September 2018

"No necessity compels you to leave the world, for inwardly you have already sundered its every karmic tie. Not of this world, you must yet be in it. Many years still remain during which you should conscientiously fulfill your family, business, civic, and spiritual duties. A sweet new breath of divine hope will penetrate the arid hearts of worldly men. From your balanced life, they will understand that liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations."

Mahavatar Babaji to Lahiri Mahasaya
Autobiography of a Yogi, pp. 364-365

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer. For those who attended the SRF World Convocation, I am sure you are still experiencing tremendous bliss from such a spiritually uplifting week!

We have several special services and events planned for the month of September. SRF Monastics will come to Washington, DC for a midweek outreach visit from September 18-19, 2018. Be sure to register on EventBrite for the public lecture Brother Jitananda will conduct on September 19th. Also, it is not too late to help us advertise for this event. Flyers and posters are still available to all who would like to assist in this way. These items are not for personal use – only to advertise the public lecture. Be sure that all flyers posted in public places are removed after the event.

We look forward to seeing you all at these special events and services and hope you have a month filled with the blessings of God and the Great Ones!

In Divine Friendship,

Indira Harris

Janmashtami Service

We will celebrate the birthday of Bhagavan Krishna with a special Janmashtami service on September 2nd at 10am. This will take the place of our regularly scheduled Sunday morning Meditation Service. Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion. Extra flowers and envelopes will be available on a donation basis in the lobby. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.
Monthly Potluck

All are invited to attend our monthly potluck social on September 9th, immediately following the Reading Service. 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. 
Greenfield General Retreat

The SRF Greenfield retreat in Front Royal, Virginia, will hold a general retreat this month, from September 14-16. There will be a sign-up sheet available in the Center lobby. You may also contact Greenfield directly (540-635-5066) if you wish to attend.
Satsanga Led by Visiting Monks

Brother Jitananda and Brahmachari Martin will lead a satsanga for all devotees from 7:30-9:00pm on September 18th, at the Washington DC Center. The service will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity for spiritual fellowship. All are welcome.
SRF Public Outreach Event

Brother Jitananda will give a free lecture entitled Finding Inner Peace Through Meditation, based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, on September 19th at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC at 7pm. A Meet & Greet reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. This event is open to all, and admission is free. Please visit the link below for more details and to reserve your free ticket

Pathways Natural Living Expo

The SRF Publishers Group from Mother Center will be exhibiting at the Pathways Natural Living Expo on September 23rd, from 10:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Fairview Park Marriott and Conference Center (3111 Fairview Park, Dr., Fall Church, VA). Many SRF books will be offered at a discount.
Special Services Honoring Lahiri Mahasaya

Mahasamadhi Service: September 26, 7:30-9:00pm
Birthday Service: September 30, 10:00-11:00am (in lieu of the Reading Service)

We will have two special commemorative ceremonies this month honoring Lahiri Mahasaya. On September 26th we will mark the anniversary of the great master's mahasamadhi, and on September 30th we will celebrate his birthday. Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion to each of the ceremonies. Extra flowers and envelopes are available on a donation basis in the lobby. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.

Service Readings This Month

September 2: Vol. 1 #35: Divine Selfishness: Serving Oneself in All
September 9: Vol. 1 #36: Karma: The Law of Cosmic Justice
September 16: Vol. 1 #37: Man's Highest Conception of God
September 23: Vol. 1 #38: Realizing God in One's Daily Life
September 30: Vol. 1 #39: Loyalty is the Greatest Law

Long Meditations This Month

We will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. There will also be a 5-hour guided meditation service on September 22nd from 10am-3pm.
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

Janmashtami Service
September 2, 10:00-11:00am

Monthly Potluck
September 9

Greenfield General Retreat
September 14-16

Satsanga with Visiting Monks
September 18, 7:30-9:00pm

SRF Public Outreach Event
September 19, 7:00-9:00pm

5-Hour Guided Meditation
September 22, 10:00am-3:00pm

Pathways Natural Living Expo
September 23, 10am-7pm

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

Lahiri Mahasaya Birthday Service
September 30, 10:00-11:00am
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Road College Park MD 20740

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