173 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

“Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things – strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality – will be added unto you.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
THE SCIENCE OF KRIYA YOGA

The quickest and most effective approach to the goal of Yoga employs those methods of meditation that deal directly with energy and consciousness. It is this direct approach that characterizes Kriya Yoga, the particular system of meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Specifically, Kriya is an advanced Raja Yoga technique that reinforces and revitalizes subtle currents of life energy in the body, enabling the normal activities of heart and lungs to slow down naturally. As a result, the consciousness is drawn to higher levels of perception, gradually bringing about an inner awakening more blissful and more deeply satisfying than any of the experiences that the mind or the senses or the ordinary human emotions can give.

All scriptures declare an individual to be not a corruptible body, but a living soul. The ancient science of Kriya Yoga reveals a way to prove this scriptural truth.

Referring to the sure and methodical efficacy of devoted practice of the Kriya science, Paramahansa Yogananda declared: “It works like mathematics; it cannot fail.”

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons are unique among Paramahansa Yogananda’s published writings in that they give his step-by-step instructions in the yoga techniques of meditation, concentration, and energization that he taught, including Kriya Yoga.  

The goal of these simple yet highly effective yoga techniques is to teach you to deal directly with energy and consciousness enabling you to recharge your body with energy, to awaken the mind’s unlimited power, and to experience a deepening awareness of the Divine in your life.   

The Lessons were compiled under Paramahansa Yogananda’s direction from his writings and the many classes and lectures he gave. In addition to his comprehensive instructions in meditation, the Lessons offer practical guidance for every aspect of spiritual living — how to live joyfully and successfully amidst the unceasing challenges and opportunities in this world of change.

The Lessons are divided into six steps of thirty lessons each, and two lessons are mailed every other week. It takes about 3½ years to receive all of them. All of the basic meditation techniques that are preparatory to Kriya Yoga are mailed during the first 6 months.

It was Paramahansa Yogananda’s wish that the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons be easily available to all who sincerely desire to know God. To this end, the Lessons have always been offered for only a nominal fee to help cover printing and postage costs — currently about 70 cents per lesson. Full details and subscription/mailing plans are outlined on the Lessons application form.

Please allow 4–6 weeks for your first lessons to reach you. Lessons by e-mail are not available at this time.

Join us every Sunday 10.30 – 11.30 am. for one hour of uplifting readings from Yogananda’s writings, three ten minute meditations a few chants and we send healing prayers to all in need during the service.

“Everything else can wait, but our search for God cannot wait.”  by Paramahansa Yogananda
A voluntary donation is taken at this service.
For new and experienced meditators.
 

Stay for 45 minutes! Stay for 3 hours! If you are not able to attend the whole meditation, you are welcome to arrive or leave at any time during one of the chants.

These meditations on Tuesdays are 3 hours long.
Tuesday format:

6.00 pm First period – opening prayer, instruction, short inspirational reading, then a chant followed by a period of meditation.

6.45 pm Second period – chant followed by a period of meditation.

7.25 pm Third period (longest) – chant followed by a 60 minute meditation.

8.30 pm Fourth period – chant and period of meditation.

9.00 pm Closing prayer.

Please note that all times are approximate (except the start and finish) and can vary either way by 10 minutes.

 If you arrive during a period of meditation please use the seats provided outside the chapel door until the usher opens the door on the chant.

 No donation is asked for at this meditation.

Our Inspirational and Prayer Service which starts at 7.00 PM is both relaxing and inspirational – ideal for a mid-week spiritual revitalizer.

During the service we have a few chants, two periods of meditation of approximately 10-15 minutes each and an inspirational reading. The inspirational service ends at 8.00 PM and is immediately followed by a 20 minute SRF Prayer Service where we pray for others and practice the healing technique as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.

A voluntary donation is taken at this meditation.

On the last Saturday of each month the service is 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Stay for 45 minutes! Stay for 3 hours! If you are not able to attend the whole meditation, you are welcome to arrive or leave at any time during one of the chants.

Saturday format:

6.00 pm First period – opening prayer, instruction, short inspirational reading, then a chant followed by a period of meditation.

6.45 pm Second period – chant followed by a period of meditation.

7.25 pm Third period (longest) – chant followed by a 60 minute meditation.

8.30 pm Fourth period – chant and period of meditation.

9.00 pm Closing prayer.

Please note that all times are approximate (except the start and finish) and can vary either way by 10 minutes.

 If you arrive during a period of meditation please use the seats provided outside the chapel door until the usher opens the door on the chant.

 No donation is asked for at this meditation.

The Sunday School is for children 3 – 12 years old. If the child is very young a parent maybe asked to stay during Sunday School until their child is comfortable being in the class.

Our format involves a craft, prayer, offering, energization exercise, chanting, meditation (very brief), and a story or talk.

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We welcome you to the Vancouver Meditation Group of Self- Realization Fellowship (SRF). Our group is composed of members and friends of SRF, a worldwide religious organization.

SRF seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.

Paramahansa Yogananda founded SRF in 1920 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India. These nonsectarian teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal — union of the soul with Spirit.

The teachings of Yogananda are available through the printed SRF lessons. Free literature and application forms for SRF lesson are available in our meditation chapel.

When you go beyond the consciousness of this world, knowing that you are not the body or the mind, and yet aware as never before that you exist — that divine consciousness is what you are. You are That in which is rooted everything in the universe.
Sayings of Yogananda
The after effects of Kriya bring with them the utmost peace and bliss. The joy that comes with Kriya is greater than the joys of all pleasurable physical sensations put together.
Sayings of Yogananda
Mankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that “something else” he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending. For those individual souls who have sought and found God, the search is over: He is that Something Else.
Sayings of Yogananda
In seemingly empty space there is one Link, one Life eternal, which unites everything in the universe — animate and inanimate—one wave of Life flowing through everything.
Sayings of Yogananda
Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. The world cannot become peaceful unless and until you yourself begin to work toward peace. It is only by removing hate from our hearts that we can live a Christ like life.
Sayings of Yogananda
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