Welcome To The
Richmond Meditation Circle
This group is composed of devoted members and friends of the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF). For more than 85 years, SRF has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, widely revered as the father of Yoga in the West.
SRF is a worldwide religious organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles. As expressed in the Aims and Ideals formulated by Paramahansa Yogananda, the society seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.
Death is not the end: it is temporary emancipation, given to you when karma, the law of justice, determines that your present body and environment have served their purpose, or when you are too weary or exhausted by suffering to bear the burden of physical existence any longer. To those who are suffering, death is resurrection from the painful tortures of flesh into awakened peace and calmness. To the elderly, it is a pension earned by years of struggling through life. For all, it is a welcome rest.
When you reflect that this world is filled with death, and that your body, too, has to be relinquished, God's plan seems very cruel. You can"t imagine that He is merciful.
But when you look at the process of death with the eye of wisdom, you see that after all it is merely a thought of God passing through a nightmare of change into blissful freedom in Him again. Saint and sinner alike are given freedom at death, to a greater or lesser degree according to merit. In the Lord"s dream astral world — the land to which souls go at death — they enjoy a freedom such as they never knew during their earthly life.
So don't pity the person who is passing through the delusion of death, for in a little while he will be free. Once he gets out of that delusion, he sees that death was not so bad after all. He realizes his mortality was only a dream and rejoices that now no fire can burn him, no water can drown him; he is free and safe.
The consciousness of the dying man finds itself suddenly relieved of the weight of the body, of the necessity to breathe, and of any physical pain. A sense of soaring through a tunnel of very peaceful, hazy, dim light is experienced by the soul. Then the soul drifts into a state of oblivious sleep, a million times deeper and more enjoyable than the deepest sleep experienced in the physical body….
The after-death state is variously experienced by different people in accordance with their modes of living while on earth. Just as different people vary in the duration and depth of their sleep, so do they vary in their experiences after death. The good man who works hard in the factory of life goes into a deep, unconscious, restful sleep for a short while. He then awakens in some region of life in the astral world: "In my Father"s house are many mansions."
The Richmond Meditation Circle meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at8401 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229-6430
The location is marked on the map shown by clicking the Directions menu item above.
Contact Dr. Raval at (804) 305-1415 if you have any questions.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend the weekly inspirational services that offer you an opportunity to meet with other truth-seekers to commune with God and share spiritual fellowship. These services include readings from Paramahansa Yogananda's writings, as well as periods of devotional chantings, silent meditation, and prayer. We look forward to meet and share with you the spiritual fellowship and blessings of the day.
May you feel God and the Gurus ever close to you, and may the experience of the service be one of lasting inspiration in your life.