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.

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
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
212.689.3622

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Welcome!

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 3: On Sunday, March 3 there will be a kirtan 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 Thursday, 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.  Due to this special service, the regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.                   

March 9: On Saturday, March 9, a 4-Hour Meditation in honor of Sri Yukteswar will be held from 2:00-6:00 pm. Please try to arrive on time. After the first chant and meditation has begun, those newly arriving will be directed to the second floor chapel until the next period of chanting when they can go to the main chapel. Those arriving after 4 pm are welcome to meditate in the second floor chapel so as not to disturb the peace established by those already meditating.                 

March 9: A special service will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar. Please bring a flower and a donation. Special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus.                       

March 17: Please join us on Sunday, March 17 for our St. Patrick’s Day Social on the third floor after the service. A light lunch will be served. Don’t forget to wear something green!                           

March 21: The Thursday evening Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.                  

March 22: Monastics will lead the Friday 3-Hour Meditation.                               

March 24: The Sunday morning Meditation and Inspirational Service will be led by visiting monastics. 

March 24: Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 12:30 on Sunday, March 24. Those who have been attending our services regularly for the past year are welcome to attend the meeting. 

March 30: Please join us for a day of fellowship and karma yoga on Saturday, March 30. 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! 

April 7: There will be a kirtan led by our Center members in the main chapel on Sunday, April 7 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.             

April 14: Please join us after the Sunday service for our Fellowship social on the third floor. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome!                   

April 19: Our Good Friday service will be held on Friday, April 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The chapel will open at 5:00 for private meditation. Due to this special service, the regularly scheduled 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled.             

April 21: All are welcome to our Easter Sunday Service on Sunday, April 21 at 11:00 am. The regular Sunday Meditation Service will be held at 10:00 am.          

April 28: All Young-at-Heart devotees, ages 65 and over: Mark your calendars. You are invited to this year's first Young-at-Heart Activity, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the third floor for an afternoon of joyful fellowship and inspiring conversations focused on SRF teachings. A light lunch will be included with the meeting.

 May 3: On Friday, May 3 there will be a special guided meditation 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.

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!

 

Garrison Retreat 2019 

May 17 - May 19: We are pleased to announce this year's Regional Weekend Retreat conducted by Self Realization Fellowship monastics from May 17 through May 19, 2019 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York. Registration opens on Jan 7. Please click here for details.

 

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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Undreamed-of Possibilities

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Worldwide Prayer Circle

 

 

 

 

 

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