The Sunday Meditation service begins with a brief opening reading and then chanting followed by meditation until the end of the service at 10:40 am. The Reading Service begins at 11 am with a brief opening, and selections from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda including parallels in the scriptures of the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Brief periods of meditation and chanting are interspersed throughout the service. Please enter and exit the Chapel only during periods of chanting or reading.
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In group meditation devotees come together in silent fellowship to reinforce each others efforts toward Self-Realization. Effective group meditation is possible only if each person shares responsibility for creating an atmosphere of peaceful stillness.
Paramahansa Yogananda said "Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone." Here are a few key points to help achieve this state:
Correct Posture: Sit with the spine straight, feet flat on the floor, shoulders slightly back, chest out, abdomen in, and hands, with palms turned upward, resting at the juncture of the thighs and abdomen. It is important that there be no tension.
Focus Eyes Gently Upward: With eyes closed or half open, focus the gaze gently at the point between the eyebrows.
Focus Thoughts on God: If you are new to meditation and no meditation techniques are known, silently call on God in the language of your heart. Make a constant effort to stay focused during meditation.
Chanting: Chanting with deep concentration and devotion draws the devotee inward to the altar of God's presence. Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants book is an excellent introduction to devotional chanting and gives the words and music for the chants used in services.
Prayer: During the last portion of the meditation, time is spent praying for those who are in need of physical, mental or spiritual healing and for world peace.
The Saturday meditation service begins with a reading of 10-15 minutes. At the top of each hour there is a period of chanting for about 15 minutes followed by meditation until the top of the next hour when the cycle repeats. Devotees are welcome to attend any portion or all of the service. Please enter and exit only during periods of chanting or reading.
The Tuesday and Thursday meditation services begin with an opening reading of 10-15 minutes. A Service Reader guides the group through periods of devotional chanting and silent meditation until the end of service. The Thursday service devotes more time to chanting and the inspirational messages contained in the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Please enter and exit only during periods of chanting or reading.
Please turn off all electronic devices prior to entering the Chapel. You are welcome to meditate in the Book Room if you are unable to sit in silence for the entire meditation period.