October 2020
Mrinalini Mata
Yoga is really the science of the soul: reawakening it to the divine awareness of oneness with God. Yoga in this sense is very simple. It is a way of living, a way of thinking, a way of behaving--and more than that, a way of becoming. It is a changing of one's self. The goal of the science of Kriya Yoga...is to reawaken the sleeping image of the Divine within; to realize, as the scriptures say: Tat tvam asi, "Thou art That"--bypassing all that distracts or diverts you from that all-fulfilling attainment.

Sri Mrinalini Mata
To Please God and Guru in Every Way
SRF Magazine, Winter 2017

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
Staying Connected

We encourage all to stay remotely connected to the worldwide SRF family:

Suggestion Box

Due to the fact we no longer are physically present at the DC Center we thought we would add a feature called the “Suggestion Box” in which we invite your suggestions or comments. Much like the suggestion box at the DC Center, if you have a constructive idea or suggestion for our Center please send it by replying to this email. We can then review them monthly at our Council meetings. Someone will reply to each suggestion after each monthly Council meeting.
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.
Online Donations Available

You can make online donations to the Washington DC Center of SRF by clicking on the yellow Donate button below. You will have the option of designating whether the donation is for the General Fund or the Building Fund. Please note that donations made using this button are not tax deductible.

While services are suspended, you can also make donations to the Center by check, mailed to: Washington DC Center, 4911 Niagara Road, College Park, MD 20740. If you wish your donation to go toward the Building Fund, please note this in the memo field.

Tax deductible Building Fund donations may be made online here, or by making the check payable to Self-Realization Fellowship, noting Washington DC Building Fund in the memo field, and mailing it to the Center. Full details concerning donations are explained on the Center's website Donate page.
Donations made using the above yellow Donate button are not tax deductible. For other donation options use the Donate Website button below, including tax deductible building fund donations.
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road College Park MD 20740