Important Coronavirus Information - Updated 3/17/2020
Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters has given a directive to temporarily close to the public, all temples and ashram Centers in Southern California. This includes Mother Center, Hollywood, Lake Shrine, and Encinitas. Hollywood Temple is taking the following steps, following the guidance from SRF on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation:
Special video message from Brother Chidananda
In this video, Brother Chidananda leads a meditation and gives a special message of spiritual assurance on how to deal with the challenging times we are now facing. He also conducts a healing service to help SRF/YSS members and friends worldwide establish greater attunement with and trustingly call upon the all-powerful Divine Presence, which is always with us.
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.
All calendar events are cancelled until further notice.
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 Group 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).
Group meditation offers participants an opportunity to deepen their meditation by coming together with others to practice the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.
The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and a brief period of devotional chanting, followed by the deep silence of intense concentration as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. The silent period (no longer than 40-50 minutes) is used to practice the Kriya Yoga techniques of concentration and meditation, to silently chant and pray to God with devotion in the language of your heart, and to enjoy the deep peace and inner joy of God found in the stillness of meditation.
Meditations held in the Temple are open to all. Participants are seated in chairs and are welcome to enter or exit during the period of chanting at the top of each hour. Group practice of the SRF Energization Exercises are held 20 minutes before the meditation service begins.
To gain the most benefits from meditation, we encourage you to subscribe to the SRF Lessons to learn the techniques of meditation. For more information about Kriya Yoga and the techniques of meditation that are taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, visit our Learn to Meditate page.
Childcare is not provided during the meditation. 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."
Upcoming Special Events
Events at Hollywood Temple have been cancelled until further notice. Please read the explanation at the top of our website.
Talk by SRF President Brother Chidananda on A Promising Vision for the Future: Yogananda’s “Aims and Ideals”
You may rewatch a very special livestreamed presentation from the SRF Mother Center, by Brother Chidananda, president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
This video is an excerpt from a larger talk Brother Chidandana delivered on January 5, honoring the centennial of the arrival of Paramahansa Yogananda to America in 1920.
You may view this video on the SRF website here.
New Self-Realization Magazine Available in Bookroom
The Winter 2020 magazine lead article is written by Paramahansa Yogananda and entitled The Unfolding Petals of Self-Realization: Keys to Gauging Spiritual Progress. The featured CD is a talk by by Sri Mrinalini Mata, entitled Be Messengers of God’s Light and Love.
SRF Online Meditation Center Opens, Holding Regular Online Group Meditation
The official SRF Online Meditation Center has opened. Online group meditations are held Monday through Friday at 5:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Long meditations and monastic-led meditations are also apart of the calendar. You may learn more and attend by visiting srfonlinemeditation.org/calendar.
New Offerings from SRF Online Bookstore
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