March 2018


"The guru-disciple relationship is the highest expression of friendship, for it is based on unconditional divine love and wisdom. It is the loftiest and most sacred of all relationships. Christ and his disciples were all one in spirit, as are my Master [Swami Sri Yukteswar] and I and those who are in tune with me, because of the common bond of God's divine love. Drinking His love together from the chalice of sincere hearts is the unifying sacrament of this relationship."

Paramahansa Yogananda
Journey to Self-Realization, p. 261
Greetings!

The springtime is upon us! This month we will commemorate the Mahasamadhi of our beloved Gurudeva, Paramahansa Yoganandaji, and our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswarji. More details about the time and date of these special services are provided in this monthís newsletter. Speaking of the newsletter, we've made a few changes to make it easier to read and to be more aligned in its appearance with SRF's Monthly Newsletter. We hope you like the new layout!

Please pardon our dust over the next several weeks as we begin renovating the social room, book room, and overflow room. These structural and cosmetic improvements will also support increased capacity to accommodate our continued growth and monastic visit events. 

Elections will be held next month. Be sure to contact the Nominating Committee to sign up to volunteer on one of our service teams, or in an elected position such as a Sunday School Teacher/Assistant, Service Reader, or a Managing Council position. 

As we transition into the spring, let us fondly reflect on Gurujiís words in his  Prayer at Dawn :

" With the opening of the earliest dawn and the lotus-buds, my soul softly opens in prayer to receive Thy light. Bathe each petal of my mind with Thy radiant rays! I saturate myself with the perfume of Thy presence, and I wait to waft with the breeze the aroma of Thy message of love to all. Bless me, that with the spreading dawn I may spread Thy love everywhere. Bless me, that with the awakening dawn I may awaken all souls with my own and bring them to Thee."

May we take the essence of this beautiful message of spiritual awakening with us into the coming weeks.

In divine friendship,
Indira Harris
Coordinator
Paramahansa Yogananda Mahasamadhi Service

We will commemorate the Mahasamadhi of our beloved Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, on Wednesday, March 7th, 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 line of Gurus. Extra flowers and envelopes will be available in the foyer on a donation basis. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.
Swami Sri Yukteswar Mahasamadhi Service

A special service commemorating the Mahasamadhi of our revered Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, will take place on Friday, March 9th, 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 line of Gurus. Extra flowers and envelopes will be available in the lobby on a donation basis. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.
Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11th

Please remember to set your clocks ONE HOUR FORWARD on Saturday night, March 10th, as Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11th.
March Potluck Social Cancelled

Due to the renovations to our social room, the March Potluck Social has been cancelled. We will resume these monthly gatherings in our new and improved space in April.

"Come and See" Volunteer Service Teams Event

We will have a Come and See Volunteer Service Teams presentation on Sunday, March 18th, from 12:00-12:30. Many of our Service Teams need additional volunteers, particularly the Social Team, Ushers Team, and Cleaning Team. Come and See all about the Service Teams at the DC Center, through which you can serve Master and his work, while also growing in your journey as a devotee. We hope to see you there!
Greenfield Retreat

The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia, will conduct a General Weekend Retreat on Easter weekend, March 30th - April 1st. Please check the Greenfield  calendar  for additional details. If you plan to attend, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the table in the Center's foyer, or contact Greenfield directly at 540-635-5062.
Service Readings This Month

March 4th: Vol.1 #9 The Cosmic Awareness of Saints

March 11th: Vol.1 #10 Regain Your Divine Heritage

March 18th: Vol.1 #11 Creating and Destroying Habits at Will

March 25th: Vol.1 #12 The Secret of Spiritual Success

Long Meditations This Month

We will hold a 5-hour Guided Meditation on Saturday, March 24th 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. Please note that there will be no evening meditation with kirtan this month.
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

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

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

Wednesday, March 7
Paramahansa Yogananda Mahasamadhi Service (7:30-9:00 pm)

Friday, March 9
Swami Sri Yukteswar Mahasamadhi Service (7:30-9:00 pm)

Sunday, March 18
"Come & See" Volunteer Service Teams Event (12:00-12:30 pm)

Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1
Greenfield General Retreat
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road College Park MD 20740
washington.dc.srf@gmail.com
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Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org