Announcements
 

September 12, 2021

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and County Health Department, we ask that everyone wear a mask anytime they are inside one of our Center buildings.

At this time, our services are being conducted on the back patio.  If you prefer to sit inside, sound is being piped into the chapel and overflow rooms.  

For the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been suspended.  In the coming weeks, we will reassess when to restart these programs.

Please pardon the construction chaos that extends along the front of our grounds. We continue to move forward with building our fence! We will keep you posted as the project unfolds.

The Bookroom will be open today after the service.  Please remember that it is required to wear a mask in the Bookroom.

There is a meditation service this evening from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning with Energization Exercises.

On Thursday there will be a 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30. 

And on Friday-evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

Looking ahead:

On Sunday, September 26, at 7 p.m., there will be a Commemoration Service in remembrance of the Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya.

And on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m., there will be a Commemoration Service in honor of Lahiri Mahasaya’s birthday.  Both services will be held on the back patio.

These weekly announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

September 5, 2021

The California Department of Public Health requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Given the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC ask that everyone wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

In accordance with these recommendations, we ask everyone to wear a mask anytime they are inside one of our Center buildings.

At this time, services at Escondido Center are being conducted on the back patio.  Sound will be piped into the chapel and overflow rooms, for those who prefer to sit indoors.

For the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been temporarily suspended.  In the coming weeks, we will reassess when to restart these programs.

The Bookroom will be open today after the service.  Stop by if you would like to get a 2022 Wall Calendar.  Last year Mother Center sold out of wall calendars, so don’t wait too long.

We host a meditation service this evening from 6 to 9, beginning with Energization Exercises on the back patio.

On Thursday we will have a six-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And on Friday evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9.

These weekly announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

 

August 29, 2021

Pardon the dirt piles and warning tape that extend along the front of our grounds. At long last we have broken ground on our fence project! We will keep you posted as the construction project unfolds.

The California Dept. of Public Health requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Given the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC ask that EVERYONE wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not. In accordance with these recommendations, we ask everyone to wear a mask anytime they are inside one of our Center buildings.

At this time, services at EMC are being conducted on the back patio.  Sound will be piped into the chapel and overflow rooms, for those who prefer to sit indoors.

For the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been temporarily suspended.  In the coming weeks, we will reassess when to restart these programs.

The Bookroom is closed today.  It will reopen next Sunday, September 5. The 2022 SRF wall calendars available.

There is a meditation service this evening from 6 to 9, beginning with Energization Exercises, on the back patio.

Tomorrow evening, August 30, we will commemorate Janmashtami, in honor of Bhagavan Krishna. This special service will begin at 7 p.m. on the back patio.   It is customary to bring a flower and an offering in an envelope.

Also tomorrow, Self-Realization Fellowship will stream one-hour Janmashtami commemoration meditations in different languages throughout the day. The online meditation service in English will be at 5 p.m., and the service in Spanish at noon Pacific Time.

On Thursday there will be a 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And on Friday-evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

 
These weekly Announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.
 
 
August 22, 2021

The CA Dept. of Public Health requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Given the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC ask that EVERYONE wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

In accordance with these recommendations, we ask everyone to wear a mask anytime they are inside one of our Center buildings.

At this time, all Escondido Center services are being conducted on the back patio.  Sound will be piped into the chapel and overflow rooms, for those who prefer to sit indoors.

For the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been suspended through the end of August.  In the coming weeks, we will reassess when to restart these programs.

Before Convocation week, Rodney Lewis invited harmonium builder and maintenance expert, Andy Nation, an Encinitas Temple devotee, to check our Center harmoniums.  Andy provided a service for our Center by repairing and tuning all five harmoniums as “service for Master”.  This included the main chapel harmonium and the four Sunday School classroom harmoniums.

If you’d like information for repair of your personal harmonium, contact Rodney or a member of the Managing Council for Andy’s contact information.

There is a meditation service this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Thursday there will be a 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And on Friday-evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Monday, August 30, we will have a commemoration service for Janmashtami, in honor of Bhagavan Krishna, starting at 7 p.m. on the back patio.   It is customary to bring a flower and an offering in an envelope.

Also on Monday, August 30, Self-Realization Fellowship will host a one-hour online Janmashtami commemoration meditation in different languages throughout the day. The service in English will be at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Bookroom will be open after the service today.

These weekly announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

 
 
 
August 15, 2021

The California Department of Public Health requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Given the substantial increase in the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC have asked that EVERYONE wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

In accordance with these recommendations, we ask that everyone wear a mask while inside our Center buildings.

In the weeks ahead, all Escondido Center services will be conducted on the back patio.  Seating and sound will also be available in the chapel and overflow rooms, for those who prefer to sit indoors.

For the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been suspended through the end of August.  In the coming weeks, we will reassess a date for restarting these programs.

We have a meditation this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Thursday our 6-hour meditation begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And on Friday evening our meditation will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Bookroom will be open after the service today.

 These weekly announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

 
 
 
August 7, 2021
 

Dear friends,

Our Sunday morning meditation and reading service are canceled tomorrow morning, August 8, as Convocation begins. Meditation services on Sunday evening; Thursday, August 12; and Friday, August 13, also are canceled.

For an overview of Convocation, along with registration information, please visit https://yogananda.org/getting-the-most-out-of-srf-online-convocation .

Escondido Center services will resume Sunday, August 15, with the morning meditation at 9 a.m., followed by the reading service at 10.

Please note that in the weeks ahead all services will be conducted on the back patio. However, seating and sound will be available in the chapel and overflow rooms, for those who prefer to sit indoors. As a reminder, we ask that everyone wear masks when inside the buildings.

Also, for the safety of our children, Sunday School and Teen Group have been suspended through August 29. In the coming weeks we will reassess a date for restarting these programs.

This information also is available on our website, EscondidoSRF.org .

We appreciate your understanding as we make these adjustments.

