Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone.
— Paramahansa Yogananda
The Reno Meditation Group offers regular Meditation and Inspirational Reading Services that are open to the public.
All are welcome to attend. Paramahansa Yogananda emphasized that the united devotion and concentration of many
yoga devotees can powerfully increase the depth of each individual's meditation.
Meditation Service — 10:00 to 10:45 am
The meditation service includes periods of prayer, chanting and about 40 minutes of silent meditation. Meditation services provide opportunities to practice the methods of concentration and meditation taught in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. All are welcome.
Reading Service — 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
The reading service is a good introduction for those not familiar with meditation. It includes short periods of prayer, chanting and silent meditation. Selections from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda are read during the service. The service concludes with the Worldwide Prayer Circle Service.
At the close of the Sunday morning services and Thursday evening services we pray for the physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world brotherhood and peace. Together, the group practices the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, which is explained in the free booklet Worldwide Prayer Circle.
Inspirational Service — 7:00 to 8:00 pm
First, Third, and Fifth Thursday of the month
The inspirational service on Thursday includes periods of prayer, chanting and and two periods of about 20 minutes each of silent meditation. Selections from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda and other SRF publications are read by the service reader. The service concludes with the Worldwide Prayer Circle Service.
Kirtan — 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Second Thursday of the month
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting. Those who chant with deep concentration and devotion are drawn inward to the altar of God’s presence.
Two Hour Meditation — 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Fourth Thursday of the month
The 2-hour meditation begins with a prayer, followed by chanting, an inspirational reading, then an extended period of meditation, concluding with Worldwide Parayer Service. Those who wish to leave early may do so during a chant.
These special services are held throughout the year to honor either the birth or Mahasamadhi (final conscious exit from the physical body) of one of the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus. They are open to all who understand the significance of the guru-disciple relationship and can participate with sincerity and reverence. Please bring a flower, symbolizing devotion for the Master being honored, and a monetary donation to Self Realization Fellowship in an envelope, as an expression of gratitude and loyalty to their work. Please refer to the UPCOMING EVENTS Page for dates.
THREE HOUR MEDITATIONS
This service follows the same format as the two-hour service but lasts three hours, with longer periods of meditation. You may enter or leave during the chants. Please see the UPCOMING EVENTS Page for dates.