United States and worldwide.