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“Self-realization is the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it comes to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda —

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Group Meditation with Kirtan Chanting

Join us for joyful kirtan chanting at selected Friday and Saturday group meditations.

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Oh God Beautiful
Satchidananda Guru
Light the Lamp of thy Love
He Bhagavan

 

Welcome to
Self-Realization Fellowship
Glendale Temple

Temple 03 front.jpgNestled in the sunny hills of Glendale, California, this temple is a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, the international nonprofit society founded by one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time — Paramahansa Yogananda.

Since its inception in 1920, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) has introduced truth-seekers worldwide to India’s age-old philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation.

The Glendale Temple is the result of a generous gift to SRF and to all truth-seekers.   Everyone is welcome to attend our weekly public lectures, meditations, Sunday School classes for children, and other events aimed to disseminate the timeless teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and help us create spiritually harmonious lives and a more compassionate and peaceful world.


Self-Realization Fellowship
Glendale Temple
2146 E. Chevy Chase Dr.
Glendale, CA 91206


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February 2018

1217 Potluck 02.jpgSix-hour Meditation (February 3)
On Saturday, February 3, we will hold a long meditation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m. There will be an intermission at 1:00 p.m.  If you cannot stay for the whole day, please plan to attend the first period of meditation so as not to disturb the peace of those who will already have been meditating for several hours. Long meditations provide a unique opportunity for us to leave behind all responsibilities and to focus wholeheartedly on our search for God. We hope that you can join us.

Volunteer Dinner (February 10)
The Glendale Temple annual Volunteer Dinner will be held Saturday evening, February 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.  This event is held in recognition of the many volunteers who serve at this temple, helping with the gardens, maintenance, ushering and greeting, bookroom, flowers, special events, cooking, housekeeping, accounting, Sunday School, and many other tasks.  If you are currently volunteering in any capacity or if you would like to begin volunteering, we invite you.  The Volunteer Dinner is being catered; so in order to plan for service, we ask that you sign-up on the board in the West Lobby by Sunday, February 4.

Yogananda-Harmonium.jpgSatsanga (February 15)
A satsanga is a lecture service devoted to questions and answers about the teachings of Self-Realization Fellowship and the spiritual path.  You may submit questions in advance by placing them in the box marked “Satsanga Questions” in the Main Lobby or by going online at www.glendaletemple.org.

Day of Service (February 17)
This is a great opportunity to meet fellow devotees and to serve God and Master. By helping to keep our temple beautiful, you will in turn feel energized and inspired. The opening meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served at 1:20 p.m.

Bhajan Night (February 24)
We warmly welcome you to join us for a special evening of Indian Bhajan chanting and meditation on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Extended periods of devotional chanting will include bhajans that are sung at our YSS ashrams as well as traditional Indian chants in Sanskrit.  Words will be provided on handouts to make it easy for everyone to participate in chanting together.  Our Guru has said, "One who sings spiritualized songs with true devotion will find God-communion and ecstatic joy, and through them the healing of body, mind, and soul.”        

Fellowship (February 25)
We welcome you in the Social Hall after this Sunday service and invite you to introduce yourself to others. Refreshments will be served.  

March 2018

Six-hour Meditation (March 3)
On Saturday, March 3, we will hold a long meditation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m. There will be an intermission at 1:00 p.m.  If you cannot stay for the whole day, please plan to attend the first period of meditation so as not to disturb the peace of those who will already have been meditating for several hours. Long meditations provide a unique opportunity for us to leave behind all responsibilities and to focus wholeheartedly on our search for God. We hope that you can join us.

PY5207-24LastSmile-color.jpgParamahansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi Service (March 7)
Paramahansa Yogananda's mahasamadhi commemoration service will be held on Wedneday, March 7, beginning at 8:00 p.m. It is traditional to bring a flower, symbolizing devotion, and an offering in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty to the Guru and his teachings. A meditation, preceding the service, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  You are welcome to join the meditation during chanting periods if you are not able to arrive at the beginning.

