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December 2017

" O Christ, receive the fervent message of our hearts; come unto us, appear unto us.  Jesus Christ, Lord and Master--Lord of millions and Master of creation--in the cradle of our devotion manifest unto us consciously.  Reveal your presence in bodily form as you were on earth, and manifest yourself as Spirit--joy ineffable, peace indescribable; calmness, omnipresence, and bliss eternal."

Paramahansa Yogananda
"Divine Communion with God and Christ," from The Divine Romance (p. 428)


This month we have some very special and exciting events planned!  There will be a SRF Monastic Visit to the DC Center from December 13-19.  Among other planned activities, the Monastics will conduct our Thursday Night Meditation Service, All-Day Christmas Meditation, Sunday morning Services, and Sunday School.  They will also join us for our Annual Christmas Social.  All are invited to attend. 
We are still collecting canned goods to donate to local charities for individuals and families who are in need during the holiday season.  There is a basket in the lobby of the Center awaiting your generous donations! 
As we prepare for the spiritual activities of the Christmas season, let us remember Guruji's words: "O Lord, I want to tell all of Thy blessings.  I want not to enjoy them alone, selfishly, but to share with others.  Bless all with Thy consciousness.  O Jesus Christ, O Jesus Christ!  O Joy, Joy, Joy!  Beloved God, Beloved Mother-Father, open up the heaven that lies within us." 
- SRF Magazine (Winter 2002) 

In Master's Love and Service,

Indira Harris

Special Inspirational Service with SRF Monastics:  
Thursday, December 14th

We are delighted to announce that our Inspirational service on December 14th (7:30-9:00 pm) will be led by SRF monastics from Mother Center.  The title of the service will be:  Preparing for the All-Day Christmas Meditation.  There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following the service.  Please come join us in spiritual fellowship!

All-Day Christmas Meditation:  Saturday, December 16th 
SRF Monastics Leading Our Christmas Meditation

Our All-Day Christmas meditation will take place Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Center.  We are very blessed that the entire meditation will be led by SRF monastics from Mother Center.  If you plan to attend, please read beforehand the SRF All-Day Christmas Meditation Instructions at the link below (and also available at the Center on the table in the foyer).  According to these instructions, no one will be permitted to enter the chapel after the meditation begins at 10:00 am.  Also, if you plan to attend only a portion of the meditation, it must be the morning portion, which ends with an intermission at 2:00 pm.  The meditation concludes at 5:30 pm.  Please bring as a devotional offering a fruit and a donation in an envelope.  Extra fruits and envelopes will be available at the Center on a donation basis.  All are welcome.

Greenfield Christmas Meditation:  Saturday, December 16th

The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, VA will hold their All-Day Christmas Meditation on Saturday, December 16th, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.   If you would like to attend, please sign the sheet on the table in the foyer or call Greenfield directly. Click on the Greenfield link below for more information.

Christmas Social:  Sunday, December 17th

Our annual Christmas Social will be held on Sunday, December 17th, after the morning services.  The Sunday School students have a very special performance in store for us, and because no Christmas party would be complete without Santa, he will be making a visit from the North Pole.  All are warmly invited to come celebrate this most special season with Master's spiritual family, including visiting monastics from Mother Center.  An Indian feast will be provided by the Bhakti Team, therefore no additional food contributions are necessary.

Christmas Eve Services:  Sunday, December 24th

We are most happy to inform you that our Center will hold the usual Meditation and Reading Services from 10:00 am - 12 pm on Christmas Eve.  We will also have Sunday School; however, the 3-hour evening meditation is cancelled.

New Year's Eve Meditation & Social:  Sunday, December 31st

Our New Year's Eve meditation will take place on December 31st, from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am at the Center.  Master recommended starting the new year in meditation, and all are warmly invited to both the meditation and a potluck social that will take place earlier in the evening at the home of Herb and Sally Simon (403 Hamilton Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 20901).  The social will begin at 7:30 pm, and will include a period of chanting and Christmas songs.  If you plan to attend the social, please RSVP HERE.  An email blast will be sent as the event nears, with directions and pertinent information; flyers will also be on the table in the lobby of the Center.  Please bring a vegetarian entree or dessert if you are attending the social.  We hope to see you there!

Christmas Holiday Food Drive

Our center is conducting a Christmas Food Drive to benefit local food charities.  Please place your donated non-perishable food items in the marked boxes in the Center's lobby.  Your kind generosity can do much to make this holiday season a happier one for individuals and families in need.

Service Readings This Month

December 3:  Vol: 3 #49:  The Three Instruments of Knowledge

December 10:  Vol: 3 #50:  Four Kinds of Men

December 17:  The Boundless Love and Forgiveness of Christ (service by SRF monastic)

December 24:  Vol: 3 #51:  Happiness Through Attunement with Christ

December 31:  Vol: 3 #52:  Higher Achievements in the New Year

Long Meditations this Month

Our annual All-Day Christmas meditation (on Saturday, December 16th) will replace our usual Saturday 4-hour meditation this month.  We will have our regularly scheduled 3-hour meditations on both December 3rd and  December 10th, from 6:00-9:00 pm.  

Services Cancelled This Month Due to Holidays

There will be no evening meditation service on either December 17th or December 24th.

The 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.



Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00 am - Noon
3-hour Meditation 6:00-9:00 pm
December 17

Christmas Social with SRF Mother Center monastics immediately after services


Lessons Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm

December 14

SRF Monastics lead service:  7:30-9:00 pm
Reception from 9:00-9:30 pm
December 16

All Day Christmas Meditation
10:00 am - 5:30 pm 

December 31

New Year's Eve Meditation 11:00 pm - 12:30 am, preceded by an off-site Social.  See details above. 

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