Services / Meditations

Meditation Guidelines

SRF meditations are periods of silence approximately 40 – 50 minutes long which start and end with chanting. To provide the optimum meditation experience for all, silence from all vocal sounds stillness of physical movement is requested.

Please review the SRF meditation guidelines. If it is necessary to leave the chapel, please do so only during chanting. 

We ask that all devices are turned off or to silent mode (not vibrate) during all services.

A Beginner’s Meditation

Discover the peace and divine consciousness that meditation brings.   Getting started . . . 

Energization Exercises

The Three Hour and Six Hour Meditations begin with a series of  exercises developed by Paramahansa Yogananda. The meditation leader will demonstrate each exercise. Participation in the exercises is optional.

The Energization Exercises are a method of exercise that directly awakens the all-healing life force for the maintenance of health and the direct healing of disease.

“The Energization Exercises, which are fully explained in the SRF Lessons, utilize a method I discovered in 1916 of drawing cosmic energy into the body and directing it, by conscious will, to recharge the various parts of the body.” 
                —Paramahansa Yogananda 

World Wide Prayer Circle

At the end of temple services and meditations, members practice the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and pray for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony.

“The human mind, freed from the disturbances or ‘static’ of restlessness, is empowered to perform all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms — sending as well as receiving thoughts and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio broadcasting station is regulated by the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the effectiveness of a human radio depends on the degree of will power possessed by each person.”  —Paramahansa Yogananda

Any person who prays according to these principles will find that his or her prayers also have a tangible influence. 

To this end, Paramahansa Yogananda originated the Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Council and the SRF Worldwide Prayer Circle.

Weekly Schedule

All Contra Costa County Covid 19 guidelines are followed.  Adequate social-distancing and masks are required for all indoor services and gatherings.

Two weekends a month, monks of the Self-Realization Fellowship Order travel to Walnut Creek from the SRF International Headquarters in Los Angeles to lead meditations and services at Bay Area Temple.

At this time only Monastic-led Services are being held until further notice.

Sunday Morning Meditation

10:00 am — 10:45 am

The meditation begins and ends with a prayer and includes a brief period of devotional chanting.

This meditation is open to adults and interested teens. Childcare is not provided during the meditation. 

Sunday Lecture & Reading Service

11:00 am — Noon

The Sunday Lecture Service on Minister Sundays provide a deeper understanding of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and offer guidance on how to live a balanced spiritual life.

Services begin and end with a prayer and include devotional chanting, periods of meditation, and readings from Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings. At the end of each service, the congregation practices the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and prays for physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world peace and harmony. 

Childcare is not provided. Parents with young children under three years old may listen to the service with their children in the Parents and Infants Room at the back of the chapel. 

Commemoration Services


The Bay Area Temple holds Commemorative Services to honor the Birthday and Mahasamadhi (passing) of each of the Self-Realization Fellowship Gurus.

During the service, attendees walk up to the altar and lay a flower (a symbol of devotion) and a monetary offering inside a sealed envelope (an expression of loyalty to the work of Self-Realization Fellowship) before an image of the Guru being honored. Periods of silent meditation and Kirtan are included in the service.

Weekend (Saturday/Sunday):
Commemorative Service 5:00 pm preceded by meditation  3:00 – 4:45 pm

Weekday (Monday – Friday):
Commemorative Service 8:00 pm preceded by meditation 7:00 – 7:45 pm

These services are open to SRF members, SRF students, and friends. Childcare is not provided. Please consult the Temple Calendar for dates and times.

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