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

 

Announcements for Sunday – August 1, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SERVICES ARE CANCELED THE WEEK OF CONVOCATION, AUGUST 8 – 14.

The California Department of Public Health currently requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  And given the substantial increase in the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC have asked that EVERYONE wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

In accordance with these recommendations, we ask that everyone wear a mask while inside our Center buildings.

All children and teens in our Sunday School program are required to be re-registered.  We ask that parents make sure your child or teen has been re-registered.

Instead of passing a collection basket, we have a basket near the door for donations.

The Bookroom will be open today after the service.

This week:

There is a meditation this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Thursday there will be a 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.  This meditation will be held outside on the back patio, so you can put your chair where you like, and masks will be optional.

On Friday-evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

The annual Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation will be held online again this year, beginning next Sunday, August 8th.  The Opening Program by Brother Chidananda is entititled:  “Discovering Your Soul’s Infinite Potential” and will begin at 9:00 in the morning.   Registration is now open online, on the SRF website – yoganandasrf.org .

These weekly announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

 

July 29, 2021

Mask guidelines updated for Escondido Center

Dear friends,

As you’re aware, the California Department of Public Health currently requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Now, given the spread of the Delta variant, San Diego County and the CDC have recommended that EVERYONE wear masks indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

In accordance with this recommendation, we ask that everyone wear a mask while inside our Center buildings.

We appreciate your support!

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

 

Announcements for Sunday, July 25, 2021

The California Department of Public Health currently requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  So, if  you’re not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

And if you have a persistent cough, please do not stay inside the building.

This morning the Sunday School is using the back patio for their Babaji Commemoration Service, so chairs have been put out on the breezeway for people wanting to hear our service outside.

Instead of passing a collection basket, there is a basket for donations near the door.

All children and teens in our Sunday School program are required to be re-registered.  We ask that parents make sure your child or teen has been re-registered.

The Bookroom will be open today after the service.  Are you looking for another way to serve?  If you are a Kriyaban,  comfortable using computers, and able to volunteer for an hour once a month, please talk with Marilyn in the Bookroom after the service.

Refreshments will be served after the service under the canopy near the Bookroom.

This evening there will be a commemoration service in honor of Mahavatar Babaji at 7.  Mahavatar Babaji first appeared to Paramahansa Yogananda on July 25, 1920, as described in the Autobiography of a Yogi.  It is traditional to bring a flower or flowers as a symbol of devotion to God and the SRF Gurus, and a donation in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty to the cause of SRF.

On Thursday there will be a 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And on Friday-evening there will be a meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

The annual Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation will be held online again this year, beginning at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday morning, August 8th.  Registration is now open online, on the SRF website – yoganandasrf.org .

 These announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board.

 

Announcements for Sunday, July 18, 2021

First of all, we want to let everyone know that a member of our spiritual family, Jim Roberts, died June 22.  Jim and his wife Page were already long-time SRF devotees before joining our Center more than 20 years ago.  A memorial has not yet been scheduled.

The California Department of Public Health currently requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  So, if  you’re not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

And if you have a persistent cough, even if due to allergies, please do not stay inside the building.

For those who wish to sit outside, sound is being piped out to the back patio.  Folding chairs have been set up, and you may bring a cushion if you wish.

We are no longer storing cushions in the usher’s room.  You will find cushions in the parent-infant room.  If you left cushions here, please take them home with you.

Instead of passing the collection basket, we have placed a basket near the door, if you would like to make a donation.

Our Sunday School is back in session, and holding classes outside at this time.  All children and teens are required to be re-registered.  We ask that parents stop by the registration table (which is set up in/or near the parking lot) to register their children either before or after class.

The Bookroom will be open today after the service.  And good news – we have the new 2022 Engagement Calendars, and you will be able to use cash, check, or credit card.

Refreshments will be served after the service under the canopy near the bookroom.

Services this next week include:

A Sunday-evening meditation tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

A Thursday 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And a Friday-evening meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

Looking ahead…

Next Sunday, July 25th, there will be a Commemoration Service in honor of Mahavatar Babaji at 7:00 in the evening.  It is traditional to bring a flower and a donation in an envelope.

The annual Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation will be held online again this year, beginning on Sunday morning, August 8th.   Registration is now open online, on the SRF website – yoganandasrf.org .

These weekly Announcements also can be found on the back bulletin board

 

Announcements for Sunday, July 11, 2021

**Please make sure your cellphone is silenced**

Welcome back to the Escondido Center!  Thank you for joining us for our first Sunday morning together in a year and four months.

Our Sunday School and Teen Group classes are meeting as usual, being held outside.

The California Department of Public Health currently requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  So, if  you’re not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

To ensure maximum ventilation, both the swamp cooler and our furnace fan will be on throughout the service, and the windows will be open.  So the chapel may be drafty and cool.  If you have a persistent cough, even if because of an allergy, please do not stay in the building.

For those who wish to sit outside, sound is being piped out to the back patio.  Folding chairs have been set up, and you may bring a cushion if you wish.

We are no longer storing cushions in the usher’s room.  You will find cushions in the parent-infant room.  Please retrieve any cushions you may have left here, and take them home with you.  Anything that is not claimed will be disposed of.  We are planning to have storage available for cushions in the future.  Until then, please take home what you bring to the Center.

Rather than pass the collection baskets, we have placed a basket at the entrance, for those who would like to make a donation.

Thank you for your understanding, and for helping to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.

The Bookroom will not be open today, but will be open next week.  Due to a technical difficulty, there is a possibility that you may be able to pay with cash or checks only.    So remember that for next week, because we hope to have the new 2022 Engagement Calendars in.

Refreshments will be served after the service today, outside under the canopy near the bookroom.

Services through the next week include:

A Sunday-evening meditation tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

A Thursday 6-hour meditation starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., with a break from 11 to 11:30.

And a Friday-evening meditation from 7 to 9 p.m.

