Description of Services
The Thursday Service
“The surest sign that God exists is the increasing heart-bursting joy felt in mediation.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
The Thursday evening Lecture Service, like the Sunday Service, consists of prayer, brief chanting and meditation, and an informative and inspiring lecture by a Self-Realization Fellowship minister. A free-will offering is taken. At the end of the service Paramahansa Yogananda’s Healing Ceremony is performed.
Paramahansa Yogananda rendered a great service to mankind through his prayers for world peace and for the healing of others’ physical, mental and spiritual afflictions. Each morning in deep meditation he invoked God’s blessings on all who had requested help, and sent them healing energy through performance of a simple but highly effective technique. As time went on he asked all the monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Order to join him in this endeavor to serve the world through prayer. Thus was born the Self-Realization Prayer Council.
Led by Sri Daya Mata, Paramahansa’s spiritual successor and president of the Fellowship, the work of this Prayer Council has continued uninterruptedly through the years. The Council deeply meditates and prays for others each morning and evening, and performs the healing technique practiced and taught by Paramahansaji.
Paramahansa Yogananda often expressed the wish that the healing work of the Prayer Council be augmented by the prayers of Self-Realization members and friends in every land, creating a spiritual union of sympathetic hearts–a world-wide circle of prayers. Today members all over the world participate in the Worldwide Prayer Circle each morning and evening. The Prayer Circle is part of all our Thursday evening lecture services.
The healing technique practiced by the Prayer Circle is described in the booklet, “Worldwide Prayer Circle,” available at all temples or from the Mother Center.
Women’s Asana Class
Hatha Yoga is a system of physical postures (asanas) that promotes health and calm awareness. Fullerton Temple’s Women’s Asana Classes are for women only and are suitable for both beginners and more advanced students. The emphasis is on restoring the connection of body, mind, and soul. The classes are held each Monday evening in the Temple Social Room from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Please bring a yoga mat to the class. Child care is not available. Preregistration is needed for first-time participants and can be done by calling the SRF Fullerton Temple at 714-525-1291 or signing up online at www.fullertontemple.org.
Each Sunday, during the time of the Sunday Lecture Service
(11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon), classes are provided for boys and girls between the ages of three and twelve.
The purpose of the Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday School is to provide a creative program that will effectively introduce our children to the teachings of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. This includes meditation, energization techniques, and other Self-Realization principles.
There are different classes:
- Boys and girls between ages three and five
- Boys and girls between ages six and nine
- Boys between ten and twelve
- Girls between ten and twelve
- Teens (age thirteen and up)
All Sunday School teachers are Kriyabans and have been approved to teach by the Mother Center. Teachers’ assistants are either Kriyabans or “Lessons” students and have also been approved by the Mother Center.