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Program

Sunday, August 3

 
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Video: In Master's Footsteps Pasadena Ballroom

   
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open House Patio Area (4th level)

Prior to our opening event, an Open House will be held outdoors in the Bonaventure Hotel's patio area (fourth-level) and inside on the fifth-level atrium, in the Photo Gallery area, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Monastics from our Guru's ashrams will be present to greet everyone, and refreshments will be served.
 
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Newcomers' Welcome Catalina Ballroom

If you are attending Convocation for the first time, please join us at the Newcomers' Welcome Class in the Catalina Ballroom (third floor) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. This class will feature general information as well as suggestions about some of the activities available during Convocation week. Following the class you may join one of the walking tours of the Bonaventure Hotel (the tours are offered in Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese, in addition to English).  
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Living a Spiritually Balanced Life in Today's Complex World  

Cultivating a spiritual perspective toward our daily experiences in these challenging times enables us to identify more and more with our real nature—the joy and wisdom of the soul. This class will focus on ways in which we can rightly respond to the difficult and seemingly "unsolvable" circumstances that confront us in the "school of life," and how each of us can personally experience the tremendous power of right attitude created by a balanced and God-centered life.   
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation   

   

Monday, August 4

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) California Ballroom

   
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Recharging the Body With Cosmic Energy  

Learn to revitalize the body and mind with cosmic energy at will, to eliminate tension, and to purify and strengthen the body in order to more easily direct the energy inward during meditation to reach higher states of consciousness. Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.  
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part I  

The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the highest Kriya technique (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.
 
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.   Sustaining a Joyful Heart in Times of Adversity   

In the scriptures of India it is said: “From joy we come, for joy we live, and in that sacred joy we will melt again.” Lasting happiness depends not upon material wealth or power, but on the ability to face and master life's challenges with an indestructible inner happiness. This class will examine how our meditations, decisions, actions, and thoughts can all serve to expand our perception of joy, and how that perception takes us closer toward fulfilling and expressing the full potential of our souls.   
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation  

   

Tuesday, August 5

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation California Ballroom

   
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Satsanga (Questions and Answers) California Ballroom

Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mastering the Techniques of Meditation – Part II  

The art and science of Kriya Yoga meditation employs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual methods to bestow an ever-deepening consciousness of infinite, unconditioned Bliss.

Participants in this two-part meditation class will receive step-by-step instruction in two of the essential techniques of the Kriya Yoga path: the Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration and the Aum Technique of Meditation. The class will show how these are integrally related to mastery of the highest Kriya technique (taught separately), and will benefit first-time students as well as longtime Kriya practitioners.

Using periods of guided meditation experience, the class will present a comprehensive overview of the essentials for creating a successful personal practice, including: physical techniques of relaxation and asana (right meditation posture), using the breath and life force (prana) in the most effective ways, intensifying the heart's devotion and divine yearning to lead the consciousness into ever deeper states of God-communion.

Student or Kriyaban card needed for single event tickets.
 
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda     


AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, the feature-length documentary that has received glowing accolades from both SRF members and those new to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda at several film festivals, has recently won awards at the Maui Film Festival and at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.
 
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.  AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda  

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, the feature-length documentary that has received glowing accolades from both SRF members and those new to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda at several film festivals, has recently won awards at the Maui Film Festival and at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.
 

Wednesday, August 6

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meditation With Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) California Ballroom

   
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Teen/Young Adult Class: Achieving Happiness Through Steady and Focused Living  

Teens and young adults today are often overwhelmed with demanding schedules—school, sports, extracurricular activities, social events, family life—in addition to maintaining their spiritual lives. This class will focus on finding the balance that incorporates meditation and spiritual activities into busy young lives. There will be an in-depth exploration of how teens can call upon divine assistance from God and Guru and receive their blessings during their years in high school, college, and most importantly, throughout the rest of their lives.  
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Satsanga (Questions and Answers)  

Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Sri Daya Mata: A Beacon of Light and Love  

Self-Realization Fellowship President and Sanghamata for more than 55 years, Sri Daya Mata was known for her all-embracing concern for every individual who crossed her path, and for the world at large. Her greatest desire was to bring others to God, and it was common to hear her urge people to take even a little time each day to withdraw from the world, to interiorize and feel the presence of God. This special commemorative talk honors the 100th anniversary of her birth with reminiscences of her steadfast dedication to the Guru, and the divine compassion and love she felt for all who crossed her path. 
 
