Serendipity: I Am Flying Home

Flower at the Lake Shrine

Flower at the Lake Shrine

I did some work this morning, but I had the afternoon free. So Martine and I went to the Lake Shrine of the Self Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades. It was balm for my troubled mind, which was still frazzled with this morning’s tax problems. While there, I bought a copy of Metaphysical Meditations by the SRF founder and sage, Paramahansa Yogananda. There, I found this quote on page 44, which decided me to buy the book:

Good-bye blue house of heaven. Farewell, stars and celestial celebrities and your dramas on the screen of space. Good-bye, flowers with your traps of beauty and fragrance. You can hold me no longer. I am flying Home.

Adieu to the warm embrace of sunshine. Farewell, cool, soothing, comforting breeze. Good-bye, entertaining music of man.

I stayed long, reveling with all of you, dancing with my variously costumed thoughts, drinking the wine of my feelings and my mundane will. I have now forsaken the intoxications of delusion.

Good-bye, muscles, bones, and bodily motions. Farewell, breath. I cast thee away from my breast. Adieu, heartthrobs, emotions, thoughts, and memories. I am flying Home in a plane of silence. I go to feel my heartthrob in Him.

I soar in the plane of consciousness above, beneath, on the left, on the right, within and without, everywhere, to find that in every nook of my space-home I have always been in the sacred presence of my Father.


An Oasis of Tranquillity: The SRF’s Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades

An Oasis of Tranquility: The SRF’s Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades

Even in hectic Southern California, there are oases of tranquility. One of the most surprising is the Self Realization Fellowship’s Lake Shrine on Sunset Boulevard near where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

The property on which it sits had a rich history. It used to be part of Santa Ynez Canyon, where Producer Thomas H. Ince’s Inceville, the first modern studio, was located. Here William S. Hart made his silent cowboy films beginning in 1915. After Ince died in a suspicious accident aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924, surrounded by early Hollywood luminaries.

Eventually, in 1950, the property was sold to Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder and first leader of the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF). Today it serves as a unique meditation garden with a floral walkway around a central lake, upon which swans, ducks, and turtles abound. Usually, there are also koi, but they seemed to be in hiding today.

Martine has gone through the mill with the onset of her fibromyalgia early this year. Of late, she has been feeling better; and I thought that a visit to a peaceful place like the Lake Shrine would do her good. It did that.