Sri Yukteswar's Mahasamadhi Service (March 9)  
We welcome you to join us in commemorating the mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar on Friday evening, March 9, with a meditation at 6:30 p.m. and a devotional service at 8:00 p.m.  It is traditional to bring a flower, symbolizing devotion, and an offering in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty to the Guru and his teachings. You are welcome to join the meditation during chanting periods if you are not able to arrive at the beginning.

Sunday School Family Day of Service (March 10)
This is a day for families to share in the experience of serving God and Gurus. Please join us on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The day will include a brief meditation, child-friendly service projects and lunch.

Satsanga (March 15)
A satsanga is a lecture service devoted to questions and answers about the teachings of Self-Realization Fellowship and the spiritual path.  You may submit questions in advance by placing them in the box marked “Satsanga Questions” in the Main Lobby or by going online at www.glendaletemple.org.

Day of Service (March 17)
This is a great opportunity to meet fellow devotees and to serve God and Master. By helping to keep our temple beautiful, you will in turn feel energized and inspired. The opening meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served at 1:20 p.m.

2375094172_958648099_Plant Sale 17 07.jpgPlant Sale (March 18)
Cuttings from our beautiful succulent garden will be offered for sale at the Glendale Temple Plant Sale, which will be held on Sunday, March 18, directly after the lecture service. Our gardeners and helpers have prepared dozens of easy-to-grow succulents that are ready for your garden. We hope to see you there.

Plant Sale/Fellowship (March 25)
We welcome you in the Social Hall after this Sunday service.  You will be delighted by fellowship with spiritual friends old and new.  Refreshments will be served and cuttings from our beautiful succulent garden will again be offered at the Glendale Temple Plant Sale directly after the lecture service. Our volunteer gardeners and helpers have prepared dozens of easy-to-grow succulents that are ready for your own garden.


Weekly Activities

Join us for Group Meditation with Kirtan Chanting on selected Fridays and Saturdays. 
Please see online calendar for scheduled dates.

Monday Evening Meditation
The Monday evening meditations will now be a regular part of the weekly schedule at Glendale Temple.  Beginning at 7:00 with group practice of the Energization Exercises, the meditation will include a few periods of chanting and will conclude at 9:00 p.m.

Open Meditation
Second-Christ-Meditating.jpg An open, un-led meditation will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Small Chapel, and every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary.  All are welcome.  You may enter at any time.  

Study Group
Glendale Temple’s scripture Study Group reads The Second Coming of Christ every Tuesday evening in the Small Chapel.  The evening begins with an open meditation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Study Group from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Second Coming of Christ is Paramahansa Yogananda’s commentary on the teachings of Christ.  It demonstrates the unity between the revelations of the Christian Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and all other time-tested true scriptures.  No prior reading is necessary, and copies of The Second Coming will be provided for you to use. You may join us for one evening or on an ongoing basis.  All are welcome.

Regularly Scheduled Services:

Sunday
Morning Meditation: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Lecture Service: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Evening Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Monday
Evening Meditation: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
Open Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Study Group: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday
Open Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture Service: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Satsanga Service: Third Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday
Evening Meditation and Energization: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Kirtan Chanting on Selected Friday and Saturday Meditations


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125th Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda

A Message From Brother Chidananda,
President, Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India


Celebrating 100 years of
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
(1917-2017)
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Click here or the image above to watch a Video slideshow of notable events from the centenary celebrations of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917. Covers the release of the YSS Centenary Stamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in New Delhi, March 7, 2017; and a special five-day function held in Ranchi March 17-22, 2017. In 1920 Paramahansa Yogananda came to America to disseminate the Kriya Yoga teachings of ancient India, as instructed by his line of gurus. For the West, he translated the name of his organization as Self-Realization Fellowship.


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Donations
We are now accepting donations for expenses incurred from work on the hillside behind the temple from the fire in 2013. These funds will be used to support the mud control and mitigation efforts of cleaning up the mud that spills into the parking lot after heavy rains. Donations we receive in response to this appeal will be deposited into the Glendale Temple Building Fund at the Mother Center and will be used to support these efforts. It may also be used to cover other expenses which are not typically funded through our operating budget. For more details and information click here or the image to the right.



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