  Looking ahead…

On Sunday, July 25th, there will be a Commemoration Service in honor of Mahavatar Babaji at 7:00 in the evening.

The annual Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation will be held online again this year, beginning on Sunday morning, August 8th.   Registration is now open online, on the SRF website – yoganandasrf.org .

 

Following are the announcements we have sent since mid-March, 2020, to our members and friends:

May 22, 2021

Escondido Center reopening with three meditation services

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that our Thursday six-hour meditations will begin in our chapel this week, on June 24. The meditation will start at 8 a.m. with Energization Exercises on the back patio, and conclude at 2 p.m.

On July 4 we will re-start our Sunday evening three-hour meditations, beginning at 6 p.m. with Energization Exercises. And, Friday evening two-hour meditations will begin July 9, with Energization Exercises at 7 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the California Department of Public Health requires individuals to wear masks when gathering inside if they are not fully vaccinated with an approved coronavirus vaccine.

Seating and audio will be available on the patio. Those seated in the chapel should be prepared for a cool, drafty environment, as at least one swamp cooler will be turned on to ensure a steady flow of fresh air.

Sunday morning services

Given a range of concerns expressed by many of our members, the Managing Council has not set a date for re-starting the Sunday morning meditation, reading service, Sunday School, and Teen Group.

First, we want to hear from you regarding various reopening options. Please click this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2GV8P2) to take an anonymous survey. If you have additional comments or questions, please send a message to info@escondidosrf.org by June 25.

Volunteers needed
A number of our committees have openings for volunteers. If you are interested in serving at the Center, please send a message to info@escondidosrf.org.

Thank you for your support as we start the reopening process. We look forward to seeing you again – in person!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

April 14, 2021

Birthday card for Bro. Chidananda

Dear friends,

We want to share with you the birthday card mailed earlier this week to Bro. Chidananda. The special day is May 16.

Have a lovely and blessed weekend!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2021

Swami Sri Yuktestwar’s birthday

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a blessed commemoration of Swami Sri Yukteswar’s birthday!

(https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/sri-yukteswar-birthday-2021.jpg)

In Gurudev,
Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2021

Easter 2021

Dear friends,

Enjoy this image of our altar, decorated for Easter:

https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/easteraltar2021.jpg

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

April 2, 2021

 

Good Friday 2021

Dear friends,

 

Members of the Flower Committee have decorated our altar for this holy Good Friday:

 

https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/goodfriday2021.jpg

 

Have a blessed and peaceful Easter weekend!

 

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2021

Reminder: Special Fellowship Event Tomorrow – Sunday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m.

Dear friends,

A quick reminder that Escondido Center is hosting a special online fellowship event tomorrow morning – Sunday, March 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Click on the link below to connect to the program. If the link doesn’t connect, you can copy and paste the link into your browser.

https://Yogananda.zoom.us/j/92254850308?pwd=L2ZmK1pUaVBnOWJ6TWtLR3YzTkV2Zz09

Meeting ID: 922 5485 0308
Passcode: 1952

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+13462487799,,92254850308# US (Houston)
+12532158782,,92254850308# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
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+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
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Meeting ID: 922 5485 0308

Find your local number: https://Yogananda.zoom.us/u/ad9AVcTIZj

(This information is also available at https://escondidosrf.org/announcements .)

The program includes an inspirational message, meditation, and center update. We will also take time to convey supportive, encouraging and inspiring stories.

We encourage you to turn on your camera so we can see each other at the fellowship gathering.

We look forward to seeing you!

If you have questions, please email info@escondidosrf.org

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

March 25, 2021

Zoom information for Sunday fellowship event

Dear friends,

Here is the information for joining the Escondido Center online fellowship event this Sunday, March 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Click on the link below to connect to the program. If the link doesn’t connect, you can cut and paste the link into your browser.

https://Yogananda.zoom.us/j/92254850308?pwd=L2ZmK1pUaVBnOWJ6TWtLR3YzTkV2Zz09

Meeting ID: 922 5485 0308
Passcode: 1952

One tap mobile
+13462487799,,92254850308# US (Houston)
+12532158782,,92254850308# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 922 5485 0308

Find your local number: https://Yogananda.zoom.us/u/ad9AVcTIZj

(This information is also available at https://escondidosrf.org/announcements .)

The program includes an inspirational message, meditation, and center update. We will also take time to convey supportive, encouraging and inspiring stories.

We encourage you to turn on your camera so we can see each other at the fellowship gathering.

We look forward to seeing you!

If you have questions, please email info@escondidosrf.org

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

March 21, 2021

Online fellowship event this Sunday / Easter greetings to Bro. Chidananda

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Escondido Center will host an online event to share divine fellowship.

The program includes an inspirational message, meditation, and center update. And, we will exchange supportive, encouraging and inspiring stories.

Please plan to join us. We will send an email with the Zoom link to the program later this week.

Also, a reminder that we are mailing an Easter card, along with greetings from our members, to our revered president, Bro. Chidananda. Greetings can be as simple as “We’re thinking of you!” If you would like to send a brief message (or simply a request that your name be included) please email it to info@escondidosrf.org by this Wednesday, March 24.

If you have questions regarding our Sunday fellowship event, please contact us at info@escondidosrf.org.

We look forward to seeing you!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

March 12, 2021

Easter greeting / Fellowship event

Dear friends,

We will be sending an Easter card ( https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/Easter-2021.pdf ) to our revered president, Bro. Chidananda, and would like to include your greetings. Send a brief message to info@escondidosrf.org by March 24, and we will include your note in a document that will accompany the card.

