May 2022

A commemoration service will be held on the evening of May 10th to honor the birthday of our Paramguru, Swami Sri Yukteswar.  the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda.  A meditation will be held from 7:15-7:45 with the service starting at 8:00.  The traditional offering is a flower (or flowers) and if financially able, a monetary donation. Do not smell the flower as the scent is considered part of the offering!  All are welcome to attend.

A reminder to all voter-members of the Portland Center that there is a meeting tomorrow evening, Monday, May 9th, at 7 PM to vote on the backyard landscaping project.  An email has been sent with the meeting information. If you are interested in being a voter-member, please read the requirements on the Voter-Member Registration Form, located on the table in the Information room and also on our website where you may submit the registration form at your convenience.  You may also fill out the paper form and give it to one of the council members after the service.

We are happy to announce that our bookroom will be reopening next Sunday, May 8th.  Our bookroom has a wide selection of SRF books, magazines, CDs, pictures and more.  Please consider your purchases before entering the bookroom so that as many as possible can be accommodated.  Only two customers at a time will allowed in the room and masks will be required.  The online SRF bookstore can be useful for choosing what you wish to purchase ahead of time. 

A live Satsang with with Brother Devananda will be held for all Oregon meditation groups on Saturday, May 7th at 2 p.m.  An announcement with the Zoom link will be sent to all who receive the Portland Center Newsletter.  If you are not receiving the newsletter, you can sign-up to receive it at the Newcomer’s Table in the foyer today after the service or on our website.  In SRF, satsang is an event in which a monastic answers questions from devotees pertaining to the spiritual life, spiritual practices and life situations. Questions that were submitted have now been sent to Brother Devananda.

At the conclusion of the Sunday inspirational service, devotees are welcome to remain seated in silent prayer and meditation. Those who are interested in speaking with other devotees are welcome and encouraged to do so in the foyer, the information room and outside. The latest covid variant is highly transmissible and the numbers are increasing so please maintain distance as much as possible while indoors and consider taking your conversations outside.  A mask is highly recommended if you have health concerns.  Thank you for your cooperation.

All are welcome to sign the birthday card for the Self-Realization Fellowship president, Brother Chidananda.  The card is located on the table in the Information Room.

We are not passing the basket at this time but your donations are appreciated and help support the Portland Center and SRF.  Donation baskets are located in the foyer.  Thank you!

We are now resuming the Sunday morning 10:00 a.m. meditation service.  This is a conducted meditation that has a short reading, a chant and about 30 minutes of meditation ending at 10:45 and is followed by the 11:00 inspirational service.  Doors will open at 9:45.

At the conclusion of the inspirational service, devotees are welcome to remain seated in silent prayer and meditation. Those who are interested in speaking with other devotees are welcome to do so in the foyer, information room and outside.  Thank you!

The flower committee is in need of two volunteers who are willing to be trained and make a small time commitment each month depending on the particular job.   Volunteering is a great way to be involved at the Center and make new friends.   

Another committee that needs more help is the cleaning committee. The time commitment is about 2 hours once a month.  If you are interested in helping with either of these committees, please fill out a volunteer form at the “Newcomer’s Table” or online at the Portland Center website.


Portland Center of SRF is supported solely by financial contributions from members and friends, and by volunteers who donate their time.  We have especially appreciated your ongoing financial support during those months when we were unable to hold live services.

We have been receiving requests for alternative methods to donate, as an increasing number of members are no longer using checks.  For those who use online banking, the option to send funds through Zelle is now available.  Zelle is a money transfer service that is secure, free of charge, and widely accepted.

To use Zelle: Log in to your bank's website and check for the Zelle icon.  Click to set it up by following the instructions. You will then need to add the recipient (Portland Center of SRF) as a contact, using our designated email address:

For those who choose to make regular donations to our Center, another convenient option is to set up automatic bill pay through your bank.  Or checks may be mailed to us at 356 NE 80th Avenue, Portland 97213.