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 

November 22-December 13: Our annual Holiday Boutique is open on the third floor after the Sunday Service, featuring new devotional items from India and vintage SRF books.   

December 5: Please join us for the Annual Clean and Decorate the Center for Christmas event on Saturday, December 5 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: In preparation for the All-Day Christmas Meditation, there will be a four-hour meditation on Saturday, December 12 from 2:00-6:00pm.   

December 17: The Thursday Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.       D

December 18: The regular Friday 3-Hr. Meditation will be cancelled.       

December 19: Our annual monastic-led, all-day Christmas meditation will be held on Saturday, December 19, from 10am to 6pm.  This is a wonderful way to experience the peace and love of Christ, and enables us to share these gifts with others during the Holiday season. Please bring a fruit and a donation may be offered as a symbol of loyalty to SRF. Guidelines will be available in the lobby or click here.      

December 20: The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.    

December 21: Please join us for a Holiday Social with the visiting monastics on Sunday, December 21, at 12:00 on the third floor.  We will be serving tea and a light lunch with an Italian theme.          

December 24: You are warmly invited to our Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24, from 6:30-8pm.       

December 25: The regular Friday 3-Hr. meditation will be cancelled.         

December 31: Our annual New Year's Meditation will be held on Thursday, December 31 from 11:00pm-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.        

January 1: The regular Friday 3-Hr. meditation will be cancelled.


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






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