Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"Make new determinations as to what you are going to do and what you are going to be in this next year. Set a program for yourself; carry it through, and you will find how much happier you will be. Failure to keep to your schedule of improvement means you have paralyzed your will. You have no greater friend and no greater enemy than yourself. If you befriend yourself, you will find accomplishment. There is no law of God preventing you from being what you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Nothing detrimental that happens can affect you unless you sanction it." 

"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 

March 4: On Sunday, March 4 a kirtan will be led by our Center members in the main chapel from 12:30-1:30 pm. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.             

March 7: You are warmly invited to the Mahasamadhi Service for our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Please bring a flower as a symbol of devotion to God & Guru, and a donation may be offered as a symbol of loyalty to SRF. 

March 9: On Friday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30pm, a special service will be held to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar. The chapel will be open at 6:00 for private meditation. Please bring a flower and a donation. These special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus. Due to this special service, the regular Friday 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled.

March 11: Please join us on Sunday, March 11 for our monthly Fellowship Social, which is held on the third floor after the service. A light lunch will be served.

March 15: Visiting monastics will be leading the Thursday Inspirational Service.

March 16: The Friday 3-Hour Meditation will be monastic-led.

March 17: We would like to invite those who have served on committees this year, and also those who would like to serve, to our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, March 17 from 4:30-8:00 pm. A monastic-led meditation will begin at 4:30 in the main chapel. Brother Vijayananda will be joining us. Please RSVP to your committee head by Friday, March 9. If you are interested in serving and would like to attend, please fill out a volunteer form in the lobby. We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful evening with you!    March 18: The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be led by visiting monastics. 

March 18: Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 12:30 on Sunday, March 18. Those who have been attending our services regularly for the past year are welcome to attend the meeting.

March 30: On Friday, March 30, our Good Friday service will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm. The chapel will be open at 5:00 for private meditation. Due to this special service the regular 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled.  

March 31: Please join us on Saturday, March 31, for a day of fellowship and karma yoga 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!


Garrison 2018 Retreat 

We are pleased to announce this year’s Regional Weekend Retreat conducted by Self Realization Fellowship monastics from May 18 through May 20, 2018 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York. Please click here to access the Retreat page.


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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