Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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Daily Advisories

Saturday, November 16

Dear Lake Shrine friends, ceremonies being held in the Windmill Chapel on Saturday, November 16 will result in the Chapel being closed all day. Lake parking will be restricted through-out the day, however plenty of parking is available on Palisades Drive just a short walk east of the Lake entrance.

Windmill Chapel Meditations

New to meditation? join us in our Windmill Chapel, Lake Level on Wednesdays at 12 – 12:30 pm for a beginners’ meditation or Sundays from 2 – 2:30 pm  for a guided meditation. All are welcome.

New Lake Shrine Hours

Dear Guests, as of Tuesday, March 5 2019 the Lake Shrine will have a new opening hour: 10 am Tuesday – Saturday. To help us move forward with our shoreline restoration project we find it necessary to change our opening hours. Opening one hour later will provide our maintenance and garden crews more time to complete tasks.

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday Noon – 4:30 pm

Shoreline Project Update

Completed shoreline around the Court of Religions, see above image.

The next phase of the Shoreline project is to re-build the small landing off the Court of Religions. The images below show the removal of the old landing and forms in place to receive concrete. This new landing will no longer be made of wood but instead match materials used in the construction of the Krishna Bridge. A concrete base with a red brick inlay for the deck, concrete pillars with a rock inlay and wrought iron railings, should look very smart!

Above Image: Looking at the new landing from the Court of Religions. Concrete stairs and deck with four pillars.

Though you must remain in the world, be not of the world. Real yogis can talk and mingle with people, but all the while their minds are rapt in God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

The Shoreline Project

The natural banks around the lake have eroded and become unstable in many places. A project to restore the integrity of the shoreline using reinforced granite stone is in progress. A portion of the site beneath the Lotus Towers will become a staging area, while the work itself will take place from a custom barge floating on the lake. The circular path around the lake will remain open to visitors, but the work may at times disrupt the tranquility of the environment. The long-term benefit will be preservation of the shoreline and the lakeside meditation gardens we all love. Thank you for your patience and your generous monetary support.

Thursday Evening Services

Thursday’s Inspirational Service begins at 8:00 pm and concludes at 9:00 pm.  On the third Thursday of the month, the Minister conducts a question and answer known as a Satsanga. All questions have to be submitted one week prior to the service. Questions can be submitted either online or handwritten and left in the Temple lobby.

Friday & Sunday Evening Meditations

Friday’s meditation begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 9:30pm. On the first Friday of the month the first hour is a guided meditation. Sunday’s meditation begins at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm. New to meditation? click HERE to review the meditation guidelines.

Temple Tours

Join us Friday’s at 2:00pm and Sunday’s at 3:00pm for a Temple tour and short meditation. Friday’s tour starts at the Lake level opposite the Gift Shop and Sunday’s begins by the Temple courtyard fountain, all are welcome. Please call and confirm a tour is being held.


Meditation benches overlooking the lake, across from the Windmill Chapel

Please help us preserve our meditative environment by observing the following:

  • Quiet conversation
  • Silence cellphones
  • ADA service dogs only
  • Modest attire and respectful behavior
  • Children welcome, with adult supervision

Read our Visitor Guidelines


Paramahansa Yogananda's Picture with Prasad on India Night 2015

December Holiday Events at Lake Shrine

Lake Shrine has many events in December to help celebrate the holidays. Please click HERE to discover all the December activities. We hope to see you at some or all of them!

Two Swans Facing Each Other

New Year’s Eve Meditation and Spritzer Toast

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

11:30pm -12:15am

All are invited to a special New Year’s Eve Meditation to help ring in the new year in the spirit of peace. The Temple parking lot will open at 11:00pm. From 11:30pm-12:15am there will be a monastic-led guided meditation, in the Sanctuary, where we will bring in the new year chanting Aum, followed by a special sparkling apple cider toast in the Special Events Room.

The Temple parking lot will open at 11:00 pm. The Lake Level will be closed. 

Two Swans Facing Each Other



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This day shall be the best day of my life. Today I will start with a new determination to dedicate my devotion forever at the feet of Omnipresence.