Even in the midst of the pandemic, those seeking solace amidst the lush greenery surrounding a placid lake have flocked here. Since the Lake Shrine reopened in July of 2020, 22,000 people have reserved time to visit. Reservations fill up quickly. Brother Satyananda, administrator for the Lake Shrine and a minister at the on-site temple, estimates that there are a thousand people trying to get one of the few hundreds slots available. About 70% of their recent visitors are not affiliated with the Lake Shrine or the Self-Realization Fellowship. “By far, it was the general public looking for a safe place to go,” says Satyananda.
On a recent weekday afternoon, the Lake Shrine was full of quiet activity. Some people strolled the grounds. Others sat in meditation. “People are discovering new priorities. They’re not taking old things for granted. They’re reinventing themselves,” says Satyananda.
For some, personal transformation is happening at the Lake Shrine. “I’ve had a lot of spiritual conversations and I’m deeply impressed with the effort that people are making to improve themselves in new ways,” he says.