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November 28, 2021

Bay Area Temple Sunday Services

December 5 & 19, 2021

Meditations – 10:00 am  |  Lecture Service – 11:00 am

Seating
Indoor seating is in the Chapel and the Fellowship Hall (with a screen monitor). The entrance to the Fellowship Hall seating is from the balcony. 

A limited amount of outdoor seating will be available on the patio area, weather permitting.

Chapel Loft
Please do not walk up to the Chapel Loft during periods of silent meditation.
Due to safety issues, no children under the age of 12 are allowed to be in the loft.

Chanting
Masks must be worn properly at all times. Chanting can be done silently/mentally to ensure the safety of everyone.

Covid Guidelines
We ask all attendees to observe Contra Costa County Covid guidelines currently in place to secure the safety and well-being of everyone. If you are feeling unwell or have been in recent contact with anyone with Covid 19, please remain home.

All attendees sitting inside the Chapel and Fellowship Hall need to observe adequate social distancing guidelines which have been established over the past 19 months during the pandemic. Masks are required by everyone at all times.

Donations
All donations can be placed in the donation boxes at the chapel doors. Donations can also be given online via the Temple website.

Sunday Tea
Due to Covid regulations, Sunday Tea is postponed until further notice. 

Sunday School & Teen Group
Sunday School and the Teen Group will resume at a date to be announced in 2022.

Temple Day of Service

Saturday, December 11    |    9:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Devotees joining together to offer service is an opportunity to strengthen the Guru-Disciple relationship while sharing joyful spiritual fellowship.

The day begins with a meditation in the chapel followed by indoor and outdoor maintenance/landscaping projects.

No special skills are needed and everyone can participate according to individual capacities. Snacks and water are provided. 

Donate to Bay Area Temple

We deeply appreciate and welcome your needed monetary support of the Bay Area Temple which allows us to progress with the upgrades and renovations to the temple buildings and grounds required for opening once the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted.

All donations are needed and are very much appreciated!  Thank You!

Building Fund
Your gift will help support the care of our Bay Area Temple property, including costs associated with acquiring and maintaining the facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, and vehicles, and those associated with related capital campaigns.

 

General Operating Fund
Your gift will help us to meet the day-to-day and highest priority general operating needs of the Bay Area Temple.

Year End Donations

Thank you to all who have contributed throughout this past year. Donations can be given at temple, via mail and online. Our last service for 2021 is December 19.

Checks mailed to the temple dated before December 31, 2021 will be counted as a tax deduction for 2021.

If leaving checks at temple or mailing please make checks payable to Self-Realization Fellowship or SRF.

Mailing address:
Self-Realization Fellowship Bay Area Temple
2317 Buena Vista Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

All online donations can be given by clicking the buttons above.

SRF is a non-profit religious organization recognized by the IRS and the California franchise tax board as a public charity.

Temple Outreach Committee

The isolation felt by everyone and especially those who live alone during this time of pandemic restrictions remains an ongoing concern to our community.

The Temple Outreach Committee has suggested we all participate in connecting to our fellow devotees and friends by making phone calls. Hearing each other’s voices can be uplifting and change the course of one’s day in a more positive direction. In this age of technology when social communication has been abbreviated into texts, emails, and other medias, the human voice, our most powerful tool of communication is being silenced. 

Gail Jarocki, Chairperson for the Outreach Committee, is helping to coordinate community members who are available to help in phoning others.

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

SRF ONLINE INSPIRATIONAL SERVIVCES

“Seeing God in Everyone” by Sister Namita

Self-Realization Fellowship nun Sister Namita gives a satsanga (“questions and answers” session) at the 2007 SRF World Convocation in Los Angeles.

Drawing from the wisdom legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda, Sister Namita addresses concerns about how to deal with our past mistakes, and to adopt the right attitude toward others and ourselves as we progress on the spiritual path.

With wit and understanding, Sister Namita encourages us to bring in the light and unconditional love of the Divine.

 

YSS Online Dhyana Kendra

Donate to YSS Covid 19 Relief Fund and Other Causes

 

Upcoming Calendar of Online Meditations and Special Programs

SRF WORLD CONVOCATION

AUGUST 8 – 14, 2021

The full program of events are available on the SRF website.

SRF – Online Meditation Center   |   YSS – Dhyana Kendra

“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

Meditations and Study Groups 

Join devotees around the globe for daily online group Meditations and Scripture Studies.

Daily group meditations, SRF Lessons and Scripture Study groups are now available for SRF/YSS members and friends around the world.

All sessions are scheduled in Pacific Time.

SRF / YSS Sign-Up

To participate in the online group meditations, sign-up is available with the international community of SRF/YSS members via the following links:        

   

“Spiritual Light for These Challenging Times” Resources Page

As our world continues to go through difficult times, we would like to call your attention to a valuable resource for encouraging and practical guidance to help you gain perspective. There you will find counsel from Paramahansa Yogananda and the SRF presidents to give you a renewed faith in God’s protection — and your own ability to move forward with strength, understanding, and compassion for all.

