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Newsletter August  2017
"Sri Krishna's message in the Bhagavad Gita is the perfect answer for the modern age, and any age:  Yoga of dutiful action, of nonattachment, and of meditation for God-realization.  To work without the inner peace of God is Hades; and to work with His joy ever bubbling through the soul is to carry a portable paradise within, wherever one goes."

Paramahansa Yogananda 
The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita 
(Preface, page vii)

Greetings!

We will hold a special service this month to commemorate Janmashtami, the birth of Bhagavan Krishna.  Due to the SRF Worldwide Convocation, there is no potluck social this month and the Lessons Study Group will not meet on Thursday, August 10, but the Inspirational Service that evening will be held.

There will be a joint meeting of all the Service Team Chairs and the Managing Council on Sunday, August 27th after services. Lunch will be provided. All Team Chairs should attend this important organizational meeting.

Details concerning these events as well as our regular services for the month are provided below. 

Many are looking forward this month to attending the SRF Worldwide Convocation in Los Angeles.  If you cannot attend, you will have a chance to experience the flavor and spiritual vibrations of Convocation at our potluck social in September, where devotees will share their Convocation experiences.

Those elected by the general membership during our elections in April were approved by Mother Center for a one year term (Managing Council members, Service Readers, Sunday School Teachers and Assistants).  Their terms begin August 1.  The new Managing Council members are:
  • Coordinator - Indira Wallace Harris
  • Secretary - Gauri Prakash-Canjels  
  • Treasurer - Rick Ludwick
  • Members-at-Large - Helen Bartus, Ron Jacobus, Karen Miles, Anvardh Nanduri
From the approval letter:

    "During one of the All-Day Christmas meditations that our beloved Guru led at Mt. Washington, he proffered these comforting words: 'This world will always have turmoil and trouble. What are you worried about? Go to the shelter of God where the Masters have gone, and whence they are watching and helping the world. You shall have safety forever, not only for yourself, but for all those loved ones who have been entrusted to your care by our Lord and Father.' When we are confronted daily, in the news or even in our own individual lives, with the seemingly endless torrent of tribulation and turmoil that is afflicting the world today, we may begin to feel a sense of discouragement or helplessness. But Paramahansaji reminds us with his message that we have nothing to fear when we take refuge in daily communion with God in meditation. In striving to turn to the Divine with a receptive and trusting heart, you will open a channel for His bountiful grace to copiously flow into your life, bringing strength, peace, and spiritual riches to you and your loved ones.
    That is why Gurudeva started, years ago, the idea of establishing throughout the world groups where devotees can gather regularly to meditate and deepen their sadhana in the company of other like-minded souls. We want to encourage all of you to make the most of this opportunity to strengthen one another through your mutual efforts to practice the sacred techniques and ideals that Master gave us through his teachings.
    Know for certain that Divine Mother and Guruji are with you and be assured of our prayers that Their presence be deeply felt during this coming year by those sincere devotees who will come in a spirit of love, harmony, and service.
    In divine friendship.
 
Brother Sarvananda, SRF Center Department"

In Divine Friendship,
Indira Wallace Harris
Coordinator

SRF World Convocation, August 6-12,  Los Angeles, CA

Convocation is an opportunity to deepen one's understanding of Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings and to receive the tools and inspiration necessary for spiritual growth.  Self-
Realization Fellowship's Convocation is held at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 
404 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071. Please contact Mother Center's Membership Services Department if you wish to attend (323-225-2471), or click here for more information regarding Registration, Pilgrimages, and Events.

Cancellation of Lessons Study Group Due to Convocation, 
Thursday, August 10

The Lessons Study Group will not meet on August 10th due to Convocation, but will resume the following week, on August 17th.  The Inspirational Service on August 10th will be held at 7:30 pm, per our regular schedule.

Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org