Self Realization Fellowship

★★★★★
  • 17190 W Sunset Blvd

    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

    Map & Directions
  • 310-454-4114

About Self Realization Fellowship

Hours
Sun 9am-4pm

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My experiences at the SRF temples is similar to the Catholic church. It is very strict and controlling. They worship Yogananda not God. Jesus is a bi product to get more business. It is just that, a huge business. They layoff employees

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My experiences at the SRF temples is similar to the Catholic church. It is very strict and controlling. They worship Yogananda not God. Jesus is a bi product to get more business. It is just that, a huge business. They layoff employees

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One of the best places in town, to relax and enjoy nature. :)

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One of the best places in town, to relax and enjoy nature. :)

Pros: Great place to relax

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I randomly heard about the Lake Shrine while surfing the internet. I never would have known it existed otherwise, even though I've probably driven past it about 9,000 times. If you haven't yet checked it out, I highly recommend you go. It's just a great space to be outdoors, take a walk, snap a few photos. When I went, there were a lot of sightseers from other countries?The Lake Shrine must be mentioned in many guidebooks?but it never seemed too busy. Everyone just wanders and does their own thing. You can't relax on any of the grass, but there are plenty of benches, both in the shade and in the sun, that you can sit on while reading, meditating or doing whatever it is you do. I'm sure I'll be back.

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I randomly heard about the Lake Shrine while surfing the internet. I never would have known it existed otherwise, even though I've probably driven past it about 9,000 times. If you haven't yet checked it out, I highly recommend you go. It's just a great space to be outdoors, take a walk, snap a few photos. When I went, there were a lot of sightseers from other countries?The Lake Shrine must be mentioned in many guidebooks?but it never seemed too busy. Everyone just wanders and does their own thing. You can't relax on any of the grass, but there are plenty of benches, both in the shade and in the sun, that you can sit on while reading, meditating or doing whatever it is you do. I'm sure I'll be back.

Pros: Outdoors, Beautiful Scenery, Peaceful, Giant Koi

Cons: Somewhat Touristy

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This place is absolutely beautiful. It's not hard to find, but easy to miss. Check for hours before you go.

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This place is absolutely beautiful. It's not hard to find, but easy to miss. Check for hours before you go.

Pros: Beauty

Cons: Easy to miss

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But seriously, I love this place. Great place to go and meditate and just walk around the lake; and even over it, if you're advanced enough...

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But seriously, I love this place. Great place to go and meditate and just walk around the lake; and even over it, if you're advanced enough...

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It is said that when Parmahansa Yogananda was a child, he had a dream that he built a great temple near a lagoon where people from all over the world would come to gather. Many years later when visiting the US he found that exact spot from his dream in Pacific Palisades and at once stopped at nothing to make his dream come true. The owner of the land did not believe in philanthropy and was unaccustomed to the teachings of Yogananda and refused to donate the land to his cause. It is said that Yogananda upon hearing this, appeared to this man in a dream. The man was said to have had a life-changing experience, agreed to donate the land and became one of Yogananda's most devout followers. This center is the realization of that dream.

If you are willing to explore the philosophies of the east, this center is a great place to start. There is a beautiful lagoon where you can enjoy a nice weekend afternoon and a monument to Ghandi which contains some of his ashes.

"Arise from dreams of limiting mortal boundaries to the realization of the vastness of the immortal soul within you." -Parmahansa Yogananda

PROS: A great experience, nice place to go for a walk
CONS: Parking can be hard to find on weekends

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★★★★★

It is said that when Parmahansa Yogananda was a child, he had a dream that he built a great temple near a lagoon where people from all over the world would come to gather. Many years later when visiting the US he found that exact spot from his dream in Pacific Palisades and at once stopped at nothing to make his dream come true. The owner of the land did not believe in philanthropy and was unaccustomed to the teachings of Yogananda and refused to donate the land to his cause. It is said that Yogananda upon hearing this, appeared to this man in a dream. The man was said to have had a life-changing experience, agreed to donate the land and became one of Yogananda's most devout followers. This center is the realization of that dream.

If you are willing to explore the philosophies of the east, this center is a great place to start. There is a beautiful lagoon where you can enjoy a nice weekend afternoon and a monument to Ghandi which contains some of his ashes.

"Arise from dreams of limiting mortal boundaries to the realization of the vastness of the immortal soul within you." -Parmahansa Yogananda

PROS: A great experience, nice place to go for a walk
CONS: Parking can be hard to find on weekends

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If you're looking for a place to get away, this is the place to go. The gardens here are spectacular, and you can tuck yourself away on a bench and read a book or just reflect. This is a non-denominational shrine dedicated to everything from Christianity to Buddhism. My recommendation is to take a picnic and make the afternoon of it .

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If you're looking for a place to get away, this is the place to go. The gardens here are spectacular, and you can tuck yourself away on a bench and read a book or just reflect. This is a non-denominational shrine dedicated to everything from Christianity to Buddhism. My recommendation is to take a picnic and make the afternoon of it .

 

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