Welcome to the Self-Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple's website! If you are new to Hollywood Temple and would like to learn more about us, please visit our Welcome page.
New to Meditation?
Meditation is the science of reuniting the soul with the Infinite Spirit, God. By meditating regularly and deeply, you will awaken your soul — the immortal, blissful divine consciousness at the innermost core of your being.
If you would like to learn more about meditation, visit our Meditation page for more information.
Every Thursday at 12:00 noon and every 1st Sunday of the month a short Introduction to Meditation is offered. See our Calendar for dates and schedule changes this month.
If you have a question about Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings, you are welcome to submit it anonymously on our website, and a Minister will answer your question at an upcoming Satsanga Service.
Monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Council pray daily for all those who request prayers for physical, mental, and spiritual healing and for world peace.
Conducted Long Meditations
Paramahansa Yogananda said, “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.”
Hollywood Temple invites you to attend our conducted long meditations every Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Friday meditations are with kirtan (devotional chanting). Both long meditation services are preceded by group practice of the Energization Exercises 20 minutes before the start of the Service.
If you are unable to stay for the three hours, please enter or exit only during chanting at the top of the hour. If you are new to group meditations, please read our Guidelines for Group Meditations.
"To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness."
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Upcoming Temple Events
Lahiri Mahasaya Commemorative Services
Tuesday, Sept. 26 & Saturday, Sept. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Celebration of the birthday of a God-realized soul...is a deeply spiritual occasion on which the vibrations of blessing from an illumined master are stronger than on other days in the year, because in the astral world, also, a celebration is taking place. Devotees who attend...with the right attitude will reap spiritual benefits and will find their high resolutions strengthened."
All are welcome to attend the special services that will be held to honor Lahiri Mahasaya's mahasamadhi and birthday.
Introduction to Meditation Class - Sunday, Oct. 1, 12:10 p.m.
Anyone wishing to learn how to meditate is welcome to attend this class held immediately after the second service in Lower India Hall from 12:10 -12:40 p.m. You will learn some of the basic principles for starting your own meditation practice, practices that can help one calm the mind and interiorize the focus to a higher consciousness.
Thanksgiving Care Package Project
October 15 - November 5
Hollywood Temple’s Community Outreach Committee will again be conducting a Thanksgiving Care Package Project to benefit and show caring for homeless youth.
Reminder: Temple Closure on Mondays
Starting Monday, September 4, there will be a change to the regular schedule here at Hollywood Temple. The Temple and grounds will be closed completely on Mondays. So, the hatha yoga classes will meet on Tuesdays instead of Mondays (starting Tues., Sept. 5), and there will be no individual meditation in the Temple on Mondays.
Bookroom Closed for Inventory - Tues., Sept. 26 - Friday, Sept. 29
Our Bookroom will be closed for inventory from Tuesday, Sept. 26 - Friday, Sept. 29. It will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10:00 a.m.
In Memoriam: Sri Mrinalini Mata (May 8, 1931 – August 3, 2017)
It is with the deepest respect and love for our beloved president and sanghamata that we share with you the news that Sri Mrinalini Mata has peacefully left her physical form, on August 3. To read a beautiful letter from the SRF Board of Directors, please visit Mother Center's website here.
To watch a video recording of the public memorial service for Sri Mrinalini Mata, held on August 11, 2017, please visit Mother Center's website.
SRF Announces New President
We wanted to share with you the joyful news that on Wednesday, August 30, Brother Chidananda was elected president and spiritual leader of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, succeeding our beloved late Sri Mrinalini Mata. You can read the letter from the SRF Board of Directors on SRF's website.
SRF Lessons - Enhanced and Expanded Edition Planned for Release in 2018
As announced on August 10, 2017 at our World Convocation in Los Angeles, a new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons is planned for release in 2018. To read more about this exciting news and watch a video excerpt from the Convocation Announcement, visit SRF's website.
SRF Employment Opportunities - Mother Center Seeking Central Kitchen Supervisor and Assistant Kitchen Supervisor
SRF is currently seeking a Central Kitchen Supervisor and Assistant Kitchen Supervisor. These positions are open to interested women who have culinary as well as supervisory qualifications.
For the Assistant Kitchen Supervisor position details, please see SRF's job posting here.
New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore