MEDITATE WITH US
Out of abundance of caution and to contribute to the containment of the COVID-19 virus, the Ottawa Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship is temporarily cancelling its meditation services and all other events until further notice. This measure applies to both our Downtown and Nepean locations.
We hope you are well. We also hope you are navigating these turbulent times with meditation-born peace in your hearts.
While our in-person meditation services have not been restored yet, we wanted to remind you of some wonderful resources at your disposal for coping with the current world situation:
Meditate with thousands of people around the world! Visit the SRF Online Meditation Center and experience live group meditation just like those conducted in our circle.
Watch a weekly online Inspirational service led by an SRF or YSS* monastic. Currently SRF is offering weekly programs that meditation, chanting, and a talk on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings.
Explore the wonderful resources in the SRF official website. In this newsletter, we wanted to bring your attention to this short article: "There is Hope: A Spiritual Perspective on the World Situation"
Finally, if you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to subscribe to the SRF newsletter to receive the latest news from Mother Center. Visit the SRF website to subscribe.
In Divine Friendship,
Ottawa Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship
MEDITATE WITH US
The Ottawa Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) offers regular Meditation Services that are open to the public.
All are welcome to attend.
There is no charge for attending services. However, there is an optional donation box for those who may wish to help cover our operating expenses (we are completely volunteer-supported) and which also allows us to assist in the worldwide humanitarian work of SRF.
Ottawa location: Parlour Room, Knox Presbyterian Church, 227 Elgin St., Ottawa
Nepean Location: 84 Forestview Cres., Nepean
OUR MEDITATION SERVICES:
(Always check the Calendars below to verify dates and times of these services)
Thursdays - Meditation Service
7:30 to 8:30 pm
The inspirational service includes periods of prayer, chanting and silent meditation. Selections from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda and other SRF publications are read by the service reader.
Sundays - Meditation Service
8:00 to 11:00 am
The meditation service includes periods of prayer, chanting and silent meditation.
Participants may attend the entire service or arrive/depart every hour on the hour.
(This service is NOT held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, see Saturday service below)
Third Saturday of Month
The monthly Saturday meditation service is divided in two segments:
9:00 to 9:45 AM - Unguided meditation.
10:00 to 11:00 AM - Meditation service.
Those attending may join either or both of the two service segments. Please arrive prior to the scheduled start time of the services you attend so as to not disturb those already present.
Kirtan Meditation Service
Last Thursday of Month - Check calendar below
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting. Most of the chants are performed in English, but are accompanied by beautiful Indian musical instruments. Participating in or even just hearing a Kirtan can be a beautiful and uplifting experience.
These special services are held throughout the year to honour 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 honored, and a monetary donation in an envelope, as an expression of gratitude and loyalty to the work of Self-Realization Fellowship. Refer to Calendars for dates, and to Notices more information.
Praying for others:
At the close of services we pray for the physical, mental, and spiritual healing of others, and for world brotherhood and peace. Together, the group practices the spiritual healing technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, which is explained in the Self-Realization official website: