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“Self-realization is the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it comes to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda —

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Group Meditation with Kirtan Chanting

Join us for joyful kirtan chanting at selected Friday and Saturday group meditations.

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Oh God Beautiful
Satchidananda Guru
Light the Lamp of thy Love
He Bhagavan


Welcome to
Self-Realization Fellowship
Glendale Temple

Temple 03 front.jpgNestled in the sunny hills of Glendale, California, this temple is a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, the international nonprofit society founded by one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time — Paramahansa Yogananda.

Since its inception in 1920, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) has introduced truth-seekers worldwide to India’s age-old philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation.

The Glendale Temple is the result of a generous gift to SRF and to all truth-seekers.   Everyone is welcome to attend our weekly public lectures, meditations, Sunday School classes for children, and other events aimed to disseminate the timeless teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and help us create spiritually harmonious lives and a more compassionate and peaceful world.

Self-Realization Fellowship
Glendale Temple
2146 E. Chevy Chase Dr.
Glendale, CA 91206


January 2019

Fellowship (January 27)
We welcome you in the Social Hall after this Sunday service, and invite you to introduce yourself to others. Refreshments will be served.

SRF Lessons Launch Event Livestream with Brother Chidananda on January 31  

NewLessons.pngWe are happy to announce that on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 pm PST, a livestreamed event for the launch of the new edition of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons will be presented on our website by Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. He will share details about many of the exciting features to be introduced for the first time, as well as information about how to enroll.

To mark this historic milestone event, we are organizing a group viewing of the livestreamed event at Glendale Temple with the doors open at 6:00 p.m.  We encourage you to join us so that we might share this exciting news together, in divine fellowship.

The regular open meditation and lecture service on the 31st is cancelled.

The release of the new edition of the SRF Lessons marks an historic milestone for the spiritual work of our beloved Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, and we are delighted to share this occasion with all of you.

If you are not able to join for the livestream, the video will be available soon afterwards on the SRF website at, and on the SRF YouTube channel, so that you can watch it at your convenience.

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February 2019

Volunteer Dinner - Saturday, February 9

The Glendale Temple Volunteer Dinner will be held in the Social Hall on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  We invite all who are currently serving, or would like to be serving, at Glendale Temple to attend this event.  If you plan to come, it is very important to sign-up on the board in the West Lobby. The meal is catered and we need to know how many will attend. If you would like to begin serving now, please fill out a volunteer form (in the lobby or at the blue umbrella) and we can find just the right area of service for you, starting with our Volunteer Dinner.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the event begins at 6:00 p.m.

February 2019

Six-hour Meditation (February 2)
On Saturday, February 2, we will hold a long meditation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m. There will be an intermission at 1:00 p.m.  If you cannot stay for the whole day, please plan to attend the first period of meditation so as not to disturb the peace of those who will already have been meditating for several hours. Long meditations provide a unique opportunity for us to leave behind all responsibilities and to focus wholeheartedly on our search for God. We hope that you can join us.

SWAS1118_018.jpgVolunteer Dinner (February 9)
The Glendale Temple annual Volunteer Dinner will be held Saturday evening, February 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.  This event is held in recognition of the many volunteers who serve at this temple, helping with the gardens, maintenance, ushering and greeting, bookroom, flowers, special events, cooking, housekeeping, accounting, Sunday School, and many other tasks.  If you are currently volunteering in any capacity or if you would like to begin volunteering, we invite you.  The Volunteer Dinner is being catered; so in order to plan for service, we ask that you sign-up on the board in the West Lobby by Sunday, February 3.

Satsanga (February 14)  
A satsanga is a lecture service devoted to questions and answers about the teachings of Self-Realization Fellowship and the spiritual path.  You may submit questions in advance by placing them in the box marked 'Satsanga Questions' in the Main Lobby or by going online at

SWAS1118_047.jpgDay of Service (February 16)
This is a great opportunity to meet fellow devotees and to serve God and Master. By helping to keep our temple beautiful, you will in turn feel energized and inspired. The opening meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served at 1:20 p.m.

Bhajan Night (February 23)
We warmly welcome you to join us for a special evening of Indian Bhajan chanting and meditation on Saturday, February 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Extended periods of devotional chanting will include bhajans that are sung at our YSS ashrams as well as traditional Indian chants in Sanskrit.  Words will be provided on handouts to make it easy for everyone to participate in chanting together.  Our Guru has said, 'One who sings spiritualized songs with true devotion will find God-communion and ecstatic joy, and through them the healing of body, mind, and soul.' 

Fellowship (February 24)
We welcome you in the Social Hall after this Sunday service and invite you to introduce yourself to others. Refreshments will be served.  

Weekly Activities

Join us for Group Meditation with Kirtan Chanting on selected Fridays and Saturdays. 
Please see online calendar for scheduled dates.

Monday Evening Meditation
The Monday evening meditations will now be a regular part of the weekly schedule at Glendale Temple.  Beginning at 7:00 with group practice of the Energization Exercises, the meditation will include a few periods of chanting and will conclude at 9:00 p.m.

Open Meditation
Second-Christ-Meditating.jpg An open, un-led meditation will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Small Chapel, and every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary.  All are welcome.  You may enter at any time.  

Study Group
Glendale Temple’s scripture Study Group reads The Second Coming of Christ every Tuesday evening in the Small Chapel.  The evening begins with an open meditation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Study Group from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Second Coming of Christ is Paramahansa Yogananda’s commentary on the teachings of Christ.  It demonstrates the unity between the revelations of the Christian Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and all other time-tested true scriptures.  No prior reading is necessary, and copies of The Second Coming will be provided for you to use. You may join us for one evening or on an ongoing basis.  All are welcome.

Regularly Scheduled Services:

Morning Meditation: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Lecture Service: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Evening Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Evening Meditation: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Study Group: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Open Meditation: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture Service: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Satsanga Service: Third Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Evening Meditation and Energization: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Kirtan Chanting on Selected Friday and Saturday Meditations

Heart Donate.jpgDonations

We are launching a Fundraising Campaign for the Glendale Temple East Yard Renovation Project to create a Special Events and Meditation Gardens. The exciting new plans have been approved and we are now ready to improve the empty yard adjacent to the Sunday School and create a beautiful area for special events, gatherings, outdoor mediation areas, and additional Sunday School space. Work on this project should begin in early Fall 2018 and hopefully be completed by Spring 2019. Your help and financial contribution is very much appreciated!. We look forward to seeing you meditating in the various meditation nooks of our new gardens. For more details and information click here or the image to the right.


Global Awareness of
Yogananda’s Teachings on the Rise

Over the past several months, numerous media outlets from around the globe have published inspiring articles about Paramahansa Yogananda and his Self-Realization Fellowship teachings—yet another sign that his influence on world spirituality continues to grow.... Click to Read More

125th Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda

A Message From Brother Chidananda,
President, Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

Celebrating 100 years of
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

Click here or the image above to watch a Video slideshow of notable events from the centenary celebrations of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917. Covers the release of the YSS Centenary Stamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in New Delhi, March 7, 2017; and a special five-day function held in Ranchi March 17-22, 2017. In 1920 Paramahansa Yogananda came to America to disseminate the Kriya Yoga teachings of ancient India, as instructed by his line of gurus. For the West, he translated the name of his organization as Self-Realization Fellowship.

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