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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

Schedule of Services
Meditation as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda is the primary activity at all SRF services.
Thursday Evening
Inspirational Service 6:30-8:00pm
Friday Evening
Energization exercises 6:30-6:45pm
Three-hour meditation 6:45-9:30pm
Sunday Morning
Meditation 10:00-10:50am
Reading Service 11:00-12:00pm

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Our Thanksgiving Food Drive will begin on November 1. We will be collecting food for distribution to people in need in NY City. A list of appropriate, non-perishable food items will be available at the information table in the lobby. All contributions may be left in the designated area in the lower level until December 1. Envelopes will also be available for those who wish to contribute money to City Harvest.

Center Tour 2014

October 23: The Thursday evening Inspirational Service will be monastic-led, and will include a short video of the Lake Shrine dedication.

October 24: Brother Naradananda will present a free public lecture entitled Creating Spiritual Balance in Today's World, from 7:00-8:00pm. Afterwards, join us for a reception on the third floor.

October 25: An SRF Technique Review class will be held from 9:00-11:30 am. This class is open to all lesson students and those who are interested in signing up for theSRF lessons. Please bring your lessons student card for admittance. The Kriya Initiation Ceremony will be held from 4:00-7:00pm. Please bring your Kriyaban or admittance card.

October 26: A Kriya Technique Review class will be held from 9:00-10:30am on the second floor. Please bring your Kriyaban or admittance card. The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be monastic-led. Afterwards, a potluck social will be held on the third floor. At 2:00, join us in the main chapel for the Closing DVD Program, which will feature God's Love for His Devotees by Brother Anandamoy.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Announcing the World Premiere of the movie "AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda" at Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave, New York, NY from October 10-23. 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.
We are pleased to announce that monastics will be visiting NYC on the weekend of October 10-12th in conjunction with the theatrical premier of the movie Awake: The Life of Yogananda. In conjunction with this visit, on Sunday, October 12th, our Sunday service will be conducted by two nuns from SRF’s International Headquarters in Los Angeles. Please mark your calendar for this special Sunday service. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

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