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Thursday, August 7

Morning Pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, and Hollywood Temple/Forest Lawn
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation   California Ballroom

   
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Satsanga (Questions and Answers) California Ballroom

Convocation participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, in writing, about the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings, which will be answered at three satsangas, to be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoon.  
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Kirtan (Devotional Chanting)  

   
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Guru: Guide to Eternal Freedom   

The Guru's omnipresent love and guidance are constantly flowing to those who turn to him for help. In him we have an eternal guide, one whose help we can call upon at any time and whose response never fails. In this class we will discover how we can more closely attune ourselves to the living presence of one sent by God to show the way to eternal freedom.  
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Video of Paramahansa Yogananda: "The Lake Shrine Dedication"  

   
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Friday, August 8

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation Pasadena Room (today only) 

   
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Kriya Yoga Ceremony California Ballroom

All Kriyabans attending this year's Convocation will have the opportunity to participate in a Kriya Yoga initiation. Advance registration required.  
10:30 – 12 noon Meditation Techniques Review Class Pasadena Room

   
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kriya Yoga Ceremony  California Ballroom

All Kriyabans attending this year's Convocation will have the opportunity to participate in a Kriya Yoga initiation. Advance registration required.  
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Eliminating Insecurity and Indecision Through Positive Thinking and Enthusiasm   

Paramahansa Yogananda said, "Essentially, conditions are neither good nor bad; they are always neutral, seeming to be either depressing or encouraging because of the sad or bright attitude of the mind." An optimistic and enthusiastic outlook is in fact the only realistic approach to the ups and downs of life. This class will explore how positive and enthusiastic thinking, combined with deep meditation, can reflect the unlimited resources of the wisdom, joy, and creativity of our soul.  
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Meditation    

   

Saturday, August 9

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Meditation  California Ballroom

   
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Kriya Yoga Review / Kriya Yoga Checking (for new initiates only) Pasadena Ballroom Only

New initiates who have attended the Kriya Yoga initiation the week of Convocation are welcome to participate in the review of the Kriya Yoga technique. New initiates will be given an admittance card.

Note: As a part of the Kriya Review class, new initiates will have the opportunity to have their practice of Kriya checked by monastics. 
 
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Kriya Yoga Review for Kriyabans   California Ballroom Only

Kriyabans (who have received the Kriya Yoga initiation prior to this year's Convocation) are welcome to attend the review of the Kriya Yoga technique. Kriyabans are asked to bring their Kriyaban card for admittance.

Note: Kriyabans may have their practice checked during the week at the spiritual counseling areas.
 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Bringing God Into Life's "Moments"    

Living in the moment can be described as centering our awareness on the many circumstances and situations constantly flowing around us. Bringing God into those moments consists of knowing how we are thinking, feeling, and acting, and then coloring and shaping those moments with spiritual understanding. This class will show how by using the yoga science of self-control, awareness, and understanding, each of us can draw upon the free will and discriminative power of the soul to make the choices that lead to lasting happiness and spiritual freedom.  
2:00 p.m. Informal reception with monastics Patio Area (4th level)

   
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Meditation California Ballroom

   

Sunday, August 10

7:00 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. Pilgrimages to Encinitas Temple, Hermitage, and Ashram Center  

 

All classes and meditations are held in the California Ballroom and Pasadena Room
unless otherwise specified.




PLEASE NOTE:
For the evening classes, California Ballroom doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Pasadena Room doors open at 6:45 p.m. For all other events doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.