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Newsletter January 2017

"My body shall pass but my work shall go on. And my spirit shall live on. 
Even when I am taken away 
I shall work with you all for the deliverance of the world with the message of God.   
Those who have come to
 Self-Realization Fellowship truly seeking inward spiritual help 
shall receive what they seek from God. 
Whether they come 
while I am in the body, or afterward, 
the power of God
 through the link of the SRF Gurus 
shall flow into the devo­tees just the same, and shall be the cause of their salvation"

Paramahansa Yogananda
SRF Website BIo


The central theme this month is celebrating the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship and guru to his disciples with three special events: a commemorative service, 6-hour meditation and a social birthday party.  

Please attend the General Membership Meeting this month.

See below for details concerning all these events.

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In Divine Friendship and wishing you a joyous New Year,
Rick Ludwick

Paramahansa Yogananda Birthday Service 
Thursday, January 5th

We will commemorate the birth of our dear Guruji with a special service, on Thursday, January 5th, starting at 7:30 pm .Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion  Extra flowers and envelopes are available on a donation basis in the lobby. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.  The service will end at approximately 9:00 pm.

6-Hour Meditation Honoring Paramahansa Yogananda's Birth, Saturday, January 7th

We will hold a special 6-hour meditation with kirtan honoring the birth of our beloved Guru on Saturday, January, 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please bring "pranami" - a devotional offering of a fruit or fruits as a symbol of your reverence and devotion for the Guru. Extra fruits are available in the lobby on a donation basis. All are welcome. 

Paramahansa Yogananda Birthday Social, January 8th

We will celebrate our Guruji's birthday on this Sunday. We will  have a cake and sing Happy Birthday to Master in the foyer, followed by an Indian food lunch provided by the Bhakti Team in the social room until 1:00 pm.  Then the  DVD: "Paramahansa Yogananda: The Early Years" will be shown in the Chapel. Please do not bring any food into the chapel.  All are welcome to celebrate and spend an afternoon of spiritual fellowship honoring the birth of our beloved Guru.

General Membership Meeting Sunday, January 22nd

We will hold a General membership meeting after services that will include finding volunteers to serve on the Nominating Team for this year's Election. Volunteering to serve at the Center is one way that helps us stay in tune with Master. All members are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. 

Service Readings this Month

January 1:  Vol: III # 1: "Attunement with a True Guru"

January 8: Vol:III # 2:  "Man: Image of God"

January 15: Vol:III # 3: "Meditation: Way to God"

January 22: Vol:III # 4: "How To Rise Above Your Problems"

January 29: Vol:III # 5: "Habits: Your Master or Your Slave"

Long Meditations this Month

We will hold our annual 6-hour meditation honoring the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (see details above). A 4-hour meditation will take place on Saturday January 28th from 10-2 pm. We will also hold 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. All are welcome.

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: 


Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00 am - Noon
3-Hour Meditation 6:00-9:00 pm

Sunday, January 8th

Master's Birthday Social after services. Indian lunch provided 

Sunday, January 22nd

General Membership Meeting after services. Lunch provided


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

Thursday, January 5th

Birthday Paramahansa Yogananda Service 7:30 - 9:00 pm


Saturday, January 7th

6-hr Meditation honoring the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Saturday, January 28th`
4-hour Meditation 10:00-2:00 pm
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org