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

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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 5: On Saturday, September 5, a 4:hour meditation will be held from 2:00:6:00pm, in honor of Bhagavan Krishna. Please arrive before 4:00 if you wish to meditate in the first floor chapel.

September 5: You are warmly invited to our Janmashtami service, to commemorate the birth of Bhagavan Krishna, on Saturday, September 5 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 symbol of loyalty to SRF.  Special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the Self:Realization Fellowship line of Gurus.

September 11-13: We are pleased to announce that nuns from Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center will be conducting a weekend retreat for men and women at Shaftsbury Hollow in Vermont, Sept 11-13. The suggested donation for the retreat weekend is $140 and covers the program expenses, meals, and a small contribution to SRF. Lodging, which is off site, is not included. To register, call the Shaftsbury Retreat registration line at 781-314-6838.

September 13: The next Young at Heart Activity will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 12:30-2:00 pm.  All young-at-heart adults, ages 65 and over are invited to attend.  The activity will include a brief meditation, light refreshments, and a short SRF video or monastic recording.

September 18: Please join us for a special guided meditation on Friday, September 18 from 6:30-9:30 pm. During this meditation the congregation will be led by the service reader through the practice of the various meditation techniques. Select devotional readings and chants will also be chosen for this service to allow participants to go deeper into meditation. If you are looking for a bit more focus in your group meditations at the Center, this may be just the thing. All are welcome to attend.

September 19: Self-Realization Fellowship is happy to announce it will be conducting its first Children and Teen Day on the East Coast, for girls ages 7-12 and 13-17, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Bethlehem Meditation Circle in Northampton, PA. Both girls and their parents are invited to attend. Girls will be led through the practice of monastic-led Energization Exercises, meditation, satsanga; as well as an interactive class and activities to explore Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. There will also be separate activities for parents, including a monastic-led meditation and satsanga. Please see the flyer and registration form located in the first floor lobby for additional information. Information regarding a Children and Teen Day for boys will be announced in the near future.

September 20: Brahmacharini Angelina and Brahmacharini Deborah will be leading the Meditation and Inspirational services on Sunday, September 20. Afterward, please join us for a Friendship Tea on the third floor.

September 18-20: Members of the NYCC will be participating in the Hamptons YogaFest in Bridgehampton, NY over the weekend of Sept. 18:20, offering SRF books and materials for sale to the many truth:seeking souls attending the event who might be interested in learning more about the teachings of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Bill & Susan Siegel.

September 26: On Saturday, September 26 a 4-Hour Meditation will be held  from 2:00-6:00pm, in honor of the Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya. Please arrive before 4:00 if you wish to meditate in the first floor chapel.

September 26: You are warmly invited to Lahiri Mahasaya’s Mahasamadhi service on Saturday, 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. Special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus.

September 30: Lahiri Mahasaya’s Birthday service will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 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. 


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.


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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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