Also, we are delighted to announce that Escondido Center will host an online fellowship event beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 28. The Zoom program will include a meditation, report from the Managing Council, and opportunities to interact in breakout rooms. Zoom details, along with a schedule, will be sent out on March 25. We look forward to seeing you!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

March 9, 2021

Sri Yukteswar’s Mahasamadhi

Dear friends,

Today, the anniversary of Swami Sri Yukteswar’s Mahasamadhi, has also been a full day of service at our Center. Some volunteers spread organic fertilizer and mulch around trees along the south property line, while others pruned and tidied plants along a walkway and in the parking lot islands. Another team continued their work on plumbing and electrical to link our new well to the water-storage tank. Once the pumps are installed, we will switch back from city water to well water for irrigation.

And, members of our Flower Committee have decorated the altar in honor of Swami Sri Yukteswar:https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/sri-yukteswar-mahasamadhi2021.jpg. Our deepest thanks to all, for your ongoing support as the Center remains closed.

May this and all your days be filled with the blessings of our gurus!

In Master’s Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

March 6, 2021

Master’s Mahasamadhi

Dear friends,

Have a blessed and peaceful celebration of Master’s Mahasamadhi. Here is our altar, decorated for this holy day: https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/mastersmahasamadhi2021.jpg.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2021

Art Devine passed January 24

Dear friends,

Art Devine, a long-time member of Escondido Center, died January 24 following a prolonged illness. Please send loving thoughts to Art and his wife Anna, and keep them in your prayers.

No memorial service is planned at this time.

In Gurudev,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

January 4, 2021

Happy Birthday, Master!

Dear friends,

Here is our Center’s altar as we celebrate Master’s birthday:

https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/mastersbday-2021.jpg

Have a blessed day and a fulfilling New Year!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

December 23, 2020

Wishing all a joyous and peaceful Christmas season!

May all enjoy our beautiful altar decorations, a blessed, peaceful Christmas season, and an uplifting New Year filled with spiritual abundance!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

   

 

December 10, 2020

Dear friends,

In the joyous spirit of the Christmas season, SRF is offering a series of special online events that will carry us through the long meditation commemorating Master’s birth:

– Christmas satsanga with our beloved president, Brother Chidananda, Saturday, December 12, 2020, 9 – 10 a.m. PST. This will be a live-streamed inspirational talk from the Mother Center. It will be available on the SRF YouTube channel for all to participate. This talk will remain available for viewing at your convenience.

– Online all-day Christmas meditation led by SRF monastics, Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST. This 8-hour program in English will be a live-streamed meditation in accordance with our guru’s tradition of dedicating a period for long deep communion with Christ prior to outward festivities of the season. The event can be viewed via the SRF website, yogananda.org. This meditation will be available for viewing through December 24.

Christmas meditations also will be available in Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

– New Year’s Eve meditation led by an SRF monastic, Thursday, December 31, 2020. This one-hour meditation, available on the SRF YouTube channel, can be viewed at any time on New Year’s Eve.

– Master’s birthday commemoration with Brother Chidananda, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 9 – 10 a.m. PST. This will be a live one-hour service in celebration of Paramahansa Yogananda’s birth. It may be viewed on the SRF YouTube channel and will remain available.

– Master’s birthday commemorative meditation led by SRF nuns, Saturday, January 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST. This will be a six-hour meditation event to deepen our relationship with the guru. It can be viewed via the SRF website, yogananda.org, and will be available through Monday, January 11.

Also in the spirit of Christmas, we have sent a card to Bro. Chidananda:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, our members have done a beautiful job decorating the Center grounds.

Come by to visit! Swing by in the evening, and you can enjoy the tree of sparkling lights in our front yard.

In other news about the Center, a contractor has filled in the old well, which had partially collapsed, creating a sinkhole. The well, originally 42-feet deep, captured shallow “surface” water that was used to irrigate our landscape. This saved us hundreds of dollars a month in city water bills during the hot seasons, and allowed greater flexibility with our landscaping.

Rather than repair the old well, the Managing Council, following consultation with Bro. Devananda and Planning and Building Department, decided to have a new well drilled. Stehly Brothers Drilling Inc. drilled down to 585 feet. We’re getting a flow rate of 20 gallons per minute, and the water level comes to about 30 feet below the surface. After we get the final well report, another contractor will install the pump. We then will have the water tested before using it for irrigation.

Meanwhile, the fence and parking projects are still in the permitting process. The new parking will involve extending the current parking area with a hard but permeable surface. This requires moving irrigation pipes and trenching for electrical conduit – hard work that is being done by our members: 

Financially, while our books are sound, expenses continue to be greater than income. Your contributions to our Center are much appreciated! If you would like to donate online to our general fund, please visit https://members.yogananda-srf.org/donation?specialallocation=genescon . We sincerely thank you for your continuing support.

In closing, we want to share with you this feature article in the Los Angeles Times that credits our guru with the establishment of yoga in the West: https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-11-19/self-realization-fellowship-paramahansa-yogananda-los-angeles-history .

 

May all have a joyous, peaceful Christmas season.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

October 9, 2020

Dear friends,

As many of you who knew Danny Wright are likely aware, he passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020.

Danny was a longtime member of San Diego Temple.

A memorial service will be conducted through Zoom on Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. A video of the service will then be available on YouTube.

The program will begin with a formal memorial service led by lay members, followed by a period for sharing stories and remembrances of Danny.

To RSVP, click the following link to provide your contact information. Please indicate whether you would like to share a story or remembrance:

https://escondidosrf.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c0612c5974499be47c81c940&id=f70fd2e17b&e=0ce1d31619 ( arielliliuokalani.wixsite.com/danny-wright ).

Organizers will email a link to the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send a message to rememberingdannywright@gmail.com

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center

 

September 30, 2020

Escondido Center altar decorated for Lahiri Mahasaya’s birthday

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center of Self-Realization Fellowship

 

September 25, 2020

Dear friends, Members of the Flower Committee have decorated our Center’s altar in commemoration of Lahiri Mahasaya’s mahasamadhi. https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/lahirimahasamadhi2.jpg https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/lahirimahasamadhi1.jpg Have a blessed and joyous day!

