Services & Meditations
The London Centre reopened on 3rd October 2021 with reduced services and opening hours. Operational details and COVID measures are described here. The schedule of activities is available on our online calendar.
Meditation is the ability to take the mind away from every object of distraction and put it upon God alone.
— Paramahansa Yogananda
The London Centre of Self-Realization Fellowship offers regular Meditation and Inspirational Reading Services that are open to the public during the times indicated below. All are welcome to attend.
Our Guru emphasized that the united devotion and concentration of many yoga devotees can powerfully increase the depth of each individual’s meditation.
Please note that doors open half an hour before scheduled services. The centre is not open at other times.
19:00–21:00, Meditation followed by prayer service
(includes Kirtan—Meditation with musical accompaniment on the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
Our Tuesday meditation service consists of two longer periods of silent meditation of 35 and 45 minutes. Each service begins with a prayer, followed by a short period of devotional chanting, which is repeated between periods of meditation. Entrance and exit to the chapel are permitted during chanting and reading periods. The service concludes with the World Prayer Circle Service.
THURSDAY READING SERVICE
19:00–20:30, Readings Service
The Reading Service is based on readings from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The services include devotional chanting and shorter periods of silent meditation.
Newcomers are encouraged to attend this service
09:30 – 10:50, Meditation Service
11:00 -12:00, Inspirational Service
Kirtan*—Meditation with musical accompaniment
The Inspirational Service includes readings, periods of chanting, an affirmation, and silent meditation, concluding with the practice of the Worldwide Prayer Circle Service. Newcomers are encouraged to attend this service.
A meditation service is held prior to the Inspirational Service.
* Kirtans will take place only the 4th Sunday of the month.
GITA STUDY GROUP
Our Gita Study Group meets on the third Sunday of each month, from 12:30 – 13:30. Please bring a copy of the SRF Gita.
LESSONS STUDY GROUP
Our Lessons Study Group meets on the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30 – 13:30. You need to be a lessons student in order to attend. Please bring your own copy of the lesson being studied.
Extended Meditations are held monthly on alternate Saturdays (5 hour) and Sundays (3 hour).These meditations include readings and periods of devotional chanting. Please refer to the Calendar for upcoming dates.
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 honoured, and a monetary donation in an envelope, as an expression of gratitude and loyalty to the work of Self-Realization Fellowship. Please refer to the Calendar for dates, and to our Upcoming Events for more information.