March 2019



God has sent you to me, and I shall never fail you...Even when I am gone, my help will always be given to devotees all over the world, if they keep in tune. Never think for a moment that when I am physically absent from you all, I am not otherwise with you. I shall be just as deeply concerned for your spiritual welfare when I am no longer in this body as I am now. I shall always be watching over each one of you, and whenever a true devotee thinks of me in the silent depths of his soul, he will know that I am near.

With the love of God, I love you all.

Paramahansa Yogananda
The Guru: An Eternal Divine Friend
SRF Magazine, Winter 1993, p. 9
Greetings!


This month we will honor the Mahasamadhis of our beloved Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, and the great Jnanavatar, Swami Sri Yukteswar. Special services are blessed occasions in every SRF meditation circle, group, center, and temple. We hope you can join us as we pay homage to them both. 

Elections will be in April. Please be sure to respond to the emails being sent out by the Washington DC Center Election Nominating Committee if you wish to serve in an elected position. Please refer to the newsletter for additional details about the special services and events occurring this month. 
 
“....The greatest gift I have to bestow on those I love, Thy devotees, is awakening Thy love in their hearts, for Thy love’s sake. - Paramahansa Yogananda, ‘A Guru’s Prayer for His Disciple’

In Divine Friendship,

Indira Harris
Coordinator 

DC Center Nominations for April Elections

The Nominating Committee is still seeking nominations for our April elections, where we will vote for members to fill the elected positions of Council Members, Service Readers, and Sunday School Teachers and Assistants. 

Please click on the link below to indicate the position(s) for which you would like to be nominated, or complete the " Unable to Serve" section. Otherwise, the Nominating Committee will contact you via a follow-up phone call.

We are extremely thankful for all the time and effort the Center's volunteers devote to furthering Master's work.


PLEASE RESPOND by March 15th

Paramahansa Yogananda Mahasamadhi Service

On March 7th we will hold a special commemorative ceremony from 7:30-9:00pm to honor the mahasamadhi of our beloved Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. Please bring a flower and a donation in an envelope as symbols of your loyalty and devotion. Extra flowers and envelopes are available on a donation basis in the lobby. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.

Swami Sri Yukteswar Mahasamadhi Service

A special service to commemorate the mahasamadhi of our revered Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, will take place on 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. Extra flowers and envelopes are available on a donation basis in the lobby. All who can attend with reverence and devotion are welcome.

Daylight Savings Begins

Please remember to set your clocks ONE HOUR FORWARD on Saturday night, March 9th, as Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10th.

Monthly Potluck Social

You are warmly invited to spend time sharing in divine fellowship at our monthly potluck social on March 10th. Please bring a vegetarian dish ( warmed to room temperature to facilitate food service ), fruit juice, or dessert if you plan to attend. All are welcome.

Greenfield Men's Retreat

The SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia, will conduct a one day Men's Retreat on Saturday, March 23rd. A sign-up sheet will be available on the table in the foyer; please be sure to add your name and contact information if you wish to attend. Further information can be found at this  link . Please bring your student or Kriyaban card for admittance.
General Membership Meeting

We will hold a General Membership meeting on March 31st in order to further discuss building concept plans and options. All members are encouraged to attend, as your input is needed.

Service Readings This Month

March 3: Vol. 2 #9:  Guru: Channel of Eternal Blessings
March 10: Vol. 2 #10:  Awaken Your Power to Be Happy
March 17: Vol. 2 #11:  The Meaning of Reincarnation
March 24: Vol. 2 #12:  Get Acquainted with God
March 31: Vol. 2 #13:  Healing by Knowing the Nature of Creation

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 on March 30th from 10:00-3:00 pm. 
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

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

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

Daylight Savings Begins
March 10

Monthly Potluck
March 10

Greenfield One Day Men's Retreat
March 23

5-Hour Guided Meditation
March 30, 10 am - 3:00 pm

General Membership Meeting
March 31
Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org