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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January 5: On Thursday, January 5 from 6:30-8:30pm, there will be a special service in honor of the birthday of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. 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 line of SRF Gurus.  Join us afterwards on the third floor for Master’s birthday cake. Due to this special service, our regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.      

January 6: The 3-Hour Meditation on Friday, January 6 has been cancelled, due to the special Commemorative Meditation the following day.           

January 7: The 6-hour Commemorative Meditation for the birthday of our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, will be held on Saturday, January 7, from 10am to 4pm.  Please bring a fruit offering. Devotees who wish to meditate in the main chapel should plan on arriving early, as no one will be admitted to the main chapel after meditation has begun. 

January 22: Please join us on the third floor after the Sunday Service for our monthly Friendship Tea. Tea and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!     

February 3: A special guided meditation will be held on Friday, February 3 from 6:30-9:30pm. 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. 

Did you know?....

In 1923, Paramahansa Yogananda gave public lectures in New York City at such well-known venues as Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and even the Hotel Pennsylvania, where many of our annual Center Tours were held.

For many decades, the New York City Center of Self-Realization Fellowship led a nomadic existence, conducting services in various locations  such as the Unitarian Church, The Hotel Wellington, and the Fisk Building. In having to re-pack the altar and SRF materials after each service, members surely gleaned a glimpse of the experience our Guru recounted in his "Autobiography of a Yogi," when his Guru, Sri Yukteswar, presented him with the blissful realization of omnipresence, then handed him a broom immediately afterwards to sweep the floor!

At last, in 1993, one hundred years after the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, a permanent home for the New York City Center of Self-Realization Fellowship materialized in Manhattan. How fitting that our converted firehouse was built in 1893, the year of our Guru's birth. With a loan from the Mother Center, the firehouse was purchased, renovated, brought up to code and furnished.

We've projected that if we repaid $48,000 per year - $4,000 per month -  we will reach our goal of paying off our loan in a timely manner.  By having 200 people pledge just $20 per month, we can easily reach our goal. Donation pledge cards and mailing envelopes are located in the free literature display in the lower church.


Donate $20 every month
for 12 months.
or ...
make One Time Donation


In addition to the generous donations of members and friends,  as a group we've funded the repayment of the loan through regular gift sales, and social activities, such as India Night.

Through your very generous support, we are well on the way to meeting our goal.  In order to keep you updated on our repayment progress, placed in our lobby is a poster which displays how much of our loan is repaid and how well we are doing in meeting our goals for the current year. 


2014 Council Members 

The council is responsible for all matters pertaining to the administration of the New York City Center, including its budget, committees, maintenance, and reports to the membership during scheduled General Meetings. New council members are nominated by the sitting council, approved by the Self-Realization Fellowship Center Department, and serve for a tenure of up to three years.