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.
2146 E. Chevy Chase Dr.
Glendale, CA 91206
Cancelled Until Further Notice
Special Easter Blessings and Joy from
SRF Glendale Temple Choir
Message from Bro. Bhumananda
April 8, 2020
Dear Devotees and Friends of Glendale Temple:
We hope that in these unique times you are doing well. Although not easy for any of us, these challenges have given me greater insight and appreciation for Gurudeva's beautiful spiritual family, the global band of souls to which we all belong—united in our love for God, our gratitude for Paramahansaji's soul-liberating teachings, and our resolve that even in dark times we will do our utmost to let our souls shine with courage, faith, positive spirit, and love for God in all.
Just today I received the most beautiful email from some devoted members of our Temple:
All of these divine gifts that come from Master through the channel of the Mother Center [weekly online inspirational services, etc.] make us realize the strength and vastness of our true Self, and the right attitude we need to have to confront our daily challenges. We have a sense of security knowing and feeling Master’s divine protection in tangible way.
We feel the strongest vibrations when we participate in the daily worldwide healing prayer circle and visualize the shield of light and love encircling the globe that Daya Ma talked about.
We have no time for fear or worry because we are blessed with the teachings and omnipresence of our true guru.
I see this divine attitude exemplified in so many of you, and I feel immensely humbled and inspired to serve as your Temple minister.
We hope that each of you are benefiting from Self-Realization Fellowship’s efforts to support our friends and members through digital means
SRF Online Resources on Our Site To Help You Cope With the Current World Situation.
• As a recent email from Mother Center expressed, all of the monastics have set aside these special times of the day to unite in praying for others. We invite you to join us:
o 7:50 – 8:00 a.m.
o 12:50 – 1:00 p.m.
o 6:50 – 7:00 p.m.
• We hope many of you are able to participate in attending the meditation services offered by our SRF Online Meditation Center.
• We hope you are able to view our weekly online inspirational services.
• And we invite you to regularly visit the SRF Website and Blog for future updates as we provide more support online.
I so much look forward to the time when we will be able to resume our regular schedule of meditations, services, and other activities at Glendale Temple. Until then, let us continue to do our part in building a better world—through kindness to all, meditation, and prayer, spiritual study, and unswerving faith in God. As Guruji said, "Don’t think the contribution made by your spiritualized consciousness is small. Your part may mean very much."
May God and our Gurus bless, guide, and watch over each one of you.
In divine friendship, and wishing you a most blessed Easter,
P.S. We will notify you by email when our Temple resumes its normal schedule, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, with God’s grace.
Weekly Online Inspirational Service
During the current difficult times—in which SRF temples, centers, and groups have had to temporarily cancel Sunday services—we will be offering inspirational services online. Through the services presented here, you can join Paramahansa Yogananda’s worldwide spiritual family in weekly divine fellowship.
Each inspirational service will be posted for an entire week and then replaced the following weekend with a new talk. If you subscribe to our Newsletter you will receive an email notification when the new video has been posted.
April 4, 2020 - This week’s online service:
“Strengthening Character by Developing
Spiritual Courage and Endurance”
This week’s online inspirational service is now available for viewing: “Strengthening Character by Developing Spiritual Courage and Endurance,” a talk by SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda given at the 2015 SRF World Convocation. In this talk Brother Chidananda leads the audience in the practice of several powerful affirmations from Paramahansa Yogananda’s Where There Is Light.
SRF New Worldwide Prayer Initiative
We also would like to inform you about a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.
Emphasizing the power of prayer, Paramahansa Yogananda said: “Most men consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer.
Coronavirus update for SRF Temples,
Centers, Groups, Circles and Retreats
Date: March 12, 2020
Dear SRF Members and Friends,
We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and are aware of the uncertainty felt by so many worldwide. After much prayerful consideration about what the right course of action should be, we have made the decision to cancel all SRF meditation and inspirational services and social events at our temples, centers, and groups in the US and in other countries where the government has suggested we do so. We will be contacting our meditation groups separately with guidance. We have also cancelled all retreat programs, until further notice.
Those of you who regularly participate in group meditations and spiritual fellowship know the value and positive influence of seeking God together. We encourage you to continue participation in group meditations via our online meditation services by visiting
We are also looking into offering online inspirational events soon and encourage you to check the SRF website for updates on this.
The decision to cancel our services and retreats has been made in compliance with the request of the governor of California and the California Department of Public Health that nonessential gatherings across the state of California should be limited to no more than 250 people, and that smaller events than this should implement social distancing of six feet per person. These cautionary measures are also being requested and implemented in many other states and countries. We believe that this cautionary measure is a highly practical step to take to help curb the spread of the illness.
We also recommend that you continue to follow universal health guidelines with regards to coronavirus, which can be found on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control at
And the World Health Organization at
Paramahansa Yogananda expected us to use practical outer means and commonsense methods to prevent illness, but he also urged us have a positive attitude and faith in God’s love and protection. That inner attunement felt in meditation and prayer will allow us to reach into the infinite reservoir of God’s healing power to help ourselves and all those who are in need.
In closing, let us keep in mind these words of our Gurudeva: “Whatever it is that you fear, take your mind away from it and leave it to God. Have faith in Him…Every night, before you sleep, affirm: ‘The Heavenly Father is with me; I am protected.’ Mentally surround yourself with Spirit and His cosmic energy.”
May God and the Great Ones deeply bless and watch over you and your loved ones.
In divine friendship,
Download the current info/FAQ about coronavirus
from the Los Angeles County Public Health Dept.
and for up-to-date information visit:
A Meditation Led by Brother Chidananda
Sunday - March 15, 2020
We are writing to let you know that we have posted a special video from SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda on our Self-Realization Fellowship Blog. In this video, Brother Chidananda leads a meditation and gives a special message of spiritual assurance on how to deal with the challenging times we are now facing. He also conducts a healing service to help SRF/YSS members and friends worldwide establish greater attunement with and trustingly call upon the all-powerful Divine Presence, which is always with us.
Brother Chidananda wanted to make this meditation service available online since many SRF temples, centers, and groups worldwide have canceled their Sunday services.
Every gift is deeply appreciated and will help to make a difference at our beautiful Glendale Temple. We thank you for your continuing support. Donations we receive in response to this appeal will be deposited into the Glendale Temple Building Fund at the Mother Center. They will be used to support these efforts, and they may also be used to cover large maintenance expenses associated with the temple’s buildings and future meeting facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, vehicles, fundraising expenses, property taxes, and any potential future property purchases—which are not typically funded through our operating budget. For more details and information click here or the image to the right.
SRF 2020 Centennial
The year 2020 marks a profoundly significant milestone in the history of Self-Realization Fellowship — the 100th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s arrival in America from his native India, and his founding of Self-Realization Fellowship, the worldwide spiritual organization he established to disseminate his Kriya Yoga teachings. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, we are planning a number of special events throughout 2020. We have a detailed program and an outline of many of the major events that will take place in the anniversary year.
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
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.