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.
Seeking God Together
By Paramahansa Yogananda
Self-Realization Fellowship has come into the world to draw souls to God through their own expanding Self-realization. SRF brings a step-by-step ladder of Self-realization that is universally true, scientific, and capable of leading mankind in the quickest way to the goal of eternal happiness. Practice of SRF teachings reveals, right within one's own being, the spinal highway of Self-realization whereon all paths of religious beliefs meet; the royal way of yoga meditation that leads straight to the abode of Infinite Bliss.
Those who know the technique of God-communion can find Him also in the company of other devout spiritual persons who know the secret of meditation. Many persons who believe themselves to be followers of religion are unable to commune with God. Fellowship with such religionists boosts only unrealized beliefs about God and about the spiritual life; sometimes it ends in theological warfare. But when one who has discovered the universal way to freedom communes with God by scientific, continually progressive methods of meditation in the company of other deeply meditating devotees, he develops Self-realization through mutual help.
The Value of Spiritual Company
Until we associate with those who have seen, felt, and realized true religion in their lives, we may not fully know what religion is and in what way it is universal and necessary.
From time immemorial in India, seekers who were truly eager to realize God have sought association with saints, or have meditated on their pictures in the company of other spiritual aspirants. There is a deep spiritual reason for this practice, which has been endorsed by the masters for centuries. Many temptations to revert to wrong habits, haphazard thinking, and restlessness beset the beginner-yogi. The delusive force of maya is powerful and difficult to overcome, especially at first. Thus, those who wish to perfect themselves are urged by the masters to keep in close association with others of similar nature in order to strengthen their right aspirations.
We become like the people we mingle with, not only through their conversation, but through the silent magnetic vibration that emanates from them. When we come into the range of their magnetism we are affected.
If a man wants to become an artist, he should associate with artists. If he wants to be a good businessman, he should associate with successful leaders in the business field. If he wants to become a spiritual giant, he should associate with devotees of God.
The Aim Is to Know God
The aim of Self-Realization Fellowship centers is communion with God. You do not know how much it pleases the Father when devotees gather in His Name. In India devotees may build no edifice; they come together anywhere to meditate upon Him.
Self-Realization Fellowship emphasizes practice of the techniques of Self-realization scientifically evolved by the saints of India. It emphasizes the fellowship of religionists for truly traveling the inner highway of Self-realization together.
Meditation groups should be organized not for the glorification of a cause or leader but with the express and sole purpose of knowing God by the power of united concentration and meditation.
Every soul is a child of God and a reflection of God's will, but by egotism man isolates his will from the Divine Will and thus limits it. By deep concentration in union with other seekers, a devotee transmutes his will into God's Will. Remembering his identity with God, he recovers his divine heritage of God-perception. Every devotee should strengthen his realization of Divine Will through prayer, through God-communion in meditation, and through spiritual company.
Jesus said: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). When two or three people get together to concentrate on God, the strong divine concentration of one person strengthens the weaker concentration of another. But people who assemble in the name of the Lord and then chatter, or while outwardly praying think of something else, or mechanically go through the motions of a sacred ritual without inwardly communing with God, will not be able to feel the Christ Consciousness that pervades creation.
RMC Service Location
The Richmond Meditation Circle Service location is:8401 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.