We hope you were able to participate in the commemorative services for Lahiri Mahasaya this past week, and felt his blessings. Please visit the SRF Online Meditation Center’s calendar page for more information on upcoming services.
We have a correction to our recent blast email regarding the DC Center reopening questionnaire. We had mentioned that there were only 40 responses from the 133 questionnaires. But because we were using the free version of the survey application, it limited the responses we could see to only 40. After we paid their fee, we realized that 63 responses were received. The results did not change significantly. Over 70% do not want to return to the DC Center until 2021 or until an effective vaccine has been
available. You can click here for the details of the questionnaire responses:
Based on SRF Mother Center’s guidelines we will continue to keep the Center closed.
We have also had inquiries about why we are not conducting DC Center services via Zoom. The reason is we asked SRF Center Department about this months ago and they advised us not to have services or official gatherings via Zoom etc. They are providing online meditations daily, see the link to the online meditation center below. However, devotees are welcome to do so on their own informally, or teams can also conduct business meetings via Zoom or other video conferencing tool.
Some of you have asked about our finances during the shutdown. We are happy to say that the month of August we received $2,098 in donations which covered our total expenses and left us with a positive cash flow of $1,082 for the month. Please see the section “Online Donations…” below if you are interested in donating.
Thank you for all you are doing to support Paramahansa Yogananda’s work, and the Washington DC Center during this challenging time. We are also grateful for your support through your sincere prayers and personal efforts to persevere in your daily spiritual life. Please know that through your sincerity in applying the SRF teachings in your lives, you are making a very real and tangible contribution in helping the world.
In Master’s Service,
Wayne T. Lavallee