Darkness is always going to be a part of this world, my dears. But remember, as Jesus said, that your kingdom is not of this world. Your divine duty while you are here is to concentrate upon the good--in yourself, in everybody you meet, in all lifeís circumstances. Do your part to bring out the goodness in Godís creation.

This ideal was demonstrated by Christ, and I observed it also in Master. Christ mixed not just with saints, but with "publicans and sinners." He saw everyone as made in the image of God, and that his duty was not to dwell on their evil ways, but to bring out the good in them. How to do this? By being compassionate, by being considerate, by being kind, by forgetting yourself in doing good for others, by seeing the good in others--and in yourself.

Sri Daya Mata
Reclaiming Your Forgotten Divinity
SRF Magazine, Summer 2016

This month we will welcome Sister Brahmani to the Center for our monthly potluck social, hold a special service honoring Mahavatar Babaji, have a general membership meeting, and look ahead to enjoy a spiritually uplifting weekend with devotees all around the world at the SRF World Convocation in August. 

Our new carpeting has been installed in the social and book rooms, so we hope youíll join us on Sunday during the social to see it! Also, we will hold a brief meeting during the social to provide an opportunity for devotees to sign up if they wish to volunteer during the Monastic Outreach Visit September 18-19. Please see the rest of the newsletter for other pertinent events this month. Jai Guru! 

In Divine Friendship,
Indira Harris
Sister Brahmani to Lead Services and Attend Potluck

We will be blessed to have Sister Brahmani, the resident monastic at the SRF Greenfield retreat, lead our services and attend the monthly potluck on July 1. Please bring a vegetarian entree ( pre-warmed to at least room temperature to facilitate more efficient food service ), fruit juice, or dessert, if you plan to attend. All are welcome.
Greenfield Retreats This Month

One-Day Women's Retreat: July 14
One-Day Men's Retreat: July 28

The SRF Greenfield retreat in Front Royal, Virginia, will have two one-day retreats this month, one for women and another for men. There will be sign-up sheets for the respective retreats in the Center lobby. You may also contact Greenfield directly (540-635-5066) if you wish to attend.
General Membership Meeting This Month

There will be a brief General Membership meeting on July 22, immediately following the morning Reading service. All devotees are encouraged to attend, as we would like your input on the approval of new furniture for the Book Room.
Commemoration Service for Mahavatar Babaji

We will hold a special service honoring Mahavatar Babaji on Wednesday, July 25 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your love and devotion to the SRF line of Gurus. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.

Service Readings This Month

July 1: Vol. 1 #26:  Spiritual Foundations of World Brotherhood
July 8: Vol. 1 #27: Yoga Methods for Proving Reincarnation  
July 15: Vol. 1 #28: The Steps That Lead to God  
July 22: Vol. 1 #29: A Deathless Avatar 
July 29: Vol. 1 #30: Beholding God Amidst Life's Dualities

Long Meditations This Month

We will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. There will also be a 4-hour meditation service on July 21 from 10am-2pm.
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.?
Weekly Services

Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00-12:00
3-Hour Meditation: 6:00-9:00 pm

Lessons Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm
Special Events This Month

Monthly Potluck Social
July 1

Greenfield One-Day Women's Retreat
July 14

4-Hour Meditation Service
July 21, 10 am-2 pm

General Membership Meeting
July 22, 12:15

Commemoration Service for Mahavatar Babaji
July 25, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Greenfield One-Day Men's Retreat
July 28

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