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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March 7: You are warmly invited to the Mahasamadhi Service for our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, on Tuesday, 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.      

March 9: On Thursday, March 9 from 6:30-8:30pm, a special service will be held to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar.  Please bring a flower and a donation. These special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus. Due to this special service, the regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.      

March 12: On Sunday, March 12 please join us on the third floor after the service for our monthly Friendship Tea. Tea and light refreshments will be served.      

March 16: The Thursday Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.        

March 17: The Friday 3-Hour Meditation will be monastic-led.    

March 18: We would like to invite those who have served on committees this year, and also those who would like to serve, to our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, March 18, from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Brother Vijayananda will be joining us. The evening also includes meditation with the monastics starting at 4:15, and a slideshow after dinner. Please RSVP to your committee head as soon as possible. If you are interested in serving and would like to attend, please fill out a volunteer form in the lobby.  We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful evening with you!      

March 19: The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.            

March 19: Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 12:30 on Sunday, March 19. Those who have been attending our services regularly for the past year are welcome to attend.

May 19 - 21: SRF's monastic-led Silent Regional Weekend Retreat for 2017 is scheduled from May 19-21 at a beautiful Capuchin monastery in Garrison, NY. Registration is open  and is on a first come first served basis. Online registration is preferred. Please click here for the Retreat Page and register as early as possible since space is limited and rooms get filled quickly. We look forward to the joy of your spiritual fellowship at the retreat. 

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.