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Newsletter September 2017

"The yogic key will not lose its efficiency when I am no longer present in the body to guide you.  This technique cannot be bound, filed, and forgotten, in the manner of theoretical inspirations.  Continue ceaselessly on your path to liberation through Kriya, whose power lies in practice."

Lahiri Mahasaya 
(Autobiography of a Yogi, p.46)



Greetings!

Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 10th. All children ages 4-18 are welcome. Sunday School for Juniors, ages 4-12, will be every Sunday. In September ONLY, the Teen classes are on 10th and 17th of the month ( 2nd and 3rd Sundays).
 
SRF Mother Center Monastics will hold a Satsanga at the DC Center from 7:30pm-9:00pm, with light refreshments served from 9:00pm-9:30pm, on September 14th.  We ask that you submit your questions for the Satsanga in advance. There will be a box on the table in the foyer for all question submissions.
 
The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Va, will be having a Regional General Retreat led by SRF Mother Center monastics from Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th.  If you wish to attend, please add your name and contact information to the sign-up sheets on the table in the foyer, or you can contact Greenfield directly.
 
We will hold two special services honoring Lahiri Mahasaya in the month of September - the first on Tuesday, September 26th, honoring his Mahasamadhi, and the second on Saturday, September 30th, honoring his birth.  Both services are from 7:30-9:00 pm. 
 
The SRF Publishers Group from Mother Center will be exhibiting at the Pathways Natural Living Expo on Sunday, September 24th, from 10:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fairview Park Marriott and Conference Center in Falls Church, VA.  Many SRF books will be offered at a discount during the show.
 
Additional details concerning these events as well as our regular services for the month are provided below.
 
In Divine Friendship,
 
Indira Harris
Coordinator
Post-Convocation Potluck Social, Sunday, September 10th

We will hold our annual Post-Convocation Potluck on Sunday, September 10th, after the Reading Service.  Come join us in inspirational fellowship as devotees share their experiences from SRF World Convocation 2017.  All are welcome, even if you did not go to Convocation.  Please bring a vegetarian entree, fruit juice, or salad if you plan to attend.  

Sunday School Resumes Sunday, September 10th

Sunday School will resume on September 10th.  All children ages 4-18 are welcome. Sunday School for Juniors, ages 4-12, takes place every Sunday.  In September ONLY, the Teen classes are on 10th and 17th of the month ( 2nd and 3rd Sundays). If you would like your children to attend, please contact  Gauri Prakash-Canjels.

Satsanga with SRF Monastics, Thursday, September 14th

We are blessed to have monastics from the SRF Mother Center conduct a Satsanga on the evening of September 14th, from 7:30-9:00, with light refreshments served from 9:00-9:30.  Please note that this will take the place of our regularly scheduled Thursday Inspirational Service.  All are welcome.  We do ask that you please submit your questions for the Satsanga in advance.  A box will be available in the foyer for this purpose.

Council Meeting, Sunday, September 24th

There will be a Managing Council meeting on September 24th, immediately after the Reading service.  All council members are strongly urged to attend. 

SRF Publishers Booth at the Pathways Natural Healing Expo, Sunday, September 24th

The SRF Publishers Group from Mother Center will be exhibiting at the Pathways Natural Living Expo on Sunday, September 24th, from 10:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fairview Park Marriott and Conference Center, 3111 Fairview Park Drive., Falls Church, VA,  at the Beltway & Rt. 50.  Many SRF books will be offered at a  discount during the show. Click here if you want more information and for a discount admission coupon.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Jackie Valone.

Special Services Honoring Lahiri Mahasaya, 
Tuesday, September 26th & Saturday, September 30th

We will hold two services honoring Lahiri Mahasaya, the first on Tuesday, September 26th, honoring his Mahasamadhi and the second on Saturday, September 30th, honoring his birth.  Both services are from 7:30-9:00 pm.  Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion to the SRF Gurus.  Extra flowers and envelopes are available in the lobby on a donation basis.  All who can attend with reverence and devotion, and are familiar with the guru-disciple relationship, are welcome to attend.

SRF Greenfield Regional General Retreat
The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia, will have a Regional General Retreat led by SRF Mother Center monastics from Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th.  If you wish to attend, please add your name and contact information to the sign-up sheets on the table in the foyer, or you can 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

September 3: Volume 3 #36 :  Learn to Control Your Mind

September 10: Volume 3 #37 :  Be a Smile Millionaire

September 17: Volume 3 #38 :  Man: God's Highest Creation

September 24: Volume 3 #39 :  A Yogi-Christ and His Way of Salvation

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 5-hour Guided Meditation on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition, we will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm, except on September 3rd, which will be a 3-hour meditation with Kirtan from 6:00-9:30 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: 
Stacey Hawkins or call her at  301-395-9541.

 
SEPTEMBER 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sundays

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

September 3
3-hour Meditation with Kirtan 6:00-9:30 pm
September 10
Post Convocation Potluck Social after services

Sunday School classes resume

September 24
Council Meeting after services

SRF Publishers Booth at Pathways Natural Living Expo




Tuesdays


September 26
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya Commemorative Service  7:30-9:00 pm
 



Thursdays

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

September 14

Satsanga led by SRF Mother Center Monastics:  7:30-9:00; Light refreshments to follow from 9:00-9:30



Saturdays


September 23

5-hour Guided Meditation: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

September 30

Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya Commemorative Service 7:30-9:00 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