Affirmation for Fearlessness
I am fearless
I am made of the substance of God
I am a spark of the fire of spirit
I am an atom of the cosmic flame
I am a cell of the vast universal body of the Father
I and my Father are one

Joining Worldwide to Pray Throughout the Day

SRF has announced a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.

Following are the times that the monks and nuns at the SRF International Headquarters and other locations in California will be offering these healing prayers: (All times in PDT)

  7:50 – 8:00 am     12:50 – 1:00 pm        6:50 – 7:00 6 pm 

To read the full article: → Read more

Prayer Requests

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.

They are joined by SRF members and friends around the globe who are part of our Worldwide Prayer Circle.

All prayer requests are confidential and will remain with our Prayer Council for a period of 3 months.

November 28, 20212021-11-28T08:28:42-08:00

August 6, 2021

SRF WORLD CONVOCATION

AUGUST 8 – 14, 2021

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation will again be offered fully online. It will take place from Sunday, August 8 through Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Donate to Bay Area Temple

All donations are needed and are very much appreciated! Thank You! We deeply appreciate and welcome your support of the Bay Area Temple.

Your gift enables us to fund the vital services and activities that we offer to our members and larger community, and to maintain our sacred facilities.

General Operating Fund
Your gift helps meet the day-to-day and highest priority general operating needs of the Bay Area Temple. 

                 

Building Fund
Your gift will help support the care of our Bay Area Temple property, including costs associated with acquiring and maintaining the facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, and vehicles, and those associated with related capital campaigns. 
   

Temple Outreach Committee

The isolation felt by everyone and especially those who live alone during this time of pandemic restrictions remains an ongoing concern to our community.

The Temple Outreach Committee has suggested we all participate in connecting to our fellow devotees and friends by making phone calls. Hearing each other’s voices can be uplifting and change the course of one’s day in a more positive direction. In this age of technology when social communication has been abbreviated into texts, emails, and other medias, the human voice, our most powerful tool of communication is being silenced. 

Gail Jarocki, Chairperson for the Outreach Committee, is helping to coordinate community members who are available to help in phoning others.

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

YSS Online Dhyana Kendra

YSS Healing Prayer Session Daily    |   9:10 – 9:30 am (English & Hindi – alternate days)

 

Donate to YSS Covid 19 Relief Fund and Other Causes

 

Upcoming Calendar of Online Meditations and Special Programs

 

Online Meditation Center
SRF – Yogananda Seva   |   YSS – Dhyana Kendra

“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

Meditations and Study Groups  |   Monday – Saturday

Join devotees around the globe for daily online group Meditations and Scripture Studies via the newly established online SRF Meditation Center.

Daily group meditations, SRF Lessons and Scripture Study groups are now available for SRF members and friends around the world.

All sessions are scheduled in Pacific Time.

SRF / YSS Sign-Up

To participate in the online group meditations, sign-up is available with the international community of SRF/YSS members via the following links:        

 

   

“Spiritual Light for These Challenging Times” Resources Page

As our world continues to go through difficult times, we would like to call your attention to a valuable resource for encouraging and practical guidance to help you gain perspective. There you will find counsel from Paramahansa Yogananda and the SRF presidents to give you a renewed faith in God’s protection — and your own ability to move forward with strength, understanding, and compassion for all.

Affirmation for Fearlessness
I am fearless
I am made of the substance of God
I am a spark of the fire of spirit
I am an atom of the cosmic flame
I am a cell of the vast universal body of the Father
I and my Father are one

Joining Worldwide to Pray Throughout the Day

SRF has announced a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.

Following are the times that the monks and nuns at the SRF International Headquarters and other locations in California will be offering these healing prayers: (All times in PDT)

  7:50 – 8:00 am     12:50 – 1:00 pm        6:50 – 7:00 6 pm 

To read the full article: → Read more

Prayer Requests

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.

They are joined by SRF members and friends around the globe who are part of our Worldwide Prayer Circle.

All prayer requests are confidential and will remain with our Prayer Council for a period of 3 months.

August 6, 20212021-08-22T06:34:38-07:00

July 17, 2021

Temple Day of Service/Fellowship

Saturday, July 24  |  9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Sign-Up
In preparation for the upcoming Day of Service & Fellowship, we are asking everyone to register so we can anticipate how many people will be attending.

The Registration link have been sent via the temple newsletter.

MASKS
Regarding the wearing of masks, per Los Angeles County guidelines:

July 16, 2021
Masks are now required in all indoor Public Spaces regardless of vaccine status. Please stay home if you are not feeling well and join us a later date. 

