Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God... Break the barriers of your ego; shed selfishness; free yourself from the consciousness of the body; forget yourself; do away with this prison house of incarnations; melt your heart in all, be one with all creation."

"Be always with people who inspire you; surround yourself with people who lift you up. Do not let your resolutions and positive thinking be poisoned by bad company. Even if you cannot find good company to inspire you, you can find it in meditation. The best company you can have is the joy of meditation." 

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 .  

September 1: There will be a kirtan led by our Center members on Sunday, September 1 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.

September 15: Please join us for our next Fellowship Social on Sunday, September 15, on the third floor after the service. A light lunch will be served and all are welcome.  

September 22: All devotees 65 and over are invited to join us on Sunday, September 22, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the third floor for an afternoon of joyful fellowship and inspiring conversations focused on SRF teachings. A light lunch will be included with the meeting.

September 26: You are warmly invited to Lahiri Mahasaya’s Mahasamadhi service on Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm. Please bring a flower as a symbol of devotion to God and Guru, and a donation may be offered as a sign of loyalty to SRF. Due to this special service, the regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.

September 28: A four-hour meditation will beheld in honor of Lahiri Mahasaya, on Saturday, September 28, from 2-6 pm. Please try to arrive on time. After the first chant and meditation has begun, devotees will be directed to the 2nd floor chapel until the next period of chanting when they can go to the main chapel. Those arriving after 5 pm are welcome to meditate in the second floor chapel so as not to disturb the peace established by those already meditating.

September 29: On Sunday, September 29, the Meditation and Inspirational Service will be led by visiting nuns from Mother Center. Afterward, please come up to the third floor for a social with light refreshments.

September 30: Lahiri Mahasaya’s Birthday Service will be held on Monday, September 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please bring a flower and a donation to be offered at the altar. Special services are open to SRF students and anyone who is drawn to the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus.

October 3: The Inspirational service will be monastic-led on Thursday, October 3.

October 6: On Sunday, October 6, visiting monastics will be leading the Meditation and Inspirational Service.

Regional Day Program: Self-Realization Fellowship is happy to announce it will be conducting a Regional Day Program for children and teens in Northampton, PA and NY City. The girls’ program will be held in PA on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and at NY City Center on Sunday, September 29 from 10:45 am-2:00 pm. The boys’ program will take place in PA on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and at NY City Center on Sunday, October 6 from 10:45 am- 2:00 pm. All children and teens, ages 7-18 are invited. There will also be a monastic-led meditation and satsanga for adults. Through the practice of monastic-led Energization Exercises, meditation, satsanga, as well as an interactive class and activities to explore Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings, children and teens can discover how to make choices that lead to a deeply satisfying inner and outer life in today’s world. Please click here for the flyer and the registration form for additional information, and they are also available in the lobby. Scholarships are available. We look forward to this special event and hope that children and teens from your Center will attend.

NY City Center Tour 

We are looking forward to seeing you during our Center Tour on November 7 at Hotel Pennsylvania. Your friends and family are warmly invited to the public lecture on Friday, the monastic-led services on Friday and Sunday, and the social and closing program afterwards. SRF Lessons applications will be available on Thursday and Friday.  We hope you can be here with us for this inspirational event!

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.


Free Literature

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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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