 

 

 

 

 

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

September 18, 2020

Dear friends,

As SRF members worldwide celebrate the centennial of Master’s arrival in America, we want to share with you this picture of the decorated altar at our little Center: ( https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/centennial1.jpg ).

Enjoy the centennial meditation!

In Guruji’s Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

 

 

August 30, 2020 – General Membership Meeting (digital version)

Dear friends,

It’s been a while since we’ve had a general-membership meeting, so now we’ll give it a go, in digital format.

Managing Council: Let’s begin with your Managing Council in a joyful  moment at their homes (https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/joyful.jpg) . From left, Mark Skok, Coordinator (and wannabe gardener); Manisha Khatri and Scott Caton, Members-at-large; Paula Mackintosh, Treasurer; Gary Saunders, Member-at-large; and Sharlene Lewis, Secretary.

Financial: On the financial side, members have been making donations to the general operating fund, but in July expenses still were greater than income by about $900. Part of this deficit was due to a higher water bill because we have been using city water to irrigate.

Overall we hope to maintain positive net income in our operating account, as running in the red will make it more difficult to bring the balance back up when we eventually reopen.

We very much appreciate the donations you have made while the Center has been closed! As we mentioned in an earlier message, you may now donate online by visiting EscondidoSRF.org/Donate and clicking “Donate to General Operating Fund”. You may also mail checks, payable to SRF, to Escondido Center, P.O. Box 463092, Escondido, CA 92046. Unless specified otherwise, your check donation will automatically go to our Center’s general operating fund.

Well repair: Last week we asked for your support to spend up to $21,000 to repair our well. Seventy-four members voted in favor, and zero voted no. Mother Center also has approved the expenditure, so we now are going through the contracting process with Stehly Brothers Drilling, Inc.

Again, for the time being, we are irrigating with city water. The crepe myrtles are in full bloom, and the evergreens along the west property line have greened up nicely since we had them cut back (https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/evergreens-crepe-myrtles.jpg ).

Grounds / meditation area on patio: Whenever you have a chance, come by to enjoy the landscaping, view our members’ comments on the beautifully decorated bulletin board outside the Bookroom, and still your body and mind with a meditation in the shade of our patio. Two of our members have donated a picture of Master that is now fastened to the patio wall. The building, of course, remains closed, but we can meditate outside, in front of Master’s image. (https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/patio-meditation-1.jpg) . Several folding chairs are on the patio, but you may want to bring cushions.

Meanwhile, our members who maintain the gardens are establishing a new setting among the flowers for our statue of the Madonna.

 

Site improvements and security: We are continuing to take steps toward improving the parking lot and installing a new fence and gate. Here’s current our timeline:

  • September 1:    Obtain permit to construct additional parking
  • September 7:    City hearing regarding variance for fence height
  • September 21:  Parking construction begins
  • September 25:  City (hopefully) approves variance for fence height
  • October 1:         Obtain permit to build fence
  • October 26:       Begin fence construction
  • December 15:   Fence construction complete
  • December 20: Re-seal and re-stripe existing parking area
  • December 23: New-parking project complete

We’ll keep you posted regarding any changes. Also, we also are obtaining quotes for installation of security cameras and lights activated by motion sensors. We’ll keep you posted as we move forward.

Elections: Typically at this time of year we begin planning for the January Managing Council elections. However, the continuing closure of the Center has created some challenges. Last week Mark discussed this with Bro. Devananda. He said that Center Department is allowing Groups and Centers to make their own decisions on whether to conduct elections as usual. The Managing Council then discussed this at our August meeting, and decided to postpone the elections until we re-open.

Joyful gardening: As we’ve noted before, members of our Housekeeping Committee have been coming regularly to clean the Center. One of our housekeepers, Electra O’Mara, also joyfully tends to a garden at home. She doesn’t hesitate to blend this pastime with her Sunday School talents (https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/electra-veggies-1.jpg) . Here’s Electra’s gardening story: https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/electra-gardening-story.pdf .

Please share an image or two, along with comments, on how you keep up your own joyfulness!

And, if you have any thoughts or questions about our Center, send a message to info@escondidosrf.org, or call us at 760-480-1161.

Do stay in touch.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

August 20, 2020 – Vote regarding expense for well repairs

Dear friends,

As many of you are aware, Escondido Center has a well that over the years has provided all the water we need to irrigate our beautiful landscape https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/evergreens-crepe-myrtles.jpg . During the hot months the well has saved us hundreds of dollars a month in water bills.

Recently a well wall collapsed, which clogged the lower half of the well, destroyed the pump and created a sinkhole. After receiving three bids that were very close in cost, the Managing Council has approved hiring a contractor, Stehly Brothers Drilling, Inc., to manage the repairs. Stehly comes highly recommended by Hidden Valley Ashram and by one of our long-time members.

However, given the cost, before we can move forward with repairs, we need approval from our members.

Stehly’s quote for clearing the well, installing a new pump and pipe, then re-filling the well with gravel and filling in the sinkhole, will cost a maximum of $21,000.

Please be aware that if we do NOT repair the well, we will have to fill it in, along with the sinkhole. One company verbally quoted $5,000 to $6,000 to fill in the well, plus another $4,000 to fill the sinkhole. We also then would have to continue using expensive city water to irrigate our trees and shrubs.

Do we have your approval to move forward with the well repairs? If you consider yourself a member of Escondido Center, please go to https://forms.gle/aNbrFV2grJBSaqaa7 and click “Yes” or “No”. We will count the votes and send the results to Mother Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

August 11, 2020

Dear friends,

This is indeed a special day: Janmashtami wrapped in a Convocation celebrating the centennial of our guru’s arrival in the West. We trust you are enjoying the online meditations and talks! It’s an especially wonderful feeling to know that thousands of SRF members and friends around the world are participating at the same time in a common effort to attain ever-deeper peace, joy, and harmony.

