Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"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 

December 1: Please join us on Saturday, December 1 for the Annual Clean and Decorate the Center for Christmas event from 10am to 2pm. We will start with a short meditation and then begin the Christmas season by brightening up our Center and decorating for Christmas. A light lunch will be served. It's a beautiful day of service, and also lots of fun.    

December 12: On Wednesday, December 12, Brother Chidananda will usher in the Christmas season with a livestreamed holiday satsanga at 9 pm EST, which will also include news about the new SRF lessons, and will be shown in our main chapel. Doors will open at 7 pm for private meditation.             

December 13: The Thursday evening Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.                

December 14: The Friday 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled, due to the All-Day Christmas Meditation the next day.                     

December 15: Our annual monastic-led All-Day Christmas meditation will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 10am to 6pm. Please bring a fruit, and a donation may be offered as a symbol of loyalty to SRF. Should you have a cough or a cold, please meditate at home. Please plan on arriving early, as the main chapel will be closed to new entrants after the meditation has begun. There will be an intermission about halfway through the meditation. If you cannot be present for the entire day, please plan to attend the first half of meditation only. Guidelines are available in the lobby and click here.               

December 16: The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be monastic-led. 

December 16: Come and celebrate the holiday season at our Annual Christmas Social with the visiting monastics on the third floor after the Sunday Service. A lunch will be served and all are warmly invited!             

December 24: Our Christmas Eve Service will be held on Monday, December 24 from 8:00-10:00pm.                              

December 29: Please join us on Saturday, December 29 for a day of fellowship and karma yoga. 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!                  

December 31: Our annual New Year’s Meditation will be held on Monday, December 31 from 11pm-12:15am. By meditating during this transition from the old year to the new, and praying earnestly to God that He might bless us, guide us, and be with us, our loved ones, and the world throughout the coming year, we welcome the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and refreshed faith in the future.


New York City Center Fundraising Project: We are initiating a fundraising project to help support the various needs of our New York City Center. Our main goal is to set aside adequate funds to replace our HVAC System, which is quite old and inefficient. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $90,000. Please click here for details. Thank you for your support!


 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

Not a student? Click here to sign up for the lessons or pick up an application at the Center.




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










Undreamed-of Possibilities










Worldwide Prayer Circle






Free booklets can also be mailed to you by clicking here.