February 2020

The surest way to be always at peace within is to keep God in our thoughts throughout the day, no matter what we are doing, no matter what our inner tribulations or outer experiences. Gurudeva often put this question to us: "Where is your mind? Where is the center of your being?" Thus he reminded us to keep our consciousness always centered within, on God. The constant focus of our being and attention should be the inner peace of God's presence, the feeling that one has after a deep meditation; so pleasant, so peaceful, so at-one with God. No other desire remains, no slightest restlessness ripples the consciousness. This is how man should be all the time. He should not permit anything to ruffle him.

Sri Daya Mata
Only Love , p. 154

We are happy to be hosting the Monastic Tour this April at the DC Center, and are looking forward to this weekend to deepen our practice of the SRF teachings. To prepare for this event we have been remodeling our entrance foyer and bathrooms, including redoing the walls and flooring. We would like to thank all of you who contribute to our Center, as your donations make these renovations possible. This will be the first time in our history of holding the public lecture and Kriya Yoga initiation at our Center. We hope you can join us for this historical and spiritual event. The details are provided in this newsletter.

If you have thought about serving at our Center, now is a great time to volunteer. We hold our elections this year in April, but our nominating committee will be sending a blast email this month in which you can express your interest in serving on non-elected or elected positions.  

“Prayer is a demand of the soul. God did not make us beggars; He created us in His image.…A beggar who goes to a rich home and asks for alms receives a beggar’s share; but the son can have anything he asks from his wealthy father....Therefore we should not behave like beggars. Divine ones such as Christ, Krishna and Buddha did not lie when they said we are made in the image of God.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

In Master’s Service,

Wayne Lavallee
Idea Generating Session

We will have a special joint Team Volunteer and Council brainstorming/idea generating meeting after the reading service on February 9th. This is your opportunity to put your creative thinking and your ideas to work at the DC Center. All Center volunteers are encouraged to attend, and lunch will be provided.
Nominating Committee Formed

At our January General Membership meeting, we selected members to serve on the Nominating Committee. They will seek nominations for our April elections, where we will vote for members to fill the elected positions of Council Members, Service Readers, and Sunday School Teachers and Assistants. 

An email blast will be sent the first week of February asking if you would like to be nominated to serve Master through any of these positions.  Please respond, whether you are able to serve or not. Otherwise, the Nominating Committee will contact you via a follow-up phone call.

The email will also ask if you are interested in serving on any of the non-elected teams at our Center. Again, please respond, even if you are unable to serve. 

We are extremely thankful for all the time and efforts the Center's volunteers make to further Master's work.

Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic Tour
Washington, D.C.
April 3 – 5, 2020

Self-Realization Fellowship monastics will be visiting Washington, D.C., April 3 – 5, 2020, to meet with SRF members and friends for a weekend of immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

The weekend event includes:
  • Public lecture with guided meditation
  • Meditations
  • Inspirational classes
  • SRF techniques review classes (for SRF Lessons students)
  • Kriya Yoga Initiation

Attending Kriya Yoga Events

The Kriya Yoga events are open only to SRF Kriyabans.

If you have already received the Kriya Yoga Lessons but have not yet attended an initiation ceremony, please call Membership Services at (818) 549-5151 (between 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Pacific time) or visit our contact us page to request to be registered for the ceremony.

If you have already attended a Kriya Yoga Initiation you do not need to register, but you will be asked to show your SRF Kriyaban card in order to attend. If you need a replacement card, please contact us no later than March 4, 2020.

Events to be held at:
Washington D.C. Center
of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road
College Park, MD 20740

For more information, please visit yogananda.org/washington-tour

Service Readings This Month

February 2: Vol. 3 #5:  Habits: Your Masters or Your Slaves
February 9: Vol. 3 #6:  Lord, Possess Us With Thy Love
February 16: Vol. 3 #7:  The Science of Affirmation
February 23: Vol. 3 #8:  The Dream Nature of the World

Long Meditations This Month

We will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm; the meditation on February 2nd will include kirtan. There will also be a 4-hour meditation service on February 22nd, from 10 am-2 pm.    
Caring Friends Team

The Caring Friends Team provides support and outreach to members who are experiencing illness, hardships, and personal crisis. For more information please contact Stacey Hawkins at 301-395-9541.
Weekly Services

Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00-12:00
3-Hour Meditation: 6:00-9:00 pm

Bhagavad Gita Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm
Special Events This Month

Joint Team Volunteers & Council Idea Generating Session
February 9

4-Hour Meditation
February 22, 10am - 2pm
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road College Park MD 20740