Many SRF temples, centers, and groups now offer programs for teens, ages 13 to 19, in addition to Sunday School. Usually these groups meet on Sunday mornings while the service for adults is taking place.
The primary purpose of the teen programs is study and practice of the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings. Meetings include group instruction and practice of the Energization Exercises and meditation. Other spiritual activities such as kirtan (devotional chanting), the practice of affirmations, introspection, and observance of commemoration days for the SRF Gurus also take place (programs at each location may vary).
Discussion periods offer teens an opportunity to reflect on how Paramahansa Yogananda’s How-to-Live principles apply to their daily lives. Often they are able to share with each other how the practice of these teachings assists them in meeting the challenges of being a teenager in today’s world. At this important time in their lives, teens can greatly benefit from developing friendships and spending time with peers who are striving to live Paramahansaji’s teachings, meditating, and seeking God’s direction in their lives. As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “When souls seek progress together in God, then divine friendship flowers. If the qualities of the heart are spiritualized and perfected with sincere friends, and that circle of love is expanded until it is all-inclusive, then one finds the Friend of all friends.”
In addition to regular meetings, teen programs also include fellowship events, service opportunities (including assisting with younger children in Sunday School), and satsangas (informal talks) with a minister. Periodically, special retreats and pilgrimages for teens are conducted at SRF temples and ashram centers.
Self-Realization Fellowship How-to-Live Youth Programs
East Coast Girls Youth Day
for Children and Teens
September 19, 2015
East Coast Girls Youth Day Registration
September 19, 2015
Registration and Consent Form
Scholarship Request Form
Please download and complete the registration and consent form and send it to Youth Services:
3880 San Rafael Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065
The $35 registration fee can be paid by check or you may call Youth Services to use a credit card.
Phone - (818) 549-5160
There is also a program information flyer included above you can download, should you wish to share it with others.
We are happy to announce that we will be conducting our first Youth Day for Children and Teens on the East Coast. This event will be for girls 7 to 12 years of age, and teen girls 13 to 18 years old. It will be held at the SRF Bethlehem Meditation Circle facility in Northampton, PA on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Information regarding a Boys Youth Day will be announced in the near future.
We invite our children and teen girls to attend this day of inspiration, fellowship, and fun. Through participating in monastic-led Energization Exercises, meditation, and satsanga (an informal talk), girls can discover how to make choices that lead to a deeply satisfying inner and outer life in today’s world. A dynamic, interactive class setting will help them explore Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings as a source of guidance and continual blessings.
There will also be activities for parents, including a monastic-led meditation and satsanga.
Girls will engage in fun, interactive activities that highlight core principles of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings in age-appropriate classes and satsanga. There will also be games and recreation at a nearby park.
Teens will be able to discover how Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings can address the unique challenges they face in today’s world. Through satsanga with monastics, personal instruction in and practice of meditation, as well as an activity-based class, teens will be able to experience how relevant Paramahansaji’s teachings can be in their lives.
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