Kalamazoo Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship

What to Expect


First time visitors are encouraged to attend the Sunday 11:00 a.m. reading service to get an idea of what the services are like.  This service includes devotional chanting, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita which include interpretations from Paramahansa Yogananda, and short meditation periods of about 10 minutes each. 


The chapel is quiet, with comfortable seating. Attire is casual but respectful. During warm weather we request that you please dress modestly.  We also request attendees to refrain from wearing colognes or any other strong scents during services.


If you bring a cell phone or pager into the chapel, we ask that they be turned off or placed into a silent mode. Please note that "vibrate modes" are not considered to be silent in the quiet atmosphere of the chapel.

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Services

Meditation Services
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Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
* On the 4th Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted on the calendar) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. You are welcome to arrive at 10 a.m. and enter the chapel during a chant.
* Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Inspirational Reading Service
* Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Please note:
​* All services are for those 12 years of age and older.
​* If you arrive after the service has already started, please wait in the foyer until a period of chanting or reading has begun, at which time you may enter the sanctuary.

Severe Weather

Service Cancellation Policy


Please be advised that Kalamazoo Meditation Group Services will be cancelled if a severe weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service that includes our church area (the city of Paw Paw or immediate surrounding areas) within 2 hours prior or after a regularly scheduled service. It will be the responsibility of each member to be aware of severe weather warnings prior to a scheduled service. This includes severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and winter storm warnings.


A severe weather warning indicates that severe weather is occurring in the area, creating dangerous conditions that may be a threat to life or property.

A severe weather warning is differentiated from a severe weather watch in that a severe weather watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather and provides advance notice. Please visit Wikipedia  or any other resource for additional information about the Severe Weather Terminology in the United States.​

Commemoration Services


In addition to the regular weekly services listed above, we have several commemoration services throughout the year. These celebrations are deeply spiritual occasions on which the vibrations of blessing are stronger than on other days in the year. These services are as follows:

Jan. 5, 1893           Birth of Paramahansa Yogananda

 **                            Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative     Meditation

Mar. 7, 1952          Mahasamadhi * of Paramahansa Yogananda

Mar. 9, 1936          Mahasamadhi * of Swami Sri Yukteswar 

 **                            Good Friday

 **                            Easter Sunday

May 10, 1855         Birth of Swami Sri Yukteswar

July 25, 1920         Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Day  (This is the day Babaji first appeared to Yogananada and is described in Autobiography of a Yogi. Babaji's birth date is unknown.)
 
 **                             Janmashtami (birth of Bhagavan Krishna)
 
Sept. 26, 1895        Mahasamadhi *  of Lahiri Mahasaya

Sept. 30, 1828       Birth of Lahiri Mahasaya

 **                             All-Day Christmas Meditation

 *   Mahasamadhi is a great Master's final conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death.
 ** These dates change each year. Please see the Calendar of events for the exact dates.