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.
Excerpts from "Healing by God's Unlimited Power,"
in Man's Eternal Quest
By Paramahansa Yogananda
There are three kinds of illness: physical, mental, and spiritual.
Physical sickness is due to different forms of toxic conditions, infectious disease, and accidents.
Mental sickness is caused by fear, worry, anger, and other emotional inharmonies.
Soul sickness is due to man's ignorance of his true relationship with God.
Ignorance is the supreme disease. When one banishes ignorance he also banishes the causes of all physical, mental, and spiritual disease. My guru, Sri Yukteswarji, often said, "Wisdom is the greatest cleanser."
Trying to overcome various kinds of suffering by the limited power of material curative methods is often disappointing. Only in the unlimited power of spiritual methods may man find a permanent cure for the "dis-ease" of body, mind, and soul. That boundless power of healing is to be sought in God. If you have suffered mentally over the loss of loved ones, you can find them again in God. All things are possible with His help. Unless one really knows God, he is not justified in saying that only mind exists and that one does not need to obey health laws or to use any physical aids for healing. Until actual realization is attained, one should use his common sense in all he does. At the same time one should never doubt God, but should constantly affirm his faith in God's omnipresent divine power.
Doctors try to learn the causes of disease and to remove those causes so that the illnesses do not recur. In their use of many specific material methods of cure, doctors are often very skillful. However, not every disease responds to medicine and surgery, and therein lies the essential limitation of these methods.
Chemicals and medicines affect only the outer physical composition of the bodily cells and do not alter the inner atomic structure or life principle of the cells. In many cases no cure of disease is possible until the healing power of God has corrected, from within, the imbalance of "lifetrons" or intelligent life energy in the body.
Increase Your Natural Resistance to Disease
Fasting is a natural method of healing. When animals or savages are sick, they fast. The bodily machinery thus has an opportunity to cleanse itself and to obtain a much-needed rest. Most diseases can be cured by judicious fasting. Unless one has a weak heart, regular short fasts have been recommended by the yogis as an excellent health measure. Another good method of physical healing is through suitable herbs or herb extracts.
In using medicines, one often finds that they are not powerful enough to bring about a healing, or that they are so powerful that they irritate the bodily tissues instead of healing them. Similarly, exposure to certain types of "healing rays" will burn the tissues. There are so many limitations in physical methods of healing!
Better than medicines are the rays of the sun. In them is a wonderful healing power. One should take a ten-minute sunbath every day. Ten minutes a day is better than only occasional exposure for longer periods. A short sunbath daily, reinforced by good health habits, will keep the body supplied with sufficient life energy to destroy all harmful microbes.*
Healthy persons possess a natural resistance to disease, and particularly to infections. Illness comes when the resisting power of the blood has been diminished by wrong eating or by overeating, or when overindulgence in sex has depleted the vital energy. To conserve the physical creative energy is to supply all the cells with vibrant life energy; the body then possesses a tremendous resistance to disease. Sexual overindulgence weakens the body and renders it vulnerable to illness.
[*NOTE: It is wise to restrict sunbathing to the early and late hours of the day. Precautions should always be taken to protect sensitive skin against overexposure. Consult and follow the advice of a doctor or a dermatologist.]
The Richmond Meditation Circle meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. atRichmond Meditation Circle of the Self-Realization Fellowship
10404 Patterson Avenue, Suite 205
Henrico, VA 23238
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.
The Richmond Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship offers Sunday School twice a month for children based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
For more information, please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Dr. Raval at (804) 305-1415
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.