Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Retreat, Hermitage, and Meditation Gardens
|name||Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Retreat, Hermitage, and Meditation Gardens|
|image_caption||A 2007 view of Swami’s beach in Encinitas, shows the red-roofed hermitage building on the top of the bluff, where Paramahansa Yogananda wrote the Autobiography of a Yogi.|
|location||215 W K St, Encinitas, California 92024 U.S.|
|type||Meditation gardens and retreat with temple and bookstore nearby|
The Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Retreat, Hermitage, and Meditation Gardens is a spiritual retreat, monastic ashram, and meditation gardens in Encinitas, California, United States created by Paramahansa Yogananda. Its golden lotus towers rise above the white wall along Highway 101 near Swami’s Seaside Park.
After his return to the United States from India in 1936, Paramahansa Yogananda took up residence in the SRF hermitage in Encinitas which was a surprise gift from his disciple Rajarsi Janakananda. It was while staying in the hermitage that Yogananda wrote his work Autobiography of a Yogi, as well as other writings and created a permanent foundation for the spiritual and humanitarian work of the Self-Realization Fellowship/ Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
The Golden Lotus Temple lost to cliff erosion in 1942. According to Yogananda Site, it was written in the Inner Culture magazine that Yogananda announced, “The crucifixion of Golden Lotus Temple must be the cause for its resurrection and the birth of many other such temples.” Two other temples were immediately “born” - the Hollywood Self-Realization Church of all Religions and the Self Realization Fellowship San Diego Temple.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
- Official page of the Self-Realization Fellowship: Encinitas Temple.
- Official page of the Self-Realization Fellowship: Encinitas Retreat