"There is great value in visiting places where saints have lived… .
Such places are forever permeated with the vibrations left there
by the divine souls who walked those grounds."

Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda
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
Part 3

Excerpts from his lectures and writings on the value of group meditation

Trend Toward Meditation Groups

The science of yoga will take hold in this age more than anything else. The entire religious trend will be away from churches as we know them and into schools and quiet places where people will go to truly find God in meditation, and not just to hear a sermon.

Instead of big costly churches with intellectually trained ministers intent on securing more and more religious "customers," small meditation centers should be started in quiet places where a few truth seekers will come to meditate and learn the way to commune with God in the company of a few other deeply earnest and deeply meditating persons.

Such groups should not spend their time in listening to one another express their ideas and imaginations about Truth, but should meditate together, using the progressive SRF techniques, thus communing with God and hearing within His sermons of peace and wisdom.

The silence of deep meditation should be practiced more in all centers. Everyone should talk less. During my hermitage training in India my guru Sri Yukteswar lectured to us only once in a while. Most of the time we sat around him without any talking. If we even stirred, he would reprove us.

Religious groups that merely read good books and pass the time listening to lectures and musical entertainments are theological social clubs, lacking the presence of the Master of Ceremonies of All Life — the beloved Lord. Only groups that meet in the name of God and try to invoke Him in the temple of meditation are truly blessed by His presence.

The news of God-realization spreads by itself. That is why group meetings to practice the techniques of meditation are vitally important. Group meetings strengthen the individual Self-realization that one has acquired in private at home. Group meetings give a new awakening to members and impel them to seek the group instead of its having to seek them.

Group meditation holds people together, not because of the leader's personality, or musical programs, or festivities, but because of their own Self-realization. Then, of their own accord, they want to get together often to worship God on the altar of their commingled devotion. United minds are bigger channels through which God's power flows in a mightier way to individual souls.

Seek God With an SRF Group

There should be SRF centers for meditation everywhere.

My Paramguru Lahiri Mahasaya carried all the burdens and responsibilities of family life, yet never ceased to commune with the omnipresent Spirit. This great Yogavatar, who introduced Kriya Yoga in India and taught it to all receptive seekers, said that the requisites for spiritual liberation are association with a Christlike soul or meditation on him, fellowship with other spiritual aspirants, and the faithful practice of meditation.

When you go to an SRF temple or center, let it be for one purpose: to be with God. Do not go for the words, do not go for the singing. Go to feel His presence by meditation!

Always keep in mind that when the devotee first starts on the spiritual path, environment is stronger than will power!

I want you to know that your presence and efforts are needed. Won't you, therefore, attend your group or center services now, and at all times, and give the center officers your loyal support in every way? I am with you in thought and spirit, for it is the Lord who inspires me to write you thus. Keep your mind mentally attuned to me and to the Great Ones and your life will improve accordingly.

Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.

—Paramahansa Yogananda


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RMC Meeting Schedule

The Richmond Meditation Circle meets every Sunday.

RMC Service Location

The Richmond Meditation Circle Service location is:

8401 Patterson Avenue
Suite 204
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.

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