Frequently Asked Questions
There are no membership requirements to attend our meditations or readings services–all are welcome.
You can learn more about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda by reading his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, which can be found at most major bookstores & public libraries. Self-Realization Fellowship books, CD’s, DVD’s, photographs, & application forms for the SRF Lessons are also available at our chapel.
You do not need any background in meditation to attend our services, although it is helpful to have the SRF meditation techniques.
We meditate with closed eyes, seated on chairs. There is no need to bring any accessories.
Apart from brief instructions given at the beginning of the service, the meditations are not guided. Those interested in learning the SRF techniques of meditation are encouraged to apply for the SRF Lessons.
The Sunday Readings Service (11:00am-noon) is a good introduction for those not familiar with meditation or with SRF. The Readings Service includes shorter periods of meditation that can help one prepare for the longer periods (approx. 45 minutes) in our Meditation Services. The Sunday service also offers the best opportunity to meet & chat with other members of our group.
People are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in order to settle in before service begins. Our doors are open for 20 minutes before the start of each service. The usher will return to the door 5 minutes after the start of the service to check for late-comers but after that, because of building security, the doors will be locked.
Yes, our new chapel has an elevator as well as stairs. One wheelchair parking space is available on the right hand side of the parking lot in front of the building.
There is no charge for attending services. On Sundays & Thursdays, there is an optional offertory that helps cover our operating expenses, and allows us to assist in the worldwide humanitarian work of Self-Realization Fellowship.
If you are new to SRF, you can learn more about Kriya Yoga in Chapter 26 of Autobiography of a Yogi, in which Paramahansa Yogananda describes the history & purpose of Kriya Yoga. You can also read about the Kriya Yoga Path of Meditation on the SRF website. If you have further questions, please call Self-Realization Fellowship at 323-225-2471, and a monastic will be happy to discuss them with you.