Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God... Break the barriers of your ego; shed selfishness; free yourself from the consciousness of the body; forget yourself; do away with this prison house of incarnations; melt your heart in all, be one with all creation."

"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

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Self Realization Fellowship of New York City
217 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

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October 3: The Inspirational service will be monastic-led on Thursday, October 3.

October 6: On Sunday, October 6, visiting monastics will be leading the Meditation and Inspirational Service.

October 12: Our Spiritual Movie Night is coming soon, on Saturday, October 12, featuring "Brother Sun, Sister Moon". This film is a dramatization of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, showcasing his conversion experience and later practice of humble service and devotion to God. Doors will open at 4:30 pm for private meditation. Pizza will be served on the third floor at 5:00 and the feature will run from 6:00-8:15 pm. Please plan to attend this evening of warm fellowship and inspiration.                       

October 13: All devotees 65 and over are invited to join us on Sunday, October 13, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the third floor for an afternoon of joyful fellowship and inspiring conversation focused on SRF teachings. A light lunch will be included with the meeting.

October 20: Please join us on Sunday, October 20 for our monthly Fellowship Social. A light lunch will be served and all are welcome.

November 1: A special guided meditation will be held on Friday, November 1, from 6:30-9:30 pm. During this meditation, the congregation will be led by the service reader through the practice of 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, this may be just the thing. All are welcome to attend.

"As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has an importance both timely and timeless....His unusual life document is certainly one of the most revealing…of the spiritual wealth of India ever to be published in the West."

— W.  Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc.,
renowned scholar and author of many books on Eastern religion


"I am grateful to you for granting me some insight into this fascinating world."

— Thomas Mann,
Nobel laureate


"Few books…have had greater impact on popular theology than Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi."

— Phyllis A. Tickle,
Author, God-Talk in America


"In [Yogananda's] celebrated Autobiography of a Yogi, he offers a stunning account of the 'cosmic consciousness' reached on the upper levels of yogic practice, and numerous interesting perspectives on human nature from the yogic and Vedantic points of view."

— Robert S. Ellwood, Ph.D.,
Chairman, School of Religion, University of Southern California


"Autobiography of a Yogi is justifiably celebrated as one of the most entertaining and enlightening spiritual books ever written."

— Tom Butler-Bowdon,
Author, 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose


"One of the most charmingly simple and self-revealing of life-stories…a veritable treasure-house of learning. The great personalities one meets in these pages…return to memory as friends endowed with rich spiritual wisdom, and one of the greatest of these is the God-intoxicated author himself."

— Dr. Anna von Helmholtz-Phelan,
Professor of English, University of Minnesota


"Decade after decade, Autobiography of a Yogi has been one of our best-selling books. While other books come and go, it sustains because critical inquiry over time has shown that it opens the way poignantly and sublimely to spiritual fulfillment."

— Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles


"I keep stacks of Autobiography of a Yogi around the house, and I give it out constantly to people. When people need 'regrooving,' I say read this, because it cuts to the heart of every religion."

— George Harrison


"You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the spiritual path whose life has not been influenced by this profound work of literature. It started me in a path of yoga, meditation, and self-exploration that has continued until this day."

— Jack Canfield,
co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series


"Autobiography of a Yogi is regarded as an Upanishad of the new age....It has satisfied the spiritual thirst of hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers throughout the world. We in India have watched with wonder and fascination the phenomenal spread of the popularity of this book about India's saints and philosophy. We have felt great satisfaction and pride that the immortal nectar of India's Sanatana Dharma, the eternal laws of truth, has been stored in the golden chalice of Autobiography of a Yogi."

— Dr. Ashutosh Das, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt.,
Professor, Calcutta University


"There are many books in Western tongues that expound Indian philosophy and particularly Yoga, but none other reveals to us with such candor the experiences of one who embodies and lives these principles."

— Dr. Kurt F. Leidecker,
Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia


"I met Paramahansa Yogananda on two occasions in the 1930s as a boy....Twenty years later someone gave me Autobiography of a Yogi....The moment I started reading that book, it did something to me that I can't describe. I have read many books on yoga, by yogis; but I was never impressed as with this book. It has some magic in it."

— Ravi Shankar,
Indian classical musician


"The book I most wish I'd written is the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, because then I would have had all of the fabulous experiences he described growing up in India in the early part of the century. Who would not want to have known genuine gurus and living saints?"

— Andrew Weil, M.D.
Health expert and author, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health


"For those interested in learning about Eastern philosophy and meditation techniques....a book that enriched my life immeasurably, and remains the favorite of many thousands, [is] Autobiography of a Yogi....[Paramahansa Yogananda] was a prolific writer and an intensely devotional monastic and his autobiography is one of the most compelling books available today."

