DC banner
Newsletter October 2017

"The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul.  Whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic awareness the bubble of my life cannot die.  I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit's immortality."        

Paramahansa Yogananda 
(Metaphysical Meditations, p. 42)


As we transition into the fall season, we have several exciting activities planned over the next few months. This month, Sister Brahmani will join us on Sunday, October 8, as we honor the significant contributions of our Volunteers. She will conduct our services that morning and we will have a delicious vegetarian lunch served by our Bhakti Team immediately following the 11am service. All are welcome to attend even if you are not a volunteer. 

There will be three retreats at the SRF Greenfield Retreat in October: a One Day Women's Retreat, a One Day Men's Retreat, and a Women's Kriyaban Retreat. Specific dates can be found in our newsletter and you can also visit the SRF Greenfield Retreat website for more specific details. 

SRF's How-to-Live Programs will host a One Day Regional Day Program at the SRF Atlanta Center, conducted by SRF Monastics and Lay disciples for children and teens ages 7-18. The Girls program will be on October 14, and the Boys program will be on October 21. For more details, please see our Sunday School leaders, Gauri Prakash-Canjels or Indu Gulalia. 

We will have a 3-hour meditation with Kirtan on Sunday evening, October 1, and a 4-hr meditation on Saturday, October 21. More details about these long meditations can be found in the newsletter. 

In Divine Friendship, 
Indira Harris 

Sister Brahmani Leads Services and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Sunday, October 8th

We are blessed to have Sister Brahmani, the resident monastic at the SRF Greenfield Retreat, leading our services on October 8.  She will also attend our special Volunteer Appreciation luncheon, immediately after the services.  Our many dedicated volunteers keep our "spiritual hive" operating beautifully with their devoted service.  Please come join us as we celebrate them and all that they do.  Lunch will be provided, and all are welcome, even if you are not currently a volunteer.

SRF Regional Day Program for Youth

Saturday, October14:  Girls Program
Saturday, October 21:  Boys Program

Children and teens, ages 7 to 18 years, are invited to join SRF monastics and lay disciples for a special day in Atlanta, Georgia.  Activities will include Energization Exercises, meditation, satsanga, and an interactive class and activities to explore Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings on the topic of "Spiritualizing Relationships."  Some scholarships are available.  Please contact Gauri Prakesh-Canjels or Indu Gulalia for more information.

SRF Greenfield Retreats This Month

One Day Women's Retreat Saturday, October 7
One Day Men's Retreat Saturday, October 14
Women's Kriyaban Retreat, October 26-29

There are several retreat opportunities this month at SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia.  Sign-up sheets for the one day retreats will be available on the table in the foyer several weeks before the dates listed above.  Please be sure to add your name and contact information if you would like to attend.  However, for the Women's Kriyaban Retreat, you must contact Greenfield directly.  These retreats are offered on a donation basis to all Kriyabans and Lessons students. Please bring your student or Kriyaban cards for admittance.  For further information, please click on this link.

Service Readings This Month

October 1: Vol. 3 # 40:  Live in Constant Remembrance of God

October 8: Vol. 3 # 41: Healing Body, Mind, and Soul

October 15: Vol. 3 # 42: How to Read Character

October 22: Vol. 3 # 43:  The Scientific Art of Living

October 29: Vol. 3 # 44: Yoga for Westerners

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 4-hour  Meditation on Saturday,October 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In addition, we will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm, except on October 1, which will be a 3-hour meditation with Kirtan from 6:00-9:30 pm. 

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 or call her 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

October 1
3-hour Meditation with Kirtan 6:00 - 9:30 pm
October 8

Sister Brahmani leads morning services, with Volunteer Appreciation luncheon immediately afterward


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

October 26
Kriyaban Retreat for Women Only:  Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29.  Contact Greenfield directly in order to register


October 7

Greenfield Retreat Women Only 9:30- 5:00 pm

October 14

Greenfield Retreat Men Only 9:30- 5:00 pm

October 21
4-hour Meditation Service 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