A Sanctuary In The City Of Los Angeles: Lake Shrine

This is literally one of my all-time favorite spots! I think you’ll agree, it’s so very special for many reasons…

There is so much to say about The Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) (Lake Shrine) but I’ll give you the basics.

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The founder Paramahansa Yogananda, is known as the ‘father of Yoga in the West.’ His hopes were to make the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga available to everyone. You can also experience this via his book Autobiography of a Yogi (available in 28 languages!). Founded in 1920, SRF is now a ‘worldwide religious organization’ with more than 500 temples and centers around the world.

Seek(ing) to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. ~Paramahansa Yogananda

Although the word ‘religious’ is used, I think these centers are viewed as a spiritual place of being where all religions are accepted and honored. This is illustrated at the Lake Shrine gardens where you’ll find sacred shrine’s for each religion…

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Principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions. ~Paramahansa Yogananda

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Yoga is about ‘uniting’ anyways, right?

Here are some of my favorite sights @ SRF. The walking grounds are just beautiful!

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In the above picture, you can see the Windmill Chapel. This is where meditations are held…

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There are lovely little sitting areas for meditation or just a pretty view of all this…

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{a portion of Gandhi’s ashes are here}

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He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me, never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him. ~Bhagavad Gita VI:30

SRF is a little sanctuary in the city and definitely a hidden gem. You can visit for a nice walk amongst nature or attend a class or lecture. Even just sitting for a bit brings more peace into my day. Sometimes, you just need a change of environment to shift your thinking. In the past, this has definitely been the case for me – and it works!

Either way, I highly recommend you visit Lake Shrine!

Check out the SRF page for visitor info here.


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2 comments on “A Sanctuary In The City Of Los Angeles: Lake Shrine
  1. Very nice blog! Keep up the good work!

  2. levitra says:

    I really love this subject and can’t read enough about it!

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