” Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism. The way to freedom is through service to others.”
The Philadelphia Meditation Group holds 3 services weekly. The chapel is only open during services or scheduled socials. The chapel usually opens about 30 minutes before the services begin. We ask that everyone come early enough to settle themselves and become quiet before the service begin.
Meditation Service: Sunday 10:00 am -11:00 am
The Meditation Service consists of prayers, chants, a reading from Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings, and a period of approximately 30 minutes of unbroken meditation. To support the devotees effort to go deeper into meditation, we do not allow entrance to the chapel after the first chant has completed. We ask that devotees then wait until the next service begins at 11:05 am.
Readings Service: Sunday 11:05 am – 12:00 pm
The Readings Service includes prayers, chants, and short periods of meditation. The Readings Service also gives scriptural commentary of Paramahansa Yogananda as well as excerpts from his other writings. This service is the one that is best suited for devotees who are new to the path of Self-Realization.
Inspirational Service: Wednesday 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Inspirational Service consists of prayers, chants, a reading from Paramahansa Yogananda’s writings, and several periods of unbroken meditation of 20-40 minutes each.
Special Services: As Scheduled
A Special Service is held in honor of the birthdays and Mahasamadhi of Self-Realization line of Guru’s. They consist of prayers, chants, a reading in honor of the particular Guru being honored as well as periods of meditation. These are devotional services and the devotees are given the opportunity to come to the alter one at a time to pranam before the Guru and offer up their prayers.
“Those who come to the Self-Realization Fellowship services regularly, not attracted merely by the talks but seeking inward spiritual help, shall receive what they seek from God. I want them to know whether they come now, while I am in the body, or afterward, the power of God shall flow into them just the same, and shall be the cause of their salvation.
So come regularly, I know that those who do so have changed; I can see it in their eyes and faces. In that regularity and steadiness you shall find God-realization.