September 2020
"No necessity compels you to leave the world, for inwardly you have already sundered its every karmic tie. Not of this world, you must yet be in it. Many years still remain during which you should conscientiously fulfill your family, business, civic, and spiritual duties. A sweet new breath of divine hope will penetrate the arid hearts of worldly men. From your balanced life, they will understand that liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations."

Mahavatar Babaji to Lahiri Mahasaya
Autobiography of a Yogi, pp. 364-365

We hope you have had the opportunity to participate in this year’s online SRF Convocation. If you missed the events or would like to participate for the first time, these events were recorded and are still available for viewing. Please see below for details. 

As we have mentioned in our past newsletters, the Managing Council has been following the SRF Center Department’s guidelines for reopening our DC Center. We have a four-step plan to reopen the DC Center. Center Department requires us to have a 70% consensus from the membership before we can reopen.  We recently emailed the active membership and attendees a questionnaire to get their feedback. If you are an active member and did not receive this questionnaire, please let us know.  

Thank you for all you are doing to support Paramahansa Yogananda’ s work, and the Washington DC Center during this challenging time. We are happy to report we had a small but positive cash flow from your donations during the month of July,  which covered all of our fixed costs.  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
The Convocation Experience Continues

We want you to know that this immersion in Yogananda’s teachings continues to be available to you — whether you are enjoying what Convocation offers again or are experiencing it for the first time.


If you have already registered for Convocation, you can continue to experience the full offering of all Convocation events, including four interactive pilgrimages, on our website. (hold Ctrl and click)  If you have not yet registered please do so here. 
Also, a playlist of 26 classes, meditations, and kirtans is available on the SRF YouTube channel. 

Please note that the Convocation classes on the SRF meditation techniques can only be viewed by students of the SRF Lessons after they have registered for Convocation. Learn more about the SRF Lessons. 
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 Now Available

You can now 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