→ SF Chronicle July 16

The Meditation and Fellowship talk with Brother Jayananda will take place outdoors in the temple garden area under the Oak trees. The garden area ground has yet to be leveled so there is some degree of unevenness throughout the garden area. Please wear shoes that are appropriate for the environment. 

Schedule:
9:00 am   Welcome & Meditation
9:30 am   Temple Maintenance Projects
11:30 am  Break
11:45 am  Fellowship with Brother Jayananda
12:30 pm  Brown Bag Lunch
1:15 pm    Cleanup

Brown Bag Lunch
The temple will provide bottle water and packaged snacks. Due to Covid 19 guidelines, lunch will not be provided. 

Clothing
The temperature prediction is for mid-morning is 60’s with an afternoon high of 81. The opening meditation may be cool in the shade with gusty winds as the coastal fog moves out, which is typical this time of year. Be prepared for the changing temperatures by bringing layers.

The temple’s supply of garden tools is limited as are brooms and cleaning supplies. It would be helpful to bring items from home to use for the day.

 

Friday Fellowship – Recorded


Friday, July 16, 2021   |  Recorded

Past Sessions

Past sessions can be viewed on YouTube and our website

Donate to Bay Area Temple

All donations are needed and are very much appreciated! Thank You! We deeply appreciate and welcome your support of the Bay Area Temple.

Your gift enables us to fund the vital services and activities that we offer to our members and larger community, and to maintain our sacred facilities.

General Operating Fund
Your gift helps meet the day-to-day and highest priority general operating needs of the Bay Area Temple. 

                 

Building Fund
Your gift will help support the care of our Bay Area Temple property, including costs associated with acquiring and maintaining the facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, and vehicles, and those associated with related capital campaigns. 
   

Temple Outreach Committee

The isolation felt by everyone and especially those who live alone during this time of pandemic restrictions remains an ongoing concern to our community.

The Temple Outreach Committee has suggested we all participate in connecting to our fellow devotees and friends by making phone calls. Hearing each other’s voices can be uplifting and change the course of one’s day in a more positive direction. In this age of technology when social communication has been abbreviated into texts, emails, and other medias, the human voice, our most powerful tool of communication is being silenced. 

Gail Jarocki, Chairperson for the Outreach Committee, is helping to coordinate community members who are available to help in phoning others.

___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Online Services

Saturday, July 24
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Mahavatar Babaji SRF Monastic-Led 6-hour Commemorative Meditation
5:40 pm – 9:00 pm
Mahavatar Babaji Smriti Divas- YSS Monastic-Led Commemorative Meditation in English

Sunday, July 25
5:30 am – 7:00 am 
YSS: Commemorative Meditation in Hindi
8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Hourly – Various Languages)
SRF: Commemorative Meditations

Online Inspirational Services

“Receiving God’s Response in the Silence of Meditation” 
  by Brother Saralananda

Self-Realization Fellowship monk Brother Saralananda speaks of some ways Paramahansa Yogananda gives to expand our human consciousness into the omnipresent consciousness of God.

He affirms that we can experience aspects of this higher consciousness in our relationships with others, and that we receive the most personal response of God’s presence and love for us in those moments of stillness and surrender in meditation.

This talk was recorded at the SRF Lake Shrine Temple.

YSS Online Dhyana Kendra

YSS Healing Prayer Session Daily    |   9:10 – 9:30 am (English & Hindi – alternate days)

 

Donate to YSS Covid 19 Relief Fund and Other Causes

 

Upcoming Calendar of Online Meditations and Special Programs

 

Online Meditation Center
SRF – Yogananda Seva   |   YSS – Dhyana Kendra

“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

Meditations and Study Groups  |   Monday – Saturday

Join devotees around the globe for daily online group Meditations and Scripture Studies via the newly established online SRF Meditation Center.

Daily group meditations, SRF Lessons and Scripture Study groups are now available for SRF members and friends around the world.

All sessions are scheduled in Pacific Time.

SRF / YSS Sign-Up

To participate in the online group meditations, sign-up is available with the international community of SRF/YSS members via the following links:        

 

   

“Spiritual Light for These Challenging Times” Resources Page

As our world continues to go through difficult times, we would like to call your attention to a valuable resource for encouraging and practical guidance to help you gain perspective. There you will find counsel from Paramahansa Yogananda and the SRF presidents to give you a renewed faith in God’s protection — and your own ability to move forward with strength, understanding, and compassion for all.

Affirmation for Fearlessness
I am fearless
I am made of the substance of God
I am a spark of the fire of spirit
I am an atom of the cosmic flame
I am a cell of the vast universal body of the Father
I and my Father are one

Joining Worldwide to Pray Throughout the Day

SRF has announced a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.

Following are the times that the monks and nuns at the SRF International Headquarters and other locations in California will be offering these healing prayers: (All times in PDT)

  7:50 – 8:00 am     12:50 – 1:00 pm        6:50 – 7:00 6 pm 

To read the full article: → Read more