While we cannot come together physically for the blessed events unfolding this week, we do want to share with you photos of our altar, arranged for Janmashtami by members of our Flower Committee:

   

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We wish all of you the best. And, we very much look forward to when we can join you again at our little Center for services and fellowship.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council


July 25, 2020

Dear friends,

A happy and blessed Babaji Day to all! Though our chapel remains closed, members are coming each week to do housekeeping, to care for the Center grounds, and to do repairs and ongoing maintenance.

And, members of our Flower Committee continue to decorate the altar to celebrate commemorative days. On this holy day – exactly 100 years after Babaji told our guru he had been chosen to spread the message of Kriya Yoga in the West – we want to share photos of our altar. All flowers in the beautiful arrangement are from our gardens.

When you have a chance to visit the Center (and perhaps meditate under a shady tree!), please remember to enjoy the Bookroom bulletin board, beautifully decorated with sweet and inspiring contributions from our members.In regard to the grounds, two upcoming projects include painting the exterior of the Bookroom building and repairing the well. We also are completing the process of designing and obtaining approvals for a fence and gate.

A number of you have asked whether we can make online donations to our general operating fund. This is now possible by visiting EscondidoSRF.org/Donate. With the assistance of Mother Center we have updated this page to provide options for donating to either our general operating fund or our building fund. Gifts to the operating fund are particularly welcome right now, while we are closed, to help defray our basic monthly expenses.

Thank you, again and again, for your continuing support for our Center. We do appreciate all financial gifts that you are able to make, as well as your sincere prayers for the well-being of our members, our community, and all countries. Mother Center reminds us that, through our sincerity in applying the SRF teachings in our lives, we are making a very real and tangible contribution in helping the world.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

July 11, 2020

Dear friends,

Rudelphina and Sara have finished their beautiful decorations of the bulletin board outside the Bookroom. Do come and take a look when you are next in the area! The contributions provided by our members are sweet and inspiring, and remind us that we are all still a community, even if spread apart at this time. Master links us through our hearts and in our service to each other.

Keep in mind that the Center building is closed, but the grounds are open for visits. If others are on the grounds when you come, please be sure to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

Thank you, as always, for all your support!

In Guruji’s Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

 

June 23, 2020

Additional comments and pictures wanted for our Bookroom bulletin board

Dear friends,

We have received a number of wonderful contributions that Rudelphina and Sara have posted on the bulletin board outside our Bookroom. We now need a few more to complete our visual display of Fellowship.

Please share how a devotee has helped you during the past few months, or how a drive past the Center has uplifted you, or how a silent deed done for someone dear has warmed your heart.

It gives such a joy to feel connected again, even in this small material way. We look forward to your inspirations. Six to eight lines would be perfect. Please send your contribution to Sara Dailey-Smith and Rudelphina Wilkinson at ssmith91362@gmail.com.

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

Email for bulletin board project: ssmith91362@gmail.com

 

June 10, 2020

Comments and pictures wanted for our Bookroom bulletin board

Dear friends,

Two of our members are decorating our Bookroom bulletin board with the theme of  “Fellowship”. We would like your input on how the Center has inspired, motivated, and supported you over the years, and especially during the recent months of sheltering at home.

Please share what you are doing to keep your sadhana positive and uplifting. Email your thoughts, with pictures if appropriate, to Sara Dailey-Smith and Rudelphina Wilkinson at ssmith91362@gmail.com. (Short messages please so they all fit on the board.) Sara and Rudelphina will compile your thoughts and pictures on the bulletin board during the summer.

We look forward to sharing your wisdom!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

Email for bulletin board project: ssmith91362@gmail.com

 

June 2, 2020

Dear friends,

In the past two weeks we have received a number of inquiries regarding our plans to re-open Escondido Center. The calls and email messages from members have been prompted by news about the re-opening of businesses and places of worship in California and elsewhere.

Given the continuing threat posed by COVID-19, all six members of the Managing Council agree that we should not re-open at this time.

Mother Center has asked the councils of individual Centers and Groups to decide when and how we will reopen, so long as we are in accord with the guidance of our local governments and health authorities.

The health – and lives – of our members is the foremost consideration of the Managing Council. Federal, state, and local health authorities strongly advise against re-opening places of worship. Still, state and county guidelines DO allow re-opening, so long as they:

  • Post multiple signs regarding the need for masks and physical distancing.
  • Install hand-sanitizer dispensers at all entrances.
  • Screen congregants for virus symptoms, which involves taking their temperatures as they enter.
  • Ensure everyone is wearing masks.
  • Limit congregation to 25 percent of the chapel capacity (in our case, 23 individuals, including leader and ushers).
  • Avoid chanting or passing the donation basket.
  • Clean all surfaces frequently.
  • Strongly encourage individuals with compromised immune systems, underlying medical conditions, and those over 65 (i.e., many if not most of us) to stay home.
  • Keep services short to limit exposure.
  • Adjust parking to eliminate places where people might congregate closely outdoors.

The Managing Council will contact members about re-opening the Center when our services can be safely conducted in a reasonable semblance of their traditional forms. Meanwhile, we are monitoring virus trends and health advisories, and are consulting regularly with members who are healthcare professionals.

We also are looking at the various considerations involved with conducting limited services outdoors.

Because it may be some time before we re-open, we encourage all our members to remain connected with SRF through online opportunities such as inspirational talks by monastics and online meditations, many of which are led by monks and nuns. If you have not yet participated in an online meditation, visit https://srfonlinemeditation.org/.

Also, as you reach out to other members, please ask if they are receiving these messages. If they’re not, they can contact us at info@escondidosrf.org so we can add them to our mailing list. All the messages we have sent since mid-March are posted on our website at EscondidoSRF.org/Announcements.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at info@escondidosrf.org.

And now it’s time to pass our virtual (guaranteed virus-free!) basket. Some weeks ago we reported that our monthly expenses are exceeding income. This continues to be the case. If you would like to help defray the cost of ongoing maintenance, and electric, gas, and other bills, please consider mailing a check made out to SRF, with “Escondido Center” on the memo line. Our mailing address is PO Box 463092, Escondido CA 92046.

