Meditation Guidelines

Group Meditation Guidelines

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Group Meditation — Glendale Temple



 

Through the gateway of meditation
I will enter God’s temple
of peace everlasting.

There I will worship Him at the
altar of ever new contentment

I will kindle the fire of happiness
to illuminate His temple within.

—Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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Meditation Service Format

Energization Exercises
The Energization Exercises are a series of exercises developed by Paramahansa Yogananda to bring cosmic energy into the body and help prepare one for meditation. They are practiced outdoors in a group before the Friday evening meditation.

Meditation Service
The meditation service is conducted by a leader who will guide you through periods of silent meditation for 30–50 minutes in length — separated by short periods of devotional chanting and inspirational readings.

Chanting
Chanting deeply with concentration and devotion draws the devotee inward to the altar of God’s presence. Many chants sung during our service were written by Paramahansa Yogananda. You can refer to the Cosmic Chants booklets located in the pockets of the pews to learn the lyrics. CDs of devotional chanting by SRF monastics are available in the Bookroom.

Prayer
During the last portion of the meditation, devotees pray for those who are in need of physical, mental, and spiritual healing and for world peace.

Preparing for Meditation
Paramahansa Yogananda said “Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone.” Here are a few key points to help one achieve this state:

Correct Posture
Sit relaxed with spine straight, feet flat on the floor, shoulders back, chest out, abdomen in, and hands with palms turned upward resting at the juncture of the thighs and abdomen. It is important that there be no tension.

Focus eyes gently upward
With the eyes closed, focus the gaze gently at the Christ Consciousness Center (the point between the eyebrows).

Focus thoughts on God
If no techniques are known, silently call on God in the language of your heart. Keeping the attention focused is the key to meditation and the pathway to experiencing the loving and peaceful presence of God.
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Meditation Guidelines

In Group Meditation, devotees come together in silent fellowship to reinforce each other’s efforts to commune with God. To help create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to stillness, peace, and deep meditation we ask everyone to observe the following guidelines:

Before Meditation:
    Arrive on time. If you come late, please sit in the back of the Sanctuary.
    Turn off all electronic devices.
    If you have a cough, cold, or any condition that creates noise or restlessness, please meditate at home until your condition improves.
    Wear clothes made of soft fabrics that don’t make noise.
During Meditation:
    Remain still and quiet during periods of silence.
    If you need to leave, please do so during the chanting periods.
    If you are not staying for the entire meditation, please sit in the back of the Sanctuary.
Consideration for others is an important part of one’s spiritual growth. Thank you for being considerate.
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Meditation Service Schedule

Sunday Mornings
Meditation: 10:00–10:45 a.m.

Sunday Evenings
Meditation: 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Friday Evenings
Energization Exercises: 7:00 p.m.
Meditation: 7:15–9:30 p.m.

Six-Hour Meditation Services
Saturdays: 10:00–4:00 p.m. (Every other month, please check the temple calendar for updated schedule.)
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"Group meditation is a castle that
protects the new spiritual aspirants
as well as the veteran meditators.
Meditating together increases the
degree of Self-realization of each
member of the group by the law of
invisible vibratory exchange of
group magnetism."

—Paramahansa Yogananda