Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes
Schedule of Services

The following services are held each week at the New York City Center. All are welcome to attend. If you are new to meditation or just beginning, we suggest you attend the Thursday evening or Sunday morning services which are a good introduction to meditation and the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.


Inspirational Service 6:30-8:00pm


Energization exercises 6:30-6:45pm
Three-hour meditation 6:45-9:30pm


Meditation 10:00-10:50am
Inspirational Service 11:00-12:00pm

Parents with children under 4 yrs. old may view the services in the Parent and Infant Room

Contact Info

Self Realization Fellowship of New York City
217 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

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The New York City Center is a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, a world-wide religious movement founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

The purpose of Self-Realization Fellowship is to disseminate a knowledge of definite scientific techniques of yoga meditation for attaining direct personal experience of God.

“May Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy Love in all hearts.”  -  Paramahansa Yogananda


As Paramahansa Yogananda has said, 

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.” 

Announcements & Special Events 

May 24: The next Young at Heart Activity will be held on Sunday, May 24th from 12:30-2:00 pm.  All young-at-heart adults, ages 65 and over are invited to attend. The activity will include a brief meditation, light refreshments, and a short video or recording by a senior monastic.  All members not included in the Young At Heart Activity, please avoid going up to the 3rd floor after the service so as not to disturb the activity.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  '

May 30: Please join us for a day of fellowship and karma yoga on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The day will begin with a short period of chanting and meditation followed by time for Seva (service) during which we will undertake several small, light, cleaning projects to beautify our spiritual home. The day will end with another short period of meditation followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to help out and make new friends! All are welcome!

June 11: Monastics will be leading the Thursday evening Inspirational service, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

June 12: Monastics will be leading the Friday evening 3-hour Meditation, from 6:30-9:30 pm.

June 13: Save the date!  India Night will be held on Saturday, June 13, from 5-8pm, featuring the musical performance, “The Life of Lord Rama: A Story of Devotion, Duty, and Dharma,” with Sanskrit and Hindi chants. This special evening also includes a delicious Indian meal, lovingly prepared by NYCC devotees, and the film, “The Story of India:  Spice Routes and Silk Roads,” which takes us back many centuries to the time when India was at the center of the world economy. Tickets will be available soon.    

June 14: Monastics will be leading the Sunday morning Meditation and Inspirational Service, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.


Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Announcing the World Premiere of the movie "AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda". This ground-breaking documentary is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

To view the movie trailer click here.

For more information, visit the film’s website by clicking here.


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An Introduction to Self-Realization Fellowship and Application for the Lessons










Undreamed-of Possibilities










Worldwide Prayer Circle






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