Thank you, as always, for your generous and continuing support and prayers!

In Divine Friendship,

Escondido Center Managing Council

May 10, 2020

Sri Yukteswar’s birthday and Mother’s Day

Dear Friends,

In wishing you a blessed commemoration of Sri Yukteswar’s birthday and celebration of Mother’s Day, we want to share these images of our altar, arranged for this doubly special occasion by members of our Flower Committee. (Note: click on either image to enlarge, then scroll down to see second image.)

May we all be immersed in Master’s peace, love and joy.

In Gurudev,
Escondido Center Managing Council

 

April 12, 2020

Dear friends,

A wonderful and joyous Easter to all of you! We want to share a photo of our Center’s altar, which was decorated for this holy day by members of our Flower Committee:

This morning many of you joined SRF members around the world to participate in the Easter talk and meditation led by our revered president, Bro. Chidananda. He noted that, on Easter Sunday exactly 95 years ago – April 12, 1925 – Guruji led the first sunrise service on the grounds of Mt. Washington.

We would like to reiterate Brother’s counsel for us all, that we use this time of social distancing to reduce our spiritual distancing. As Brother said, this is an excellent time to go deeper in the practice of meditation, deeper in the practice of our study of the teachings, of the Lessons.

Today’s Easter service is available for viewing at https://yogananda.org/blog/online-inspirational-service.

May all of us feel the presence of God and Gurus in an ever greater way, now and always.

Jai Guru,
Escondido Center Managing Council

April 4, 2020
Dear friends,

Several days ago we sent a message asking our members to share what you are doing to maintain spiritual attunement and physical wellbeing while sheltering in place. Here are the responses we received, followed by a letter sent by Bro. Balananda, Minister in Charge of Encinitas Temple, to their mailing list.

Mindful walking – this gets you out of the house, and into fresh air and sunshine while avoiding unintentional proximity to others.

My wife and I are taking to heart Master’s guidance in the old Lessons on health, to absorb the sun’s rays with a daily 30-minute sunbath. This is both therapeutic and exceptionally relaxing!

Five good things that have happened to me (since the shelter-in-place directive):
1. I’ve taken up writing again my grandmother’s biography.
2. I am getting creative with the workouts I do at home (BollyX, QiGong; yoga)
3. My husband and I are preparing delicious food that we cook together.
4. We spend time outside, starting again our veggie garden.
5. I am talking to so many dear friends in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, the US… and so forth. LIFE IS GOOD, when life gives you lemons… make the best lemonade.

It helps me to know we are connected in our efforts in daily meditation and our regular healing services, and the opportunity to have longer meditations on Sunday morning, knowing other fellow devotees are also meditating at this time.

I have made a table for a visual checklist, with my desired daily activities on the left, and  on the right one column for each day of the week. I simply make a mark whenever the action has been done. Everyone’s list will be a little different…I included spiritual practices as well as other self-care things uniquely important for me as part of the balanced living that is part of the Kriya as per the Kriya lessons.

I am spending a lot more time reading all of the SRF books & Lessons, practicing affirmations, and watching SRF dvds and talks available online.  I live in the mountains isolated from others, so I can hike to the waterfalls that form during rainy season while practicing the presence.

Read the Second Coming / Slow down… do less… choose one thing to do for a long time while thinking of God (weeding or washing the laundry by hand instead of going to the laundromat) / Watch the dawn / Look at the stars / Call one person each day and share your love with them.

I have been looking at the videos sent out by SRF of Bro. Bhumananda, Bro.Satayanda, and our president. They are wonderful. Also, I have been attending as many of the SRF online meditations as I can.

A friend and I agreed that instead of hiking on Thursdays we would work on the Center grounds (pulling weeds). I think it’s good to be outside while keeping the social distance recommended by the governor.

Some friends and I have been having a one-hour meditation each afternoon, via Zoom. We make it a point to perform the healing service. My daughter is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, so I appreciate the opportunity to join the Prayer Council, praying for all those in need. We are very flexible with each other’s schedules, and plan each day accordingly. We really feel the benefit of connecting daily. During these trying times, it has really helped us all, to simply get grounded mid-day between our other meditations.

Besides practicing the presence while doing yard work and exercising outdoors, the online meditations have become our link to the SRF family of devotees. The opportunities are expanding to include SRF and YSS monastic-led meditations several times each week, which are priceless!  And don’t miss the weekly monastic-led inspirational service, which can be utilized as your Sunday service and can be accessed via the SRF website.

When stepping outside first thing in the morning to do my EEs, I take a few minutes to look at the beautiful buds forming on the trees and listen to the music of the birds.

This idea comes from Sr. Subrata: Throughout the day or as you are leaving your house, just touch one of Master’s books, such as the Spiritual Diary.  My favorite is Metaphysical Meditations.

And this letter from Bro. Balananda, sent recently to Encinitas Temple members:

Dear Smile Billionaires of Encinitas Temple,

Thinking of all the challenges everyone is facing during this Coronavirus pandemic, I find myself reflecting on Guruji’s unique response to the trials and problems devotees would bring before him.

Whenever the monks or nuns came to Master, with any kind of problem (either physical, mental emotional, financial–it didn’t matter), he would always tell them one of two things–either “Sit down and meditate” or “Just love God more.”  That’s it–just those two remedies.  Remember when Daya Mata came to him with a host of financial problems, creditors to be seen, bills to be paid, food to be bought, and so on.  And Guruji’s reaction was simply:  “Just sit down and meditate.”  And then Ma’s mental response to Guruji:  “How can he say that?  Meditation is for the morning and evenings.  Now it’s time to keep this growing ashram running and to keep the creditors away from our door.”  But being the obedient disciple she was, she would invariably sit down at Guruji’s feet and meditate.  And Ma related to us that every time she came out of one of those meditations, all of her problems would just melt away–they would seem so insignificant.