— Cate Tuttle,
San Diego Union-Tribune


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Reviews from U.S. Press:

"A rare account."

— The New York Times


"A fascinating and clearly annotated study."

— Newsweek


"In a very readable style…Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray.' "

— San Francisco Chronicle


"Sheer revelation…should help the human race to understand itself better…autobiography at its very best…breathtaking…told with delightful wit and compelling sincerity…as fascinating as any novel."

— News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana


"Among the thousands of books that are published each year, there are those that entertain, those that instruct, those that edify.  A reader can consider himself fortunate if he finds one that does all three.  Autobiography of a Yogi is rarer still — it is a book that opens windows of the mind and spirit."

— India Journal


"Whatever your own religious beliefs, you'll find Autobiography of a Yogi a joyous affirmation of the power of the human soul."

— West Coast Review of Books


"…cannot but impress and interest the Western reader."

— Saturday Review


"There has been nothing before, written in English or in any other European language, like this presentation of Yoga."

— Columbia University Press


"Rewarding....a life filled with spiritual adventure."

— United Press


"At last, a non-contradictory and intuitively satisfying picture of the universe, from worlds whirling in space to the slightest detail of human life."

— Runner's World


"Engrossing, inspiring; a 'literarity'!"

— Grandy's Syndicated Book Reviews

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World Press:


"A truly astounding book."

— Naturheil-Praxis, Germany


"…a wisdom so deep that one feels spellbound, permanently moved."

— Haagsche Post, Holland


"The reader of our present times will seldom find such a beautiful, deep, and truthful book as Autobiography of a Yogi....Full of knowledge and rich in personal experiences...."

— La Paz, Bolivia


"The contents of this book are unusual…particularly to the contemporary Christian whose comfortable habit is to relegate miracles to past centuries....The philosophical passages are extremely interesting. Yogananda is on a spiritual plane above religious differences....The book is well worth reading."

— China Weekly Review, Shanghai


"…a monumental work."

— Sheffield Telegraph, England


"One of the deepest and most important messages of this century."

— Neue Telta Zeitung, Austria


"Whether Yogananda talks about deathless saints and miraculous healings or whether he transmits Indian wisdom and yoga science, the reader is enthralled."

— Die Weltwoche, Zurich, Switzerland


"Pages that will enthrall the reader, because they appeal to the aspiration and longing that slumber in the heart of every man."

— Il Tempo del Lunedì, Rome


"It is a book that can be called inspired."

— Eleftheria, Greece


"We must credit this important biography with the power to bring about a spiritual revolution."

— Schleswig-Holsteinische Tagespost, Germany


"The autobiography of this sage makes captivating reading."

— The Times of India

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Reviews for Audiobook Edition — Read by Sir Ben Kingsley


"A superb audio translation....Yogananda's masterly storytelling epitomizes the Indian oral tradition with its wit, charm, and compassionate wisdom....This extraordinary work will greatly enrich any library....Kingsley [gives a] magnificent narration."

— Library Journal


"Ben Kingsley, who won worldwide recognition and an Academy Award for his performance in the title role of Gandhi, has a compelling voice....His subtle dramatization brings out...the charm of the many colorful anecdotes interwoven throughout the book. In his sensitive interpretation, this fascinating chronicle comes vividly to life....Most highly recommended!"

— Leading Edge Review


"First published in 1946 and later expanded by the author, this is one of the more important texts in the world's spiritual literature because it conveys the essence of spiritual life. Kingsley is the perfect choice for this material....Even if you've read this [book] before, it's possible you've never really heard what it's saying....These words sound fresh and new because they're spoken. Kingsley is focused; the words are mesmerizing."

— The Santa Fe Sun


"An engrossing and rewarding version that permits listeners to open their hearts and spirit by resting their eyes. A rich personal experience."

— The Book Reader


"Superbly narrated....Kingsley's distinctive voice brings Yogananda's extraordinary and colorful story to life with wit, grace, and elegance."

— Napra Review


"Americans keep searching for spiritual experiences....Paramahansa Yogananda shows a way that is compatible with all the world's religions."

— Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, North Carolina


"Yogananda's autobiography has long been regarded as a spiritual classic....British actor Ben Kingsley's voice embellishes this audio edition…[and] is excellent in enlivening the yogi's account."

— Midwest Book Review


"[Kingsley's] compelling reading takes the listener on an extraordinary journey into a life of unmistakable greatness."

— The Billings Gazette


"Readers familiar with the yogi's eloquence and wit will delight in Kingsley's sensitive and subtle dramatization of Yogananda's life story…There exist few parallels for the Autobiography's sheer authenticity, guaranteed to penetrate you regardless of your religious beliefs."

— Branches