Uniting Our Hearts and Minds for Peace
September 14-17, 2017
Paramahansa Yogananda says “When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.” From September 14-17 Lake Shrine invites everyone to participate in group meditations, chanting, prayers, cultural celebrations, and inspirational services as we unite our hearts and minds in experiencing inner peace, sending out healing vibrations for peace and harmony in the world.
Everyone is invited to participate in Lake Shrine’s prayers for world peace. Simply compose a prayer and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayers will be printed out after September 17 and placed on the Houseboat under Paramahansa Yogananda’s picture. Some prayers may also be read at the service on Sunday, September 17.
Lake Shrine Temple Peace Activities
September 14 8:00pm to 9:00pm: Thursday Evening Service to be held in the Windmill Chapel
For September 14 only, Lake Shrine’s regularly scheduled evening service will be held in the Windmill Chapel. To start the 4 days of peace themed activities, the night’s service will center around “Inner Peace as a Portal to the Infinite.” The Lake Level gate will open at 7:30pm.
September 15 7:10pm to 9:30pm: Friday Evening Meditation
Held in the Sanctuary, the first hour of this evening’s meditation will be guided, focused on sending out vibrations of inner peace to the world. At the end of the first hour, there will be a special meditation for world peace.
September 16 8:45am to 1:00pm Temple Morning of Service
Lake Shrine’s Morning of Service begins with a monastic-led meditation at 9:00am. At 9:30, everyone is assigned a task to help prepare the Temple for India Night. We’ll have chai and muffins to snack on during breaks. A noon meditation ends the morning before everyone gathers in the Courtyard for a delicious vegetarian lunch.
September 16 6:00pm to 9:00pm India Night: A Shanti Celebration
Join us for Lake Shrine’s annual India Night as we gather for A Shanti Celebration! The gates will open at 5:45 p.m. and the festivities will begin at 6:00p.m. with appetizers and hot chai.
Lake Shrine’s Meena Makhijani and Roy Vongtama will lead a bhajan kirtan in the Sanctuary before a family style feast, prepared by Chandni’s of Santa Monica.
The evening’s entertainment will feature Rina Mehta performing kathak, a classical Indian dance.
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September 17 9:00am & 11:00am Sunday Service
The Sunday service will focus on building a more peaceful world. After the 11am service there will be a special offering of prayers and a release of white doves to symbolize our commitment to living in harmony with all human-kind. The dove release ceremony will be held on the Gandhi Lawn and will include an invocation of OM.
September 17 6:30pm to 9:30pm Sunday Evening Meditation
To end the four days of Lake Shrine’s Peace week, a special Peace Meditation with kirtan will be held in the Sanctuary. Guided Energization Exercises start at 6:10pm in the Courtyard. The meditation begins at 6:30pm.
The first hour of the meditation will feature chanting with five minutes of silence between each chant. At the end of the hour, there will be a prayer for individual and world peace and the lighting of the tea candles.
For those that would like to stay longer, the second and third hours of the meditation feature our regular schedule of forty five minutes of silence between chants. Whenever people feel the need to leave, they can do so during any of the chanting periods. The evening meditation ends at 9:30pm. All are welcome.
Additional Opportunities to Experience Peace
Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a prayer for world peace to encourage people everywhere to come together in harmony. CLICK HERE to read the prayer and participate in creating world peace.
Self-Realization Fellowship offers an online guided meditation on peace that can be enjoyed at any time: Guided Meditation on Peace
Om, Shanti, Amen.