And how about Guruji’s other remedy:  to just love God more.  Daya Ma, who had many major physical problems in the early days, would come to Master and tell him all about the physical suffering she was going through.  And instead of sympathizing with her, saying: “That’s all right my child, you go on a retreat or you take the afternoon off,” he would only say:  “Just love God more.”  “Just love God more.”  And she learned to do just that–loving him from moment to moment, even in the midst of all her pain, duties and responsibilities.  And then what happened?  All her physical problems just disappeared.

So what is Master saying?  That it all boils down to law and love.  We can solve all of our problems with either meditation or practicing the Presence–just sitting down and meditating or just loving God more.  When we do either of these, we invariably find that our even mindedness, which we lost, comes back.  So, what caused us to lose our even mindedness in the first place?  Not meditating enough or not practicing the Presence of God enough.

And it doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it?  When we meditate, when we practice the Presence, we are in tune with God:  everything is just fine; and when we don’t meditate or practice the Presence enough, we are in tune with Maya: everything is everything but fine.  Everything is a nest of troubles, as Master puts it.

How wise Master is! And how receptive was his dear Daya Ma. May we all learn to have that same kind of receptivity, that same kind of attunement.

Know you are all in my deepest prayers, and heart.

In divine friendship and love,
Bro. Balananda

April 1, 2020
Dear friends,

Recently some members have sent messages telling us what they’re doing to stay connected to Master and other SRF members while sheltering in place. For example, one person practices the presence while taking daily brisk walks. So, we thought we would reach out and ask what YOU are doing that provides a sense of calmness and peace.

Let us know, and later this week we will send a list of ideas for maintaining spiritual attunement and physical wellbeing. Please send your messages to info@escondidosrf.org.

Meanwhile, we also want to let you know that members of our Housekeeping Committee are periodically going to the Center to ensure that the chapel is clean and always ready to be reopened. And, a number of our members have been taking some time to pull the weeds that are popping up across the grounds. We do have a bumper crop this year!

As always, many thanks to all of you for your support for Master’s little Center.

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

March 28, 2020
Dear members and friends,

Mother Center is providing us tremendous support during this time of uncertainty. Given the spiritual gifts we are receiving, many of us are looking for ways to serve others while we remain at home.

Our local hospital, Palomar Medical Center, needs thousands of masks to protect staff serving in non-patient areas. Palomar Health Foundation is asking members of the community who have sewing skills to make simple masks of tightly woven cloth. For more information, please visit https://escondidosrf.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c0612c5974499be47c81c940&id=90669eecce&e=0ce1d31619 .

One of our members, Margaret Mertens, is a point of contact for this project. If you have questions, please contact Margaret at 442-281-4074 or Margaret.Mertens@palomarhealth.org.

Thank you, as always, for your kind and generous spiritual and material support.

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

March 22, 2020
Dear friends,

Though our Center is closed for the time being, we want everyone to know that we are with you in spirit, and praying that you are in good health. While right now we are not meeting physically for group meditations and other services, we encourage you to take advantage of online meditations by visiting https://escondidosrf.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c0612c5974499be47c81c940&id=1469645ca1&e=0ce1d31619  and signing up to participate in online meditations.

Another wonderful resource is the SRF blog (https://escondidosrf.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c0612c5974499be47c81c940&id=9762a10b25&e=0ce1d31619), which includes video talks by Bro. Chidananda, along with other information from Mother Center. And, beginning this past week, SRF is adding inspirational talks by other monastics to the blog page. A new talk will be posted each week.

Those of you who are receiving the new Lessons may want to review Lesson 13, Divine Laws of Health and Healing.

Given that we are asked to remain at home, please consider taking some time to reach out by telephone to friends and acquaintances who may be feeling isolated. Consider using Zoom, Skype or Facetime to add video to your communications.

On a bright note, we are delighted to announce that Escondido Center has been awarded $144,700 in security grant funding from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The funds will be used to upgrade our center’s security with perimeter fencing, a motorized rolling gate, security cameras, motion detectors with signage, and training to respond to an active shooter.

We feel very blessed by Master for this opportunity, and for the award of the full amount we requested.

CAL OES will reimburse us monthly as we submit receipts and other documentation. The various costs will be covered upfront through our building fund.

Apart from the training element, all the security components are in our building plan, so this puts us that much further ahead!

As Lahiri Mahasaya would say; “Banat, banat, banjai!” “Doing, doing, done!”  Let’s keep our faith in Master’s protection, guidance, and our spiritual success.

And now it’s time to pass the basket. Despite the cancellation of services and other activities, our Center does have ongoing costs, primarily for maintenance and utilities. If you would like to help defray some of these expenses, you may send a check (no cash, please) to Escondido Center, PO Box 463092, Escondido CA 92046. We do thank you for your continuing support!

Again, we encourage you to maintain the connection with Master by taking advantage of the many resources available through the SRF website and at-home SRF Lessons.

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

March 13, 2020
Dear members and friends of Escondido Center,

All services and fellowship activities at Escondido Center have been cancelled until further notice. This includes informal gatherings for personal meditations in the chapel or other rooms in the chapel building. We are following the guidance of Mother Center, which issued the following letter on March 12:

Dear Friend,
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 at our temples, centers, and groups in the U.S.
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 SRF Online Meditation Center services by
visiting.

We are also looking into offering additional online inspirational events soon, and
encourage you to check our 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 recommend that you continue to follow universal health guidelines with regards to the
coronavirus, which can be found on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and
the World Health Organization

Paramahansa Yogananda expected us to use practical outer means and commonsense
methods to prevent illness, but he also urged us to 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,
Self-Realization Fellowship

 

A PDF version of this letter is available at https://escondidosrf.org/wp-content/images/coronavirus-message3.pdf.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

In Divine Friendship,
Escondido Center Managing Council

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